Corvette 1997-2005

Removal & Installation

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Manual Transmission



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Apply the parking brake.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Be sure to support the halfshaft until it is removed. Do not let it hang by the CV-joint.



    Wheel
     
    Axle nut
     
    Rear transverse spring
     
    Outer tie rod end from the knuckle
     
    Antilock Brake System (ABS) Wheel Speed Sensor (WSS) electrical connector
     
    Park brake cable from the lever and bracket
     

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  7. Attach a puller on the wheel studs and start to push the axle shaft into the hub assembly. This will provide clearance for the ball joint to be separated from the knuckle assembly.
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  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Ball joint from the knuckle
     
    Axle shaft from the hub
     
    Halfshaft assembly from the differential by inserting a suitable tool between the CV-joint and differential and prying them apart

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    Fig. Insert a large drift through the cooling fins to keep the hub assembly from turning while removing the retaining nut

     

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To install:

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Fig. Exploded view of the halfshaft mounting

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft on the differential output shaft. Use light force to be sure it is fully seated
     
    Halfshaft through the hub assembly but do not install completely. This will provide clearance for installing the ball joint
     
    Ball joint to the knuckle and torque the nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm)
     
    Halfshaft through the hub assembly completely
     
    Park brake cable to the bracket and the lever
     
    WSS electrical connector
     
    Tie rod end to the knuckle and torque the nut to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm) plus an additional 160 degrees
     
    Rear transverse spring and torque the bolts to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm)
     
    Halfshaft retaining nut and torque the nut to 118 ft. lbs. (160 Nm)
     
    Wheel
     

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