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

Removal & Installation

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  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.



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    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.  


NOTE
If equipped with Antilock Brake System (ABS) brakes, use care to avoid damage to the ABS toothed ring. Damage to the ring may cause the self-diagnostic feature of the ABS system to set a system fault code.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the front wheel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the drive shaft nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake caliper and bracket assembly.
  10.  
  11. Remove the brake rotor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the Wheel Speed Sensor (WSS) electrical connector.
  14.  
  15. Remove the wheel hub/bearing.
  16.  
  17. Remove the axle shaft using an appropriate puller.
  18.  
  19. Remove the halfshaft/bearing assembly through the steering knuckle.
  20.  

To install:

  1. Install the halfshaft/bearing assembly through the knuckle and into the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Install the bearing-to-knuckle bolts, loosely.
  4.  
  5. Install the halfshaft into the transaxle.
  6.  
  7. Verify that the snapring is seated properly by tapping on the inner groove with a prying tool. Grasp the inner housing of the axle shaft and pull outward. Do not pull on the axle shaft. If the snapring is properly seated, the axle will remain in place.
  8.  
  9. Install the WSS electrical connector.
  10.  
  11. Install the front wheel driveshaft bearing and torque the bolts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install a new driveshaft nut and torque it to 159 ft. lbs. (215 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the brake rotor.
  16.  
  17. Install the brake caliper and attaching bracket and torque the bracket bolts to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm) and the caliper bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Install the front wheel.
  20.  
  21. Connect the negative battery cable.
  22.  
  23. Check the transaxle fluid level.
  24.  
  25. Check the front alignment and adjust if necessary.
  26.  


NOTE
If equipped with Antilock Brake System (ABS) brakes, use care to avoid damage to the ABS toothed ring. Damage to the ring may cause the self-diagnostic feature of the ABS system to set a system fault code.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Drive shaft nut
     
    Brake caliper and bracket assembly
     
    Brake rotor
     
    Wheel Speed Sensor (WSS) electrical connector
     
    Wheel hub/bearing
     
    Axle shaft using an appropriate puller
     

  4.  
  5. Remove the halfshaft/bearing assembly through the steering knuckle.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft/bearing assembly through the knuckle and into the transaxle
     
    Bearing-to-knuckle bolts, loosely
     
    Halfshaft into the transaxle
     

  2.  
  3. Verify that the snapring is seated properly by tapping on the inner groove with a prying tool. Grasp the inner housing of the axle shaft and pull outward. Do not pull on the axle shaft. If the snapring is properly seated, the axle will remain in place.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    WSS electrical connector
     
    Front wheel driveshaft bearing and torque the bolts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm)
     
    New driveshaft nut and torque it to 159 ft. lbs. (215 Nm)
     
    Brake rotor
     
    Brake caliper and attaching bracket and torque the bracket bolts to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm) and the caliper bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)
     
    Front wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  6.  
  7. Check the transaxle fluid level.
  8.  
  9. Check the front alignment and adjust if necessary.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this 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.



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    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 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm)
     
    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) on all except Impala models or 159 ft. lbs. (215 Nm) on Impala models
     
    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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