REMOVAL, DISASSEMBLY, REASSEMBLY & INSTALLATION FWD AXLE SHAFT Removal 1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove front wheels. Drain transaxle if removing right or both axle shafts. Draining transaxle is unnecessary if removing left axle shaft only. Spread locking tab on spindle nut and remove nut. Remove damper fork bolt and damper pinch bolt. Remove damper fork. See Fig. 1 . 2. Remove lower ball joint cotter pin, and loosen castle nut half length of ball joint threads. Using a ball joint puller, separate ball joint from front hub. Remove ball joint castle nut. Lower control arm and steering knuckle. Pull steering knuckle outward and remove axle shaft from hub assembly. If necessary, use a plastic hammer to drive axle shaft out of hub. 3. Using a large screwdriver, carefully pry inner CV joint and shaft assembly about .5" (12.7 mm) out of transaxle, dislodging retaining ring from its groove at end of drive axle. Grip both sides of inner CV joint and remove axle shaft and CV joint from vehicle. Fig. 1: Locating Damper Fork & Pinch Bolts Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC. Disassembly 1. Remove axle shaft from vehicle, and place it on work bench. Remove and discard inner CV joint boot clamps. Slide boot toward outer CV joint to access inner CV joint. See Fig. 2 . 2. Index axle shaft, inner CV joint housing and spider roller to ensure reassembly in original positions. Remove housing from spider assembly. Index rollers and spider to ensure reassembly to original locations. Remove rollers from spider. 3. Remove snap ring securing spider to axle shaft, and remove spider. Remove snap ring, and slide boot off axle shaft. Remove outer CV joint boot clamps. Slide boot off axle shaft inner CV joint end. DO NOT attempt to disassemble outer CV joint. Replace outer CV joint as an assembly only. Fig. 2: Exploded View Of Inboard CV Joint Assembly (Typical) Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC. Reassembly 1. Thoroughly clean and inspect axle shaft for wear. Replace all defective parts. Wrap axle shaft NOTE: DO NOT pull on inner CV joint or disassembly may occur. DO NOT damage seals. NOTE: DO NOT attempt to disassemble outer CV joint; it must be replaced as an assembly. On inner CV joint, mark rollers and roller grooves for reassembly reference. Page 1 of 5 AXLE SHAFTS - FRONT -1997 Honda Accord EX 10/19/2008 src="http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_accordb_1.jpg" alt="http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_accordb_1.jpg" />
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