Avenger 2008

With Automatic Transaxle

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CV-Boot Inspection



  1. Check the driveshaft boots for damage and deterioration.
    1. Raise the front of the vehicle
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    3. Rotate the axle and inspect for cracked or ripped CV boot material on the inner and outer CV-joints.
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    5. Repeat these steps on both sides of vehicle.
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  3. 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



With Intermediate Shaft

Specific to:

Chrysler Sebring 2008-2009

Dodge Avenger 2008-2009


NOTE
Never grasp the halfshaft assembly by the inner or outer boots. This can cause damage to the boot, which will allow contaminants to enter the C/V joint.


NOTE
The inner tripod joints are designed with a retention feature that prevents the tripod rollers from coming out of the inner joint housing up to a specific load. If this feature is overcome and any of the rollers are pulled past the retention feature the joint will -lock-up- and no longer function properly. The entire halfshaft assembly must be replaced if this occurs.


NOTE
Some halfshafts use a tuned rubber damper weight to cancel vibration. When replacing a halfshaft assembly, be sure the replacement halfshaft has a damper.

  1. Raise vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. With the vehicle's brakes applied to keep hub from turning, loosen the halfshaft nut (2).
    NOTE
    The hub nut is a single use type. A new nut is required for reassembly. Do not re-use the hub nut.



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    Fig. Loosen the halfshaft nut (2)

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  7. Remove the nut (2) from the halfshaft (1).
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  9. Remove the two front disc brake caliper adapter to steering knuckle attaching bolts (4).

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    Fig. Remove the two front disc brake caliper adapter to steering knuckle attaching bolts (4)

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  11. Remove the disc brake caliper assembly from the steering knuckle. Caliper assembly is removed by first rotating top of caliper assembly away from steering knuckle (1) and then removing bottom of assembly out from under machined abutment on steering knuckle (1).
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  13. Support disc brake caliper assembly by using a wire hook (4) and suspending it from the strut assembly (5). Do not allow the brake caliper assembly to hang by the brake flex hose (2).
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  15. Remove the brake rotor from the hub and bearing assembly.
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  17. Remove the steering knuckle-to-strut attachment bolts (2) from the steering knuckle (3).

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    Fig. Remove the steering knuckle-to-strut attachment bolts (2) from the steering knuckle (3)

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  19. Pull the steering knuckle from the strut clevis bracket.
    NOTE
    Due to tight tolerances, the outer C/V Joint might have to be forced apart from the bearing hub. To avoid damaging the axle halfshaft threads during removal, install the hub nut (4) so that approximately half of the threads are engaged on the shaft (2), and use a soft faced hammer (1) to tap the shaft out of the hub.


    NOTE
    Care must be taken not to separate the inner C/V joint during this operation. Do not allow halfshaft to hang by inner C/V joint after removing outer C/V Joint from the hub/bearing assembly in steering knuckle, end of halfshaft must be supported.



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    Fig. Install the hub nut (4) so that approximately half the threads are engaged on the shaft, and use a soft faced hammer (1) to tap the shaft (2) out of the hub

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  21. Pull steering knuckle assembly down and away from the outer C/V joint of the halfshaft assembly while pulling the joint out of the hub bearing.
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  23. Support the outer end of the halfshaft assembly. Insert a pry bar between inner tripod joint and the intermediate shaft (3), or the transaxle case if removing the left halfshaft. Pry against inner tripod joint (1), until tripod joint retaining snap-ring is disengaged from the intermediate shaft or transaxle side gear.
    NOTE
    Vehicle with 3.5L engine shown, all others equipped with an intermediate shaft are similar.



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    Fig. Insert a pry bar between inner tripod joint and the intermediate shaft (3), or the transaxle case if removing the left halfshaft. Pry against inner tripod joint (1)

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  25. Remove the left axle halfshaft (1) or right axle halfshaft (2).

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    Fig. Remove the left axle halfshaft (1) or right axle halfshaft (2)

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To install:


NOTE
The inner tripod joints are designed with a retention feature that prevents the tripod rollers from coming out of the inner joint housing up to a specific load. If this feature is overcome and any of the rollers are pulled past the retention feature the joint will -lock-up- and no longer function properly. The entire halfshaft assembly must be replaced if this occurs.


