When removing both the left and right halfshafts, install suitable shipping plugs to prevent dislocation of the differential side gears. Should the gears become misaligned, the differential will have to be removed from the transaxle to re-align the side gears.
Do not begin this procedure unless you have the following parts: a new front axle wheel hub retainer, a new lower control arm-to-steering knuckle retaining retaining bolt and nut, a new driveshaft bearing retainer circlip and a new interconnecting shaft driveshaft bearing retainer circlip. Once these parts are removed, they CANNOT be reused. Their torque holding ability or retention capability is reduced during removal.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 21
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the wheel/hub cover from the wheel and tire assembly, then loosen the wheel lug nuts.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly, then remove the axle wheel hub nut and washer. Discard the old hub nut.
- Remove the nut from the ball joint-to-steering knuckle attaching bolt(s).
- Drive the bolt out of the steering knuckle using a punch and hammer. Discard this bolt and nut after removal.
- If equipped with anti-lock brakes, remove the anti-lock brake sensor and position aside. If equipped with air suspension, remove the height sensor bracket retaining bolt and wire sensor bracket to inner fender. Position the sensor link aside.
- Separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle using a suitable prybar. Position the end of the prybar outside of the bushing pocket to avoid damage to the bushing. Use care to prevent damage to the ball joint boot. Remove the stabilizer bar link at the stabilizer bar.
To remove the right halfshaft perform the following:
- Remove the bolts attaching the bearing support to the bracket. Slide the halfshaft out of the transaxle. Support the end of the shaft by suspending it from a convenient underbody component with a piece of wire. Do not allow the shaft to hang unsupported, damage to the outboard CV-joint may occur.
- Separate the outboard CV-joint from the hub using front hub remover tool T81P-1104-C or equivalent and metric adapter tools T83-P-1104 BH, T86P-1104-Al and T81P-104-A or equivalent.
Never use a hammer to separate the outboard CV-joint stub shaft from the hub. Damage to the CV-joint threads and internal components may result. The right-side link shaft and halfshaft assembly is removed as a complete unit.
To remove the left halfshaft perform the following:
- Install the CV-joint puller tool T86P-3514-A1 or equivalent, between CV-joint and transaxle case. Turn the steering hub and/or wire strut assembly aside.
- Screw extension tool T86P-3514-A2 or equivalent, into the CV-joint puller and hand tighten. Screw an impact slide hammer onto the extension and remove the CV-joint.
- Support the end of the shaft by suspending it from a convenient underbody component with a piece of wire. Do not allow the shaft to hang unsupported, damage to the outboard CV-joint may occur.
- Separate the outboard CV-joint from the hub using front hub remover tool T81P-1104-C or equivalent and metric adapter tools T83P-1104-BH, T86P-1104-Al and T81P-1104-A or equivalent.
- Remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
- Install a new circlip on the inboard CV-joint stub shaft and/or link shaft. The outboard CV-joint does not have a circlip. When installing the circlip, start one end in the groove and work the circlip over the stub shaft end into the groove. This will avoid overexpanding the circlip.
The circlip must not be re-used. A new circlip must be installed each time the inboard CV-joint is installed into the transaxle differential.
- Carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint stub shaft with the splines in the differential. Exerting some force, push the CV-joint into the differential until the circlip is felt to seat in the differential side gear. Use care to prevent damage to the differential oil seal. If equipped, tighten the link shaft bearing to 16-23 ft. lbs. (22-31 Nm).
A non-metallic mallet may be used to aid in seating the circlip into the differential side gear groove. If a mallet is necessary, tap only on the outboard CV-joint stub shaft.
- Carefully align the splines of the outboard CV-joint stub shaft with the splines in the hub and push the shaft into the hub as far as possible.
- Temporarily fasten the rotor to the hub with washers and 2 wheel lug nuts. Insert a steel rod into the rotor and rotate clockwise to contact the knuckle to prevent the rotor from turning during the CV-joint installation.
- Install the hub nut washer and a new hub nut. Manually thread the retainer onto the CV-joint as far as possible.
- Connect the lower control arm to the steering knuckle using a new nut and bolt. Tighten the nut to 40-55 ft. lbs. (54-74 Nm).
- Install the anti-lock brake sensor and/or the ride height sensor bracket, if equipped.
- Connect the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar. Tighten to 35-48 ft. lbs. (47-65 Nm).
- Tighten the hub retainer nut to 180-200 ft. lbs. (245-270 Nm). Remove the steel rod.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly, then lower the vehicle. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 80-105 ft. lbs. (108-144 Nm). Fill the transaxle to the proper level with the specified fluid.