CTS 2006-2007, CTS-V 2005-2007, DTS 2006-2007

Halfshafts

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CV-Joints



Boot Inspection
  1. Raise and support vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Spin the tire to rotate haftshaft.
  4.  
  5. Check boots for excessive cracking.
  6.  
  7. Inspect for cuts or rips.
  8.  
  9. Look for loose or missing boot clamps.
  10.  
  11. Look for signs of excessive grease leaking from the boot.
  12.  
  13. Repair boot as needed.
  14.  

Overhaul
Inner Joint

Disassembly Procedure:

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Use a hand grinder in order to cut through the swage ring. Do not damage the tripod housing .
  4.  
  5. Remove the large boot retaining clamp from the tripod joint with side cutter.
  6.  
  7. Dispose of the large boot retaining clamp.
  8.  
  9. Separate the halfshaft inboard boot from the trilobal tripod bushing at the large diameter.
  10.  
  11. Slide the boot away from the joint along the halfshaft bar.
  12.  
  13. Remove the housing from the tripod joint spider and the halfshaft bar.
  14.  
  15. Remove and discard the trilobal tripod bushing from the housing.
  16.  
  17. Remove and discard the lower spacer ring from the groove on the halfshaft bar.
  18.  
  19. Slide tripod joint spider assembly off of the halfshaft bar.
  20.  
  21. Remove and discard the second spacer ring from the halfshaft bar.
  22.  
  23. Clean the following items with cleaning solvent:
    1. The tripod balls.
    2.  
    3. The needle rollers.
    4.  
    5. The housing.
    6.  

  24.  
  25. Remove all traces of old grease and any contaminates. Dry all parts
  26.  
  27. Inspect the following parts for damage or wear:
    1. The tripod joint spider assembly.
    2.  
    3. The housing.
    4.  
    5. The needle rollers.

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      Fig. Haftshaft component view

    6.  

  28.  

Assembly Procedure:

  1. Place the new small boot clamp onto the small end of the joint boot. Slide the joint boot and the small boot clamp onto the halfshaft bar.
  2.  
  3. Position the small end of the joint boot  into the joint boot groove on the halfshaft bar.
  4.  
  5. Mount J 41048 drive axle swage ring clamp in a vise and proceed as follows:
    1. Position the inboard end (1) of the halfshaft assembly in tool J 41048.
    2.  
    3. Align the top of boot neck on the bottom die using the indicator.
    4.  
    5. Place the top half of tool J 41048 on the lower half of tool J 41048.
    6.  
    7. Before proceeding, ensure there are no pinch points on the halfshaft inboard boot. This could cause damage to the halfshaft inboard boot.
    8.  
    9. Insert the bolts (2).
    10.  
    11. Tighten the bolts by hand until snug.

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      Fig. J 41048 and halfshaft mounted in a vise

    12.  

  6.  
  7. Align the following items:
    1. The halfshaft inboard boot (1).
    2.  
    3. The halfshaft bar boot grooves.
    4.  
    5. The swage ring (2)

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      Fig. Haftahaft boot (1), swage ring (2)

    6.  

  8.  
  9. Tighten each bolt of J 41048 to 180 degrees at a time using a ratchet wrench. Alternate between each bolt until both sides are bottomed
  10.  
  11. Install the spacer ring (2) on the halfshaft bar (1) in groove using J 8059.

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    Fig. Halfshaft bar (1), and spacer ring (2)

  12.  
  13. Slide the tripod joint spider assembly toward the spacer ring as far as it will go on the halfshaft bar.
  14.  
  15. Install the halfshaft bar retaining ring in the groove of the halfshaft bar.
  16.  
  17. Place approximately half of the grease from the service kit in the halfshaft inboard boot. Use the remainder of the grease to repack the housing
  18.  
  19. Install the trilobal tripod bushing to housing.
    NOTE
    Ensure the trilobal tripod bushing is flush with the face of the housing.

