6-17.1. REAR AXLE DRIVE PINION AND BEARINGS MAINTENANCE (M1028A2) (Cont).
Ensure that shims and slingers are tagged as they are removed and
saved for measurement.
Ensure that flange nut (4) is saved for use during drive pinion (5)
installation and measurement, When drive pinion is fully seated,
measurements are completed, and ready to receive final torque, a new
flange nut must be used.
Using flange holder (1), remove flange nut (4) and washer from flange (2).
Thread flange remover bolt into small outside diameter end of flange remover (3). Turn flange
remover 1/8 turn to a locked position. Turn flange remover while holding flange holder (1)
stationary. Remove flange (2). Remove deflector from flange if damaged.
Shim (6) may be on drive pinion (5)
shaft or inside housing (7).
Install flange nut (4) halfway onto drive
pinion (5) threads. Tap on flange nut
with soft-faced hammer to loosen
drive pinion in front pinion bearing (8).
Remove flange nut from drive pinion.
Remove drive pinion from housing (7).
Remove shim (6).