CV joint repair

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I have a 1998 Nissan Altima w/2.4L 4cyl engine, auto trans, and 83K miles. When I turn the wheel all the way in either direction and accelerate, I hear a clicking, or popping noiise coming from the passengers side front. I was told it is a bad CV joint. I got a price of $50 for a new axle, and would like to attempt the repair myself. Are any special tools needed for this repair? Can you give me a brief step-by-step how to fix this? Thank you.

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Monday, November 5th, 2007 AT 3:48 PM

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Hi there,

This is not very difficult to do, but the shaft locking nut will be very tight and beyond your means of removal and re torquing. But that aside here goes.

1 Remove large split pin at said lock nut and remove nut, Have someone stand on the brakes while you undo it.
2 Jack up and stands under chassis.
3 wheel off.
4. Remove brake calliper.
5. Remove calliper mounting (two bolts)
6 If floating disc, lift off
7 Remove tie rod end nut, you will have to strike the housing where the tie rod fits to break taper, leave nut on loosely to protect thread.
8 UN do two lower strut mount bolts (two bolts holding strut to stub axle ass)

You should now be able to swing the stub assembly around and push the outer spline end out of the assembly.

The drive shaft can now be removed, it is held in place with a "C"clip so a lever will be needed to pop it out.

You will loose some oil from the transmission so be ready with a tray and make sure you have new oil to replace. You should have a drive shaft in your hands now, the fitting is reverse of removal, it is a good idea to replace the seal in the side of the transmission, but its not mandatory. Use a spray on copper base lube on the splined end, this will help it seat when re torquing the drive nut, it will click in the splines if not fitted fully home. Replace all split pins with new, check and top up oil in transmission when done. Use a good manual if in doubt or get a qualified mechanic to do it if you feel its a bit beyond you.

Mark (mhpautos)

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Monday, November 5th, 2007 AT 9:52 PM

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