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.
If removing right side axle shafts without an inner shaft, remove the halfshaft by setting up a puller on the outside wheel hub and pushing the halfshaft from the front hub. After pressing the outer shaft, insert a prybar between the transaxle case and the halfshaft and pry the shaft from the transaxle.
NOTEDo not pull on the shaft; doing so damages the inboard joint.
- Replace the circlips on the ends of the halfshafts.
- Insert the halfshaft into the transaxle. Be sure it is fully seated.
- Pull the strut assembly out and install the other end to the hub.
- Install the center bearing bracket bolts and tighten to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
- Install the washer so the chamfered edge faces outward. Install the nut and tighten to 145-188 ft. lbs. (200-260 Nm), for all models except Lancer. For Lancer, tighten the nut to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm). Secure with a new cotter pin.
- Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Torque the new retaining nut to 43-52 ft. lbs. (60-72 Nm) and secure with a new cotter pin.
- Connect the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Torque the retaining nut to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm) and secure with a new cotter pin.
- If equipped with ABS, install the front wheel speed sensor.
If equipped with Active-ECS, perform the following:
- Install the air line with a new O-ring.
- Install the actuator to the top of the strut. Connect the wiring harness.
- Install the wheel and lower the vehicle to the floor.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove or disconnect the following:
- Prevent the hub assembly from turning by using a tool such as MB990767 and remove the halfshaft nut and washer.
Remove the differential mount support.
WARNINGDo not pull on the halfshaft to remove it from the differential. Damage to the inner CV-joint will occur.
- Push the lower part of the knuckle outward and pry the inner halfshaft out of the differential.
- Push the outer end of the halfshaft through the hub/knuckle and remove it.
- Install the outer end of the halfshaft through the hub/knuckle.
- Place a new circlip on the inner halfshaft and install the halfshaft in the differential.
Install or connect the following:
Differential mount support
- Assemble the brake components.
Install or connect the following:
Rear wheel speed sensor