An automotive rear axle assembly diagram typically shows all the parts that make up the rear axle in an exploded, numbered view. The parts are numbered in the diagram and then listed below with a description of each part. Typically, the exploded view also indicates the order in which the parts should be assembled or disassembled. It is important to identify the rear axle being worked on correctly because not all makes and designs of rear axles are identical.
Using an axle identification tool such as DiffWizard.com helps to ensure locating the correct exploded view. Dana.com provides exploded views for Dana Spicer axles, including the common Dana 44, Dana 60 and Dana 70. Common American Axle and Manufacturing rear axles such as the GM 8.5", GM 8.6", GM 9.5" and GM 10.5" exploded views can be found at DemandAAM.com. The diagrams typically give visual cues to what distinguishes one small part from another, for example, a dust shield distinguished from a seal.
The Dana Spicer exploded views number each part in the diagram and provide part descriptions and Dana Spicer original equipment replacement part numbers for each component. Exploded views of AAM rear axles include part numbers, purchase options and years of inclusion in the rear axle.