Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Halfshaft

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. With the car on the ground, loosen the hub nut, which has been tightened to 200 ft. lbs. (271 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of a common halfshaft assembly

  1. Drain the transaxle differential and remove the cover.
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WARNING
Any time the transaxle differential cover is removed, a new gasket should be formed from RTV sealant.

  1. To remove the right hand driveshaft, disconnect the speedometer cable and remove the cable and gear before removing the driveshaft.
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  3. Remove the clamp bolt from the ball stud and steering knuckle.
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  5. Separate the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle, by prying against the knuckle leg and control arm.
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  7. Separate the outer CV-joint splined shaft from the hub by holding the CV-housing and moving the hub away. Do not pry on the slinger or outer CV-joint.
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  9. Support the shaft at the CV-joints and remove the shaft. Do not pull on the shaft. If necessary use a prytool between the CV-joint and transaxle housing.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Insert the shaft into the transaxle housing, making sure the splines are engaged. A quick thrust will lock the circlip in the groove. Tighten the hub nut with the wheels on the ground to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm).
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