1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove front wheel. Drain differential oil.
2. Place locking hub in FREE position. Remove bolts, locking
hub cover and center hub bolt with washer. See Fig. 3. If necessary to remove hub body for access to snap ring on end of axle shaft, remove hub body retaining nuts and washers. Remove cone washers by tapping on ends of bolt studs with brass drift and hammer. Remove hub body, gasket, axle snap ring and spacer.
3. Remove cotter pin and nut from lower suspension arm. Using ball joint remover, separate ball joint from suspension arm. Push steering
knuckle outward to separate axle shaft from hub.
4. Using a brass drift and hammer, tap on inner joint to separate from differential. See Fig. 1. Slide axle shaft toward steering knuckle until free of differential assembly. Use care not to damage oil seal, axle shaft boots or Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor rotor (if equipped). Remove axle shaft.