Front Axle/Differential R&R
1980-1983 AMC Eagle's
Differential repair requires special skills and specialty tools.
Inspection procedures found elsewhere in the AMC Eaglepedia will tell if repairs are necessary.
1.- Remove the axle assembly.
2.- Remove the axle housing cover bolts and cover.
3.- Mark the differential bearing caps with a centerpunch for reassembly alignment reference.
4.- Loosen but do not remove the fiferential bearing cap bolts.
5.- Install an axle housing spreader (tool part No. J-24385-01) and spreader adapters (toll part No. J-24161) as shown in Figure 23. Used hold-down clamps to keep spreader in position.
6.- Install a dial indicator as shown in Figure 23. Zero the indicator gauge. make sure the indicator plunger touches one side of the housing opening
Spreading the housing greater amount than specified can cause damage or distortion.
7.- Slowly spread the housing 0.020 in. (0.50 mm) while watching the indicator. Remove the dial indicator when housing spread is complete.
8.- Remove and tag the differential bearing caps for reassembly reference.
9.- Position one pry bar under the ring gear bolt head and a second pry bar under the differential case. remove the differential assembly from the housing.
10.- Remove the spreader tool to prevent the possibility of housing distortion.
11.- Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten all fasteners to specifications.