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the 2500 had two different axle housing the hd version had bolts in the center of the wheel under the hub cap the light duty you need to remove the cover in the center of the housing in the middle of the rear end then remove the 5/16 bolt the holds the center pin in the diff case then push the axle in and remove the large c clip then the axle shaft will pull out
Are there bolts on the outer hubs. If so removing the axel hub bolts will allow you to pull the axles. You should be able to remove the lock nut, lock washer and adjusting nut (second nut) to remove rear brake hubs and drums. The C-Clips are only used on the half ton and lighter cars. This is called floating axels.
Its important to replace the hub seals on the inside of the drums. A small amount of axel greese will make your brakes not work properly.
SEAL COULD BE LEAKING CAUSE YOU DIDNT LUBRICATE THE SEAL LIPS WITH PETROLEUM JELLY TO HELP THE THE SEAL LIP SEAL OR YOU DAMAGE THE SEAL WHILE DRIVING IT IN.AXLE FLANGE NUTS TORQUE IS 58 FT LBS THE AXLE HUB NUT TORQUE IS 177 FT LBS.
Tire and wheel assemblyCaliper and rotorWheel speed sensor and brake hose mounting bracket bolt from the steering knuckleElectrical connection for the wheel speed sensorFront drive halfshaft assembly on four wheel drive modelsHub and bearing assembly mounting boltsHub and bearing assemblyO-ring seal from the steering knuckle bore (2500 series)
Clean and inspect the O-ring seal
Clean all corrosion or contaminates from the steering knuckle bore and the hub and bearing assembly.
Install the O-ring to the steering knuckle (2500 series).
Lubricate the steering knuckle bore with wheel bearing grease or the equivalent.
Install or connect the following:
Hub and bearing assemblyHub and bearing assembly mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm).Front drive halfshaft assembly on four wheel drive modelsElectrical connection for the wheel speed sensorWheel speed sensor and brake hose mounting bracket bolt to the steering knuckle. Tighten to 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).RotorTire and wheel assembly.
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Unless you have some kind of a press to press the old one out and the new one in, better take and have it done.
Need to take the tire off
brake calipar and rotor and bracket off
take the 4wd locking hub assembly out
there is nuts and locking rings in there
pull the axel. Pull cotter pin from nut on ball joint stud, take off nut, separate ball joint from steering knuckle with seperator tool, then you need to press out the joint, sometimes the top joint has to be taken off too. It's a job, and you need the right tools.If you don't get the 4wd assembly back the same way, you have 4wd problems.
Soak it with generous amounts penetrating oil around the lugs and let it sit for a while and soak it again and hit it with a bigger hammer. There arent any hidden bolts they are just stubborn sometimes (most of the time).