Altima 2007-2009

Halfshafts

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CV-Boots Inspection



Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

  1. Check the rubber boot for cracks and/or tears.
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  3. Check the metal boot bands for breaks, looseness or other damage.
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  5. Replace any defective parts.
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CV-Joint Overhaul



Halfshaft Support Bearing

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2007-2008

  1. Pry outer dust shield from slide joint assembly using a suitable tool.
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  3. Remove snap ring.
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  5. Press support bearing assembly off shaft.
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  7. Remove dust shield.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Use new dust shields and snap ring.
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Inner Joint

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2007-2008

  1. Mount halfshaft in a vise.
    WARNING
    When mounting shaft in a vise, always use copper or aluminum plates between vise and shaft.

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  3. To remove inner joint:

    Remove boot bands and slide the boot back.
     
    Put matching marks on slide joint housing and shaft, then pull out shaft from slide joint housing.
     
    Put matching marks on spider assembly and shaft.
     
    Remove snap ring, then remove spider assembly from shaft.
     
    Remove boot from shaft.

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    Fig. Halfshaft components: inner joint can be rebuilt. Right side halfshaft shown.

     

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To install:

  1. Cover halfshaft spline with tape to prevent damage to boot during installation.
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  3. Install new boot and new small boot band on shaft. Do not reuse boot or boot band.
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  5. Remove protective tape from halfshaft spline.
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  7. Align matching mark on spider assembly with matching mark on shaft and install spider assembly with chamfer facing shaft.
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  9. Install new snapring. Do not reuse old snapring.
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  11. Apply new ball joint grease to spider assembly and sliding surface.
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  13. Install the slide joint housing onto the spider assembly and pack with the same grease.
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  15. Make sure there is no grease on the outside of the joint housing and fit the boot securely into the grooves on the housing.
    WARNING
    Boot may break if boot installation length is not correct.

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  17. Make sure boot installation length -L- is correct: L = 7.5 in. (190 mm)
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  19. Insert a flat-bladed screwdriver into the large end of boot to bleed air from boot to prevent boot deformation.
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  21. Secure large end of boot with new boot band. Do not reuse old boot band.

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    Fig. When assembling inner CV-joint, make sure boot length -L- is correct

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Outer Joint

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2007-2008

  1. Remove boot bands and slide the boot back.
  2.  
  3. Screw a slide hammer 1.2 in (30 mm) or more into threaded part of joint. Pull joint straight off of shaft.
    WARNING
    If joint assembly cannot be removed after five or more unsuccessful attempts, replace the entire halfshaft assembly.

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  5. Remove circlip from shaft.
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  7. Remove boot from shaft.

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    Fig. Altima outer CV-joint snap ring removal

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To install:

  1. Cover halfshaft spline with tape to prevent damage to the boot.
  2.  
  3. Install a new small boot band on shaft, then the new boot. Do not reuse old boot or boot band.
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  5. Remove protective tape.
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  7. Install a new circlip to shaft, making sure it fits securely into the groove. Do not reuse old circlip.
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  9. Thread castle nut onto joint and fit joint onto shaft.
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  11. Drive joint home over the circlip with a mallet.
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  13. Pack the joint with new CV-joint grease. Pack the remainder of the grease into boot.
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  15. Make sure there is no grease on the outside of the joint housing and fit the boot securely into the grooves on the housing.
    WARNING
    Boot may break if boot installation length is not correct.

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  17. Make sure boot installation length from groove on the joint to the groove on the shaft is 5.6 in. (142 mm). Insert a flat-bladed screwdriver into the large end of boot to bleed air from boot to prevent boot deformation.
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  19. Fit new boot bands and tighten securely using the proper tool.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2007-2008

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove wheel speed sensor from steering knuckle.
    WARNING
    Do not pull on sensor wiring harness.

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  5. Remove cotter pin, then loosen hub lock nut. Temporarily leave the nut installed to prevent damage to threads.
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  7. Remove nuts and bolts securing steering knuckle to strut assembly. Alternately, remove the bolt to separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  9. Separate the halfshaft from the wheel hub and bearing assembly by lightly tapping the end of the shaft using a hammer and brass drift or wood block, then remove hub lock nut.
    NOTE
    Use a suitable puller if hub and shaft cannot be separated using the above procedure.