  20.  
  21. Position the larger new boot retaining clamp on the halfshaft inboard boot.
  22.  
  23. Slide the housing over the tripod joint spider assembly on the halfshaft bar.
  24.  
  25. Slide the large diameter of the halfshaft inboard boot, with the larger clamp in place, over the outside of the trilobal tripod bushing and locate the lip of the boot in the groove.
  26.  
  27. Carefully position the joint assembly.
  28.  
  29. Carefully insert a thin flat blunt tool (no sharp edges) between the large boot opening and the trilobal tripod bushing in order to equalize the pressure. Remove the tool.
  30.  
  31. Crimp the seal retaining clamp with J 35910 to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm). Add the breaker bar and the torque wrench to J 35910 if necessary. Verify dimension a = 0.085 inch (2.15 mm).

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    Fig. Crimp seal clamp with J 35910, Verify dimension a = 0.085 inch (2.15 mm).

  32.  
  33. Fully stroke the joint several times to disperse the grease.
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Outer Joint

Disassembly Procedure:

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the large boot retaining clamp from the CV joint with a side cutter. Discard the boot retaining clamp.
  4.  
  5. Remove the small boot retaining clamp from the halfshaft bar with a side cutter. Discard the boot retaining clamp.
  6.  
  7. Separate the outboard boot (5) from CV joint outer race (1) at the large diameter and slide the boot (5) away from the CV joint along the bar (4).
  8.  
  9. Wipe the grease from the face of the CV joint inner race (2).
  10.  
  11. Spread the ears on the race retaining ring (3) using J 8059 and remove the CV joint assembly from the bar (4).
  12.  
  13. Remove the boot (5) from the bar (4).

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    Fig. Race retaining ring removal shown

  14.  
  15. Use a brass drift and a hammer to gently tap on the CV joint cage (1) until it is tilted enough to remove the first chrome alloy ball (2).
  16.  
  17. Tilt cage in the opposite direction to remove the opposing ball (2).
  18.  
  19. Repeat this process until all 6 balls are removed.

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    Fig. Brass drift and a hammer used to tilt cage

  20.  
  21. Position the CV joint cage (4) and the CV joint inner race 90 degrees to the centerline of the CV joint outer race (1) and align the CV joint cage windows (3) with the lands of the CV joint outer race (1).
  22.  
  23. Remove the CV joint cage (4) and the CV joint inner race from the CV joint outer race (1).
  24.  
  25. Rotate the CV joint inner race 90 degrees to the centerline of the CV joint cage with the lands of the CV joint inner race (1) aligned with the windows of the CV joint cage (2).
  26.  
  27. Pivot the inner race into the cage window (2) and remove the inner race (1).

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    Fig. Pivot the inner race into the cage window for removal

  28.  
  29. Clean the following items thoroughly with cleaning solvent:
    1. The inner and outer races.
    2.  
    3. The CV joint cage.
    4.  
    5. The balls.
    6.  

  30.  
  31. Remove all traces of old grease and any contaminates.
  32.  
  33. Dry all the parts.
  34.  

Assembly Procedure:

  1. Place the new swage ring (2) onto the small end of the joint boot (1). Slide the boot (1) and the swage ring (2) onto the halfshaft bar.
  2.  
  3. Position the small end of the boot (1) into the boot groove (3) on the halfshaft bar.
  4.  
  5. Mount J 41048 drive axle swage ring clamp in a vise and proceed as follows:
    1. Position the inboard end (1) of the halfshaft assembly in tool J 41048.
    2.  
    3. Align the top of boot neck on the bottom die using the indicator.
    4.  
    5. Place the top half of tool J 41048 on the lower half of tool J 41048.
    6.  
    7. Before proceeding, ensure there are no pinch points on the halfshaft inboard boot. This could cause damage to the halfshaft inboard boot.
    8.  
    9. Insert the bolts (2).
    10.  
    11. Tighten the bolts by hand until snug.

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      Fig. J 41048 and halfshaft mounted in a vise

    12.  

  6.  
  7. Align the following items:
    1. The halfshaft inboard boot (1).
    2.  
    3. The halfshaft bar boot grooves.
    4.  
    5. The swage ring (2)

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      Fig. Haftahaft boot (1), swage ring (2)

    6.  

