CV Axle Replacement

Step by step instruction on how to replace a CV joint drive axle. This article pertains to most front wheel drive cars with strut suspension.

Difficulty Scale Rating: 5 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Hydraulic jack
  • Jack stands
  • Socket set with extensions
  • Protective clothing and eyewear
  • Replacement axle
  • Hammer
  • Breaker bar
  • Large pry bar
  • Side cutters (dikes)
  • Cotter pin
Start with the car on level ground lifted safety into the air using jack stands to secure the vehicle.


Step 1 - Remove tire lug nuts to remove the wheel. If air tools are not not used break loose the lugs when the car is on the ground.

Loosening Lug Nuts

Step 2 - After the wheel lugs have been removed the tire is ready to be removed.

Removing Tire

Step 3 - Once the tire has been removed, it will allow access to the main axle nut, remove the cotter pin and retainer clip.

Removing Cotter Pin

Step 4 - After the cotter pin has been removed, loosen and remove the main axle nut. (Note: If no air tools are used this can be done by using the brake.)

Removing the Main Axle Nut


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Article first published (Updated 2015-01-07)