Mechanics

BUICK RIVIERA AXLE PROBLEM

1995 Buick Riviera

How do I get the driver side axle out to put a new one in. The problem is it has a little pop in the take off power and I have to replace the axle how do I get it out
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October 21, 2012.



FWD AXLE SHAFTS

Removal
CAUTION: Protect CV joint boots to prevent damage. Keep axle shaft straight during removal and installation.

1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel. Install shop towels underneath outer CV joint boot to protect it from sharp edges.

2. On "G" bodies, loosen or remove stabilizer shaft link assembly bolt. On all models, insert drift in brake rotor to prevent it from turning. Remove axle shaft nut and washer.

3. Remove bolt/nut attaching ball joint to steering knuckle. Use Ball Joint Separator (J-
36226 on "G" bodies) to free ball joint from knuckle. Separate ball joint by prying down on control arm. Use Front Hub Spindle Remover (J-28733 ) to force axle away from hub. See Fig. 2. Turn screw on remover until axle splines are just loose.

4. Pull knuckle assembly away from axle shaft. Position knuckle assembly to rear.
Using slide hammer and Axle Shaft Remover (J-33008 ), remove FWD axle shaft from transaxle or intermediate shaft. See Fig. 4.

Installation

To install, reverse removal procedure. Place Axle Seal Protector (J-37292-B ) to right
side of transaxle, with handle between 5 and 7 o'clock position, so protector can be
pulled out after axle shaft is installed. See Fig. 5. Remove and discard seal protector.
Ensure no pieces of protector are left inside transaxle.

CAUTION: Protect CV joint boots to prevent damage. Keep axle shaft straight during removal and installation.


KHLow2008
Oct 21, 2012.