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Old 10-30-2011, 08:31 PM
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Do you need to move the sway bar in order to remove the bottom bolts of the differential cover?

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:12 PM
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Re: Differential cover

No. Depending on how you have the car jacked up, the position of the bar will change and allow you access (if it is even in the way).
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Re: Differential cover

So how will it be if I back the car onto steel ramps?
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Re: Differential cover

The same way as it sits all the time. the axel has to move away from the body of the car for the sway bar to move its self.
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Re: Differential cover

Should I not even worry about the sway bar then?
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No. If you have a jack & jack stands or even block of wood use them. raise the rear end place your j stands then use the jack to move the differential up and down.
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Re: Differential cover

So to simply, I should have no complications with my ramps? Those are all I have.
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Re: Differential cover

Try to use them and see if you can use a box wrench to get the last bolts out. You dont have a jack in the trunck?
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Re: Differential cover

Try it. If you find the sway bar is in the way, its simply a matter of loosening the two U-bolts that hold the sway bar mounts to the axle housing. Or undo the end links and raise the ends of the bar to pivot the bar downwards, away from the cover.

I watched a guy in a shop pull the entire differential out of my rear axle assembly without touching the sway bar..... but that was a 12-bolt, so the clearances may have been different.
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Try it. If you find the sway bar is in the way, its simply a matter of loosening the two U-bolts that hold the sway bar mounts to the axle housing. Or undo the end links and raise the ends of the bar to pivot the bar downwards, away from the cover.

I watched a guy in a shop pull the entire differential out of my rear axle assembly without touching the sway bar..... but that was a 12-bolt, so the clearances may have been different.
Thanks! I ordered a new Dorman differential cover with a gasket, would you recommend me still use sealant on the casing when I bolt it back up?
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