REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Disconnect the negative battery cable, then raise and safely support the vehicle.
- For convertibles, remove the upper and lower underbody braces.
- Remove the complete exhaust system.
- Support the transmission assembly with a suitable jack.
- Remove the bolts securing the driveline support beam at the axle and transmission. Remove the driveline support beam from the vehicle, as outlined in later in this section.
- Matchmark the position of the shaft to the companion flange and disconnect the rear universal joint by removing the trunnion bearing straps. Make sure to tape the bearing cups to avoid dropping and/or losing the bearing rollers.
- There may be some fluid leakage from the transmission output shaft housing, so place a suitable catch pan underneath, then slide the slip yolk from the transmission and remove the shaft.
- Carefully pry the old seal out using a suitable seal removal tool, working around the perimeter of the seal, removing it a little at a time, until the seal can be removed.
- Coat the lip of a new seal with automatic transmission fluid.
- Using a suitable seal installation tool, as shown in the accompanying figure, place a new seal on the tool and install the seal.
- Install the propeller shaft. Make sure to align the shaft with the matchmarks made during removal, remove the tape over the trunnion bearing caps and connect the exposed caps to the companion flange. Tighten the strap retaining bolts to 12.5 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
- The remainder of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
- Refer to the procedure located later in this section for driveline support beam installation and tightening specifications.
- Check the transmission fluid level add if necessary. Keep in mind that the transmission should be level when checking the fluid level.