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Torque ball retainer tip

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For future reference, this is how I pull back the rear axle to replace a torque ball retainer. I use a ratcheting tie down meant for trailering. Use the bumper bracket, not the hole in the frame or you will rip the frame. I have done this in the past with the skinny tie downs that keeps plywood from flying out of your truck, but they are underpowered. 

This is AFTER you have disconnected the shock links and rear sway bar at the rear, and the four bolts holding the front of the torque tube to the torque ball. 

Then proceed with manual instructions.

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The setup was a little different when we had the Dynaflow rebuilt, but I didn't get any photos.  This was just the torque ball a couple years ago.

 

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The good Lord smiled upon me.  I kept the axle/torque tube level with the transmission using a floor jack and pulled hard.   Out she came with no fanfare.  

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Did you guys remove the springs? 

 

 

3 hours ago, avgwarhawk said:

The good Lord smiled upon me.  I kept the axle/torque tube level with the transmission using a floor jack and pulled hard.   Out she came with no fanfare.  

 

21 minutes ago, Rosiesdad said:

Mine came out with a floor jack under the diff too. Putting it back I used a come along. 

 

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34 minutes ago, buick5563 said:

Did you guys remove the springs? 

 

 

 

 

 No sir.  Only taken the nut/cap off that secure the bottom of the spring to the axle.   Pulled away easy when level with the entire drive train.   Pushed it back in without issue either.     

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Thanks Chris.

I guess I should mention that the car I am working on is on a lift. It isn't necessary to remove the bottom nut in my case.

 

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I only took out the left hand thread lower Spring perches  and radius bar. Shock links of course also. No spring compressor needed. Just lift it off the axle. 

Phil

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