Lexus Car ES, IS, LS 1998-06

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CV-joints are serviced only as an assembly, as are halfshafts.

Some Grand Cherokees have front drive shafts that are equipped with CV-joints. The front driveshaft and CV-joints are serviced only as an assembly.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    End cover. Use nuts and bolts to keep the inboard joint together. Hand tighten only.
     
    4 Boot clamps, using a side cutter or pliers
     
    Inboard joint, place matchmarks on the inboard joint and driveshaft; do not use punch marks.
     
    Snapring, using a snapring expander
     
    Using a press, the inboard joint from the driveshaft
     
    Inboard and outboard boot
     
    Inboard joint cover from the inboard joint
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Inboard and outboard joint boots
     
    New No. 2 Dust deflector, using a press
     

  2.  


NOTE
Be careful not to damage the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor rotor.



Inboard joint
 
Inner race to the cage so that the indented beveled part of the inner race is on the opposite side to the beveled top of the cage
 
Outer race so that the indented side of the outer race is facing the same side as the beveled surface of the cage
 

  1. Match the narrow projections of the inner race with the wide projections of the outer race.
  2.  
  3. Tilt the cage and inner race to the side and insert the balls one by one.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    New boots and new boot clamps, temporarily
     
    4 new boot clamps to the boots
     
    2 boots to the driveshaft
     
    Inboard joint cover and apply RTV to the inboard joint cover
     

  6.  
  7. Remove grease from the surface of the inboard joint facing the cover.
  8.  
  9. Align the bolt holes of the cover with those of the inboard joint, then insert the hexagon bolts.
  10.  
  11. Use a plastic hammer to tap the rim of the inboard joint cover into place
  12.  
  13. To install the inboard joint, align the matchmarks placed before removal.
  14.  
  15. Using a brass bar and hammer, tap the inboard joint onto the driveshaft.
  16.  
  17. Install or connect the following:

    New snapring
     
    Boots to joints, pack with the proper grease. 3.5-3.7 oz. (100-105g)
     
    New boot clamps to both boots
     
    6 hexagon bolts and washers from the end cover side, install the 6 nuts to the boot side.
     

  18.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Using a suitable prytool, remove the end cover.
  4.  
  5. Use nuts and bolts to keep the inboard joint together. Hand tighten only.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    4 Boot clamps, using a side cutter or pliers
     
    Inboard joint, place matchmarks on the inboard joint and driveshaft; do not use punch marks.
     
    Snapring, using a snapring expander
     
    Using a press, the inboard joint from the driveshaft
     
    Inboard joint cover from the inboard joint
     
    Inboard and outboard boot
     
    No. 2 dust deflector, using a suitable chisel and hammer
     
    New No. 3 dust deflector, using a press
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. If the joint has come apart, reassemble it in the following order.
    1. Align the matchmarks placed before removal
    2.  
    3. Inner race to the cage so that the indented beveled part of the inner race is on the opposite side to the beveled top of the cage.
    4.  
    5. Outer race so that the indented side of the outer race is facing the same side as the beveled surface of the cage.
    6.  

  2.  
  3. Match the narrow projections of the inner race with the wide projections of the outer race.
  4.  
  5. Tilt the cage and inner race to the side and insert the balls one by one.
  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    New boots and new boot clamps, temporarily
     
    4 new boot clamps to the boots
     
    2 boots to the driveshaft
     
    Inboard joint cover and apply Formed In Place Gasket (FIPG) to the inboard joint cover. Avoid applying an excessive amount to the surface
     

  8.  
  9. Remove grease from the surface of the inboard joint facing the cover
  10.  
  11. Align the bolt holes of the cover with those of the inboard joint, then insert the hexagon bolts.
  12.  
  13. Use a plastic hammer to tap the rim of the inboard joint cover into place
  14.  
  15. To install the inboard joint, align the matchmarks placed before removal.
  16.  
  17. Using a brass bar and hammer, tap the inboard joint onto the driveshaft.
  18.  
  19. Install or connect the following:

