Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
- Support the rear axle housing. If a floor jack is being used, take care when removing the U-bolts to keep the axle from suddenly dislodging.
Remove or disconnect the following:
NOTEWhen disconnecting the brake lines from the wheel cylinders, immediately plug or cap the lines to prevent system contamination or excessive fluid loss.
Rear wheels and drums for clearance and to remove some weight from the axle housing
Speed sensor connectors at the junction block, if applicable
With the help of an assistant, carefully position the rear axle into the vehicle.
Install or connect the following:
Vent hose to the axle housing
Be sure the housing is properly positioned on the leaf spring, then loosely install the U-bolts, anchor plates, washers and nuts.
Tighten the U-bolt nuts in a cross pattern to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) to made sure everything is evenly seated. Then tighten the nuts in steps to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
- Bleed the hydraulic brake system.
- Check the fluid level in the rear axle assembly and add, as necessary. Make sure the vehicle is level when checking and adding fluid.