2000 Suzuki Esteem CV Joint/Drive Axle removal and installa

  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 90,000 MILES
I have Suzuki Wagon GL, 5 spd, 1.8 L. I am replacing a driver's side CV Joint assembly and don't know where to start. Could anyone help please?

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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 AT 8:17 PM

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Removal (Right Shaft)
Unstake axle shaft nut. Remove nut. Raise and support vehicle. Use a plastic hammer to drive CV joint from center shaft. Disconnect stabilizer bar from suspension arm. Remove lower suspension ball stud and nut. Disconnect lower suspension control arm.
To remove axle shaft assembly, pull inboard CV joint from differential, and then remove outer joint from axle hub. To remove center shaft, drain transaxle fluid. Remove center bearing support bolts, and remove center shaft from differential gear.
NOTE:DO NOT disassemble outboard CV joints. If joint is faulty, replace as an assembly.

Remove boot band from differential-side CV joint. Remove circlip. Remove CV joint housing. Remove circlip from axle shaft. Remove CV joint from axle shaft. On Esteem, remove dynamic damper from right shaft. On all models, remove inner and outer boots from axle shaft.
To disassemble center shaft and bearing, remove right oil seal and circlip. Pull center shaft from center bearing. Remove left oil seal and circlip. Remove center bearing from support.
Inspection & Cleaning
Check boots for breakage or deterioration. Replace as necessary. Check circlip, snap ring and boot bands. Replace as necessary. Clean disassembled parts (except boots) in degreaser. Dry components with compressed air. Clean boots with cloth. DO NOT wash boots in degreaser.
Grease outer CV joint fully. Position boot on shaft and fill inside of boot with about 3 oz. (90 g) of grease. See Fig. 2 and Fig. 3. On Esteem, install dynamic damper. Ensure damper is in correct position. See Fig. 4. On all models, install inner CV joint boot onto axle shaft. Install inner CV joint onto shaft, ensuring smaller outside diameter of cage faces outer CV joint.
Install snap ring into shaft groove. Fill inside of boot with grease. Attach boots using boot bands. Ensure boot band clamp end is bent in a reverse direction of rotation. If boots are distorted or dented, correct before installing on vehicle.
To install center bearing and shaft, reverse removal procedure. Install circlip securely into groove of bearing support. Apply grease to oil seals.
Clean and lubricate axle shaft oil seals. To install right axle shaft, push into differential until circlip locks into groove and axle shaft is held in position. To complete installation, reverse removal procedures.
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