How to Replace Your Vehicle's Differential Bearing
Do you want to have a one-of-a-kind road trip? Then you must take care of each and every component of your vehicle! Remember that even the smallest parts can make or break your vehicle. Your differential bearing is a good example. It helps the axles to prevent friction to give you a smooth ride at any given time. Changing your differential bearing is not a problem. You can indeed do the task yourself. Here are the tools and steps that you will need:
Difficulty level: Difficult
Things you'll need:
- Floor jacks and jack stands
- Drain pan
- Socket and ratchet
- Slide hammer
- Bearing puller
- Gear oil
- Clean rags
- New differential bearing
Step 1: With the help of floor jacks and jacks stands, lift and support the rear portion of your vehicle. This will allow you to have proper access to the differential bearing while keeping your vehicle steady.
Step 2: Look for the differential drain plug or cover on the rear underside of your vehicle. Loosen and remove its bolts with the help of a ratchet afterwards.
Step 3: Since the drain plug contains oil, prepare a drain pan and place it underneath. This will be responsible in catching excess fluid. Store the differential cover in a safe area after draining most of the fluid.
Step 4: The next part that you need to remove is the axle shaft before you can see the differential bearing clearly. Using a socket and ratchet, remove the axle clips. Store the axle shaft as well.
Step 5: You may now remove the old differential bearing. To do this, insert a bearing puller into the bearing of the left side axle. To remove the differential bearing completely, use a slide hammer. Do the procedure for the right side also.
Step 6: Before installing the new differential bearing, lubricate it with gear oil first. This can help to prevent premature corrosion of the bearing.
Step 7: You may now install your new differential bearing in place. To do this, hold and line up the first bearing onto the left side, and attach with a bearing installer and the slide hammer. Again, do the same procedure for the bearing that must be mounted on the right side.
Step 8: This time, you can start reinstalling the components that you have removed earlier in reverse. Bolt the axle shaft and the clips back into place first.
Step 9: Before you reattach the differential cover back to its mounting area, wipe the surface with clean rags first to ensure that it will be sealed securely.
Step 10: You may now fasten the differential drain plug or cover with the help of a sealant. Remove the drain pan that you have placed underneath it.
Step 11: Refill the differential drain plug with fresh fluid. Make sure that all its fastening bolts are properly secured into place.
Step 12: You may now remove the floor jacks and jack stands on the rear portion of your vehicle, so you can verify the efficiency of your new differential bearing upon starting the engine.