Rear Axle/Differential R&R
1980-1983 AMC Eagle's
The Differential repair requires special skills and specialty tools.
The inspection procedures will tell if repairs are necessary.
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. Place oil pan under differential, loosen differential cover bolts and remove bottom 2 bolts.
4.- Remove the axle cover - see image above.
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.