CAUTION:DO NOT begin this procedure unless a NEW axle shaft nut, steering knuckle-to-strut nut, lower control arm-to-lower ball joint and a NEW circlip are readily available. DO NOT reuse these parts during assembly, their torque retention capability diminishes during removal.
NOTE:This procedure applies to both the left and right side axle shaft assemblies.
With the transaxle in Neutral, raise and support the vehicle.
Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
NOTE:The axle shaft hub nut uses a torque prevailing design. DO NOT reuse it.
Insert a steel pin in the brake rotor to prevent the axle shaft from turning while removing the axle shaft hub nut.
Remove the axle shaft hub nut and washer.
Remove the steel rod from the brake rotor.
CAUTION:Remove or tape the brake pads, to prevent them from falling out of the anchor plate. To prevent damage to the brake hose, DO NOT allow the brake caliper to hang suspended from the hose.
Remove the brake caliper bolts and position the brake caliper aside.
Using a suitable tool, remove the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), sensor harness from the harness clip.
Remove and discard the lower ball joint pinch bolt and nut.
If necessary, use a punch and a hammer to drive the lower ball joint pinch bolt out of the steering knuckle.
CAUTION:Position the end of the pry bar outside the bushing pocket to avoid damage to the bushing.
DO NOT damage the CV joint boot.
Separate the front suspension lower arm from the steering knuckle.
CAUTION:Never use a hammer to separate the axle shaft joint from the wheel hub. Damage to the joint threads and internal components can result.
Using the Front Wheel Hub Remover (205-D070, D93P-1175-B), press on the axle shaft joint until it is loose in the wheel hub.
Rotate the steering knuckle rearward, while pulling it outward at the bottom. Remove the axle shaft joint from the wheel hub.
Using a suitable pry bar, separate the inner CV joint housing assembly from the transaxle.
NOTE:DO NOT damage the differential oil seal while removing axle shaft from transaxle.