Replace CV drive axles

Tiny
NICKSHPAK
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  • 1997 CHRYSLER LHS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 183,000 MILES
How do you replace CV drive axles on a 1997 chrysler LHS? I cannot get the axle out of the transmission housing no matter how hard I try.
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Monday, April 18th, 2011 AT 6:16 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

Yep that can be tough. Normally a pry bar is all that's needed but the joints can becomes wedged tightly to the stub shaft. Here is a video of the job being done maybe it can help

https://youtu.be/Cm3ZCw0_MLo

Its not your car but you get the idea.

You will need to jack the car up

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

Here are diagrams to show you how it is done on your car

Check out the diagrams (Below)

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken
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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 AT 7:20 PM
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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You'll need to disconnect the lower ball joint which is cast as part of the lower control arm. Tearing the dust boot will allow water to enter the joint reducing its life. The worn joint might not show up for months, then it will be blamed on Chrysler instead of the real cause of the failure.

Axle nuts on these cars are a "one-time-use" nut. They are designed to stretch when torqued to the proper value. Reusing the old nut, or failure to torque the new nut to the proper value will lead to wheel bearing failure. The most common symptom is a loud buzzing noise. That too will be blamed on poor quality of Chrysler vehicles when the real cause is improper repair procedures.

When removing the shaft from the transmission, don't pull on the shaft itself; pry the inner cv joint from the transmission. Pulling on the shaft will cause the tripod to separate from the cv joint housing. Some of the rollers are held onto the tripod with snap rings, but some will slide right off spilling all the needle bearings. You'll need to remove the boot to reassemble the joint and you'll have to dig dozens of needle bearings out of the grease.

Cars today are so unnecessarily complicated and there are too many things to watch out for compared to on older cars. If you know what to watch out for, you should be able to remove the half shaft in about an hour.

Caradiodoc
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