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Old 05-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Rear end axles bearings

2000 Wrangler Sport. I need to replace the axle bearings in the rear end. It's making a roaring noise sort of. Is this something that can be done with regular tools you'd find and a home garage? Should I do inner and outer bearings at the same time. I'd be somewhat afraid to take the gears out on my own. Any advice? Or a write up? I couldn't find anything.

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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Is your rear axle a Dana 35 or Dana 44?

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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Hey Jerry. I was hoping you'd reply...

I believe it's a D35.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Yes that's a Dana 35

I replaced the inner and outer bearings in my 35 rear with basic hand tools, I did have a shop remove and press the new bearings on the carrier... I've put 20k miles on it with zero problems.
So yes you can do it yourself with basic hand tools depending on how mechanically inclined you are...?
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:45 PM   #5
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I am going to have to do mine next week as well. The passenger side has about 1/4" play in it.
Don't the bearings and seals stay in the housing after you pull the axle out?
Looking at the manual it appears you need a special bearing puller to remove them...
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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I don't have any end play in mine. Just a weird noise. Should I do the inside ones? Do those need pressed on and off?
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #7
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I was actually wondering if the outside ones need pressed on and off.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:59 PM   #8
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On the Dana 35 the axles are retained by C-clips you have to remove the rear cover take the bolt out of the thru pin remove the thru pin and then push in slightly on the axles the clips will fall off the end of the axle then you can pull the axles out. The axle bearings are pressed into the axle tubes behind the seals. Pop the seals out with a seal remover or long screwdriver then use a slide hammer with a T on the end to pull the bearing out.
Drive the new bearings in using a driver or Large socket on the outer edge of the bearing till they bottom out then the seal till it's flush with the axle tube. Clean and examine your axles for wear in the bearing and seal areas squirt some lube in on the bearing and reinstall the axles, putting the c-clips back on the thru pin in and the retainer bolt I locktite it. Cover and gasket add fluid till its full and your good to go.

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