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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Bent Axle Confusion '74 CJ5

Hello forum. I've tried googling every key word I can think of, so I hope this isn't a repeat thread. I have a pretty bad flange wobble, but no leaks and the bearings 'sound' good. My trouble starts a little further back. Few questions....

what do the diff gear markings translate to?

how do I remove the axle shaft?--I cant find a manual/write up that relates to hubs without a castle nut (flanged, right?) dana 44 with c clips? do I actually know nothing about this axle?

what should I check after removing the axle shaft? (assuming the problem's not obvious)

My goal is to remove and check the axle shaft. I replaced the front shafts on a tj, so I'm a little familiar with what I'm getting into. Any input is GREATLY appreciated. It's my dd and only set of wheels.

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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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The markings on the ring gear: First is the date of manufacture 5-04-73, second is a part number, third is the number of ring gear teeth and pinion teeth (47 11). Divide the two and you get the gear ratio, 47/11=4.27:1 which was optional on 72-75 CJs.

To remove the axleshaft pop the rubber or plastic cover off that circle on the left side of the flange in your first picture. Through that hole insert a socket and extension to reach the six nuts behind the flange which hold it all on. Once the nuts have been removed you can remove the axleshaft/bearing/bearing retainer assembly. There are no c-clips on a Dana 44.

Download the factory service manual for your '74 here: http://oljeep.com/edge_parts_man.html
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Unread 04-15-2013, 09:39 PM   #3
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...,There are no c-clips on a Dana 44.
haha To think I was losing my mind over a plastic cap. Came off with a tap. This one post made my life so much happier--thanks for the reply. We're about to see if the past week of pb blasting was in vain.

Is it recommended to replace these bolts?
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Unread 04-16-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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No, you don't need to replace them. You'll find that the bolts have an oddball shaped head.
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