Service procedures

Driveline angle measurement preparation

Before measuring universal joint angles, the following must be done;

  • Inflate all tires to correct pressure.
  • Check the angles in the same loaded or unloaded condition as when the vibration occurred.

    Propeller shaft angles change according to the amount of load in the vehicle.

  • Check the condition of all suspension components and verify all fasteners are torqued to specifications.
  • Check the condition of the engine and transmission mounts and verify all fasteners are torqued to specifications.

Propeller shaft angle measurement

NOTE: The following procedure is depicted using an axle equipped with a pinion yoke. The procedure and principles are the same for axles equipped with a companion flange.

ONE-PIECE PROPELLER SHAFT

To accurately check driveline alignment, raise and support the vehicle at the axles as level as possible.

Allow the wheels and propeller shaft to turn. Remove any external bearing snap rings (if equipped) from universal joint so that the inclinometer base sits flat.

(1) Rotate the shaft until transmission/transfer case output yoke bearing cap is facing downward.

Always make measurements from front to rear.

(2) Place Inclinometer on yoke bearing cap (A) parallel to the shaft (Fig. 11). Center bubble in sight glass and record measurement.

This measurement will give you the transmission or Output Yoke Angle (A).

Fig. 11 Front (Output) Angle Measurement (A) Fig. 11 Front (Output) Angle Measurement (A)

1 - SLIP YOKE BEARING CAP

2 - SPECIAL TOOL 7663 (J-23498A)

(3) Rotate propeller shaft 90 degrees and place Inclinometer on yoke bearing cap parallel to the shaft (Fig. 12). Center bubble in sight glass and record measurement. This measurement can also be taken at the rear end of the shaft.

This measurement will give you the propeller shaft angle (C).

(4) Subtract smaller figure from larger (C minus A) to obtain transmission output operating angle.

Fig. 12 Propeller Shaft Angle Measurement (C) Fig. 12 Propeller Shaft Angle Measurement (C)

1 - SHAFT YOKE BEARING CAP

2 - SPECIAL TOOL 7663 (J23498-A)

(5) Rotate propeller shaft 90 degrees and place Inclinometer on pinion yoke bearing cap parallel to the shaft (Fig. 13). Center bubble in sight glass and record measurement.

This measurement will give you the pinion shaft or input yoke angle (B).

Fig. 13 Rear (Input) Angle Measurement (B) Fig. 13 Rear (Input) Angle Measurement (B)

1 - PINION YOKE BEARING CAP

2 - SPECIAL TOOL 7663 (J-23498A)

(6) Subtract smaller figure from larger (C minus B) to obtain axle Input Operating Angle.

Refer to rules given below and the example in for additional information.

  • Good cancellation of U-joint operating angles (within 1).
  • Operating angles less than 3.
  • At least 1/2 of one degree continuous operating (propeller shaft) angle.

TWO-PIECE PROPELLER SHAFT

The procedure to measure the propeller shaft angles involved with a two-piece propeller shaft is the same as those for a one-piece propeller shaft. The following additional conditions also apply:

  • The front half-shaft must be parallel to the rear axle pinion shaft
  • The front and rear half-shafts must be offset by a minimum of 1/2 of a degree. From the transmission/ transfer case output shaft and from each other.
  • Excessive variation in measurement angles of A, B or C indicate propeller mis-alignment.
  • Vertical alignment of a two-piece shaft at the yokes should be greater than one-half degree and as close to one degree as possible.

    Dodge Durango (DN) 1998-2003 Service Manual

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