  8.  
  9. Tighten each bolt of J 41048 to 180 degrees at a time using a ratchet wrench. Alternate between each bolt until both sides are bottomed.
  10.  
  11. Put a light coat of grease from the service kit on the ball grooves of the inner race and the outer race (1).
  12.  
  13. Hold inner race 90 degrees to the centerline of the cage (4) with the lands of the inner race aligned with the windows of the cage and insert the inner race into the cage.
  14.  
  15. Hold the cage and the inner race 90 degrees to the centerline of the outer race (1) and align the cage windows (3) with the lands of the outer race (2).
    NOTE
    Ensure that the retaining ring side of the inner race faces the halfshaft bar.

  16.  
  17. Place the cage (4) and the inner race into the outer race (1).
  18.  
  19. Insert the first chrome ball then tilt the cage in the opposite direction to insert the opposing ball.
  20.  
  21. Repeat this process until all 6 balls are in place.
  22.  
  23. Place approximately half the grease from the service kit inside the outboard boot and pack the CV joint with the remaining grease.

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    Fig. Place the cage and the inner race into the outer race

  24.  
  25. Push the CV joint onto the halfshaft bar until the retaining ring is seated in the groove on the bar.
  26.  
  27. Slide large diameter of the outboard boot with the large boot retaining clamp in place over the outside of the CV joint outer race (3) and locate the boot lip in the groove on the CV joint outer race.
  28.  
  29. Crimp the seal retaining clamp with J 35910 to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm). Add the breaker bar and the torque wrench to J 35910 if necessary.
  30.  

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. If equipped with road sensing suspension, disconnect the level sensor link from the ball stud on the lower control arm.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle. DO NOT loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
  10.  
  11. Insert a drift or punch into the brake rotor and against the brake caliper in order to prevent the wheel hub and bearing from turning.
    WARNING
    The front wheel drive axle nut must not be reused. Replace the front wheel drive axle nut with a NEW nut whenever it is removed.

  12.  
  13. Disconnect the electrical connector from the wheel speed sensor and reposition the wiring harness away from the ball joint.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  16.  
  17. Install the J 45859, CJ129 Universal Hub Puller or equivalent to the wheel bearing/hub.
  18.  
  19. Using the J 45859 , CJ129 Universal Hub Puller or equivalent , carefully disengage the wheel drive shaft from the wheel bearing/hub.

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    Fig. Hub removal tool shown

  20.  
  21. Using an axle removal tool, carefully remove the wheel drive shaft axle.
  22.  

To install:

  1. Install the wheel drive shaft axle to the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Verify that the wheel drive shaft is properly engaged to the transaxle by grasping the inner tripod housing and pulling outward. Do not pull on the wheel drive shaft bar.
  4.  
  5. Install the wheel drive shaft to the hub and bearing.
  6.  
  7. Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the ball joint nut to 22 ft. lbs, (30 Nm). Then tighten the nut an additional 210 degrees.
  10.  
  11. Connect the wheel speed sensor electrical connector.
  12.  
  13. Install the stabilizer shaft link. Tighten the stabilizer link nut to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Insert a drift or punch into the rotor and against the caliper in order to prevent the hub and bearing from turning.
  16.  
  17. Thoroughly clean the residue from the male threads of the wheel drive axle by using denatured alcohol or equivalent and allow to dry.
  18.  
  19. Apply threadlocker GM US P/N 12345493 (Canadian P/N 10953488), or equivalent to two-thirds of the threaded length of male threads of the wheel drive axles. Ensure that there are no gaps in the threadlocker along the length of the filled area of the threads.
  20.  
  21. Allow the threadlocker to cure approximately ten minutes before installation.
  22.  
  23. Install the new wheel drive shaft spindle nut to the wheel drive shaft.
  24.  
  25. Tighten the wheel drive shaft spindle nut to 170 ft. lbs. (230 Nm).
  26.  
  27. Connect the outer tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
  28.  
  29. Tighten the outer tie rod retaining nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm), and 1 / 6 additional turn.
  30.  
  31. Install the tire and wheel.
  32.  
  33. Lower the vehicle.
  34.  
  35. Adjust the front toe.
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