Question about 1996 GMC Sonoma
93 GMC SONOMA WITH LOCKER I CAN SEE THE C-CLIPS BUT CAN'T GET THEM OUT NO ROOM TO PULL THEM OUT.
Take the brake drums off and push the axle in towards the differential, it should go in about a half inch or so, which will give you enough room to get the c-clips off. Try using a magnet
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
-Remove tire and brake drum
-put drain pan under axle housing
-remove rear axle housing cover (10 or 12 bolts)
-turn gear untiil the bolt for cross shaft shows and remov e the bolt
-remove the cross shaft.
-push axle in until you can remove "U" clip from axle and axle will pull out,
Remove seal, you need a pulller to remove axle brg.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
once the pin is out, push the axle in towards the middle of the car, the clips may now come out, even fall out maybe. remove the clip, then pull the axle out. be sure that the axle bearing surface is good, any pitting or grooves and the axle and bearing and seal will need replacement.
Posted on Sep 25, 2009
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The axle probably lost a keeper ring on the inside of the differential and the pieces may be going through the differential and ring&pinion gearing making the noises you hear. You will need to drain the oil out, find the broken pieces, and inspect all gearing for broken/damaged teeth, and for any noisy bearings. Flush the case out with cleaning solvent. Re-insert the loose axle after cleaning and inspecting it well--especially the interior end. Replace the keeper (new) on the axle end inside the differential spider gearing. Inspect the brakes on the loose axle side for any oil deposits and for any damage that might have been caused when the axle came out. If the differential is badly damaged, it might be cheaper to find another rear end in a wrecking yard. Hope this helps!
Posted on Dec 26, 2009
SOURCE: replacing a rear wheel bearing
To remove the rear axle to replace a bearing you have to remove the rear differential cover and remove the small retaining bolt holds the spider gear shaft in place and then slide this shaft out far enough to remove the "C" shaped axle shaft retaining clip. Once this clip is off then the axle can be slid out and the bearing & seal replaced. Make sure that none of the spider gears or thrust washers behind them get out of place and you should use a new retaining bolt when reassembling the differential components as they come [or should come this way] with thread locker to prevent them from coming loose.
Posted on Jun 22, 2010
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