Acura_MDX_2001-2006

Removal & Installation

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Front



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Drain the transaxle if removing the left halfshaft. If is not necessary to drain the fluid if removing the right halfshaft.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Spindle nut
     
    Stabilizer bar link
     
    Lower ball joint
     

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  7. Pry the inboard joint from the transaxle or intermediate shaft.
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  9. Remove the outer CV-joint stub shaft from the hub by tapping the stub shaft with a plastic hammer.
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To install:


NOTE
Use new circlips, split pins and self-locking nuts for assembly.

  1. Install the outer CV-joint stub shaft into the hub.
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  3. Install the inner CV-joint to the transaxle or intermediate shaft until the circlip locks in the retaining groove.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Lower ball joint. Tighten the nut to 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-69 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link. Tighten the nut to 58 ft. lbs. (78 Nm).
     
    Spindle nut. Tighten the nut to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm) on 2001-02 models, or 210 ft. lbs. (285 Nm) on 2003-06 models.
     
    Front wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  7. Fill the transaxle to the correct level and check for leaks.
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Rear



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the differential fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheels.
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  7. Remove and discard the nut.
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  9. Remove the upper arm bolt.
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  11. Remove the rear shock absorber.
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  13. Remove the lower arm flange bolt
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  15. Remove the wheel sensor bracket.
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  17. Pull the knuckle outward and disconnect the rear driveshaft joint from the hub using a plastic mallet.
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  19. Disconnect the driveshaft from the hub.
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  21. Pry the inboard joint from the differential. Do not use a hammer just a prying tool.
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  23. Remove the driveshaft.
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To install:

  1. Clean all mating surfaces. Apply 0.05-0.07 Ounces (1.5-2.0 grams) of grease to the whole splined surface.
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  3. After applying the grease, remove the grease from the splined grooves at intervals of 2-3 splines and from the set ring groove so that air can bleed from the differential.
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  5. Place a new set ring in the set ring groove of the differential.
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  7. Clean the areas where the driveshaft contacts the differential with solvent and dry completely.
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  9. Insert the inboard end of the driveshaft into the differential until the set ring locks in the groove.
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  11. Install the outboard end into the hub.
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  13. Install the wheel sensor bracket.
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  15. Install the lower arm flange bolt and tighten to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
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  17. Install the upper arm bolt and tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
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  19. Install a new spindle nut and tighten to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm). Use a drift to stake the spindle nut shoulder once the nut is tightened to specification.
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  21. Install the wheel
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  23. Turn the wheel to make sure there is no binding between the driveshaft and wheel.
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  25. Refill the differential until the fluid level is at the bottom of the fill hole. A complete oil change would require 2.79 quarts of VTM-4 differential fluid. Install the plug and tighten to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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  27. Check and adjust the wheel alignment.
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