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Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: Rear Axle Replacement

Special Tools

EN 45059 Torque Angle Sensor Kit

For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools.

Removal Procedure

  1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting   and Jacking the Vehicle.
  2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.

  1. Remove the both brake hose bolts (1) attaching the hose to the rear brake caliper bracket.

  1. Remove rear parking brake cable bracket bolts (1) from the rear axle.

  1. Remove the wheel bearing/hub mounting bolts (1).

Caution: Support the brake caliper with heavy mechanic wire, or

Caution: Support the brake caliper with heavy mechanic wire, or equivalent, whenever it is separated from its mount and the hydraulic flexible brake hose is still connected. Failure to support the caliper in this manner will cause the flexible brake hose to bear the weight of the caliper, which may cause damage to the brake hose and in turn may cause a brake fluid leak.

  1. Without disconnecting the hydraulic brake flexible hose, remove wheel bearing/hub and brake assembly (2) upward and secure the wheel bearing/hub and brake assembly with heavy mechanics wire (1), or equivalent.
  2. Support the rear axle  with a hydraulic lift table.
  3. Remove the lower shock bolts. Refer to Shock Absorber Replacement.
  4. Lower the hydraulic lift table and remove the rear coil springs. Refer to Rear Spring Replacement.

  1. Remove both rear axle bushing bolts (1) nuts.

  1. Use the hydraulic lift table to lower the rear axle (1) from the vehicle.

  1. Remove the rear coil spring lower seat insulators  (1) from the axle.

Installation Procedure

  1. Install the rear coil spring lower seat insulators (1) to the axle.

  1. Raise the axle (1) into position.

  1. Loosely install the both axle bushing bolts (1) and nuts.

Note: The axle bushing bolts and nuts must be tightened with the

Note: The axle bushing bolts and nuts must be tightened with the axle at the correct trim height.

  1. Using the lift table, raise the axle to the proper trim height specification by measuring the vertical distance between the bottom edge of the upper spring seat and the bottom of the notch in the lower spring seat specification:

Specification

Dimension (a): 224 mm (8.81 in)

Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution in the Preface section.

  1. Tighten the NEW axle bushing through bolts and NEW nuts and tighten to 70 Nm (52 lb ft)  + 130 , using the EN 45059 kit .
  2. Install the rear coil springs. Refer to Rear Spring Replacement.
  3. Install the lower shock bolts. Refer to Shock Absorber Replacement.
  4. Remove the hydraulic lift table from the rear axle.
  5. Install the wheel bearing/hub and brake assembly.

  1. Install the NEW wheel bearing/hub mounting bolts (1) and tighten to 50 Nm (37 lb ft) + 40 , using the EN 45059 kit .

  1. Install rear parking brake cable bracket bolts (1) at the rear axle and tighten to 10 Nm (89 lb in).

  1. Install the both brake hose bolts (1) attaching the hose to the   rear brake caliper bracket.
  2. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.
  3. Remove the support and lower the vehicle.
Rear Spring Replacement
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Wheel Stud Replacement
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Other materials:

Low-Profile Tires
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Rear Compartment Lid Emblem/Nameplate Replacement (Bowtie)
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Center Console Storage
The center console storage has a storage area under the armrest. Pull up on the latch on the front of the armrest to access. Pull up on the latch and slide the center console armrest to adjust the position. Return the armrest to the rear position to access the storage area. There may be an a ...

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