Honda Cars 2007-2008

Halfshafts

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Inspection



Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008

  1. Check the inboard boot (A) and the outboard boot (B) for cracks, damage, leaking grease, and loose boot bands (C). If any damage is found, replace the boot and boot bands.
  2.  
  3. Check the halfshaft (D) for cracks and damage. If any damage is found, replace the halfshaft.
  4.  
  5. Check the inboard joint (E) and the outboard joint (F) for cracks and damage. If any damage is found, replace the inboard joint or the outboard joint as an assembly.
  6.  
  7. Hold the inboard joint and turn the front wheel by hand, then make sure the joint is not excessively loose. If necessary, replace the inboard joint or the outboard joint as an assembly.

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    Fig. Showing inspection points on front halfshaft

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Overhaul



Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008



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Fig. Exploded view of halfshaft assembly-automatic transmission models



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Fig. Exploded view of halfshaft assembly-manual transmission models

Inboard Joint

Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008

  1. Remove the set ring from the inboard joint.
  2.  
  3. Remove the boot bands. Be careful not to damage the boot and dynamic damper. Note the following:

    If the boot band is welded type, cut the boot band.
     
    If the boot band is a double loop type, lift up the band end, and push it into the clip.
     
    If the boot band is a low profile type, pinch the boot band using the commercially available boot band pliers.
     

  4.  
  5. Make marks on each roller and inboard joint to identify the locations of rollers and grooves in the inboard joint. Then remove the inboard joint on a clean shop towel. Be careful not to drop the rollers when separating them from the inboard joint.

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    Fig. Making reference marks prior to disassembly

  6.  
  7. Make marks on the rollers and spider to identify the locations of the rollers on the spider, then remove the rollers.
    WARNING
    Do not engrave or scribe mark on the rolling surface.


    NOTE
    If necessary, use a commercially available puller.

  8.  
  9. Remove the circlip.
  10.  
  11. Mark the spider and halfshaft to identify the position of the spider on the shaft.
  12.  
  13. Remove the spider.
  14.  
  15. Wrap the splines on the halfshaft with vinyl tape to prevent damage to the boot.
  16.  
  17. Remove the inboard boot. Be careful not to damage the boot.
  18.  
  19. Remove the vinyl tape.
  20.  
  21. Wrap the splines with vinyl tape to prevent damage to the inboard boot.
  22.  
  23. Install the inboard boot onto the halfshaft, then remove the vinyl tape. Be careful not to damage the inboard boot.
  24.  
  25. Install the spider onto the halfshaft by aligning the marks on the spider and the end of the halfshaft.
  26.  
  27. Install a new circlip into the halfshaft groove. Always rotate the circlip in its groove to make sure it is fully seated.
  28.  
  29. Fit the rollers onto the spider with their high shoulders facing outward and note these items:
    1. Reinstall the rollers in their original positions on the spider by aligning the marks you made.
    2.  
    3. Hold the halfshaft pointed up to prevent the rollers from falling off.
    4.  
    5. Pack the inboard joint with the joint grease included in the new halfshaft set.
    6.  

  30.  
  31. Fit the inboard joint onto the halfshaft and note these items:
  32.  
  33. Reinstall the inboard joint onto the halfshaft by aligning the marks on the inboard joint and the rollers.
  34.  
  35. Hold the halfshaft so the inboard joint is pointing up to prevent it from falling off.
  36.  
  37. Fit the boot ends onto the halfshaft and the inboard joint.
  38.  
  39. Adjust the length of the halfshafts to the figure as shown, then adjust the boots to halfway between full compression and full extension.
  40.  
  41. Bleed excess air from the boots by inserting a flat-tipped screwdriver between the boot and the joint.

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    Fig. Adjust the length of the halfshafts to the figure as shown, then adjust the boots to halfway between full compression and full extension

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  43. Fit the boot ends onto the halfshaft and the inboard joint, then install the new double loop band onto the boot.
    NOTE
    Pass the end of the new double loop band through the clip twice in the direction of the forward rotation of the halfshaft.

