Rear Axle/Differential R&R

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1980-1983 AMC Eagle's

 The Differential repair requires special skills and specialty tools.
 The inspection procedures will tell if repairs are necessary.

Rear Axle Differetial/Removal/Installation:

    The differential can be checked and overhauled without removing the rear axle assembly. Refer to Figure 13 for part names and location.

1.- Remove the axle shaft dust caps. Lossen the wheel nuts. 2.- Raise the rear of the vehicle and place it on jackstands. 3.- Drain the axle housing. 4.- Remove the axle cover. 5.- Remove the wheels, brake drums, hubs, axel shaft and seals. Keep the axel parts separated according to the side of the vehicle from which they were removed. 6.- Mark the bearing caps with a centerpunch for reassembly reference. 7.- Loosen the bearing cap bolts until only a few threads remain engaged. Pull caps away from bearings. This will prevent the differential assembly from falling out in set 8. 8.- Pry the differential loose in the axle housing with a pry bar. 9.- Remove the bearing caps. remove the differential assembly. 10.- Tie the bearing shims to their respective caps and cups to prevent them from being mixed up or misplaced. 11.- Installation is the reverse of removal. tighten all fasteners to specifications.