Ford Mustang Service Manual: Axle Shaft

Rear Drive Axle and Differential

 


 



  • The axle housing assembly consists of a cast center section with two steel tube assemblies and a stamped differential housing cover (4033). The differential housing cover uses silicone sealant as a gasket.
  • The hypoid-design gearset consists of 8.8-inch ring gear (4209) and a drive pinion gear (4209).

    Two opposed tapered roller bearings support the drive pinion in the axle housing (4010).

  • A collapsible spacer (4662), located on the differential pinion shaft, maintains pinion bearing preload. The pinion nut (389546-S100) adjusts the preload.
  • Differential bearing shims (4067), located between the differential bearing cups (4222) and the rear axle housing, adjust the differential bearing preload and the ring gear backlash.
  • The differential case (4204) is a one-piece design with two openings to allow for assembly of the internal components and lubricant flow. Two opposed tapered roller bearings (differential bearings) (4221) support the differential case in the axle housing. Removable bearing caps (4010) retain the differential assembly in the axle housing.
  • Inside the differential case, the differential pinion shaft (4211) supports two differential pinion gears (4215). The pinion gears engage the differential side gears (4236), to which the axle shafts (4234) are splined. The differential pinion shaft lock bolt (4241) retains the differential pinion shaft in the differential case.
  • An embossed metal tag, bolted to the differential housing cover, contains rear axle identification.
Rear Drive Axle and Differential
Rear Drive Axle and Differential   The axle housing assembly consists of a cast center section with two steel tube assemblies and a stamped differential housing cover (4033). The diffe ...

Removal
Removal 1. Raise and support the vehicle. 2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly. 3. Remove the rear brake disc (2C026). 4. Remove the differential housing cover (4033) and drain the lubricant. F ...

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Final assembly
Removal 1. Remove the differential assembly from the differential housing. For additional information, refer to Differential Case in this section. 2. CAUTION: Record the torque necessary to maintain rotation of the drive pinion gear through several revoluti ...

Engine Mount
Engine WARNING: Do not operate the engine with the hood open until the fan blade has been first examined for possible cracks and separation. The 4.6L (4V) (281 CID) is a V-8 engine with the following features: dual overhead camshafts four valves per cyl ...

Halfshaft Joint
Rear Drive Halfshafts (Description and Operation) The rear wheel drive halfshaft system consists of and operates as follows: Halfshafts (4K138) transmit engine torque from the rear axle housing to the rear wheels. Halfshafts rotate at approximately one ...