Nissan Sentra/Pulsar/NX 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Differential Carrier Housing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Sentra 4WD

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Properly support the rear axle housing, before disconnecting the unit from the chassis



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Fig. Fig. 2: Check the differential fluid level, as shown

  1. Jack up the rear of the vehicle and drain the oil from the differential. Support with jackstands. Position the floor jack underneath the differential unit.
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  3. Disconnect the hydraulic brake lines and the parking brake cable.
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  5. Disconnect the sway bar from the control arms on either side.
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  7. Remove the rear exhaust tube.
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  9. Disconnect the driveshaft and the rear axle shafts.
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  11. Remove the rear shock absorbers from the control arms.
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  13. Unbolt the differential unit from the chassis, at the differential mounting insulator.
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  15. Lower the rear assembly out of the car using the floor jack. It is best to have at least one other person helping to balance the assembly.
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To install:
  1. Install the differential unit to the chassis. Torque the rear cover-to-insulator nuts to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm); the mounting insulator-to-chassis bolts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (30-39 Nm); the driveshaft-to-flange bolts to 43-51 ft. lbs. (5869 Nm). Torque the strut nuts to 51-65 ft. lbs. (69-88 Nm); and the sway bar-to-control arm nuts to 12-15 ft. lbs. (16-20 Nm).
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  3. Reconnect the rear exhaust tube.
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  5. Connect hydraulic brake lines and parking brake cable.
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  7. Bleed the brake system.
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  9. Road test for proper operation.
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