REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Rear Wheel Drive
See Figures 1 and 2
- Raise the rear of the car and support it securely by using jackstands.
- Drain the oil from the axle housing.
- Remove the wheel cover, unfasten the lug nuts, and remove the wheel.
- Punch matchmarks on the brake drum and the axle shaft to maintain rotational balance.
- Remove the brake drum and related components.
- Remove the rear bearing retaining nut, if so equipped.
- Remove the backing plate attachment nuts through the access holes in the rear axle shaft flange.
- Use a slide hammer with a suitable adaptor to withdraw the axle shaft from its housing.
Use care not to damage the oil seal when removing the axle shaft
- Repeat the procedure for the axle shaft on the opposite side. Be careful not to mix the components of the two sides.
- Installation is performed in the reverse order of removal. Coat the lips of the rear housing oil seal with multipurpose grease prior to installation of the rear axle shaft. Torque the bearing retaining nut, if so equipped to (1970-74 models) 15-22 ft. lbs. (20-30 Nm) (1600 models) 26-38 ft. lbs. (35-51 Nm) and (1800 models) 44-53 ft. lbs. (60-72 Nm).
Refer to Suspension & Steering for repair procedures.