As time goes on, I get more and more fed up with my beloved TJ. The auto tranny has been rebuilt twice (under warranty, both times clutch packs and kickdown band, with the last being the torque converter as well.), a bad TPS, a camber alignment problem that never seemes to be remedied, and now, only after 46,000 miles the rear pinion seal is goin to poop. (sorry if this doesn't seem like much to gripe about, but I'm just blowin' off steam
) My question to you guys is if any of you all have had experience with changing this... this is an excerpt out of my Haynes manual:
11: Coat the threads of a new pinion shaft nut with multi-perpose grease and, using a holder to hold the flange, tighten the nut just enough to eliminate all end-play in the pinion shaft.
12: Turn pinion yoke to seat seal.
13: Using a torque wrench, see how much torque is required to turn the pinion shaft. The desired preload is the previously recorded value plus five in-lbs. If the preload is less than desired, retighten the nut in small increments until the desired preload is reached. If the maximum torque (plus five in-lbs reqiired to loosen the nut on disassembly) is reached before the preload figure is obtained, the bearing spacer must be replaced by a repair shop.
Note: do not back off the pinion nut to reduce the preload. Proceed to the next step after the preload is properly obtained.
I can understand everything up to this point (end-play, preload)... I am pretty good with tools and do all of the upkeep that my Jeep needs, but is this over most people's heads? I really want to save a few bones doing it myself rather than taking it somewhere. Any help would be appreciated!