Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
1997 Isuzu Rodeo Question 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual 154000 miles
How do you remove the front axels from the differential? I have already loosened the the four bolts holding the axel mounting braket on the right side of vehicle, and can see two rings inside a rubber one and a metel one with a snap ring. We also remove the two bolts holding the bracket to the frame. But the axel still will not come out of the differential. We are looking at a Haynes repair manual chapter 8.
There is a snap ring that holds them in. You need to give them a good tug. I have attached our removal and installation and a pic for you.
Do you see the snap ring item number 21.............that is what is holding it.
FRONT AXLE SHAFT
Raise and support vehicle. On Hombre, use Torsion Bar Loader/Unloader (J 36202) to unload torsion bars. Record number of turns required to unload torsion bars for installation reference. On all models, remove hub, brake caliper, brake rotor and steering knuckle. Remove clamp, inner boot and "C" clip. See Fig. 3. Remove axle shaft. Remove mounting bracket bolts. Remove inner joint case from bracket.
Fig. 3: Exploded View Of Front Drive Axle (Typical)
Courtesy of ISUZU MOTOR CO.
To install, reverse removal procedure. On Hombre, apply pre-measured amount of CV joint grease supplied with kit into boot and around bearings. On all other models, pack about 5.3 ozs. (150 g) of CV joint grease into boot and joint. Install snap ring with opening away from ball groove. Equalize air pressure within boot by lifting seating area with screwdriver. Ensure boot is not distorted. Install clamp.
July, 18, 2009 AT 8:57 PM
Thanks for the exploded view, we couldn't find that. We did manage to get the axel off, but it took alot of persuation. Large crowbars and such. We also had to drop the differential to get enoughroom to get the plate off.
July, 22, 2009 AT 8:03 PM
Fantastic - glad you got it fixed. You are correct.........many times you almost have to hook the axle up to a truck and take off it seems to break it past that snap ring. The funny thing is it doesn't take much force to put them in though.
Also, it looks like you may have a recall on your vehicle. The dealer may fix this for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on this to see if it applies to you.