REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Fig. Fig. 1 Rear axle shaft component identification
Fig. Fig. 2 Take off the wheel and brake drum before removing the axle shaft
Fig. Fig. 3 Use a slide hammer to remove the axle shaft
Raise the rear of the car and support it securely by using jackstands.
Be sure that the vehicle is securely supported. Remember, you will be working underneath it.
Drain the oil from the axle housing.
Remove the wheel cover (if equipped), 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, as detailed in
Remove the backing plate attachment nuts through the access holes in the rear axle shaft flange.
Use a slide hammer with a suitable adapter 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 multi-purpose grease prior to installation of the rear axle shaft.
Fig. Fig. 4 Troubleshooting basic driveshaft and rear axle problems