Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara, XL7 2000-06

Pinion Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Raise vehicle, remove wheels and brake pads and calipers.
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  5. Mark propeller shaft and pinion flange for installation.
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  7. Remove front propeller shaft.
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  9. Drain front axle, or install catch pan under work area.
    NOTE
    The brake calipers and pads must be removed so that there is no additional drag when measuring pinion bearing preload.

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  11. Remove pinion nut and record bearing preload.
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  13. Make mating marks on drive bevel pinion and companion flange.
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  15. Remove flange from drive bevel pinion. Use puller tool if it is hard to remove.
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  17. Remove pinion seal with seal removing tool.
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  19. Remove pinion bearing.
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  21. Remove collapsible spacer.

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    Fig. Pinion flange removal

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To install:

  1. Install new Collapsible spacer.
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  3. Install pinion bearing.
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  5. Lube pinion seal lip and carefully install.
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  7. Install pinion flange align marks.
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  9. Check pinion flange nut and install Thread locking liquid.
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  11. Tighten pinion flange nut gradually then set to recorded preload. Standard preload is 8-15 inch. lbs. (0.9-1.7 Nm).
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  13. Install front propeller shaft align mating marks.
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  15. Tighten propeller shaft mounting bolts tighten to 62 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
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  17. Install wheels, brake pads and calipers.
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  19. Refill front drive axle housing with specified oil.
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