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

Axle Seal

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



GV and GW Series Transaxles
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  4.  
  5. Remove the splash shield.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the ball joint and tie rod end.
  8.  
  9. Turn the steering knuckle outward as far as it will go. Using a suitable pry bar, pry the axle from the transaxle.
  10.  
  11. Use a suitable tool to pry or pull the leaking seal from the transaxle.
  12.  
  13. When installing, coat the seal lip with oil. Install the seal to the transaxle evenly using the special installing tool.
  14.  
  15. Install the axle into the transaxle until the spring clip engages in the differential. Check for correct installation; the axle should not be able to be pulled out by hand.
  16.  
  17. Install the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Tighten the nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Reconnect the ball joint. Tighten the nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  22.  
  23. Road test the vehicle and check for leaks.
  24.  

L3 Series Transaxle
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly and wheel well splash shield.
  4.  
  5. Remove the axle end nut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the damper fork bolt, pinch bolt and remove the damper fork.
  8.  
  9. Unbolt and separate the ball joint from the lower arm.
  10.  
  11. Pull the knuckle outward and remove the joint from the knuckle. Pry the axle from the transaxle and remove from the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Use a suitable tool to pry or pull the leaking seal from the transaxle.
  14.  

To install:
  1. When installing, coat the seal lip with oil. Install the seal to the transaxle evenly with the sealing lip facing inwards.
  2.  
  3. Install a new spring clip on the axle. Install the axle into the differential until the spring clip engages in the differential. Check for correct installation; the axle should not be able to be pulled out by hand.
  4.  
  5. Reconnect the ball joint. Tighten the castle nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Install the damper fork bolt. Install a new self locking nut and tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Tighten the axle end nut to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Fill the transaxle to the proper level.
  12.  
  13. Road test the vehicle and check for leaks.
  14.  

S20 Series Transaxle
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly and wheel well splash shield.
  4.  
  5. Remove the axle end nut.
  6.  
  7. Drain the transaxle oil.
  8.  
  9. Remove the damper fork bolt.
  10.  
  11. Unbolt and separate the ball joint from the lower arm.
  12.  
  13. Pull the knuckle outward and remove the joint from the knuckle. Pry the axle from the transaxle and remove from the vehicle.
  14.  
  15. Use a suitable tool to pry or pull the leaking seal from the transaxle.
  16.  

To install:
  1. When installing, coat the seal lip with oil. Install the seal to the transaxle evenly with the sealing lip facing inwards.
  2.  
  3. Install a new spring clip on the axle. Install the axle into the differential until the spring clip engages in the differential. Check for correct installation; the axle should not be able to be pulled out by hand.
  4.  
  5. Reconnect the ball joint. Tighten the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Install the damper fork bolt. Install a new self locking nut and tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Tighten the axle end nut to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Fill the transaxle to the proper level.
  12.  
  13. Road test the vehicle and check for leaks.
  14.  

 
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