2007 Jeep Compass

Halfshafts

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CV-Boots Inspection



Specific to:

Jeep Compass 2007-2009

Jeep Patriot 2007-2009

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Check the driveshaft boots for damage and deterioration:

    Raise the front of the vehicle
     
    Rotate the axle and inspect for cracked or ripped CV boot material on the inner and outer CV-joints. Repeat this step on both sides of the vehicle.
     
    Inspect for excessive grease deposits on or around the CV boot
     

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  5. Replace the boot if it is damaged or deteriorated.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Jeep Compass 2007-2009

Jeep Patriot 2007-2009

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Place the automatic transaxle, if equipped, in PARK.
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  5. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  7. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  9. Remove the front wheel.
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  11. Remove the cotter pin, nut lock, spring washer and hub nut from the outer axle.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the halfshaft retaining hardware-Front halfshaft

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  13. If equipped with ABS, disconnect the front speed sensor and secure the harness out of the way.
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  15. Remove the ball joint retaining bolt and nut.
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  17. Carefully separate the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle by prying down on the lower control arm.
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  19. Remove the halfshaft from the steering knuckle by pulling outward on knuckle while pressing in on the halfshaft. Support the outer end of halfshaft assembly. If difficulty separating halfshaft from the hub is encountered, do not strike the shaft with hammer, instead use Special Tool 1026 Puller to separate.

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    Fig. If it is difficult to remove the halfshaft (2), use Special Tool 1026 (1) to remove the halfshaft-Front halfshaft removal

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  21. If equipped with 2WD:
    1. Remove the halfshaft bracket from the engine lower mounting bolt.
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    3. Remove the halfshaft bracket from the upper engine mounting bolts.
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  23. Support the outer end of the halfshaft assembly.
    NOTE
    Removal of the inner tripod joints is made easier if you apply outward pressure on the joint as you strike the punch with a hammer. Do not pull on the interconnecting shaft to remove, as the inner joint will become separated.

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  25. Remove the inner tripod joints from the side gears of the transaxle using a punch to dislodge the inner tripod joint retaining ring from the transaxle side gear.
    1. If removing the right side inner tripod joint, position the punch to the inner tripod joint extraction groove, if equipped. Strike the punch sharply with a hammer to dislodge the right inner joint from the side gear.
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    3. If removing the left side inner tripod joint, position the punch to the inner tripod joint extraction groove. Strike the punch sharply with a hammer to dislodge the left inner tripod joint from the side gear.
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  27. Hold the inner tripod joint and interconnecting shaft of the halfshaft assembly. Remove the inner tripod joint from the transaxle by pulling it straight out of the transaxle side gear and transaxle oil seal.
    WARNING
    When removing the tripod joint, do not let the splines or snap-ring drag across the sealing lip of the transaxle-to-tripod joint oil seal.


    NOTE
    When the tripod joint is removed from the transaxle, some fluid will leak out.



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    Fig. Position a punch to the joint extraction groove to remove the inner tripod joints from the transaxle-Right side front halfshaft removal



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    Fig. Hold the inner tripod joint and interconnecting shaft and remove the joint by pulling it straight out of the transaxle oil seal-Front halfshaft removal

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To install:


WARNING
The halfshaft, when installed, acts as a bolt and secures the front hub/bearing assembly. If the vehicle is to be supported or moved on its wheels with a halfshaft removed, install a PROPER-SIZED BOLT AND NUT through the front hub. Tighten the bolt and nut to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm). This will ensure that the hub bearing will not loosen.

  1. Clean all debris from the steering knuckle opening.
    WARNING
    Boot sealing is vital to retain the special lubricants and to prevent foreign contaminants from entering the CV-joint. Mishandling, such as allowing the assemblies to dangle unsupported, or pulling or pushing the ends, can cut boots or damage the CV-joints. During removal and installation procedures, always support both ends of the halfshaft to prevent damage.

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  3. Thoroughly clean the splines and oil seal sealing surfaces on the tripod joint. Lightly lubricate the oil seal sealing surface on the tripod joint with clean transmission fluid.
    NOTE
    Always use Seal Protector 9099 when installing the halfshaft into the transaxle.

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  5. Holding the halfshaft assembly by the tripod joint and interconnecting shaft, install the tripod joint into the transaxle side gear as far as possible by hand.
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  7. Carefully align the tripod joint with the transaxle side gears. Then, grasp the halfshaft interconnecting shaft and push tripod joint into the transaxle side gear until fully seated. Test that the snap-ring is fully engaged with the side gear by attempting to remove the tripod joint from the transaxle by hand. If the snap-ring is fully engaged with the side gear, the tripod joint will not be removable by hand.
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  9. If equipped with 2WD:
    1. Install the intermediate shaft bracket to the lower engine block and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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    3. Install the intermediate shaft bracket to the upper engine mounting bolts and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  11. Apply a light coating of MOPAR® multipurpose wheel bearing grease on the circumference of the flat surface of the outer CV-joint.

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    Fig. Apply a light coating of MOPAR® multipurpose wheel bearing grease on the circumference of the flat surface (1) of the outer CV-joint-Front halfshaft installation

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  13. Install the steering knuckle onto the ball joint stud.
    NOTE
    At this point, the outer joint will not seat completely into the front hub. The outer joint will be pulled into the hub and seated when the hub nut is installed and tightened.

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  15. Install a NEW ball joint bolt and nut and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  17. Install the washer and hub nut and tighten the hub nut to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm).
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  19. Install the spring washer, nut lock, and cotter pin.
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  21. Install the front wheel and tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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  23. Inspect the transaxle fluid level.
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  25. Lower the vehicle.
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  27. Connect the negative battery cable.
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