Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Halfshafts

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Do not tighten or loosen a spindle nut unless the vehicle is sitting on all four wheels. The torque is high enough to cause the vehicle to fall even when properly supported.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the halfshaft assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2: Outboard constant velocity boot-this one is cracked from age. It would have been just a matter of time before it split and allowed contamination of the joint

  1. Loosen the front spindle nut.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front wheel and tire assembly and the spindle nut.
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  7. Drain the transaxle fluid and install the drain plug.
  8.  
  9. Remove the damper fork nut and damper pinch bolt.
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  11. Remove the damper fork.
  12.  
  13. Remove the knuckle-to-lower arm cotter pin and castle nut.
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  15. Using a suitable puller, separate the lower arm from the knuckle.
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  17. Pull the knuckle outward and remove the halfshaft outboard joint, from the knuckle, using a plastic hammer.
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Fig. Fig. 3: The outer constant velocity joint is here being removed from the splined wheel hub

  1. Using a suitable tool, pry on the inner constant velocity joint in order to force the set ring at the end of the halfshaft assembly out of the groove.
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  3. Pull on the inboard CV-joint and remove the halfshaft and joint from the differential case or intermediate shaft.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Prying the inner constant velocity joint from its grooved mounting in the differential case



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Fig. Fig. 5: Removing the inner CV-joint from the differential case

Do not pull on the halfshaft as the CV-joint may come apart. Use care when prying out the assembly and pull it straight to avoid damaging the differential oil seal or intermediate shaft dust seal.

To install:
  1. Always install new set rings on the ends of the halfshafts.
  2.  
  3. Make sure the set ring locks in the differential side gear groove and the axle bottoms in the differential or intermediate shaft.
  4.  
  5. Install the spindle nut but do not torque it yet.
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  7. Assemble the suspension in the reverse order. Tighten the upper damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and the fork nut to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Install the axle.
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  9. Tighten the ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm), then tighten as required to install a new cotter pin.
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  11. With the vehicle resting on all 4 wheels, tighten the spindle nut to the proper specification and stake the nut in place to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
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  13. Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of fluid.
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Rear
1988-91 4WD WAGON

Do not tighten or loosen a spindle nut unless the vehicle is sitting on all four wheels. The torque is high enough to cause the vehicle to fall even when properly supported.

  1. Pry the spindle nut stake away from the spindle. Loosen the nut. Loosen the wheel nuts.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the brake hose from the brake pipe.
  6.  
  7. Using a floor jack raise the rear suspension until the weight of the lower arm is relieved.
  8.  
  9. Remove the trailing arm bushing bolts. Disconnect the upper arm and the lower arm from the trailing arm.
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  11. Pull the trailing arm outward. Remove the rear halfshaft outboard joint from the trailing arm, using the proper tool.
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  13. Using a suitable tool, pry the halfshaft assembly to force the set ring at the halfshaft end past the groove.
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  15. Pull the inboard joint and remove the halfshaft and the CV-joint from the differential case as an assembly.
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To install:
  1. Always install a new set ring on the end of the axle. Make sure the set ring locks in the differential side gear groove and the CV-joint subaxle bottoms in the differential.
  2.  
  3. Reassemble the suspension and tighten the upper and lower arm bushing bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and the trailing arm bushing bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
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  5. When the vehicle is resting on all four wheels, tighten the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
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