    New snapring
     
    Boots to joints, pack with 3.5-3.7 oz. (100-105g) of grease
     
    A new gasket, with the side with adhesive on it facing toward the outer race side of the inboard joint
     
    6 hexagon bolts an washer from the end cover side
     
    6 nuts to the boot side
     

  20.  
  21. Check that the claw of the end cover touches the inboard joint
  22.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Once the driveshaft is removed from the vehicle, place matchmarks on the outboard and inboard joints and the shaft. Do not use a punch to make the marks.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor rotor.



    Boot clamps. Use a side cutter or pliers
     
    Outboard joint shaft expanding the snapring
     
    2 boots
     
    Dust cover on the left-hand driveshaft, using a hammer and suitable chisel.
     
    Dust cover from the inboard joint shaft, using a press
     
    Dust cover
     
    Snapring. Use a snapring expander.
     
    Bearing, using the press
     
    Snapring
     
    No. 2 dust deflector, using a hammer and suitable chisel
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    No. 2 dust deflector
     
    New snapring to the inboard joint shaft
     
    New bearing
     
    New dust cover
     
    Dust cover on the left-hand driveshaft
     
    A new dust cover, using a press
     
    Outboard and inboard joint boots and new boot clamps as a temporary measure. Before installing the boot, place 3 new clamps to the small boot ends and large end (wheel side) and install it to the driveshaft
     
    Inboard joint shaft to outboard joint shaft.
     
    Using a snapring expander, put in the inboard joint shaft expanding the snapring.
     
    Boot to outboard joint, before assembling the boot, pack the outboard joint and boot with grease in the boot kit.
     
    Boot to inboard joint shaft. Pack the inboard joint, and boot with grease in the boot kit, and install the boot to the inboard joint shaft.
     
    Boot clamps to both boots, make sure that the 2 boots are on the shaft groove. Hold the clamp near the clamp-s free end over the closing hooks.
     

  2.  
  3. Secure the clamp by drawing the closing hooks together. Secure the clamp onto the boot.
  4.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    End cover. Use nuts and bolts to keep the inboard joint together. Hand tighten only.
     
    4 Boot clamps, using a side cutter or pliers.
     
    Inboard joint, place matchmarks on the inboard joint and driveshaft; do not use punch marks.
     
    Snapring, using a snapring expander
     
    Using a press, the inboard joint from the driveshaft
     
    Inboard and outboard boot
     
    Inboard joint cover from the inboard joint
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor rotor.



    Inboard and outboard joint boots
     
    New No. 2 Dust deflector, using a press
     



    Inboard joint
     
    Inner race to the cage so that the indented beveled part of the inner race is on the opposite side to the beveled top of the cage.
     
    Outer race so that the indented side of the outer race is facing the same side as the beveled surface of the cage.
     

  2.  
  3. Match the narrow projections of the inner race with the wide projections of the outer race.
  4.  
  5. Tilt the cage and inner race to the side and insert the balls one by one.
  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    New boots and new boot clamps, temporarily
     
    4 new boot clamps to the boots
     
    2 boots to the driveshaft.
     
    Inboard joint cover and apply RTV to the inboard joint cover.
     

  8.  
  9. Remove grease from the surface of the inboard joint facing the cover
  10.  
  11. Align the bolt holes of the cover with those of the inboard joint, then insert the hexagon bolts.
  12.  
  13. Use a plastic hammer to tap the rim of the inboard joint cover into place
  14.  
  15. To install the inboard joint, align the matchmarks placed before removal.
  16.  
  17. Using a brass bar and hammer, tap the inboard joint onto the driveshaft.
  18.  
  19. Install or connect the following:

    New snapring
     
    Boots to joints, pack with the proper grease. 3.5-3.7 oz. (100-105g).
     
