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Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Rear Axle... making noise and smoking?
Um, JAF, he's talking about the rear axle, you described the front.
The rear axle is held on, by the backing plate, with some bolts behind the brakes. You should be able to remove the bolts and remove the axle assembly, without removing the brakes.
Once you have the axle assembly out, you'll see the bearing and seal. You'll have to remoce the race in the axle, and depending on the year, it may or may not have an inner seal next to the race. If the bearings use grease, it'll have an inner seal, if they are lubricated with oil, it won't have one.
You'll need to get the old bearing pressed off, along with the outer seal, and replaced in the same order. I only use decent bearings, which are available at NAPA or other fine auto parts stores, like S-K or Timken.
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