If you are thinking of replacing the CV shaft, here's how:
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. With the weight of the vehicle still on the wheels, loosen, but do not remove the front hub nut. This may require an assistant holding the brakes to keep the front halfshaft from turning. It is good practice to wire-brush the exposed threads on the outer CV-joint stub shaft and apply a generous amount of penetrating oil before attempting to loosen the hub nut.
3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
4. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
5. Remove the hub nut and washer.
6. Install an axle boot seal protector on the right-hand inner boot, if equipped.
7. Remove and support the brake caliper.
8. Remove the brake rotor.
9. Remove the lower ball joint cotter pin and nut and loosen the joint. If removing the right halfshaft, turn the wheel to the left. If removing the left halfshaft, turn the wheel to the right.
10. Disconnect the ABS sensor, if equipped.
11. Separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
12. Disengage the halfshaft stub end from the front wheel bearing and hub assembly using a suitable press-type tool, pressing until the halfshaft splines are just loose.
13. Separate the hub and bearing assembly from the halfshaft. Move the strut and knuckle assembly rearward.
14. Separate the hub and bearing assembly from the halfshaft. Move the strut and knuckle assembly rearward.
15. Remove the halfshaft from the transaxle. Do not pull the halfshaft by the CV-joint boot or on the joint itself.
16. Prior to installation, cover all sharp edges in the area of the halfshaft with shop towels so the CV-joint boots will be protected from damage. When a halfshaft is removed for any reason, the transaxle (the halfshaft male and female shank) and knuckle sealing surfaces should be inspected for debris and corrosion. If debris or corrosion are present, clean with 320 grit crocus cloth or equivalent. Transaxle fluid may be used to clean off any remaining debris. The surface should be wiped clean and dry before attempting to install the halfshaft.
17. Install the halfshaft into the transaxle (or intermediate shaft, if equipped) by placing a brass drift pin into the groove on the joint housing and tapping until seated. Be careful not to damage the axle seal or dislodge the seal garter spring when installing the axle.
18. Install the drive axle into the hub and bearing assembly.
19. Install the lower ball joint to the steering knuckle. Tighten the ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut to 41 ft. Lbs. (55 Nm) to install the cotter pin. Do not loosen the nut at any time during installation. Install a new cotter pin.
20. Install the washer and a new hub nut. To keep the hub from turning while the hub nut is being torqued, insert a drift pin through the caliper opening into one of the ventilation openings in the brake rotor. This should lock the assembly together. Tighten the hub nut to 185 ft. Lbs. (260 Nm).
21. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
22. Lower the vehicle.
23. Test drive vehicle to verify no front drive noise.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 AT 6:16 PM