Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Set the parking brake.
- Drain the rear differential gear oil.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Right rear tire and wheel
Place an adjustable support beneath the torque tube.
NOTEDuring the removal of the wheel drive shaft, the differential output shaft may become disengaged from the differential. If this occurs, firmly grasp and separate the output shaft from the wheel drive shaft. Align the splines on the output shaft to the differential and reposition the output shaft to the differential.
Torque tube-to-bracket through bolt and nut; loosen only
While simultaneously moving the differential assembly to the right side of the vehicle, disengage the left halfshaft from the differential.
Rear differential and torque tube as an assembly
Install or connect the following:
Torque tube to the differential.
Place an adjustable support under the torque tube. Ensure that the left wheel drive shaft is fully engaged to the differential output shaft.
Differential carrier mounts, washers, bolts, and nuts to the differential. Torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
Fill the axle with synthetic gear oil. Check the differential oil level to ensure it is even with, to no lower than, 0.25 in. (6mm) below the opening of the fill hole.
Differential fill plug and gasket. Tighten the fill plug to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
- Remove the adjustable support from the torque tube.
- Operate the vehicle making tight left, then right turns in order to engage the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system and distribute the gear oil throughout the differential.
- Fill the axle with synthetic gear oil. Check the differential oil level to ensure it is even with, to no lower than, 0.25 in. (6mm) below the opening of the fill hole.