GM Corsica/Beretta 1988-1996 Repair Guide

Halfshafts

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1988-89 Vehicles

See Figures 1

The inner joint on the right side halfshaft uses a male spline that locks into the transaxle gears. The left side halfshaft uses a female spline that is installed over the stub shaft on the transaxle.

  1. With the vehicle on the ground, loosen the hub nut.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Remove the hub nut.
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  7. Install boot protectors on the boots.
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  9. Remove the brake caliper with the line attached and support it (on a wire) out of the way; DO NOT allow the caliper to hang from the line.
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  11. Remove the brake rotor and caliper mounting bracket.
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  13. Remove the strut to steering knuckle bolts. Pull the steering knuckle out of the strut bracket.
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  15. Using the Halfshaft Removal tool No. J-33008 or equivalent and the Extension tool No. J-29794 or equivalent, remove the halfshafts from the transaxle and support them safely.
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  17. Using a Spindle Remover tool No. J-28733 or equivalent, remove the halfshaft from the hub and bearing.
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  19. Remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use the proper tool to separate the halfshaft from the hub and bearing assembly

To install:
  1. Loosely place the halfshaft on the transaxle and in the hub and bearing.
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  3. Properly position the steering knuckle to the strut bracket and install the bolt. Torque the bolts to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm).
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  5. Install the brake rotor, caliper bracket and caliper. Place a holding device in the rotor to prevent it from turning.
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  7. Install the hub nut and washer. Torque the nut to 71 ft. lbs. (96 Nm).
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  9. Seat the halfshafts into the transaxle using a prybar on the groove on the inner retainer.
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  11. Verify that the shafts are seated by grasping the CV-joint and pulling outwards; DO NOT grasp the shaft. If the snapring is seated, the halfshaft will remain in place.
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  13. To complete the installation, reverse the removal procedures. When the vehicle is lowered with the weight on the wheels, final torque the hub nut to 191 ft. lbs. (259 Nm)
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1990-96 Vehicles

See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Raise the car and suitably support.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Install drive seal protector J34754 or equivalent, on the outer joint.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Install a suitable drive seal protector around the outer joint

  1. Insert a drift into the into the caliper and rotor to prevent the rotor from turning.
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  3. Remove the shaft nut and washer.
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  5. Remove the lower ball joint cotter pin and nut and loosen the joint using tool J 38892 or equivalent. If removing the right axle, turn the wheel to the left, if removing the left axle, turn the wheel to the right.
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  7. Separate the joint, with a pry bar between the suspension support.
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  9. Disengage the axle from the hub and bearing using J 28733-A or equivalent.
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  11. Separate the hub and bearing assembly from the drive axle and move the strut and knuckle assembly rearward.
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  13. Disconnect the inner joint from the transaxle using tool J-28468 or J-33008 attached to J-29794 and J-2619-01 or from the intermediate shaft (V6 and 2.3L engines), if equipped.
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Fig. Fig. 3: There tools available to separate the halfshafts from the transaxle



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Fig. Fig. 4: You can try to separate the halfshaft from the transaxle by using a large prytool



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Fig. Fig. 5: After the halfshaft is separated from the transaxle and the hub, remove it from the vehicle

To install:
  1. Install axle seal protector J-37292-A into the transaxle.
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  3. Insert the drive axle into the transaxle or intermediate shaft (V6 and 2.3L engines), if equipped, by placing a suitable tool into the groove on the joint housing and tapping until seated.
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WARNING
Be careful not to damage the axle seal or dislodge the transaxle seal garter spring when installing the axle.

  1. Verify that the drive axle is seated into the transaxle by grasping on the housing and pulling outward.
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  3. Install the drive axle into the hub and bearing assembly.
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  5. Install the lower ball joint to the knuckle. Tighten the ball joint to steering knuckle nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
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  7. Install the washer and new driveshaft nut.
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  9. Insert a drift into the caliper and rotor to prevent the rotor from turning and tighten the driveshaft nut to 185 ft. lbs. (260 Nm).
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  11. Remove both J-37292-B and J-34754 seal protectors.
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  13. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  15. Lower the vehicle and connect the negative battery cable.
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