  44.  
  45. Pull up the slack in the band by hand.
  46.  
  47. Mark a position on the band 0.4-0.6 in. (10-14 mm) from the clip.

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    Fig. Mark a position (A) on the band 0.4-0.6 in. (10-14 mm) from the clip (B)

  48.  
  49. Thread the free end of the band through the nose section of the commercially available boot band tool, and into the slot on the winding mandrel.
  50.  
  51. Using a wrench on the winding mandrel of the boot band tool, tighten the band until the marked spot on the band meets the edge of the clip.
  52.  
  53. Lift up the boot band tool to bend the free end of the band 90 degrees to the clip. Center-punch the clip, then fold over the remaining tail onto the clip.
  54.  
  55. Unwind the boot band tool, and cut off the excess free end of the band to leave a 0.2-0.4 in. (5-10 mm) tail protruding from the clip.
  56.  
  57. Bend the band end by tapping it down with a hammer.
    NOTE
    Make sure the band and clip do not interfere with anything on the vehicle and the band does not move.

  58.  
  59. Clean any grease remaining on the surrounding surfaces.
  60.  
  61. Repeat above steps for the band on the other end of the boot.
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Outboard Joint

Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008

  1. Remove the boot bands. Be careful not to damage the boot and dynamic damper. Lift up the three tabs with a screwdriver.
  2.  
  3. Slide the outboard boot partially to the inboard joint side. Be careful not to damage the boot.
  4.  
  5. Wipe off the grease to expose the halfshaft and the outboard joint inner race.
  6.  
  7. Make a mark on the halfshaft at the same level as the outboard joint rim.

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    Fig. Make a mark (A) on the halfshaft (B) at the same level as the outboard joint rim (C)

  8.  
  9. Securely clamp the halfshaft in a bench vise with a shop towel.
  10.  
  11. Remove the outboard joint, using the 22 x 1.5 mm threaded adapter and a commercially available 5 / 8 inch-18 UNF slide hammer.
  12.  
  13. Remove the halfshaft from the bench vise.
  14.  
  15. Remove the stop ring from the halfshaft.
  16.  
  17. Wrap the splines on the halfshaft with vinyl tape to prevent damaging the boot.
  18.  
  19. Remove the outboard boot. Be careful not to damage the boot.
  20.  
  21. Remove the vinyl tape.
  22.  
  23. Wrap the splines with vinyl tape to prevent damaging the outboard boot.
  24.  
  25. Install the new ear clamp bands and the outboard boot, then remove the vinyl tape. Be careful not to damage the outboard boot.
  26.  
  27. Install a new stop ring in the halfshaft groove.
  28.  
  29. Pack a small amount of grease included in the new joint boot set into the halfshaft hole in the outboard joint.
    NOTE
    If you are installing a new outboard joint, the grease is already installed.

  30.  
  31. Insert the halfshaft into the outboard joint until the stop ring is close to the joint.
  32.  
  33. To completely seat the outboard joint, pick up the halfshaft and joint, and tap or hit them from a height of about 10 cm (4 in.) onto a hard surface.
    WARNING
    Do not use a hammer as excessive force may damage the halfshaft. Be careful not to damage the threaded section of the outboard joint.



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    Fig. To completely seat the outboard joint, pick up the halfshaft and joint, and tap or hit them from a height of about 10 cm (4 in.) onto a hard surface, protecting the threaded section (A)

  34.  
  35. Check the alignment of the paint mark with the outboard joint rim.
  36.  
  37. Pack the outboard joint with the remaining joint grease included in the new joint boot set.
  38.  
  39. Fit the boot ends onto the halfshaft and the outboard joint. Bleed any excess air from the boot by inserting a flat-tipped screwdriver between the boot and the joint.
  40.  
  41. Adjust the length of the halfshafts to the figure as shown, then adjust the boots to halfway between full compression and full extension.

