It sounds like you broke your pan hard bar, or it's mount. If this has happened you need to check your lower arms also to make sure they did not get bent in the process. The pan hard bar extends from the rear axle housing to the frame, wich is braced to the opposite frame rail. I would think if it or the mounting bracket is bent or broken is should be pretty noticable. You will have to look under the car at the back side of the housing, in front of the gas tank. You may need a flashlight to see up to the frame rail bracket.
You can try a Camaro/Firebird "club" type web site to help find pictures. I do not know of any right off hand.
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Jack the vehicle up at proper jack points and lower onto jack stand or stands.remove drivers side wheel. Use needle node pliers and a screwdriver to remove the cotter pin in the axel nut and determine the size of the axel nut. It will most likely be metric 28mm to 36mm. Use an impact to remove the axel nut. Now you will need to remove one or both of the ball joints. Start with the bottom one first and hold the axel in place and pull out on the hub. After you have the hub off of the axel note the splines and how the line up. Now turn the hub so that it is out of the way. You may be able to just yank the axel out of the transmission. If it didn't come out easily you will need a crow bar to gently pry the axel out of the case. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the transmission case. It's aluminum and it will crack and break if you beat on it. Just pry gently and with the transmission in neutral ( be sure to chalk the rear wheels so the car won't run you over) slowly rotate the axel and pry until it comes out. If that doesn't work you will need to rent a slide hammer. Thread it to the free end of the axel and forcefully slide the weight out to knock the axel about of the trans. Installation is reverse. DO NOT USE A HAMMER to force the axel back in you will mushroom the threads and never get the nut on.
Some cars/trucks have the hub mounted with screws/bolts. You will have to remove them to get the hub off. You may need a rubber mallet to beat on the hub a little to get it to come off past the groove the brake pads may have made in the hub. After you get the hub off, take a picture of the brake components so you will know where everything goes once you start removing parts. Once you remove the springs, stuff will shift around and fall out on you so be careful and try to notice where everything goes as it is removed. If you run into problems during reassembly, you can always remove the hub on the other side to get pointers on where everything should go. Good luck.
if the seal (s) is leaking you may have a bad bearing... to change.. remove the rear end cover, reach in pull the c clip on left or rt side. pull the axel out the side, use bearing puller to pull the old bearing, install new replacement bearing seal, put in axel, replace clip, reinstall rear cover, sealing properly, fill with rear gear lube to level of fill hole. get a chiltons manual for pictures and more detailed help.
No not both sides. The rear end of your car has a normal standared rear axel. it has many seals but if the ones at the wheel hubs on the outside of the axel behind the tires are leaking it would only show on one side or the other. Also most leaks in this area is due to a bad wheel bearing.
You take off the differential cover in the middle of the rear end and theres a lock you slide out on both sides inside the rear end on the side walls each rear axel on both sides has one. Take them out and the axels will slide out.
i had the same problem and i ended up changing the rear wheel bearings and axels, look under the car near the rear wheel seals, if they are leaking the axels are going to be worn also and need replacing.
Drain axel of Fluid, Roemve Diff Cover (Push IN on Axel to reseal at Wheel side) Remove KEEPERS From Insied END of axel then Pull OUT on WHEEL END of Axel. use Proper Seal removal tool to remove seal. Also Use PROPER Install tool for SEAL INSTALL Reverse Procedure to Install. In hopes this helps you Out.
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