REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the front wheel and tire assembly and the necessary inner fender splash guards.
- Remove the stabilizer link assembly from the lower control arm.
- Using a cape chisel and a hammer, raise the staked portion of the hub nut.
- Using an assistant to depress the brake pedal, loosen, do not remove, the hub nut.
- Remove the lower control arm ball joint clamp bolt. Using a prybar, pry the lower control arm downward to separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Separate the halfshaft from the transaxle as follows:
- On the right side, insert a prybar between the transaxle case and the halfshaft. Lightly tap on the end of the bar until the halfshaft loosens from the differential side gear.
On the left side, pull on the spindle to remove the halfshaft from the differential side gear.
WARNINGBe extremely careful. Make sure the prybar does not damage the transaxle case, transaxle oil seal, CV-joint or CV-joint boot.
- Remove and discard the hub nut. Pull the halfshaft out of the wheel hub.
- Support the halfshaft and slide it out of the transaxle. Be careful not to damage the transaxle oil seal.
- Install differential plug T87C-7025-C or equivalent into the halfshaft openings of the transaxle case; this will keep the differential side gears from becoming mispositioned.
- On the end of each halfshaft, install a new circlip. Start 1 end of the clip in the groove and work the clip over the stub shaft end and into the groove. This will prevent over-expanding the clip.
- Remove the transaxle plugs and inspect the transaxle oil seals. If they show any signs of wear or damage, they must be replaced.
- Lubricate the halfshaft splines with a suitable grease, align the splines with the differential side gears and push the halfshaft into the differential. Make sure the circlip gap is positioned at the top of the splines. When it seats properly, the circlip can be felt as it snaps into the differential side gear groove.
- Position the halfshaft through the wheel hub and install a new attaching nut. Do not tighten the nut at this time.
- Position the lower control arm ball joint into the steering knuckle and install the clamp bolt/nut. Tighten the nut to 32-40 ft. lbs. (43-54 Nm).
- Install the stabilizer link assemblies. Turn the nuts until 0.79 in. (20mm) of bolt thread can be measured from the upper nut.
- Install the splash shields.
- Tighten the halfshaft attaching nut to 116-174 ft. lbs. (157-235 Nm). Stake the nut using a suitable chisel with a rounded cutting edge.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly and lower the vehicle.
There are 3 kinds of CV-joints used on the Probe. All outboard CV-joints are the Birfield type. Vehicles with automatic transaxles are equipped with Tripod inboard CV-joints. Vehicles with manual transaxles are equipped with Rzeppa inboard CV-joints.
The Rzeppa and Tripod CV-joints can be disassembled and serviced. Other than the CV-joint boot, the outboard Birfield CV-joint is serviced only as an assembly with the shaft.
- Clamp the halfshaft in a soft jawed vise. Do not allow the vise to contact the boot or boot clamps.
- Remove the large boot clamp. After removing the clamp, roll the boot back over the shaft.
- Remove the wire ring bearing retainer. Remove the outer race, after painting or scribing matchmarks on the outer race and tripod bearing for assembly reference.
- Remove the tripod bearing snapring, after painting matchmarks on the tripod bearing and shaft for assembly reference.
- Use a brass drift and hammer, remove the tripod bearing assembly from the shaft. Remove the small clamp and the CV-joint boot.
- Clean and inspect all parts for wear and/or damage. Replace as necessary.
- Lubricate all components with high temperature CV-joint grease, E43Z-19590-A or equivalent.
- Cover the halfshaft splines with tape to prevent cutting the CV-joint boot. Install the boot.
- Install the tripod bearing on the shaft with the matchmarks aligned. Use a brass drift and hammer, if necessary, to tap the assembly into place. Install the snapring.
- Fill the CV-joint outer race with 3.5 oz. of high temperature CV-joint grease, E43Z-19590-A or equivalent. Install the outer race over the tripod joint, with matchmarks aligned, and install the wire ring bearing retainer.
- Position the CV-joint boot into the grooves in the shaft and outer race. Make sure the boot is fully seated.
- Extend or compress the joint, as necessary, until the distance between the CV-joint boot clamp grooves is 3.5 in. (90mm). Insert a small prybar with a dulled edge between the boot and outer race to allow any trapped air to escape.
- Maintain the required distance between the boot clamp grooves and install new boot clamps. Wrap the clamps around the boots in a clockwise direction, pull tight with pliers and bend the locking tabs to secure in position.
- Work the CV-joint through its full range of travel at various angles. The joint should flex, extend and compress smoothly.