    New boot clamps to both boots
     
    6 hexagon bolts and washers from the end cover side, install the 6 nuts to the boot side.
     

  20.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Using a suitable prytool, remove the end cover.
  4.  
  5. Use nuts and bolts to keep the inboard joint together. Hand tighten only.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    4 Boot clamps, using a side cutter or pliers.
     
    Inboard joint, place matchmarks on the inboard joint and driveshaft; do not use punch marks.
     
    Snapring, using a snapring expander
     
    Using a press, the inboard joint from the driveshaft
     
    Inboard joint cover from the inboard joint
     
    Inboard and outboard boot
     
    No. 2 dust deflector, using a suitable chisel and hammer
     
    New No. 3 dust deflector, using a press
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. If the joint has come apart, reassemble it in the following order.
    1. Align the matchmarks placed before removal
    2.  
    3. Inner race to the cage so that the indented beveled part of the inner race is on the opposite side to the beveled top of the cage.
    4.  
    5. Outer race so that the indented side of the outer race is facing the same side as the beveled surface of the cage.
    6.  

  2.  
  3. Match the narrow projections of the inner race with the wide projections of the outer race.
  4.  
  5. Tilt the cage and inner race to the side and insert the balls one by one.
  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    New boots and new boot clamps, temporarily
     
    4 new boot clamps to the boots
     
    2 boots to the driveshaft.
     
    Inboard joint cover and apply Formed In Place Gasket (FIPG) to the inboard joint cover. Avoid applying an excessive amount to the surface.
     

  8.  
  9. Remove grease from the surface of the inboard joint facing the cover
  10.  
  11. Align the bolt holes of the cover with those of the inboard joint, then insert the hexagon bolts.
  12.  
  13. Use a plastic hammer to tap the rim of the inboard joint cover into place
  14.  
  15. To install the inboard joint, align the matchmarks placed before removal.
  16.  
  17. Using a brass bar and hammer, tap the inboard joint onto the driveshaft.
  18.  
  19. Install or connect the following:

    New snapring
     
    Boots to joints, pack with 3.5-3.7 oz. (100-105g) of grease
     
    A new gasket, with the side with adhesive on it facing toward the outer race side of the inboard joint
     
    6 hexagon bolts an washer from the end cover side.
     
    6 nuts to the boot side.
     

  20.  
  21. Check that the claw of the end cover touches the inboard joint
  22.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Once the driveshaft is removed from the vehicle, place matchmarks on the outboard and inboard joints and the shaft. Do NOT use a punch to make the marks.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor rotor.



    Boot clamps. Use a side cutter or pliers
     
    Outboard joint shaft expanding the snapring
     
    2 boots
     
    Dust cover on the left-hand driveshaft, using a hammer and suitable chisel
     
    Dust cover from the inboard joint shaft, using a press
     
    Dust cover
     
    Snapring. Use a snapring expander.
     
    Bearing, using the press
     
    Snapring
     
    No. 2 dust deflector, using a hammer and suitable chisel
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    No. 2 dust deflector
     
    New snapring to the inboard joint shaft
     
    New bearing
     
    New dust cover
     
    Dust cover on the left-hand driveshaft
     
    A new dust cover, using a press
     
    Outboard and inboard joint boots and new boot clamps as a temporary measure. Before installing the boot, place 3 new clamps to the small boot ends and large end (wheel side) and install it to the driveshaft.
     
    Inboard joint shaft to outboard joint shaft
     
    Using a snapring expander, put in the inboard joint shaft expanding the snapring
     
    Boot to outboard joint, before assembling the boot, pack the outboard joint and boot with grease in the boot kit
     
    Boot to inboard joint shaft. Pack the inboard joint, and boot with grease in the boot kit, and install the boot to the inboard joint shaft.
     
    Boot clamps to both boots, make sure that the 2 boots are on the shaft groove. Hold the clamp near the clamp-s free end over the closing hooks.
     

