1998 Chevy Cavalier

Tiny
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1998 Chevy Cavalier

how do I change axle seal for front driver side
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 AT 10:57 AM

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Do you have the 2.2 or 2.4L engine?Let me know so I can get you the correct info.
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 AT 11:59 AM
Tiny
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It is a 2.2
auto transmission
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 AT 5:30 PM
Tiny
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REMOVAL PROCEDURE

* Tools Required
* J 6125-IB Slide Hammer
* J 23129 Axle Seal Remover

1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
2. Remove the tire and the wheel assembly. Refer to Wheel Removal in Tires and Wheels.
3. Remove the inner splash shield.
4. Remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle. Refer to Steering Knuckle Replacement in Suspension.
5. Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle. Refer to Lower Ball Joint Replacement in Suspension.
6. Remove the drive axle. Refer to Wheel Drive Shafts Replacement in Wheel Drive Shafts.
7. Remove the seals. Use the J 23129 and the J 6125-1B.

IMPORTANT: Do not damage the seal bore.

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

* Tools Required
* J 34115 Axle Seal Installer

1. Install the new oil seals. Use the J 34115.
2. Lubricate the seal lip with a light wipe of transmission oil.
3. Install the drive axle into the transmission case. Refer to Wheel Drive Shafts Replacement in Wheel Drive Shafts.

IMPORTANT: Carefully guide the axle shaft past the lip seal. Do not allow the shaft splines to contact any portion of the seal lip surface because damage may occur.

4. Install the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Refer to Lower Ball Joint Replacement in Suspension.
5. Install the tie rod to the steering knuckle. Refer to Steering Knuckle Replacement in Suspension.
6. Seat the drive axle into the transmission case.
7. Install the tire and the wheel assembly. Refer to Wheel Installation in Tires and Wheels.
8. Lower the vehicle.
9. Inspect the oil seal for leaks.
10. Adjust the oil level.
REMOVAL PROCEDURE

* Tools Required:
* J 38892 Ball Joint Separator

1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
2. If a suspension contact hoist is used:

o Place the jack stands under the crossmember.
O Lower the vehicle slightly until the weight of the vehicle resets on the crossmember. Do not rest the vehicle on the control arms.

NOTICE: Care must be exercised to prevent the drive axle joints from being over-extended. When either end of the shaft is disconnected, over-extension of the joint could result in separation of the internal components and possible joint failure. Drive axle joint protectors should be used any time service is performed on or near drive axles. Failure to observe this can result in interior joint or boot damage, and possible joint failure.

3. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies. Refer to WHEEL REMOVAL in TIRES AND WHEELS.
4. Remove the cotter pin (1) from the ball joint (3).
5. Remove the nut (4) from ball joint (3).

NOTICE: Use only the recommended tools for separating the ball joint from the knuckle. Failure to use the recommended tools may cause damage to the ball joint and seal.

6. Use the J 38892 in order to separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
You can probably just unhook the lower ball joint and then pop the axle the axle out with a pry bar or they make a slide hammer attachment to pull axle's out from the transmission too and move it aside you will probably have enough room to replace the axle seal without removing the axle completely.
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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 AT 11:57 AM

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