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Removing Rear Axle Assembly
Raise the rear of the vehicle with a hoist and safely support the frame ahead of the rear springs. Remove the wheels and disconnect the propeller shaft at the rear universal joint companion flange. Disconnect the shock absorbers at the axle mounting pads. Disconnect the brake hydraulic hose at the tee just forward of the tubing clipped to the axle. Support the axle assembly on a jack, remove the spring to axle U-bolt clips and slide the as-sembly from underneath the vehicle. (N-2, p198)
Semifloating Rear Axle Shaft Removal
Refer to Fig. 233
To remove axle shafts from an axle follow the sequence below:
• Jack up the wheel and remove the hub cap.
• Remove the axle shaft nut.
• Use a puller (Tool C-319, Fig. 236), to remove the wheel hub.
• Remove the screws attaching the brake dust shield, grease and bearing retainers, and brake assembly. Remove the shield and retainer.
• Pull out the axle shaft with Tool C-637 using care not to lose the adjusting shims. Should an axle shaft be broken, the inner end can usually be drawn out of the housing with a wire loop after the outer oil seal is removed. However, if the broken end is less than 8" [20,3 cm.] long it will usually be necessary to remove the differential. (N-4, p198)
Rear Wheel Noise
Looseness of the rear axle shaft nut on semi-floating rear axles may produce a clicking or creaking noise. This noise can usually be stopped by torquing the nut 150 to 175 lb-ft.
* Learn more about the Dana 53 rear axle from the Service Manual for Jeep Utility Vehicles