REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2Front Wheel Drive
No periodic maintenance is required on the rear axle shaft bearing
- Raise and support the rear of the vehicle. On rear disc brake applications remove the brake caliper and suspend it with wire. Remove the rear brake drum or rear brake disc.
- Check that the bearing play in an axial direction is no more than 0.0020 in. (0.05mm).
- On rear brake drum models, disconnect and plug the brake tube from the wheel cylinder. Remove the wheel cylinder.
- Remove the four bolts holding the axle hub to the carrier. Remove the rear axle hub assembly.
- Using a hammer and chisel, unstake the bearing retaining nut on the axle hub and remove the nut.
- Using a two armed puller, remove the axle shaft form the axle hub.
- Press the axle shaft into the hub and tighten the nut to 90 ft. lbs. (123 Nm). Stake the nut.
- Position a new O-ring into the axle carrier and then install the axle hub. Tighten the mounting bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
- Installation of the remaining components is in the reverse order of removal. Bleed and adjust the brake system.
On rear wheel drive models, the rear axle shafts are part of the drive train. Information on axle shaft and bearing removal or installation can be found in Drive Train in this repair guide.