AXLE SHAFT & BEARING
CAUTION:DO NOT damage "O" ring in axle shaft groove under "C" lock.
Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel assemblies and brake drums. Remove housing cover, and drain lubricant. Remove differential pinion shaft lock bolt and remove pinion shaft. See Fig. 2 . Push axle shaft inward and remove "C" locks.
Remove axle shaft, being careful not to cut axle seal. Using a slide hammer and puller, remove bearing and oil seal as a unit.
Fig. 2: Exploded View Of Differential Axle Housing & Components (Typical)
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Lubricate bearing with rear axle lubricant. Using a driver, install bearing. Install oil seal. If seal becomes cocked during installation, remove seal and replace with a NEW one.
Carefully insert axle in housing to avoid damaging oil seal. Install "C" locks, and push shafts outward to seat locks in counterbore of differential side gears.
Install pinion gears and thrust washers (if removed). Turn gear assembly to align pinion gear and thrust washer bores with pinion shaft holes on case. Install pinion shaft. Apply Loctite to lock bolt, and tighten to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS .
NOTE:Ranger uses a reusable metal housing cover. Silicone sealant is used and cover must be installed within 15 minutes of sealant application.
Clean gasket mating surfaces and apply 1/8 - 3/16" wide bead of silicone sealant on axle housing cover. Install housing cover. Tighten cover bolts to specification in a crisscross pattern. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS . Fill differential until fluid level is about 1/4" below bottom of filler plug hole.
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 7:23 PM