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    Fig. Adjust the length of the halfshafts to the figure as shown, then adjust the boots to halfway between full compression and full extension

  42.  
  43. Close the ear portion (A) of the band with commercially available boot band pincers Kent-Moore J-35910 or equivalent (B).
  44.  
  45. Check the clearance between the closed ear portion of the band. If the clearance is not within the standard, close the ear portion of the band tighter.
  46.  
  47. Repeat the above steps for the band on the other end of the boot.

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    Fig. Check the clearance between the closed ear portion of the band

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Removal & Installation



With Automatic Transaxle

Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008

  1. Raise the vehicle on a lift.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Lift up the locking tab on the spindle nut, then remove the nut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the splash shield.
  8.  
  9. Drain the transmission fluid Reinstall the drain plug using a new washer.
  10.  
  11. Separate the front stabilizer link.
  12.  
  13. Remove the lock pin from the lower arm ball joint castle nut and remove the nut, then separate the ball joint from the lower arm using the ball joint thread protector and remover.
    WARNING
    Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot when installing the remover. Do not force or hammer on the lower arm, or pry between the lower arm and the knuckle. You could damage the ball joint.

  14.  
  15. Remove the halfshaft outboard joint from the front wheel hub using a plastic hammer.
  16.  
  17. Pull the knuckle outward, and separate the halfshaft outboard joint from the front wheel hub.
  18.  
  19. On the left halfshaft, pry the inboard joint from the transmission housing with a prybar. Remove the halfshaft as an assembly.
    NOTE
    Do not pull by the halfshaft or the inboard joint may come apart. Pull the halfshaft straight out to avoid damaging the oil seal.

  20.  
  21. On the right halfshaft, drive the inboard joint off of the intermediate shaft using a drift and a hammer. Remove the halfshaft as an assembly.
    NOTE
    Do not pull by the halfshaft, or the inboard joint may come apart. Pull the halfshaft straight out to avoid damaging the oil seal.

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To install:

  1. Inspect the halfshaft assembly. See -Inspection- below.
    NOTE
    Before starting installation, make sure the mating surfaces of the joint and the splined section are not dusty or dirty.

  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of Moly 60 paste (P/N 08734-0001) to the contact area of the outboard joint and the front wheel bearing.
    NOTE
    The paste helps to prevent noise and vibration.

  4.  
  5. Install a new set ring onto the set ring groove of the halfshaft.
  6.  
  7. Apply super high-temp urea grease (P/N 08798-9002) to the whole splined surface of the right halfshaft. After applying grease, remove the grease from the splined grooves at intervals of 2-3 splines and from the set ring groove so that air can bleed from the intermediate shaft.
  8.  
  9. Clean the areas where the halfshaft contacts the differential thoroughly with solvent or brake cleaner, and dry with compressed air.
    NOTE
    Do not wash the rubber parts with solvent.

  10.  
  11. Insert the inboard end of the halfshaft into the differential or the intermediate shaft until the set ring locks in the groove.
    NOTE
    Insert the halfshaft horizontally to prevent damaging the differential oil seal.



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    Fig. Insert the inboard end (A) of the halfshaft into the differential (B) or the intermediate shaft (C) until the set ring (D) locks in the groove (E)

  12.  
  13. Install the outboard joint into the front wheel hub.
  14.  
  15. Wipe off any grease contamination from the ball joint tapered section and threads, then install the knuckle onto the lower arm. Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot. Wipe off the grease before tightening the nut at the ball joint. Torque the new castle nut to the 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm), then tighten it only far enough to align the slot with the ball joint pin hole.
    NOTE
    Make sure the ball joint boot is not damaged or cracked. Do not align the nut by loosening it.

