2006 Nissan Pathfinder — Repair Manual - Rear Axle (Section RAX)
Do not reuse the cotter pin, discard after removal and use a new cotter pin for installation. Remove the six rear drive shaft bolts from the rear final drive assembly flange using power tool. Do not reuse the rear drive shaft bolts, discard after removal and use new bolts for installation.
Separate the rear drive shaft from the rear wheel hub and bearing assembly by lightly tapping the end of the rear drive shaft with a suitable hammer and wood block. Do not reuse the drive shaft inside flange bolts and washers, discard after removal and use new bolts and washers for installation. If the plug needs to be removed, move the boot to the wheel side, then drive the plug out using a suitable plastic hammer.
Remove the stopper ring with a flat-bladed screwdriver as shown, and pull the housing out. Remove the snap ring, then remove the ball cage, steel ball and inner race assembly from the drive shaft. Align the sliding hammer and drive shaft and remove the M joint sub-assembly by pulling directly.