Century, Grand Prix, Impala, Intrigue, Lumina, Monte Carlo, Regal 2001-2005

Halfshafts

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CV-Joints



Overhaul
Inner
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Halfshaft
     
    Swage ring using a hand grinder
     
    Large CV-joint boot clamp, cut and discard it
     
    CV-joint boot by sliding it away from the tri-pod joint
     
    Tri-pod housing from the tri-pod spider
     
    Trilobal tri-pod bushing from the housing
     
    Inboard spacer ring slide it rearward on the shaft using Snapring Pliers Tool J-8059
     
    Outboard retaining ring using Snapring Pliers Tool J-8059
     
    Tri-pod joint spider assembly
     
    Inboard spacer ring and CV-joint boot
     

  4.  
  5. Thoroughly clean and inspect all parts.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the inner (tri-pod) joint



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    Fig. Positioning the inner CV-joint boot seal and swage ring-Inner (tri-pod) joint



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    Fig. View of the swage ring crimping tool-Inner (tri-pod) joint



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    Fig. Boot measurement-Inner (tri-pod) joint



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    Fig. Crimping the large CV-joint boot ring-Inner (tri-pod) joint

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Swage ring clamp
     
    CV-joint boot
     

  2.  
  3. Position the CV-joint boot seal into the axle shaft-s joint seal groove and align the swage ring clamp on the boot.
  4.  
  5. Secure the swage ring clamp as follows:
    1. Mount the lower half of Tool J-41048 in a vise.
    2.  
    3. Position the outboard of the halfshaft in the tool.
    4.  
    5. Position the upper end of Tool J-41048 onto the lower half.
      WARNING
      Make sure that there are no pinch points on the inboard seal.

    6.  
    7. Insert both bolts and tighten by hand until snug.
    8.  
    9. Tighten each bolt 180 degree ( 1 / 2 turn) at a time, alternating between the bolts, until both sides are bottomed.
    10.  
    11. Remove the tool.
    12.  

  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    Make sure the boot lies flat against the trilobal bushing.



    Inboard spacer ring, slide it rearward on the shaft using Snapring Pliers Tool J-8059
     
    Tri-pod joint spider assembly onto the shaft
     
    Outboard retaining ring into the axle shaft groove using Snapring Pliers Tool J-8059
     
    Tri-pod joint spider assembly, slide it against the outboard retaining ring
     
    Inboard spacer ring, seat it in the groove
     
    1 / 2 kit grease into the boot
     
    1 / 2 kit grease into the tri-pod housing
     
    Trilobal tip-pot bushing flush with the tri-pod housing face
     
    New large seal clamp onto the CV-joint boot
     
    Tri-pod housing, slide it over the tri-pod joint spider assembly
     
    CV-joint boot/clamp, slide it into place, over the trilobal tri-pod bushing with the seal lip in the groove
     

  8.  
  9. Position the CV-joint boot so it measures 4.9 in. (125mm).
  10.  
  11. Using the Crimp Tool J-35910, a torque wrench and a breaker bar, crimp the large CV-joint boot camp to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft
     
    Front wheel
     

  14.  

Outer
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Halfshaft
     
    Swage ring using a hand grinder
     
    Large boot clamp, cut and discard it
     
    CV-joint boot, slide it away from the CV-joint
     
    CV-joint assembly by spreading the inner race-to-axle shaft retaining ring ears using Snapring Pliers Tool J-8059
     
    CV-joint boot from the axle shaft and discard it
     

  4.  
  5. Disassemble the chrome alloy balls from the CV-joint cage as follows:
    1. Position a brass drift against the CV-joint cage and tap it with a hammer to tilt the cage.
    2.  
    3. Chrome alloy ball from the cage.
    4.  
    5. Tilt the cage in the opposite direction.
    6.  
    7. Remove the opposite chrome alloy ball.
    8.  
    9. Repeat the procedure until all 6 balls are removed.
    10.  

