Catera 2000-2001

CV-Joints

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Overhaul




NOTE
This procedure requires the use of seal clamp pliers, special tool J35910 or equivalent.



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Fig. Servicing the wheel drive shaft assembly

  1. Position the wheel drive shaft assembly into a vise (1) which has non-marring inserts.
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  3. Remove the large seal retaining clamp (4) from the inboard cross groove joint with a side cutter and discard the clamp.
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  5. Remove the small seal retaining clamp (5) from the wheel drive shaft bar (2) with a side cutter and discard the clamp.
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  7. Slide the seal away from the joint.
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  9. Clean any lubricant from the face of cross-groove joint inner race.

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    Fig. Removing the inner joint and seal

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  11. Use a brass drift and a hammer to carefully tap on the inner race (3) of the cross groove joint (2). Do not damage the inner race.
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  13. Remove the retaining ring from the wheel drive shaft bar (1) and discard the retaining ring.
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  15. Remove the seal (4) from the wheel drive shaft bar and discard the seal.
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To install:

  1. Pack the inboard cross groove joint with approximately one-half of the grease provided in the service kit.
  2.  
  3. Position a new small seal retaining clamp on neck of seal.
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  5. Position the new large seal retaining clamp around the joint seal.
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  7. Clean the wheel drive shaft bar. Use a wire brush to remove any corrosion in the seal mounting grooves.
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  9. Install the seal on the wheel drive shaft bar.
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  11. Install the new retaining ring onto the wheel drive shaft bar.
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  13. While supporting the outboard cross groove assembly, place the wheel drive shaft assembly on the arbor press with the inboard cross groove assembly under the press head.

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    Fig. Using an arbor press in install CV joint

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  15. Place a block of wood over the inboard cross groove assembly before lowering the press head.
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  17. Press the inboard cross groove assembly onto the wheel drive shaft bar until fully seated.
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  19. Remove the wheel drive shaft assembly from the arbor press.
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  21. Place the wheel drive shaft assembly into the vise.
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  23. Position the joint seal into the groove on the wheel drive shaft bar.

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    Fig. Securing the small retaining clamp with J35910 or equivalent

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  25. Using the J 35910 with a breaker bar (3) and torque wrench (2), secure the small seal retaining clamp and tighten the clamp to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
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  27. Continue to tighten the small seal retaining clamp until the base of the omega (ohms) shape has a gap width of 0.085 in. (2.15 mm).
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  29. Place the remaining grease into the joint seal.
    NOTE
    The seal must not be dimpled, stretched or out of shape in any way. If the seal is not shaped correctly, equalize pressure on the seal and shape the seal properly by hand.

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  31. Position the large seal clamp onto the joint seal.

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    Fig. Securing the large retaining clamp with J35910 or equivalent

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  33. Secure the large seal retaining clamp by using J35910 with a breaker bar (2) and a torque wrench (1).
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  35. Tighten the clamp to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
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  37. Continue to tighten the large seal retaining clamp until the base of the omega (ohms) shape has a gap width of 0.102 in. (2.60 mm).
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