Download FRONT AXLE ASSEMBLY Removal & Installation 1) Disconnect negative battery cable. Raise and support vehicle. Remove skid plate (if equipped). Remove wheels. Remove 6 bolts securing right stub shaft to output shaft flange, and 6 bolts securing left drive axle to output shaft flange. Wire left drive axle and right stub shaft aside. 2) Disconnect drive shaft at pinion yoke. Wrap tape around “U” joint caps to secure in position. Wire drive shaft aside. Disconnect harness connectors for indicator light switch and actuator solenoid at right axle tube. Disconnect vent hose at axle. Remove bolts securing right axle tube to frame rail. 3) Remove lower mounting bolt from axle assembly. Disconnect right side inner tie rod from steering linkage. Remove engine oil filter (if necessary). Support axle assembly using appropriate transmission jack. Remove upper axle assembly mounting bolt. Lower transmission jack, and remove axle assembly from vehicle. 4) To install the axle assembly, reverse the removal procedure. Tighten all retaining nuts and bolts to specification. Refer to TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS. LEFT DRIVE AXLE SHAFT Removal 1) Raise and support vehicle. Remove skid plate (if equipped). Remove wheel. Remove stabilizer bar from lower control arm. If both ends of stabilizer bar are being removed, DO NOT mix left and right stabilizer bar components.