14) Now that you have replaced the bearings and races, you are ready to reinstall everything. From here you just have
to reverse the disassembly steps.
15) Replace the pinion seal and bolt the pinion nut back on. You will have to use a lot of force to bolt down the pinion
nut because you are literally crushing the sleeve with the force that you are applying. Use a 1-1/16” socket for the
1. Here is where it gets tricky. You must tighten the pinion nut until there is no movement in the flange.
2. Once there is no movement, you must check with a beam-style torque wrench and see how many in-lbs
it takes to rotate the pinion nut. This is called the bearing preload. With new bearings, it should be
between 20-28 in-lbs to rotate the pinion.
3. Keep going back and forth between 1/8 turns when tightening it and then going and checking the bearing preload. Do it LITTLE BY LITTLE. You don't want to over tighten it or you will have to start all
over and purchase a new crush sleeve.
16) Replace the carrier with the shims and races. Tighten the bearing caps with 70-90 ft-lbs.
17) Slide in your axles, put in the c-clips, place the pin into the carrier, and tighten the small bolt.
18) On the differential cover, scrape off the residue of the old RTV until the surface is completely clean. Use some RTV and make a large contact surface with the new tube of RTV so that no oil will be able to leak out. Let it sit for at least 1 hour and then go back and tighten again.
19) Filling your differential with oil:
1. Unbolt the refill hole on the top of the differential housing. It takes 2.5qts and one bottle of friction modifier.
2. Place the end of bottles of friction modifier and lubricants into this hole and fill it up.
20) Now that everything is put back onto the rear-end, bolt suspension and brake components on.
21) Replace your driveshaft in reverse of how you removed it while keeping an eye on the orientation mark. Tighten to
22) Place your wheels back on.
23) Raise your car, remove the jack stands, and then lower your car down slowly.