Automotive DIY: Axle Pivot Bracket Replacement
Axle pivot brackets are typically made exclusively for a certain make and model of car, jeep, van, or light truck. They're designed to be used with your existing suspension lift kit for better performance out of your vehicle or they can be utilized for fixing any alignment problems due to lifting an automobile without the dropping of factory axles. These axles are made with various life sizes in mind depending on the intended use.
Difficulty Level: Hard
What You'll Need
- Rear tire chalks
- Combo wrench set
- Deep well socket set
- ½-inch torque wrench
- ½-inch ratchet
- ½-inch extension
- Magnetic tray
Step 1: First off, clean up the suspension system. Afterwards, inspect all the other components, including the axle pivot bracket you intend to remove and replace. Afterwards, place tire chalks behind both tires then put up your parking brake.
Step 2: Place under the front pumpkin your shop jack then jack it up. You need your tire about half an inch off of the ground to take pressure off of the axle eye bolt.
Step 3: Before getting under the vehicle, shake it first while it's up on your jack to make sure of its secureness and safeness for you to get under it.
Step 4: The axle eye bolt is the first bolt you need to remove from the bracket. Use an 18-millimeter deep well socket with your breaker bar and extension. The bolt has a nut on its backside that requires a 21-millimeter combination wrench.
Step 5: After breaking the bolt free, replace your breaker bar with your ratchet and remove the nut from the eye rear of the axle bracket. Remove the bolt out of the axle eye then stop the jack.
Step 6: Place all nuts and bolts on your magnetic tray. Also, lower the jack to the ground gradually in order to see the driver side axle. You can now work on the rest of the bracket bolts.Make sure to check every bolt to see which ones need replacing or not.
Step 7: Work on the two front axle pivot bracket nuts. Use your breaker bar with your 21-millimeter deep well socket to break the front nuts free. You can use the ratchet on them after they're loosened.
Step 8: Use your breaker bar and 21-millimeter socket again to take off the bottom nuts and your 15-millimeter combo wrench to take off the top bolts. Be careful with the nearby transmission and oil coolant lines.
Step 9: Hold your 15-millimeter comb wrench on the bolt head study and use your ratchet and 21-millimeter socket to loosen the nuts and remove them altogether. It's at this point that you've loosened every last nut and bolt holding the bracket to your car.
Step 10: You can now freely remove the axle pivot bracket from your vehicle and install a brand new bracket to replace the old worn one. Put back everything in reverse order with the proper torques on everything, from putting back the axle bracket bolts to the axle eye bolt.
When purchasing an axle pivot bracket replacement, you must make sure that you get one that comes with its own adjustable camber bolts (in case the bolts of your old axle pivot bracket are too worn down to be of use) for the sake of easy fine-tuning of its alignment when you're installing the component to your car. It also helps if it has a simple bolt-on installation since removing the bracket is complex enough.