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:
- Pull outward on the steering knuckle/brake assembly to separate the halfshaft from the transaxle. To prevent damage to the transaxle oil seal, do not pull the halfshaft all the way out of the transaxle. Apply only enough force to loosen the shaft from the differential side gear.
If the halfshafts are difficult to remove, a pry bar can be used to loosen it from the differential side gear. Insert the bar between the halfshaft and the transaxle case. Lightly tap on the end of the bar until the halfshaft loosens 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. Before removing the bearing retainer, paint alignment marks on the outer race and shaft for assembly reference.
- Remove the outer race.
- Remove the inner race snapring from the end of the halfshaft. Before removing the snapring, paint alignment marks on the inner race and shaft.
- Remove the inner race, cage and ball bearings from the shaft as an assembly.
- Carefully pry the ball bearing out of the bearing cage using a small prybar. Be careful not to damage the bearing or cage surfaces. Match mark the inner race and bearing cage for proper assembly.
- Rotate the inner race to align the bearing lands with the windows in the bearing cage. Remove the inner race through the larger end of the cage.
- Remove the small clamp and the boot from the halfshaft.
- Clean and inspect all parts for wear and/or damage. Replace as necessary.
- Cover the halfshaft splines with tape to prevent cutting the CV-joint boot. Install the boot.
- Lubricate the inner race, bearing cage and ball bearings with high temperature CV-joint grease, E43Z-19590-A or equivalent.
- Position the inner race in the bearing cage and align the match marks. Install the race with the chamfered splines facing the large end of the cage.
- Install the ball bearings in the bearing cage. The balls can be pressed into the cage windows with the heel of the hand.
- Install the inner race, cage and balls onto the halfshaft as an assembly. Make sure the chamfer on the bearing cage faces the snapring and that the paint marks made during removal are aligned. Install the inner race snapring.
- Lubricate the outer race with 2 oz. of high temperature CV-joint grease, E43Z-19590-A or equivalent. Install the outer race and add an additional ounce of the same grease. Install the wire ring bearing retainer.
- Position the boot, making sure it is fully seated in the grooves in the shaft and outer race. Extend or compress the CV-joint as necessary until the distance between the boot clamp grooves is 3.5 in. (90mm). Do not allow this dimension to change until the boot clamps are installed.
- Insert a small prybar with a dulled edge between the boot and the outer bearing race to allow any trapped air to escape.
- Install the 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.