- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Position a drain pan under the transaxle since some fluid may run out when the inner joint is disengaged from the transaxle.
A prybar is used to separate the inner CV-joint from the transaxle. Use great care that the prybar does not damage the transaxle case, differential oil seal, outer race or boot. If removing the left side halfshaft, position prybars on both sides of the outer race, between the outer race and the transaxle case. Gently pry outward to unseat the circlip.
- When removing the right side halfshaft, it is not be necessary to remove the halfshaft bearing retainer bracket from the cylinder block. Remove the 3 bearing retainer bolts and pull the right side halfshaft CV-joint with the bearing retainer from the differential side gear.
- Support the halfshafts and remove them from the vehicle. Use care not to damage the boots. Place the halfshafts on a flat, protected work area.
- To prevent over-expanding the circlip, install the circlip carefully, starting one end in the shaft groove, then working the circlip over the CV-joint splined end. Always use a new circlip. No circlip is used on the right side halfshaft.
- Inspect the CV-joint boots. If service is required, replace the CV-joint boots.
- Inspect the differential oil seals. If damaged, the factory recommends using a hook-type puller and slide hammer arrangement to remove the seals. A seal driver is used to install the replacement differential oil seals.
- If installing the left side halfshaft and CV-joint assembly, position the CV-joint so the splines are aligned with the differential side gear splines, then push the halfshaft joint into the differential case. As the circlip locks into the differential side gear groove, a click will be felt.
- If installing the right side halfshaft and CV-joint assembly, simply push the CV-joint into the differential side gear. Position the bearing retainer onto the bearing retainer bracket that should still be on the cylinder block. Install the 3 bolts and tighten to 8-14 ft. lbs. (13-19 Nm).
Install or connect the following:
- Lower the vehicle.
- Check the transaxle fluid level.
- Road test the vehicle to verify correct operation and no noise or vibration.
Once removed, these parts must not be reused during assembly. Their retention capability is diminished during removal.
- Remove the front wheel cover.
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts.
- Remove the hub nut cotter pin and discard it. Remove the hub nut retainer, if applicable, and loosen the hub nut.
- Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
- Remove the front wheel.
- Remove the outer engine and transaxle splash shield.
- Remove the hub nut and washer.
- Remove the front stabilizer bar link-to-lower control arm nut and discard it.
- Remove the lower ball joint cotter pin and discard it.
- Loosen the lower ball joint nut until it contacts the outboard CV-joint.
- While pulling down on the lower control arm, strike the steering knuckle where the ball joint stud is with a brass or other soft hammer until the ball joint separates from the knuckle.
- Remove the lower ball joint nut.
Using a suitable prybar, carefully pry the lower control arm down and separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
WARNINGNever use a hammer to separate the outboard CV-joint shaft from the hub. Damage to the CV-joint threads and internal components may result.
- Remove the shaft from the hub assembly. If necessary, a suitable puller may be used to aid in the removal of the halfshaft from the hub assembly.
- 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.
If the left halfshaft is being removed, position prybars on both sides of the inboard CV-joint, between the joint and the transaxle, and carefully pry outward to release circlip.
If the right halfshaft is being removed, remove the three axle bearing retainer bolts.
- Slide the halfshaft from the transaxle and remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
- If the left halfshaft is being removed, remove the circlip from the inboard CV-joint shaft and discard it.
The installation is the reverse of removal, but please note the following important steps.
NOTEThe circlip must not be re-used. A new circlip must be installed each time the left inboard CV-joint is installed into the transaxle.
- When installing the new circlip on the left halfshaft, start one end in the groove and work the circlip over the shaft end into the groove. This will avoid over-expanding the circlip.
- When installing the left halfshaft into the transaxle, carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint shaft with the splines in the transaxle. Push the CV-joint into the transaxle until the circlip is felt seating in the differential side gear. Use care to prevent damage to the axle seal.
- When installing the right halfshaft, carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint shaft with the splines in the transaxle. Tighten the axle bearing retainer bolts to 8-14 ft. lbs. (13-19 Nm).
- When installing the lower ball joint in the lower control arm, tighten the nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm). Continue tightening the nut until a new cotter pin can be inserted through the hole in the stud and install the new cotter pin.
- When installing the front stabilizer bar link in the lower control arm, use a new nut and tighten it to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm).
- When installing the hub nut, tighten it to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm). Use a new cotter pin.
- When installing the lug nuts, tighten them to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
- Check the transaxle fluid level and fill, if needed.