Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the -Precautions- section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
WARNINGDo not loosen the rear axle wheel hub retainer until after the wheel and tire assembly are removed from the vehicle. Wheel bearing damage will occur if the wheel bearing is unloaded with the weight of the vehicle applied.
NOTEHave an assistant press the brake pedal to keep the axle from rotating.
WARNINGUsing a rubber hose approximately 37.5 mm (1.5 in) long, cover the stabilizer link bolt threads and nut to prevent boot damage when removing the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
WARNINGThe bolt that retains the upper ball joint to the knuckle is longer and it has fewer threads than the bolt that retains the toe link to the knuckle. Switching these bolts during installation will prevent the pinch arms on the knuckle from correctly retaining the toe link to the knuckle. This may cause the toe link to separate from the knuckle during vehicle operation. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.
WARNINGUsing a wood stick, approximately 450 mm (18 in) long and 25 mm (1 in) wide, support the rear suspension upper arm to prevent boot damage when removing the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle
NOTEDo not use a hammer to separate the outboard CV-joint from the hub. Damage to the threads and internal CV-joint components may result. Once the outboard CV-joint separates from the hub the knuckle will continue to pivot until the brake backing plate presses against the suspension lower arm. To prevent damage to the brake backing plate, immediately after separating the outboard CV-joint from the hub, rest the knuckle on a cushioned support that is tall enough to keep the backing plate from pressing against the suspension lower arm.
Wheel and tire assembly
Hub retainer and the washer
Pinch bolts and disconnect the toe link and upper ball joint from the knuckle
- Press the outboard CV-joint until it is loose in the hub.
- Separate the outboard CV-joint from the hub.
Rest the knuckle on a cushioned support.
WARNINGDo not damage the axle shaft oil seal or the machined sealing surface on the inboard CV-joint housing.
NOTEA circlip retains the inboard CV-joint housing to the differential side gear in the axle.
Using the special tool, disengage the inboard CV-joint housing from the differential side gear.
WARNINGTo prevent damage to the axle shaft oil seal, install the special tool 205-461 (seal protector) before removing the inboard CV-joint housing from the axle.
Remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
- To prevent damage to the axle shaft oil seal, install the seal protector before positioning the inboard CV-joint housing in the axle.
Always install the halfshaft with a new retainer circlip and a new rear axle wheel hub retainer.
WARNINGNever use power tools to tighten the rear axle wheel hub retainer. Torque the retainer to 203 ft. lbs. (275 Nm).