NOTE
Some halfshafts use a tuned rubber damper weight. When replacing a halfshaft assembly, be sure the replacement halfshaft has the same damper weight as the original.


NOTE
3.5L Shown, all others equipped with an intermediate shaft are similar.


NOTE
Care must be taken not to separate the inner C/V joint during this operation. Do not allow halfshaft to hang by inner C/V joint after removing outer C/V Joint from the hub/bearing assembly in steering knuckle, end of halfshaft must be supported.

  1. Thoroughly clean spline and oil seal sealing surface, on tripod joint. Lightly lubricate oil seal sealing surface on tripod joint with fresh clean transmission lubricant.
    NOTE
    Verify the snap ring is fully engaged by attempting to remove tripod joint by hand. If snap ring is fully engaged, tripod joint will not be removable by hand.

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  3. Holding halfshaft assembly by tripod joint and interconnecting shaft, install tripod joint into transaxle side gear (left side) or the intermediate shaft (right side) as far as possible by hand. Be sure to engage splines prior to applying force.
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  5. Install the outer C/V joint into the hub while moving the steering knuckle as necessary to align the axle halfshaft end with the splined hole in the hub.
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  7. Install the steering knuckle to the strut clevis bracket.
  8.  
  9. Install the steering knuckle-to-strut attachment bolts. Install the nuts. While holding the bolts in place, tighten the nuts to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the brake rotor to the hub and bearing assembly.
  12.  
  13. Install the disc brake caliper assembly to the steering knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Install the two front disc brake caliper adapter to steering knuckle guide pin bolts. Tighten the guide pin bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
    NOTE
    The hub nut is a single use type. A new nut is required for reassembly. Do not re-use the hub nut.

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  17. Install a new hub nut and snug it. Do not torque it at this time
  18.  
  19. While a helper applies the brakes to keep the hub from rotating, tighten the hub nut to 118 ft. lbs. (160 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  22.  

Without Intermediate Shaft

Specific to:

Chrysler Sebring 2008-2009

Dodge Avenger 2008-2009


NOTE
Never grasp the halfshaft assembly by the inner or outer boots doing so may damage to the boot.


NOTE
The inner tripod joints are designed with a retention feature that prevents the tripod rollers from coming out of the inner joint housing up to a specific load. If this feature is overcome and any of the rollers are pulled past the retention feature the joint will -lock-up- and no longer function properly. The entire halfshaft assembly must be replaced if this occurs.


NOTE
Some halfshafts use a tuned rubber damper weight. When replacing a halfshaft assembly, be sure the replacement halfshaft has a damper weight.

  1. Raise vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Apply the service brakes to keep hub from turning, then loosen the halfshaft nut (2).
    NOTE
    Do not re-use the hub nut. The hub nut is a single-use type. A new hub nut is required for reassembly.

  6.  
  7. Remove the nut (2) from the halfshaft (1) and discard it.

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    Fig. Remove the nut (2) from the halfshaft (1) and discard it

  8.  
  9. Remove the two front disc brake caliper adapter to steering knuckle attaching bolts (4).

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    Fig. Remove the two front disc brake caliper adapter to steering knuckle attaching bolts (4)

  10.  
  11. Remove the disc brake caliper assembly from the steering knuckle. Caliper assembly is removed by first rotating top of caliper assembly away from steering knuckle and then removing bottom of assembly out from under machined abutment on steering knuckle.
  12.  
  13. Support disc brake caliper assembly by using a wire hook and suspending it from the strut assembly. Do not allow the brake caliper assembly to hang by the brake flex hose.
  14.  
  15. Remove the brake rotor from the hub and bearing assembly.
  16.  
  17. Remove the steering knuckle-to-strut attachment bolts (2) from the steering knuckle (3).

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    Fig. Remove the steering knuckle-to-strut attachment bolts (2) from the steering knuckle (3)

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  19. Pull the steering knuckle from the strut clevis bracket.
    NOTE
    Due to tight tolerances, the outer C/V joint might have to be forced apart from the bearing hub. To avoid damaging the axle halfshaft threads during removal, install the hub nut (4) so that approximately half the threads are engaged on the shaft, and use a soft faced hammer (1) to tap the shaft (2) out of the hub.


    NOTE
    Care must be taken not to separate the inner C/V joint during this operation. Do not allow halfshaft to hang by inner C/V joint after removing outer C/V Joint from the hub/bearing assembly in steering knuckle, end of halfshaft must be supported.



