Replacing CV Joints

Tiny
NICCIJOJO
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How difficult is it to replace cv joints at home rather than at a auto repair shop? This is a 1991 Honda Accord.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2007 AT 1:44 PM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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That really depends on you, the tools you have available and your level of ambition.

Properly raise the car, tire comes off, the center nut must be removed, the lower ball joint's castle nut be taken off, the joint seperated, caliper of brake taken off and hung out of way, pull the wheel bearing outwardallowing the axle to slide out of the bearing assembly. Pop the axle out of the transmission and remove. Insert new and reassemble.

The big issue is the nut on the axle as it takes a large socket. Use a chisel to open the detended locking section. Nut is like a 24mm.

A pry bar to help seperate the ball joint is usually needed.

While working on this project, look at the brake pads for wear and examine the rotors as well.

I enjoy doing the work and have gotten so I can do one in about 30 minutes. But allow a couple of hours for yourself.

Good luck!
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Thursday, October 25th, 2007 AT 4:50 PM
Tiny
MERLIN2021
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I don't know how handy you are, but if you do it yourself, remeber to but a remanufacture axle, not just the joint, then jack and support the car, remove the tires, remove the cotter pin on the axle nut, remove the nut, seperate the ball joint, you may have to remove the caliper so you can pull the strut far enough out and back so the outer joint will clear the knuckle. Get 2 prybars if needed, and pop the inner shaft out. Have a bucket under the inner joint to catch the tranny fluid! Install is the reverse order!
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Thursday, October 25th, 2007 AT 5:50 PM

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