  16.  
  17. Install the lock pin into the ball joint pin hole.
  18.  
  19. Connect the front stabilizer link.
  20.  
  21. Install a new spindle nut, then tighten the nut to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm). After tightening, use a drift to stake the spindle nut shoulder against the halfshaft.
  22.  
  23. Clean the mating surfaces of the brake disc and the front wheel, then install the front wheel.
  24.  
  25. Turn the front wheel by hand, and make sure there is no inference between the halfshaft and surrounding parts.
  26.  
  27. Refill the transmission with the recommended transmission fluid.
  28.  
  29. Install the splash shield.
  30.  
  31. Lower the vehicle on the lift.
  32.  
  33. Check the wheel alignment, and adjust it if necessary.
  34.  
  35. Test-drive the vehicle.
  36.  

With Manual Transaxle

Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008

  1. Raise the vehicle on a lift.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Lift up the locking tab on the spindle nut, then remove the nut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the splash shield.
  8.  
  9. Drain the transmission fluid Reinstall the drain plug using a new washer.
  10.  
  11. Separate the front stabilizer link.
  12.  
  13. Remove the lock pin from the lower arm ball joint castle nut and remove the nut, then separate the ball joint from the lower arm using the ball joint thread protector and remover.
    WARNING
    Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot when installing the remover. Do not force or hammer on the lower arm, or pry between the lower arm and the knuckle. You could damage the ball joint.

  14.  
  15. Remove the halfshaft heat shield bolts and the heat shield.
  16.  
  17. Remove the halfshaft outboard joint from the front wheel hub using a plastic hammer.
  18.  
  19. Pull the knuckle outward, and separate the halfshaft outboard joint from the front wheel hub.
  20.  
  21. Pry the inboard joint from the transmission housing with a prybar. Remove the halfshaft as an assembly.
  22.  

To install:


NOTE
Before starting installation, make sure the mating surfaces of the joint and the splined section are clean.

  1. Apply a small amount of Moly 60 paste (P/N 08734-0001) to the contact area of the outboard joint and the front wheel bearing (the paste helps to prevent noise and vibration).
  2.  
  3. Install a new set ring onto the set ring groove of the halfshaft.
  4.  
  5. Clean the areas where the halfshaft contacts the differential thoroughly with solvent or brake cleaner, and dry with compressed air.
    WARNING
    Do not wash the rubber parts with solvent.

  6.  
  7. Insert the inboard end of the halfshaft into the differential until the new set ring locks in the groove.
    WARNING
    Insert the halfshaft horizontally to prevent damaging the differential oil seal.

  8.  
  9. Install the outboard joint into the front wheel hub.
  10.  
  11. Wipe off any grease contamination from the ball joint tapered section and threads, then install the knuckle onto the lower arm. Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot.
  12.  
  13. Wipe off the grease before tightening the nut at the ball joint. Torque the new castle nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm), then tighten it only far enough to align the slot with the ball joint pin hole.
    NOTE
    Make sure the ball joint boot is not damaged or cracked. Do not align the nut by loosening it.

  14.  
  15. Install the lock pin into the pin hole.
  16.  
  17. Install the heat shield. Tighten the 2 upper bolts and then the lower bolt to 7.2 ft. lbs. (9.8 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Connect the front stabilizer link.
  20.  
  21. Install a new spindle nut, then tighten the nut to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm). After tightening, use a drift to stake the spindle nut shoulder against the halfshaft.
  22.  
  23. Clean the mating surfaces of the brake disc and the front wheel, then install the front wheel.
  24.  
  25. Turn the front wheel by hand, and make sure there is no inference between the halfshaft and surrounding parts.
  26.  
  27. Refill the transmission with the recommended transmission fluid.
  28.  
  29. Install the splash shield.
  30.  
  31. Lower the vehicle on the lift.
  32.  
  33. Check the wheel alignment, and adjust it if necessary.
  34.  
  35. Test-drive the vehicle.
  36.  

 
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