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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, 98 Catera rear end change. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I am changing out my rear end due to a bad pinion gear bearing, I just got started and I ...
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    ceaborn is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    98 Catera rear end change.

    I am changing out my rear end due to a bad pinion gear bearing, I just got started and I am stumped already I do not own a service manual otherwise I would look this up, how do you pull the rear wheel disc's? I tried removing the cap and I got nowhere, then I tried tapping on it with a rubber mallet with no results. Please clue me in.
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    Catera V is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: 98 Catera rear end change.

    On my 2001 the disc's are held on by a cap screw on the front face of the rotor hub. If heavily rusted they may still be bound up at the hub interface. try liquid wrench and sharp taps on the hub.

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    Re: 98 Catera rear end change.

    Thank you I had removed the allen head bolt as I figured it held it on, but I was afraid to tap to hard on the rotor. I will spray it down with penetrating oil and let it soak overnight.

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    Re: 98 Catera rear end change.

    Does anyone have any words of wisdom / caution for me in regards to changing out this rear end? NOTE; A pinion bearing for these things is $800.00
    I purchased a 70K rear end for $120.00

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    Re: 98 Catera rear end change.

    Catera rear end change summary. This ended up being an easy job! I was dreading it at first but it all went well, I made it more difficult than I needed to by removing the drivers side rear wheel and the rotor, none of which needed to be done. 1. Remove all allen head bolts from the CV axle's 2. Unbolt the drivers rear shock 3. Pry the CV axle's loose 4. take all the bolts out of the rear end except for the one on the divers side and one in the bracket on the passenger side and unbolt the drive line. 5 pull the drivers side CV axle. 6 put a jack under the rear end to hold it up. 6 unbolt the remaining bolts and obstructions then lower the rear end while holding it and the CV axle. 7 remove passenger side CV axle and repeat process in reverse order to reassemble.
    End result is a smooth sounding rear end for $120.00 verses $800.00 for a new pinion bearing A new Pinion gear for a Catera is $4000.00

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    Re: 98 Catera rear end change.

    Whoa you skeered me at first. I got a rear end, also a whining pinion bearing. Getting ready to do the job this weekend. I was hoping I didn't have to remove the hubs and rotors. I think you filled in the gaps.

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    Re: 98 Catera rear end change.

    I'm having some trouble getting the drivers side cv joint out of the carrier itself. Any ideas? I now have the carrier and cv shaft on the workbench. Rear diff cover is off.

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