Ram Truck 1500, 2500 & 3500 (2006-2008)

Axle Housing

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Removal & Installation



9.25 in. AA
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. With vehicle in neutral, position vehicle on hoist.
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  5. Remove brake calipers and rotors.
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  7. Disconnect ABS wheel speed sensors.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect axle vent hose.
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  11. Remove front propeller shaft.
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  13. Remove stabilizer bar links at the axle brackets with Puller C-3894A.
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  15. Remove shock absorbers bolts from axle brackets.
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  17. Remove track bar bolt from the axle bracket.
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  19. Remove tie rod and drag link with Puller C-3894A from the steering knuckles.
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  21. Position lift under the axle assembly and secure axle to lift.
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  23. Mark suspension alignment cams for installation reference.
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  25. Remove upper control arms and lower control arms from the axle bracket.
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  27. Lower the axle. The coil springs will drop with the axle.
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  29. Remove coil springs from the axle bracket.

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    Fig. Front suspension view

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To install:


WARNING
Suspension components with rubber bushings should be tightened with the weight of the vehicle on the suspension. Failure to follow these instructions will result in damage.

  1. Support the axle on a suitable lifting device.
  2.  
  3. Secure axle to lifting device.
  4.  
  5. Position the axle under the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Install springs, retainer clip and bolts.
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  9. Raise axle and align it with the spring pads.
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  11. Position upper and lower control arms in the axle brackets. Install bolts, nuts and align the suspension alignment cams to the reference marks. Do not tighten at this time.
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  13. Connect track bar to the axle bracket and install the bolt. Do not tighten at this time.
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  15. Install shock absorber and stabilizer bar.
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  17. Install drag link and tie rod to the steering knuckles.
  18.  
  19. Install ABS wheel speed sensors.
  20.  
  21. Install rotors and brake calipers.
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  23. Connect the axle vent hose.
  24.  
  25. Install front propeller shaft.
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  27. With vehicle on the ground, tighten upper control arm nuts at axle to 110 ft. lbs. (149 Nm ).Tighten upper control arm nuts at frame to 110 ft. lbs. (149 Nm ).
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  29. With vehicle on the ground, tighten lower control arm nuts at axle to 140 ft. lbs. (190 Nm). Tighten the lower control arm nuts at frame to 140 ft. lbs. (190 Nm).
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  31. Tighten track bar bolt at the axle bracket to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
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  33. Check front wheel alignment.
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C205FD
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. With vehicle in neutral, position vehicle on hoist.
  4.  
  5. Remove axle half shafts.
  6.  
  7. Mark front propeller shaft and companion flange. Remove front propeller shaft.
  8.  
  9. Remove skid plate bolts and remove skid plate.
  10.  
  11. Remove suspension crossmember nuts and bolts. Remove crossmember.
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  13. Remove disconnect actuator wiring connector.
  14.  
  15. Remove vent hose from differential cove tube.
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  17. Support axle with hydraulic jack.
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  19. Remove axle housing pinion mounting bolts.

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    Fig. Axle housing mounting bolts (1), pinion flange (2)

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  21. Remove axle shaft tube mounting nuts and bolts.

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    Fig. Axle tube mounting nuts shown

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  23. Remove differential housing to engine mounting nuts. Leave bolts in differential housing.

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    Fig. Differential housing to engine mounting (1), nuts (2)

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  25. Slide axle over with engine mount bolts to clear engine mount. Lower axle from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Raise axle and slide axle with engine mounting bolts into engine mount.
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  3. Install engine mount nuts and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  5. Install axle shaft tube mounting bolts and nuts. Tighten nuts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  7. Install axle housing pinion nose mounting bolts and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  9. Install vent hose on differential cover tube.
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  11. Install disconnect actuator wiring connector.
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  13. Install suspension crossmember, bolts and nuts.
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  15. Install skid plate and bolts.
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  17. Install front propeller shaft with reference marks aligned and tighten bolts to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
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  19. Install axle half shafts.
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