Bonneville, LeSabre, Park Avenue 2000-2005

Removal & Installation

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Automatic Transaxle




WARNING
Use care when removing the halfshaft to prevent the inner CV-joint from becoming over-extended. Over-extension of the joint could result in separation of internal components and possible joint failure.

  1. Install a boot protector on the outer CV-joint boot.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Speed sensor connector
     

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  5. Loosen the stabilizer shaft link assembly bolt (to accommodate ball joint separation).
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  7. Remove the ball joint cotter pin and nut. Loosen the joint.
    NOTE
    The grease fitting may have to be removed from the ball joint for tool access.

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  9. Separate the lower control arm from the joint.
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  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Hub nut
     
    Halfshaft from the hub using tool J 28733
     

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  13. Move the strut and knuckle rearward.
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  15. Remove the halfshaft from the transaxle using tool J 42129 Axle Shaft Remover and tool J 2619-01 Slide Hammer.
    WARNING
    If equipped with anti-lock brakes, care must be used to prevent damage to the toothed sensor ring on the halfshaft and the wheel speed sensor on the steering knuckle.



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    Fig. Remove the halfshaft from the transaxle using tool J 42129 Axle Shaft Remover and tool J 2619-01 Slide Hammer

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To install:


NOTE
If installing the right halfshaft, install a seal protector, so that it can be pulled out after the halfshaft is installed.

  1. Install the halfshaft into the transaxle by placing a drift pin or punch into the groove on the joint housing and tapping lightly until seated. Verify that the halfshaft is seated by grasping the inner joint housing and pulling. DO NOT pull on the halfshaft.
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  3. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    Tighten the nut up to one more flat in order to align the slot with the hole in the stud.



    Halfshaft into the hub/bearing assembly with new hub nut and tighten to 118 ft. lbs. (160 Nm)
     
    Ball joint into the steering knuckle. Torque the nut to 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm), plus an additional 120 degree turn during which a torque of 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) must be obtained.
     

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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Stabilizer shaft link assembly. Torque the nut to 14 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
     
    Speed sensor connector
     
    Front wheel
     

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  7. If a seal protector was installed, remove it by pulling in line with the handle.
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  9. Road test for proper operation.
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