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    Fig. Install the hub nut (4) so that approximately half the threads are engaged on the shaft, and use a soft faced hammer (1) to tap the shaft (2) out of the hub

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  21. Pull steering knuckle assembly down and away from the outer C/V joint of the halfshaft assembly while pulling the joint out of the hub bearing.
    NOTE
    Transaxle fluid might leak when the halfshaft is removed from the transaxle.

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  23. Support the outer end of the halfshaft assembly. Insert a pry bar between inner tripod joint and transaxle case (2). Pry against inner tripod joint (1), until tripod joint retaining snap-ring is disengaged from transaxle side gear.
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  25. Pull the steering knuckle assembly down and away from the outer C/V joint of the halfshaft assembly while pulling the halfshaft (1) out of the transmission.

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    Fig. Pull the steering knuckle assembly down and away from the outer C/V joint of the halfshaft assembly

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  27. Remove the halfshaft.
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To install:

  1. Position the left or right halfshafts for installation.
    NOTE
    The inner tripod joints are designed with a retention feature that prevents the tripod rollers from coming out of the inner joint housing up to a specific load. If this feature is overcome and any of the rollers are pulled past the retention feature the joint will -lock-up- and no longer function properly. The entire halfshaft assembly must be replaced if this occurs.


    NOTE
    Some halfshafts use a tuned rubber damper weight. When replacing a halfshaft assembly, be sure the replacement halfshaft has the same damper weight as the original.

  2.  
  3. Thoroughly clean spline and oil seal sealing surface, on tripod joint. Lightly lubricate oil seal sealing surface on tripod joint with fresh clean transmission lubricant.
  4.  
  5. Holding halfshaft assembly by tripod joint and interconnecting shaft, install tripod joint into transaxle side gear as far as possible by hand. Be sure to engage splines prior to applying force.
  6.  
  7. Install the one piece halfshaft into the transmission Test that snap-ring is fully engaged by attempting to remove tripod joint by hand. If snap-ring is fully engaged, tripod joint will not be removable by hand.
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  9. Forcefully push the tripod joint into the transaxle side gear, until snap-ring is engaged. Test that snap-ring is fully engaged by attempting to remove tripod joint by hand. If snap-ring is fully engaged, tripod joint will not be removable by hand.
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  11. Clean all debris and moisture out of steering knuckle, in the area were outer CV joint will be installed into steering knuckle.
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  13. Ensure that front of outer CV joint which fits against the face of the hub and bearing is free of debris and moisture before installing outer CV joint into hub and bearing assembly.
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  15. Slide halfshaft back into front hub and bearing assembly.
    CAUTION
    The steering knuckle to strut assembly attaching bolts are serrated and must not be turned during installation. Install nuts while holding bolts stationary in the steering knuckle.


    CAUTION
    If the vehicle being serviced is equipped with eccentric strut assembly attaching bolts, the eccentric bolt must be installed in the bottom (slotted) hole on the strut clevis bracket.

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  17. Install steering knuckle in clevis bracket of strut damper assembly. Install the strut damper to steering knuckle attaching bolts. Tighten both bolts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) plus an additional 1 / 4 turn.
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  19. Install braking disc on hub and bearing assembly.
  20.  
  21. Install disc brake caliper assembly on steering knuckle. Caliper is installed by first sliding bottom of caliper assembly under abutment on steering knuckle, and then rotating top of caliper against top abutment.
  22.  
  23. Install disc brake caliper adapter to steering knuckle attaching bolts. Tighten the disc brake caliper adapter attaching bolts to 125 ft. lbs. (169 Nm).
    NOTE
    Install a new hub nut, the original hub nut is one-time use only, and must be discarded when removed.

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  25. Clean all foreign matter from the threads of the outer CV joint. Install the halfshaft to hub/bearing assembly nut on halfshaft and securely tighten nut.
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  27. With the brakes applied to keep hub from turning, tighten the hub nut to 118 ft. lbs. (160 Nm).
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  29. Install front wheel and tire assembly. Install and tighten the wheel mounting stud nuts in proper sequence until all nuts are torqued to half the required specification. Then repeat the tightening sequence to the full specified torque of 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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  31. Lower vehicle.
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  33. Check for correct fluid level in transaxle assembly.
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