How to Replace a Rear Axle Bearing

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Rear Axle Bearing . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Chisel
  • Press Machine
  • Scraper
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Automatic Center Punch
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
  • Differential Cover Gasket
  • Differential
  • Gear Oil

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $1,326.01 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $1,851.00 parts and labor

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  • Secure the vehicle on a flat surface. This is necessary for your safety.
  • Before lifting the rear of the vehicle, break loose the lug nuts but don’t remove them.
  • Raise the rear of the vehicle with floor jack and prop the vehicle on jack stands. Secure the front wheels with a wedge or wooden block.
  • Take the rear wheels away by removing the lug nuts.
  • Now you need to detach the brake assembly.
  • Next, loosen the bolts and detach the flange.
  • Remove the axle shaft from axle shaft housing by gliding it.
  • Next, take the rear axle bearing out of the axle housing or axle shaft.
  • After removing the bearing, examine the axle shaft or axle housing for any signs of damage.
  • Now, you have to install new flange and new axle seal on the axle shaft or axle housing.
  • Take new axle bearing and collar and install them in the axle shaft or axle housing.
  • Slide the axle shaft back into the axle shaft housing. Rotate the axle shaft until the splines come in line with the gears in the differential.
  • Secure the axle shaft with flange.
  • Reconnect the brake assembly.
  • Before fixing the wheels, make sure that the axle fluid level is up to the required mark. If fluid is lower than the required level, add more fluid.
  • Put the wheels back and secure them with lug nuts.
  • Take a small drive to ensure that the repair work is successful.

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