Looking for any info on how to go about replacing rear backing plates on a 2001 4 wheel drive silverado with locking rear diferential.Went to replace rear rotors today and found backing plates to be rusted away.Not sure how to go about removing rear axles any info would be apreciated
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If the new ones are like the old ones you will have to remove the diff cover and pull the retaining clips to pull the axles. If there is another way to replace the part in question I don't know it. Wait for some of the other guys to respond before taking this on.
what you do is pull everything off, tires brakes, remove the rear diff cover and push the axel in, it will only move about a inch then take a magnet and you will see a clip and pull the clip out with the magnet and lide the axle out, its really easy
It has 65000 miles on it.I have locking rear differential ,heard it was a little more involved with this rear end.Haynes book says something about rotating some locking dogs and suporting the pinion gear,before you can remove clips