REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Drain the differential fluid.
- If necessary, remove the rear axle shafts as outlined in this section. Label and disconnect all lines and/or hoses that are necessary to remove the axle housing assembly from the vehicle.
- Disconnect the driveshaft from the differential companion flange. If necessary, remove the differential carrier from the axle housing. Refer to the appropriate procedure(s) in this section.
- Support the rear axle assembly with a pair of floor jacks. Strap the axle assembly securely to the jacks.
- Disconnect the rear shock absorbers from the axle, then remove the coil springs. Refer to Suspension & Steering for details.
- Remove the rear stabilizer bar and the upper/lower control arms. Refer to Suspension & Steering for the appropriate procedures.
- Slowly lower the rear axle assembly, then remove the assembly from under the vehicle.
- Position the axle assembly under the vehicle, then connect the upper/lower control arms and the rear stabilizer bar.
- Install the coil springs, then connect the shock absorbers to the axle. Remove the floor jacks secured to the axle.
- If applicable, install the differential carrier. Align the matchmarks, then connect the driveshaft to the companion flange. Connect all lines and/or hoses to the rear axle assembly.
- If applicable, install the axle shafts.
- Lower the vehicle, then refill the differential unit with GL-5 SAE 90 oil. Refer to Routine Maintenance for details.
- Make sure all fasteners are tightened to their specified torque. Refer to Suspension & Steering for all rear suspension components.
See Figures 1 through 7