REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 5
- Remove the hub center cap and loosen the halfshaft center nut. Loosen the wheel lugs.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle allowing the front suspension to hang. Remove the front wheels. Remove the under engine splash shield.
- Remove the lower ball joint and strut bar from the lower control arm.
- Drain the transaxle fluid.
- On models that are equipped with a center bearing; remove the snapring or bolts that mount the center bearing/support. Insert a pry bar between the transaxle case (on the raised rib) and the halfshaft double off-set joint case (DOJ) or tripod joint (T.J.). Do not insert the pry bar too deeply or the oil seal will be damaged. Move the bar to the right to withdraw the left hand shaft; to the left to remove the right halfshaft.
If the vehicle is equipped with a tripod (T.J.) Rzeppa (R.J.) joint equipped halfshaft, be sure to hold the (transaxle side) T.J. case and pull out the shaft straight. Simply pulling the shaft out of position could cause damage to the T.J. boot or the spider assembly to slip from its case.
- Plug the transaxle case with a clean rag to prevent dirt from entering the case.
- Use a pusher/puller tool, mounted on the wheel lugs, to push the halfshaft back and out of the drive hub. Take care to prevent the spacer from falling out of place.
- Service the halfshaft as required. Install the halfshaft through the drive hub first, then install the transaxle side. Connect the strut bar and lower ball joint. Connect the center bearing on models equipped. ALWAYS install a new retaining circlip ring on the transaxle end when installing the halfshaft. Fill the transaxle with lubricant and install the lower splash shield. Mount the wheels and lower the vehicle. Tighten the wheel lugs, and tighten the halfshaft hub nut to 185 ft. lbs.
- Remove the center wheel hub. Loosen the wheel lugs and the center halfshaft nut.
- Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle with the suspension hanging.
- Remove the front wheels.
- Drain the transaxle fluid.
- Disconnect the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the strut bar and the stabilizer bar from the lower arm.
- Remove the center bearing mount snapring/bolts from the bracket.
- Lightly tap the double-offset joint outer race with a wooden mallet and disconnect the cardan joint.
- Disconnect the halfshaft from the center bearing bracket.
- Use a pusher/puller tool mounted to the wheel studs and press the halfshaft from the drive hub.
- Unbolt and remove the bearing bracket.
- Use a wooden mallet and lightly tap the cardan joint yoke and remove it from the transaxle. DO NOT pry the cardan joint from the transaxle, damage can be caused to the joint and boot.
- Service the halfshaft as required. Install the cardan joint.
- Apply grease to the cardan joint contact surfaces.
- Attach a new O-ring to the oil seal retainer.
- Install the center bearing bracket. Torque the mounting to 40 ft. lbs.
- Insert the center bearing into the mounting bracket, make sure it is fully seated. Secure with the snapring bolts.
- Coat the halfshaft splines with grease and slide it into the cardan joint.
- Slide the halfshaft into the drive hub. Install the suspension components and wheel. Lower the vehicle and tighten the wheel lugs and the center halfshaft nut. Torque the nut to 188 ft. lbs.
The right side halfshaft is serviced in the same manner as those on other models.
Repair kits for most joints are not available, and those kits which are available are almost as expensive as replacement joints. It is therefore recommended that joints be replaced rather than overhauled.
Boot replacement kits are readily available and reasonably priced. Follow the kit maker's instructions.