REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
All Wheel Drive (AWD) Vehicles
Anytime a U-joint retaining bolt is removed, Loctite® or equivalent, must be used to retain the bolt prior to installation.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
- Position a hoist or jack under the rear axle housing.
- Remove the muffler and exhaust assembly from the catalytic converter back to the rear of the vehicle.
- Remove the rear U-joint retaining bolts and straps securing the driveshaft from the torque tube yoke flange. Remove the driveshaft from the axle yoke and position the driveshaft away from the vehicle, in a clean area.
- Remove the 4 retaining bolts from the torque tube support bracket. Remove the damper assembly.
- Disconnect the axle vent hose clip from the body.
- Remove the axle retaining bolt from the left side differential support bracket.
- Unfasten the axle retaining bolt from the center differential support bracket.
- Carefully lower the axle assembly and remove the inboard U-joint retaining bolts and straps from each halfshaft assembly. Remove the halfshaft units and place in a clean area.
- Remove the rear axle assembly.
- Position the rear assembly under the vehicle. Slowly raise far enough for the U-joint and halfshaft units to be installed.
- Position the inboard U-joint to the rear axle assembly. Install the U-joint bolts. Tighten the bolts to 15-17 ft. lbs. (21-23 Nm).
- Raise the unit into position taking care not to trap or pinch the axle vent hose. Install the bolts securing the differential housing to the left and center support brackets. Tighten the bolts to 70-80 ft. lbs. (95-108 Nm).
- Attach the vent hose to the body.
- Position the torque tube, damper and mounting bracket to the crossmember. Install the 4 retaining bolts torquing them to 28-35 ft. lbs. (38-47 Nm). Install the driveshaft with the retaining bolts to the torque tube yoke flange. Tighten hardware to 15-17 ft. lbs. (21-23 Nm).
- Fasten the exhaust section removed during the removal phase of the procedure.
- Check and adjust if necessary the rear fluid level.
- Check to make sure all hardware has been installed and is secure.
- Lower the vehicle and road test.