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Tube axle assembly

REMOVAL

  1.  Raise and support the vehicle.
  2. Position a suitable lifting device under the axle.
  3.  Secure axle to device.
  4.  Remove the wheels and tires.
  5.  Remove the brake rotors and calipers from the axle. Refer to Group 5, Brakes, for proper procedures.
  6.  Disconnect the wheel sensor wiring harness from the vehicle wiring harness, if necessary.
  7.  Disconnect stabilizer bar links at the axle.
  8.  Disconnect shock absorbers from axle brackets.
  9.  Disconnect track bar.
  10.  Disconnect the tie rod and drag link from the steering knuckle. Refer to Group 2, Suspension, for proper procedures.
  11.  Disconnect the steering damper from the axle bracket.
  12.  Disconnect the upper and lower suspension arms from the axle brackets.
  13.  Lower the lifting device enough to remove the axle. The coil springs will drop with the axle.
  14. ) Remove the coil springs from the axle.

INSTALLATION

CAUTION: The weight of the vehicle must be supported by the springs before suspension arms and track bar fasteners can be tightened. If the springs are not at their normal ride position, ride height and handling could be affected.

  1.  Install the springs and retainer clips. Tighten the retainer bolts to 21 N·m (16 ft. lbs.) torque.
  2. Support the axle on a suitable lifting device and position axle under the vehicle.
  3.  Raise the axle and align it with the spring pads.
  4.  Position the upper and lower suspension arms in the axle brackets. Loosely install bolts and nuts to hold suspension arms to the axle brackets.
  5.  Connect the track bar to the axle bracket. Loosely install the bolt to hold the track bar to the axle bracket.
  6.  Install the shock absorbers and tighten the bolts to 23 N·m (17 ft. lbs.) torque.
  7. Install the stabilizer bar links to the axle brackets. Tighten the nut to 95 N·m (70 ft. lbs.) torque.
  8.  Install the drag link and tie rod to the steering knuckles. Refer to Group 2, Suspension, for proper procedures.
  9.  Install the steering damper to the axle bracket and tighten the nut to 75 N·m (55 ft. lbs.) torque.
  10.  Install the brake rotors and calipers. Refer to Group 5, Brakes, for the proper procedures
  11.  Connect the wheel speed sensor wiring harness to the vehicle wiring harness, if necessary.
  12.  Install the wheel and tire assemblies.
  13.  Remove the lifting device from the axle and lower the vehicle.
  14.  Tighten the upper suspension arm nuts to 75 N·m (55 ft. lbs.) torque. Tighten the lower suspension arm nuts to 115 N·m (85 ft. lbs.) torque.
  15.  Tighten the track bar bolt at the axle bracket to 100 N·m (74 ft. lbs.) torque.
  16.  Check the front wheel alignment.
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