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  11. Remove the halfshaft from the wheel hub and bearing assembly.
    WARNING
    Do not apply an excessive angle to halfshaft joint when removing from the wheel hub and bearing assembly. Do not excessively extend inner joint or allow the shaft to hang by the joint. Support the entire halfshaft.

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  13. To remove the right side halfshaft, remove the bolts and plate from the support bearing bracket.
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  15. Carefully pry off halfshaft from transaxle assembly.
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  17. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the castle nut to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm) and install a new cotter pin. Torque the steering knuckle bolts to 110 ft. lbs. (150 Nm). Torque the ball joint pinch bolt to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).

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    Fig. Carefully pry the halfshaft out of the transaxle.



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    Fig. Altima right side halfshaft components

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Left Side

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

  1. Remove wheel and tire.
  2.  
  3. Remove wheel sensor from steering knuckle.
  4.  
  5. Remove cotter pin. Then remove lock nut from drive shaft.

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    Fig. Left side front drive shaft

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  7. Remove brake hose lock plate. Then remove brake hose from strut.
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  9. Remove brake caliper, leaving hydraulic brake line attached. Hang caliper aside using wire.
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  11. Remove front strut to steering knuckle bolts and nuts, then separate steering knuckle front strut.
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  13. Remove drive shaft from wheel hub and bearing assembly, using a puller or suitable tool.
    CAUTION
    When removing drive shaft, do not apply an excessive angle to drive shaft joint. Also be careful not to excessively extend slide joint.

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  15. Remove the left side drive shaft from the transaxle.
    1. Remove drive shaft from transaxle using Tool and drive shaft puller or suitable tool.
    2.  
    3. Set Tool KV40107500 and a drive shaft puller or suitable tool between drive shaft (slide joint side) and transaxle as shown, then remove drive shaft.

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      Fig. Set Tool and a drive shaft puller or suitable tool between drive shaft (slide joint side) and transaxle as shown, then remove drive shaft

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To install:

  1. Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Note the following:
    CAUTION
    Do not reuse non-reusable parts.

    1. In order to prevent damage to differential side oil seal, place Tool KV38106700 (J-34296) (A) onto oil seal before inserting drive shaft as shown. Slide drive shaft into slide joint and tap with a hammer to install securely.

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      Fig. Place Tool KV38106700 (J-34296) (A) onto oil seal before inserting drive shaft as shown

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    3. Install new circlip on drive shaft in the circular clip groove on transaxle side.
      CAUTION
      Make sure the new circlip on the drive shaft is securely fastened.

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    5. After its insertion, try to pull the flange out of the slide joint by hand.
      CAUTION
      If it pulls out, the circlip is not properly meshed with the transaxle side gear.

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Right Side

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

  1. Remove wheel and tire.
  2.  
  3. Remove wheel sensor from steering knuckle.
  4.  
  5. Remove cotter pin. Then remove lock nut from drive shaft.

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    Fig. Exploded view of right side drive shaft assembly

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  7. Remove brake hose lock plate. Then remove brake hose from strut.
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  9. Remove brake caliper, leaving hydraulic brake line attached. Hang caliper aside using wire.
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  11. Remove front strut to steering knuckle bolts and nuts, then separate steering knuckle front strut.
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  13. Remove drive shaft from wheel hub and bearing assembly, using a puller or suitable tool.
    CAUTION
    When removing drive shaft, do not apply an excessive angle to drive shaft joint. Also be careful not to excessively extend slide joint.

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  15. Remove the retaining bracket bolts, and separate drive shaft from transaxle.

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    Fig. Remove the retaining bracket bolts, and separate drive shaft from transaxle

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To install:

  1. Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Note the following:
    CAUTION
    Do not reuse non-reusable parts.

    1. Tighten retaining bracket bolts and support bearing bracket bolts to specifications.
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    3. For QR25DE models, install the retaining bracket with the notch facing up and follow the bolt tightening order.
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    5. In order to prevent damage to differential side oil seal, place Tool (A) onto oil seal before inserting drive shaft as shown. Slide drive shaft into slide joint and tap with a hammer to install securely.
    6.  
    7. Install new circlip on drive shaft in the circular clip groove on transaxle side.
      CAUTION
      Make sure the new circlip on the drive shaft is securely fastened.

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    9. After its insertion, try to pull the flange out of the slide joint by hand.
      CAUTION
      If it pulls out, the circlip is not properly meshed with the transaxle side gear.

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