Here are the steps:
- Jack up the rear end of the car. Support it with jack stands under the
sub frame of the car since you need to remove the wheels.
- Remove the wheels (see - I told you that they had to come off).
- Disconnect the lower (ie. only) ball joint from the end of the A-arm
on each side of the rear end. You may also need to disconnect the
emergency brake cable as well - I can't recall.
- Drain the transaxle. The manual doesn't say this but when you pull the
axles out of the trans - all of the oil comes out as well.
I found this out the hard way - you can imagine my delight as I emerged
from UNDER the car with my entire head throughly coated with Dextron II
or whatever stuff is in the Isuzu 5 speed.
It took my wife about 5 minutes to stop laughing at me. Ho Ho Ho.
- Somehow - pull the axles out of the trans. This was the really hard
part for me. The manual says a sharp tug - HA! - bovine excrement!
I pryed and pulled and tugged for about 2 (!) days. This is where a
large proportion of the beer was used up, incidentally.
While you have the axles out be sure to
replace the axle shaft seals
in the trans housing. They cost about $7 each (there is 1
for each axle) and will leak within 24 hours of reassembly if you
don't put new ones in. Be sure to drive them in square with a
proper sized seal driver.
From: Peter Frise
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