Equinox 2005-2007, Torrent 2006-07

Halfshafts

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CV-Joints



Overhaul
Inner
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Position halfshaft bar in a soft jawed vise and clamp securely.
  4.  
  5. Using side cutters, remove and discard the small seal clamp.
  6.  
  7. Remove large seal retaining clamp using a flat-bladed tool and discard the clamp.
  8.  
  9. Separate the seal from the tripot housing at the large diameter and slide the seal away from the joint along the axle shaft.
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  11. Wipe the excess grease from the face of the tripot spider and the inside of the tripot housing.
  12.  
  13. Remove the tripot housing from the spider and shaft.
  14.  
  15. Remove the retaining ring from the groove on the halfshaft bar and remove the spider assembly.
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  17. Remove the seal from the halfshaft bar.
  18.  
  19. Thoroughly clean all parts with a suitable solvent, removing all traces of grease and contaminants.
  20.  
  21. Dry all parts with compressed air.
  22.  
  23. Inspect the tripot joint components for unusual wear, cracks, and other damage. Replace any damaged components.
  24.  

To assemble:

  1. Install the small seal clamp to the seal. Do not crimp the clamp.
  2.  
  3. Slide the inner seal onto the halfshaft bar and locate the lip of the seal groove on the halfshaft bar.
    NOTE
    Ensure the seal clamp is positioned correctly in the seal groove.

  4.  
  5. Using a crimping tool, crimp the small seal clamp.

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    Fig. Inner boot clamp gap width

  6.  
  7. Measure the clamp gap width. Clamp gap width should not exceed 2.15 mm (0.85 in.).
  8.  
  9. Install the tripot spider assembly to the halfshaft bar, until seated against shoulder.

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    Fig. Retaining ring installation

  10.  
  11. Install the retaining ring in the groove of the halfshaft bar with suitable pliers.
  12.  
  13. Place approximately half of the grease in the kit to the seal and place the remainder in the tripot housing.
  14.  
  15. Install the large clamp over the large diameter of the seal.
  16.  
  17. Install the tripot housing to the tripot spider assembly on the halfshaft bar.
  18.  
  19. Slide the large diameter of the seal over the outside of the tripot housing and position the lip of the seal in the housing groove.
  20.  
  21. Place the large seal retaining clamp around the seal and close using the tool.
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  23. Inspect the gap dimension on the clamp ear. Continue tightening until the gap dimension is reached. Gap should be 1.9 mm ( 5 / 64  in).
  24.  
  25. Rotate the housing in a circular motion to distribute the grease in the tripot joint.
  26.  

Outer
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Clamp the drive axle shaft in a soft jawed vice.
  4.  
  5. Use a flat-bladed tool and disengage the retaining tabs of the large seal clamp.
  6.  
  7. Discard the clamp.
  8.  
  9. Remove the small seal clamp using side cutters and discard the clamp.
  10.  
  11. Separate the constant velocity (CV) joint boot from the CV joint race at the large diameter.
  12.  
  13. Slide the boot away from the joint along the halfshaft bar.
  14.  
  15. Wipe the excess grease from the face of the CV inner race.
  16.  
  17. Place a block of wood against the CV joint outer race and carefully tap on the CV joint to remove it from the halfshaft bar.
  18.  
  19. Remove the seal from the halfshaft bar.
  20.  
  21. Remove the CV joint retaining ring from the halfshaft bar.
  22.  
  23. Place a brass drift against the CV joint inner race.
  24.  
  25. Tap gently on the brass drift with a hammer in order to tilt the joint race.
  26.  
  27. Remove the first bearing roller when the CV race tilts.
  28.  
  29. Tilt the CV joint inner race in the opposite direction to remove the opposing bearing roller.

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    Fig. Outer CV joint

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  31. Repeat the process to remove all 6 of the bearing rollers.
  32.  
  33. Pivot the CV joint cage and the inner race 90 degrees to the centerline of the outer race. At the same time, align the cage windows with the lands of the outer race.
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  35. Lift out the cage and the inner race.
  36.  
  37. Remove the inner race from the cage by rotating the inner race upward.
  38.  
  39. Clean the all items thoroughly with a suitable solvent. Remove all traces of grease and contaminants.
  40.  
  41. Dry all the parts with compressed air.
  42.  
  43. Inspect the CV joint assembly for wear, cracks or damage.
  44.  
  45. Replace any damaged parts.
  46.  
  47. Clean the halfshaft bar. Use a wire brush to remove any rust in the seal mounting grooves.
  48.  

