Everything else done, it's time to deal with the rear axle in my '21 Touring. The driveshaft being out, I can see the passenger side thrust washer and it is brass. I want to check the other side before driving the car. The inside of the housing is clean and dry so obviously no lube has been put in since reassembly. I would like to seperate the housing halves to see the other thrust washer and the differential parts. Can I just remove the fasteners connecting the two halves and slide them apart? With the drivers side in place, meaning everything back in that half, can I bolt up the driveshaft and check the clearance between the ring gear and pinion gear?
To check r/p clearance, the rear axle needs to be mounted vertically.
Yes to both questions! Hope everything checks out. If you become tempted to leave something marginal in there and button it back up, consider the effort required to remove the rear axle and go through it again if the marginal part fails down the road.
Tommy, I went through this last year. Though I rebuilt a Ruckstell axle, many of the steps to rebuild a non-Ruckstell axle are the same. Take a look at this thread:
On the 18 Aug entry you'll see how I mounted the axle assembly to check gear lash.