Removal & Installation
On vehicles with a limited slip differential, the right and left halfshafts are not the same. If both halfshafts are to be removed, mark them for proper installation.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
- Matchmark the halfshaft and the companion flange.
- Remove the bolts that attach the rear halfshaft to the companion flange.
- Use a prybar to pry the inner shaft out of the differential case.
- Remove the rear halfshaft from the vehicle.
- Install a new circlip on the halfshaft and install it into the differential. Be sure it is fully seated.
- Align the matchmarks and attach the halfshaft to the companion flange. Tighten the fasteners to 40-47 ft. lbs. (55-65 Nm).
Lower the vehicle and connect the negative battery cable.
- Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
- Remove the cotter pin, halfshaft nut and washer.
- If equipped with Anti-Lock Brake (ABS), remove the front wheel speed sensor.
If equipped with Active Electronic Control Suspension (Active-ECS) perform the following:
- Loosen the nut that secures the air line to the top of the strut and discard the O-ring.
- Remove the bolts that secure the actuator to the top of the strut and remove the component. Disconnect the wiring harness.
- Disconnect the lower ball joint and the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
- If removing the left side axle with an inner shaft, remove the center support bearing bracket bolts and washers. Then, remove the halfshaft by setting up a puller on the outside wheel hub and pushing the halfshaft from the front hub. Tap the shaft union at the joint case with a plastic hammer to remove the halfshaft and inner shaft from the transaxle.