REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with jackstands.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Pull out the wheel bearing cotter pin and then remove the adjusting cap and insulator.
- Set the parking brake and then remove the wheel bearing lock nut.
- Disconnect and plug the hydraulic brake lines. Disconnect the parking brake cable.
- Using a block of wood and a small mallet, carefully tap the halfshaft out of the knuckle/backing plate assembly.
- Unbolt the radius rod and the transverse link at the wheel end.
Before removing the transverse link mounting bolt, matchmark the toe-in adjusting plate to the link.
- Using a suitable pry bar, carefully remove the halfshaft from the final drive.
- Position the halfshaft into the knuckle and then insert it into the final drive; make sure the serrations are properly aligned.
- Push the shaft into the final drive and then press-fit the circlip on the halfshaft into the groove on the side gear.
- After insertion, pull the halfshaft by hand to be certain that it is properly seated in the side gear and will not come out.
- Connect the radius rod and the transverse link at the wheel end.
- Install the knuckle/backing plate assembly.
- Connect the hydraulic brake lines and the parking brake cable.
- Install wheel bearing lock nut (torque 174-231 ft. lbs. refer to the illustrations), insulator, adjusting cap and cotter pin.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Bleed the brake system.
- Road test for proper operation.