To assemble:

  1. Install the new small seal clamp on the neck of the outboard seal. Do not clamp.
  2.  
  3. Slide the outboard seal onto the halfshaft bar and position the neck of the outboard seal in the seal groove on the bar. The largest groove below the sight groove on the halfshaft bar is the seal groove seal.
    NOTE
    Ensure that the seal clamp is properly positioned around the entire circumference of the seal.

  4.  
  5. Crimp the seal clamp using a crimping tool.
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  7. Measure the clamp end gap dimension. The gap should not exceed 2.15 mm (0.85 in).
  8.  
  9. Put a light coat of grease from the service kit on the bearing roller grooves of the inner race and outer race.
  10.  
  11. Hold the inner race 90 degrees to centerline of cage with the lands of the inner race aligned with the windows of the cage and insert the inner race into the cage.
  12.  
  13. Hold the cage and inner race 90 degrees to the center line of the outer race and align the cage windows with the lands of the outer race.
    NOTE
    Be sure that the retaining ring side of the inner race faces the halfshaft bar.

  14.  
  15. Place the cage and the inner race into the outer race.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove and discard the halfshaft spindle nut.
    NOTE
    Hold the ball stud from turning when removing/installing the nut. The boot can become torn and damaged if the ball stud turns.

  8.  
  9. Remove the outer tie rod end-to-steering knuckle nut. Do not loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
    WARNING
    Do not use a wedge type tool to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.

  10.  
  11. Using a 2-jawed puller, separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
  12.  
  13. Remove and discard the cotter pin from the lower ball joint stud.
  14.  
  15. Remove the ball joint stud nut.
  16.  
  17. Using a ball joint separator, separate the lower ball joint stud from the steering knuckle.
  18.  
  19. Using a backup wrench on the stud, remove the nut securing the lower stabilizer bar link and disengage the link.
  20.  
  21. Disengage the halfshaft spindle from the wheel hub assembly. If necessary, place a wood block against the end of the halfshaft spindle and tap with a hammer to aid removal.
    WARNING
    Use care not to damage the joint seal when removing the halfshaft.



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    Fig. J45341 and J2619-01 assembled on the halfshaft.

  22.  
  23. Assemble tools J 45341 and J 2619-01, or equivalent to the halfshaft inner tripot joint.
    WARNING
    On vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), the stub shaft may disengage from the power takeoff unit (PTU). If necessary, cap the opening in the PTU to prevent fluid loss.

  24.  
  25. Disengage the halfshaft from the transmission or power takeoff unit (PTU), if equipped.
  26.  
  27. Remove the halfshaft from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Install a new halfshaft retaining ring to the output shaft.

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    Fig. J44394 installed on the seal

  2.  
  3. Install tool J 44394, or equivalent to the halfshaft oil seal.
  4.  
  5. Install the halfshaft to the output shaft:
    1. Guide the halfshaft tripot joint squarely onto the output shaft.
    2.  
    3. After the splined end of the halfshaft passes the oil seal, remove the tool from the oil seal.
    4.  
    5. Firmly engage the halfshaft to the output shaft.
    6.  
    7. Ensure that the tripot joint is fully seated on the output shaft by grasping the tripot joint and attempting to pull free of the output shaft.
    8.  

  6.  
  7. Insert the constant velocity (CV) joint spindle to the wheel hub/bearing assembly of the steering knuckle.
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  9. Hand install a new halfshaft spindle nut.
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  11. Install the lower ball joint stud to the steering knuckle.
  12.  
  13. Install the lower ball joint castle nut to the stud. Tighten the nut to 10 Nm (89 lb in). Tighten the nut an additional 150 degrees.
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  15. Install the cotter pin to the ball joint stud.
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  17. If necessary, tighten the nut one additional flat at a time until the castle nut aligns with the hole in the ball joint stud.
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  19. Secure the cotter pin to the ball joint stud by folding one tine over the end of the ball joint stud. Cut off any excess length of the cotter pin tines.
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  21. Install the lower link to the stabilizer bar.
  22.  
  23. Install a new nut to the stabilizer bar link stud.
    WARNING
    In order to prevent damaging the stabilizer bar link stud seal, do not allow the stud to rotate while tightening the nut.

  24.  
  25. Use a back up wrench on the stud and tighten the nut. Tighten the nut to 65 Nm (48 ft. lbs.).
  26.  
  27. Install the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Install a new nut to the tie rod end stud. Tighten the nut to 50 Nm (37 ft. lbs.).
  28.  
  29. Tighten the halfshaft spindle nut. Tighten the nut to 205 Nm (151 ft. lbs.).
  30.  
  31. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  32.  
  33. Lower the vehicle.
  34.  
  35. Inspect the transmission fluid level.
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