Jeep CJ 1945-1970 Repair Information

Rear Axle Unit

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise the vehicle and safely support it on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the rear wheels.
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  5. Place an indexing mark on the rear yoke and driveshaft, and disconnect the shaft.
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  7. Disconnect the shock absorbers from the axle tubes. Disconnect the track bar at the axle bracket, on vehicles so equipped.
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  9. Disconnect the brake hose from the tee fitting on the axle housing. Disconnect the vent tube at the axle.
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  11. Disconnect the parking brake cable at the frame mounting.
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  13. Remove the U-bolts. On vehicles with the spring mounted above the axle, disconnect the spring at the rear shackle.
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  15. Support the axle on a jack, remove the spring clips, and remove the axle assembly from under the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Raise the axle on a jack and install the spring clips. Tighten the spring pivot bolts to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm) on CJ-2A, CJ-3A, CJ-3B and Utility models, or to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm) on CJ-5 and CJ-6 models. On CJ-5 and CJ-6 models also tighten the spring shackle nuts to 24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm).
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  3. Install the U-bolts. On vehicles with the spring mounted above the axle, connect the spring at the rear shackle. Tighten the U-bolt nuts to the following values:

    7 / 16 in. U-bolts-55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm)
     
    1 / 2 in. U-bolts-CJ-2A, CJ-3A, CJ-3B and Utility models: 80 ft. lbs. (109 Nm); CJ-5 and CJ-6 models: 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm)
     
    9 / 16 in. U-bolts-100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
     

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  5. Connect the parking brake cable at the frame mounting.
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  7. Connect the brake hose at the tee fitting on the axle housing.
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  9. Connect the vent tube at the axle.
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  11. Connect the track bar at the axle bracket, on vehicles so equipped.
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  13. Connect the shock absorbers to the axle tubes. Tighten the shock stud nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  15. Connect the driveshaft.
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  17. Install the rear wheels.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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Bleed and adjust the brakes accordingly.

 
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