- Raise and safely support the vehicle. If necessary, remove the skid plate.
- Matchmark and remove the front driveshaft.
- Check the turning torque of the pinion before proceeding. This is the torque that must be reached during installation of the pinion nut.
The amount of turning torque required to move the pinion gear should be 2030 inch lbs. of torque.
- Using a pinion flange holding tool, remove the pinion nut and washer.
- Remove the pinion flange from the pinion gear.
- Pry the pinion seal out of the differential carrier.
- Clean and inspect the sealing surface of the carrier.
- Using a seal driver tool, drive the new seal into the carrier until the flange on the seal is flush with the carrier.
- With the seal installed, the pinion bearing preload must be set.
- Tighten the pinion nut while holding the flange, until the turning torque is the same as before removal of the nut.
- Align the matchmarks and install the driveshaft.
- Check the level of the differential lubricant when finished.