REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- 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.