  6.  
  7. Disassemble the CV-joint cage and inner race as follows:
    1. Pivot the cage and race 90 degrees to the center line of the outer race.
    2.  
    3. Align the cage windows with outer race lands.
    4.  
    5. Remove the cage from the outer race.
    6.  
    7. Rotate the inner race upward and remove it from the cage.
    8.  

  8.  
  9. Thoroughly clean and inspect all parts.

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    Fig. Disconnecting the outer CV-joint from the axle shaft



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    Fig. Tilting the cage-Outer CV-joint



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    Fig. View the cage and inner race-Outer CV-joint



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    Fig. Positioning the boot-Outer CV-joint

  10.  

To install:

  1. Lubricate the parts with a light coat of grease.
  2.  
  3. Assemble the CV-joint cage and inner race, as follows:
    1. Rotate the inner race 90 degrees to the cage centerline.
    2.  
    3. Align the cage windows with inner race lands.
    4.  
    5. Insert the inner race into the cage by rotating the inner race downward.
    6.  
    7. Insert the cage/inner race into the outer race.
    8.  

  4.  
  5. Assemble the chrome alloy balls into the CV-joint cage, as follows:
    1. Position a brass drift against the CV-joint cage and tap it with a hammer to tilt the cage.
    2.  
    3. Insert the 1st chrome alloy ball into the cage.
    4.  
    5. Tilt the cage in the opposite direction.
    6.  
    7. Insert the opposite chrome alloy ball.
    8.  
    9. Repeat the procedure until all 6 balls are inserted.
    10.  

  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    1 / 2 kit grease into the CV-joint boot
     
    1 / 2 kit grease into the CV-joint
     
    Swage ring clamp
     
    CV-joint boot
     
    CV-joint onto the axle shaft until the retaining ring seats into the groove
     

  8.  
  9. Position the CV-joint boot seal into the axle shaft-s joint seal groove and align the swage ring clamp on the boot.
  10.  
  11. Secure the swage ring clamp as follows:
    1. Mount the lower half of tool J-41048 in a vise.
    2.  
    3. Position the outboard of the halfshaft in the tool.
    4.  
    5. Position the upper end of tool J-41048 onto the lower half.
      WARNING
      Make sure that there are no pinch points on the inboard seal.

    6.  
    7. Insert both bolts and tighten by hand until snug.
    8.  
    9. Tighten each bolt 180 degree ( 1 / 2 ) turn at a time, alternating between the bolts, until both sides are bottomed.
    10.  
    11. Remove the tool.
    12.  

  12.  
  13. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    Make sure the boot lies flat against the outer race.



    New large seal clamp onto the CV-joint boot
     
    CV-joint boot/clamp, slide it into place, over the outer race with the seal lip in the groove
     

  14.  
  15. Using the Crimp Tool J-35910, a torque wrench and a breaker bar, crimp the large CV-joint boot clamp to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft
     
    Front wheel
     

  18.  

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Stabilizer shaft link
     
    Drive shaft nut
     
    Outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle
     
    Ball joint from the steering knuckle
     

  4.  
  5. Press the axle shaft through the hub.
    WARNING
    To prevent damage to the inner CV-joint, do not pull on the axle shaft to remove it from the transaxle.



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    Fig. Use a puller to press the axle shaft through the hub/bearing assembly

  6.  
  7. Place a drain pan under the transaxle to catch any transaxle fluid that leaks out when the axle shaft is removed.
  8.  
  9. Remove the axle shaft from the transaxle by prying between the transaxle and the inner CV-joint housing.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle shaft in the transaxle. Verify that it is seated by pulling on the housing
     
    Axle shaft through the hub/bearing assembly
     
    Ball joint and torque the nut to 15 ft. lbs. (22 Nm) plus 120 degrees
     
    Tie rod end and torque the nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm) plus an additional 120 degree turn
     
    New drive shaft nut and torque it to 118 ft. lbs. (160 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer shaft link and torque the nut to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm)
     
    Front wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Check the transaxle fluid level.
  4.  
  5. Check the front alignment and adjust, if necessary.
  6.  

 
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