  2.  
  3. Secure the clamp by drawing the closing hooks together. Secure the clamp onto the boot.
  4.  

  1. Remove drive shaft
  2.  
  3. Remove inboard drive axle clamps and slide boot off the inboard joint.
    1. Mark the joint and housing for proper alignment during installation.
    2.  
    3. Remove the snap clip with snap ring expander
    4.  
    5. Using and brass bar and hammer remove the tripod joint from the shaft
    6.  
    7. Remove the boot from the shaft
    8.  

  4.  
  5. Remove outboard drive axle clamps and slide boot off the inboard joint.
    1. Mark the joint and housing for proper alignment during installation.
    2.  
    3. Remove the snap clip with snap ring expander
    4.  
    5. Using and brass bar and hammer remove the tripod joint from the shaft
    6.  
    7. Remove the boot from the shaft
      NOTE
      Clean all the old grease from the joints.

    8.  

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install new outboard joint
    1. Slip new boot with clamps over the shaft
    2.  
    3. Pack the boot with grease
    4.  
    5. Install the new joint over the shaft
    6.  
    7. Install new snap rings on the shaft
      NOTE
      Do NOT reuse the old snap rings

    8.  
    9. Install joint housing over the joint making certain to align the marks
    10.  
    11. Slide the boot over the joint and position on joint housing
    12.  
    13. Crimp the clamps using special tool
    14.  

  2.  
  3. Install new inboard joint
    1. Slip new boot with clamps over the shaft
    2.  
    3. Pack the boot with grease
    4.  
    5. Install the new joint over the shaft
    6.  
    7. Install new snap rings on the shaft
      NOTE
      Do NOT reuse the old snap rings

    8.  
    9. Install joint housing over the joint making certain to align the marks
    10.  
    11. Slide the boot over the joint and position on joint housing
    12.  
    13. Crimp the clamps using special tool
    14.  

  4.  
  5. Install new snap ring on inboard shat before installing in transaxle
  6.  
  7. Install drive shaft assembly
  8.  

CV Joint/Boot, Inner



  1. Clamp shaft in a vise (with soft jaws) and support C/V joint.
  2.  
  3. Remove clamps with a cut-off wheel or grinder.
  4.  
  5. Slide boot down the shaft.
  6.  
  7. Remove lubricant from housing to expose the C/V snap ring and remove snap ring.
  8.  
  9. Remove bearings from the cage .
  10.  
  11. Rotate cage 30° and slide cage off the inner race and down the shaft.
  12.  
  13. Remove spread inner race snap ring and remove race from the shaft.
  14.  
  15. Remove boot from the shaft and discard.
  16.  
  17. Clean and inspect housing , cage , bearings , housing snap-ring , inner race snap-ring and inner race for wear or damage.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Apply a coat of grease supplied with the joint/boot to the C/V joint components before assembling them
  2.  
  3. Place new clamps on the new boot and slide boot down the shaft.
  4.  
  5. Slide cage onto the shaft with the small diameter end towards the boot
  6.  
  7. Install the inner race onto the shaft . Pull on the race to verify snap ring has engaged.
  8.  
  9. Align cage with the inner race and slide over the race.
  10.  
  11. Turn the cage 30° to align the cage windows with the race .
  12.  
  13. Apply grease to the inner race and bearings and install the bearings.
  14.  
  15. Apply grease to the housing bore then install the bearing assembly into the housing .
  16.  
  17. Install the housing snap ring and verify it is seated in the groove.
  18.  
  19. Fill the housing and boot with the remaining grease.
  20.  
  21. Slide the boot onto the C/V housing into it-s original position. Ensure boot is not twisted and remove any excess air
  22.  
  23. Secure both boot clamps with Clamp Installer C-4975A. Place tool on clamp bridge and tighten tool until the jaws of the tool are closed.
  24.  

 
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