The front axle of a Dodge can vary in size depending on the vehicle. Chrysler produces three different axles for a Dodge application: a Dana 44 in either 8.5 inch or 9.75 inch applications. There is also a Dana 60 application for heavy duty trucks that are larger and thicker.
The tools involved in the removal of the Dodge front axle should be staples in any shop. The axle is attached by only a few bolts. A socket set and good ratchet are a must when removing the axle. It is also a good idea to have a pry bar on hand for any stubborn bolts. Depending on the age of the vehicle, penetrating lubricant is also helpful; it reduces friction between metal, and breaks down oxidation. Open-ended wrenches are also another important part of the removal process. You will use a floor jack to raise the vehicle off the ground and jack stands to support the vehicle's frame while removing the front axle.
Begin the removal process by lifting the Dodge and supporting it with jack stands. The stands need to be tall enough that the front suspension can completely sag and the coil springs decompress. Once the vehicle has been lifted, remove the bolts that attach the steering pitman arm to the track bar. You also need to make sure that the brake lines are disconnected so that they do not get broken when the axle is dropped down. If the axle is attached by leaf springs, you will need to remove the four bolts that secure the leaf spring to the axle housing. If the axle is attached by coil springs, the coil must be removed by detaching the coil spring clip and dropping the coil. With all the attachments and bolts removed, slide the axle out and away from the vehicle. If any of the parts are sticking or are difficult to removed, apply lubricant and use a pry bar if necessary.
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