Removal of broken axel broke of by wheel
not a problem,
jack up your car and block it on side frames,you need to have room to work at rear pun-kin,get a pan for rear gear lube to drain in,remove the bolts on the rear of the housing,yours I think should have 12 holding on inspection cover,When you have removed cover,put car in neutral so you can turn the drive shaft,you will see side gear on left and right,in between those side gears is a round shaft ,turn the drive shaft around until you see at one end of that shaft is a 5/16 bolt holding the shaft in .Ok here comes the part you must be very careful!!!!!!
loosen the 5/16 bolt completely but don't pull it out yet,turn drive shaft until the shaft and bolt are pointing down where the shaft will be able to just clear the housing,ok now hold the pin from falling out with your left thumb and remove the bolt with your right hand,
let the shaft come completely out,
"most important" Don't let anyone turn any of the rear wheels or it will spin the spider gears right up and out!!!!!
Go to the broken axle side of the car or have someone who is helping do it,have them push the axle shaft in towards you,if your watching the axle being pushed in you will see a big horseshoe clip fall down,that is all that holds GM axles in!
once the clip falls you can push the axle out some with your fingers and pull it the rest of the way out,
when you reinstall your new axle you need to get that horseshoe clip that fell,insert the axle without turning it,push in it as far as it will go,then you slide the horseshoe clip in the grooved out spot on the axle,hold in in place while someone pulls the axle out where clip will seat it's self,now slide shaft back in with bolt hole on bottom,you may have to wiggle it a little,when you have it in far enough to get the bolt back in go ahead and tighten the bolt,the rest is cleaning the cover gasket off and installing a new one and tighten all the bolts the same and refill,don't forget to put your car back in park before you let it down,
Nov 22, 2009 |
1996 Pontiac Firebird