Tracker 2000-2004

Pinion Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The brake drums must be removed so that there is no additional drag when measuring pinion bearing preload.



    Driveshaft
     
    Wheels
     
    Brake drums
     

  4.  
  5. Use an inch lb. torque wrench and measure and record the amount of torque required to maintain pinion rotation through several revolutions.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Pinion flange
     
    Pinion seal
     
    Pinion bearing
     
    Collapsible spacer
     

  8.  

To install:


NOTE
Use a new collapsible spacer and flange nut for assembly.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Collapsible spacer
     
    Pinion bearing
     
    Pinion seal
     
    Pinion flange
     

  2.  
  3. Rotate the pinion flange occasionally while tightening the flange nut to make sure the pinion bearings seat correctly.
  4.  
  5. Take frequent bearing preload torque readings. Tighten the flange nut to achieve the preload torque readings originally recorded.
    CAUTION
    Never loosen the pinion nut to reduce bearing preload. If it is necessary to reduce bearing preload, install a new collapsible spacer and pinion nut.

  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    Driveshaft
     
    Brake drums
     
    Wheels
     

  8.  
  9. Fill the differential with gear lubricant and check for leaks.
  10.  

 
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