1999 Chrysler Sebring 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 141000 miles
I have been hearing noises for a while now and a couple of guys have mentioned that my CV joint is wearing out. Well, now it sounds like it really is. The thunking, bumping noises and shaking steering wheel are constant and terrible. How do I replace the DV joint?
Remove or disconnect the following: WARNING
Use of improper methods of joint separation can result in damage to the joint, leading to possible failure.
After pressing the outer shaft, insert a pry bar between the transaxle case and the halfshaft and pry the shaft from the transaxle.
Do not pull on the shaft. This could damage the inboard joint. Do not insert the pry bar too far or the oil seal in the case may be damaged.
The negative battery cable The cotter pin, nut lock, and spring washer The halfshaft nut, loosen it while the vehicle is on the floor with the brakes applied The wheel The brake caliper assembly and support it on a wire The brake rotor The halfshaft nut and washer The tie rod end from the steering knuckle using Joint Separation Tool MB991113
The speed sensor cable routing bracket, if equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) The sway bar link from the damper fork, if necessary The damper fork assembly The steering knuckle from the lower control arm The halfshaft by pressing it from the hub
Inspect the halfshaft boot for damage or deterioration. Check the ball joints and splines for wear.
Replace the circlips on the ends of the halfshaft(s).
Install or connect the following: NOTE
Before securely tightening the axle nut, be sure there is no load on the wheel bearings.
The halfshaft into the transaxle until it is fully seated The halfshaft into the hub by pulling the knuckle assembly outward The washer. Make sure the chamfered edge faces outward The halfshaft nut and tighten temporarily The control arm to the steering knuckle and torque the nuts to 43-52 ft. Lbs. (59-71 Nm) The damper fork and torque the lower through-bolt/nut to 65 ft. Lbs. (88 Nm) and the upper pinch bolt to 76 ft. Lbs. (103 Nm) The tie rod end to the steering knuckle and torque the nut to 17-25 ft. Lbs. (24-33 Nm) and install the a new cotter pin The sway bar link to the damper fork and torque the link nut to 29 ft. Lbs. (39 Nm) The lock washer and axle nut and torque the nut to 145-188 ft. Lbs. (200-260 Nm)
The brake rotor and caliper assembly The new cotter pin The wheel. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. Lbs. (136 Nm) The negative battery cable
Check and fill the transaxle with the proper amount and type of fluid.
Test drive the vehicle and check for proper operation.
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April, 10, 2009 AT 4:38 AM
Complete remanufactured half shafts are cheaper now than a new cv joint. Do not ever allow the car's weight to rest on the wheel / tire with the cv joint nut loose or the wheel bearing will become very noisy. Be sure to torque that nut with a torque wrench.