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Removal (Axle Shafts)
1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheels. Cover axle shaft boots with shop towel to prevent damage. Remove slide joint housing-to-differential bolts. Separate slide joint housing from differential.
2. Remove locking hub assembly. See LOCKING HUBS article. (See Below this) Remove disc brake caliper, and wire aside. DO NOT allow caliper to hang by hydraulic hose. Separate tie rod end from steering knuckle. Support lower control arm with a jack.
3. Remove lower and upper ball joint bolts. Remove shock absorber lower bolt. Remove axle shaft and steering knuckle as an assembly. Protect end of axle shaft with block of wood. Lightly tap end of axle shaft to separate axle shaft from steering knuckle.
LOCKING HUB (FREE-WHEELING)
Removal & Installation
Set free-wheeling hub in FREE position. Depress brake pedal and remove free-wheeling hub. Remove snap ring and drive clutch. Remove free-wheeling hub.
See Fig. 1 .
To install, reverse removal procedure. Apply grease to drive clutch and drive shaft. Install free-wheeling hub with hub in FREE position. Check hub operation.
Saturday, February 28th, 2009 AT 3:16 PM