Nissan Pick-ups and Pathfinder 1970-1988

Axle Housing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

Pick-Ups with Leaf Spring Suspension
  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with safety stands. Remove the rear wheels.
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  3. Remove the driveshaft.
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  5. Disconnect the parking brake cable and the brake line.
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  7. Position a floor jack under the center of the axle housing and raise it just enough to support the assembly.
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  9. Disconnect the lower end of each shock absorber at the spring carrier.
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  11. Remove the spring carrier U-bolts and let the springs drop down slightly.
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  13. On 2wd models, carefully maneuver the axle housing out through the springs. This will probably require two floor jacks or another set of safety stands. On 4wd models, the axle housing is below the leaf springs; simply lower the housing and remove it.
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To install:
  1. Reinstall the axle housing and support it in position. Slide the spring carrier U-bolts over the axle tube (or leaf springs on 4wd models) and tighten the nuts to 65-72 ft. lbs. (88-98 Nm).
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  3. Reconnect the shock absorbers and tighten the mounting bolts to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm) on 1970-86 2wd models; or, 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm) on 1981-86 4wd models and all 1986-88 models.
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  5. Connect the parking brake cable and the brake lines.
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  7. Connect the driveshaft, install the wheels and lower the vehicle.
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Pathfinders with 5-Link Suspension
  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with safety stands. Remove the rear wheels.
  2.  
  3. Remove the driveshaft.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the parking brake cable and the brake line.
  6.  
  7. Position a floor jack under the center of the axle housing and raise it just enough to support the assembly.
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  9. Remove the stabilizer-to-body mounting bolts.
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  11. Disconnect the upper and lower links at the body.
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  13. Disconnect the panhard rod at the body.
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  15. Remove the upper shock absorber mounting nuts.
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  17. Lower the entire axle housing assembly (suspension and all) out and away from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Position the axle housing assembly under the body of the truck and raise it until the upper ends of the shock absorbers can be connected. Tighten the bolts to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Connect the panhard rod and tighten the bolts to 80-108 ft. lbs. (108-147 Nm).
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  5. Reconnect the upper and lower links and then tighten the bolts to 80-108 ft. lbs. (108-147 Nm).
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  7. Connect the stabilizer bar to the body and tighten the bolts to 30-35 ft. lbs. (41-47 Nm).
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  9. Connect the parking brake cable and the brake lines.
  10.  
  11. Install the driveshaft. Install the wheels and then lower the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Slide the axle housing assembly out through the leaf springs



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Fig. Fig. 2: The axle housing assembly on the Pathfinder is removed with the suspension intact

 
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