Lexus Car ES, IS, LS 1998-06

Axle Shaft, Bearing & Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheel
     
    Brake caliper and rotor, if equipped
     
    Brake drum, if equipped
     
    Axle retainer nuts
     
    Axle shaft, seal and bearing assembly
     

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  5. Split the bearing retainer with a chisel and remove the retainer ring.
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  7. Press the bearing off the axle shaft.
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  9. Remove the axle seal and retaining plate.
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To install:

  1. Install the retaining plate and axle seal onto the axle shaft.
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  3. Pack the wheel bearing with axle grease and press the bearing on to the axle shaft.
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  5. Press the retaining ring onto the axle shaft.
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  7. Install or connect the following:

    Axle shaft, seal and bearing assembly. Tighten the nuts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
     
    Brake caliper and rotor, if equipped
     
    Brake drum, if equipped
     
    Rear wheel
     

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  9. Fill the axle assembly with gear oil and check for leaks.

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    Fig. Rear axle seal and bearing components-2002-05 exc. 2005 Grand Cherokee



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    Fig. Typical rear axle shaft lock screw



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    Fig. Typical rear axle shaft seal

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  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Gear oil
     
    Rear driveshaft
     
    Side gear shaft
     
    Snapring from the side gear
     
    Side gear shaft oil seal
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Side gear shaft oil seal
     
    New oil seal
     
    Multi-Purpose (MP) grease to the oil seal lip
     
    Side gear shaft
     
    Snapring from the side gear, using a suitable tool
     
    Side gear shaft oil seal
     
    Gear oil
     

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  1. Drain the gear oil.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear driveshaft
     
    Side gear shaft
     
    Snapring from the side gear, using a suitable tool
     
    Side gear shaft oil seal
     

  4.  

To install:



Side gear shaft oil seal
 
New oil seal
 

  1. Check installation of side gear shaft. There should be 0.08-0.12 inch (2-3mm) of play in the axial direction. Check that the side gear shaft will not come out by pulling on it.
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  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Gear oil
     
    Rear driveshaft
     
    Side gear shaft
     
    Snapring from the side gear
     
    Side gear shaft oil seal
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Side gear shaft oil seal
     
    New oil seal
     
    Multi-Purpose (MP) grease to the oil seal lip
     
    Side gear shaft
     
    Snapring from the side gear, using a suitable tool
     
    Side gear shaft oil seal
     
    Gear oil
     

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