Nissan Car 350Z & Maxima 1999-06

Overhaul

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Final Drive Side



  1. Remove the boot bands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the stopper ring and pull out of the housing.
  4.  
  5. Remove the snap ring and remove the ball cage and inner race assembly using a puller.
  6.  
  7. Remove the boot from the shaft.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear halfshaft-350Z

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To assemble:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Boot and new boot band on the halfshaft
     
    Ball cage and inner race as a unit and install a new snap ring.
     

  2.  
  3. Pack the CV joint with 4.4-4.7 ounces (124-134 g) of grease.
  4.  
  5. Install a new stopper ring in the housing.
  6.  
  7. Ensure that the boot is properly installed on the halfshaft groove.
  8.  
  9. Set the boot so that it does not swell or deform when its length is 3.70 in. (94mm).
  10.  
  11. Lock the new boot bands securely.
  12.  

Transaxle Side



  1. Remove the boot bands.
  2.  
  3. Matchmark the slide joint housing and inner race, prior to separating the joint assembly.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the halfshafts and related components



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    Fig. The inner CV joint uses a large C-clip to retain the ball and cage assembly in the outer housing



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    Fig. After the outer housing is removed, the ball and cage assembly can slide from the shaft by removing the C-clip

  4.  
  5. Pry off the snapring and remove the ball cage, inner race and balls as a unit.
  6.  
  7. Remove the snapring and withdraw the boot.
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To install:


NOTE
Cover the halfshaft serrations with tape, so as not to damage the boot.

  1. Thoroughly clean all parts in solvent and dry with compressed air. Check parts for evidence of damage and replace as necessary.
  2.  
  3. Install the boot and new boot band on the halfshaft.

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    Fig. Make sure to properly position the boot before tightening the boot clamps

  4.  
  5. Install a new inner snapring.
  6.  
  7. Install the ball cage, inner race and balls as a unit. Confirm that the matchmarks are aligned.
  8.  
  9. Install a new outer snapring.
  10.  
  11. Pack the CV joint with 5.0-6.0 ounces (165-175 g) of grease.
  12.  
  13. Ensure that the boot is properly installed on the halfshaft groove.
  14.  
  15. Set the boot so that it does not swell or deform when its length is 3.86 in. (98mm).
  16.  
  17. Lock the new boot bands securely.
  18.  

Wheel Side



The joint on the wheel side cannot be disassembled.

  1. Prior to separating the joint assembly, matchmark the halfshaft and joint assembly.
  2.  
  3. Separate the joint using a slide hammer.
  4.  
  5. Remove the boot bands and the boot.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Thoroughly clean all parts in solvent and dry with compressed air. Check parts for evidence of damage and replace as necessary.
    NOTE
    Cover the halfshaft serrations with tape, so as not to damage the boot.



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    Fig. Use vinyl tape and wrap the end of the shaft to protect the boot during installation

  2.  
  3. Install the boot and small boot band on the halfshaft.
  4.  
  5. Set the joint assembly onto the halfshaft and align the matchmarks.
  6.  
  7. Attach the joint assembly to the halfshaft by lightly tapping the serrated end with a plastic hammer.
    NOTE
    Using a metal hammer may damage the threads on the end of the joint.



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    Fig. Use an old nut to protect the threads when tapping the outer CV joint onto the shaft

  8.  
  9. Pack the CV joint with 4.76-5.11 ounces (135-145 g) of grease.
  10.  
  11. Ensure that the boot is properly installed on the halfshaft groove.
  12.  
  13. Set the boot so that it does not swell or deform when its length is 3.82 in. (97mm).
  14.  
  15. Lock the new boot bands securely.
  16.  

The joint on the wheel side cannot be disassembled.

  1. Prior to separating the joint assembly, matchmark the halfshaft and joint assembly.
  2.  
  3. Separate the joint using a slide hammer.
  4.  
  5. Remove the boot bands.
  6.  

To assemble:

  1. Thoroughly clean all parts in solvent and dry with compressed air. Check parts for evidence of damage and replace as necessary.
    NOTE
    Cover the halfshaft serrations with tape, so as not to damage the boot.

  2.  
  3. Install the boot and small boot band on the halfshaft.
  4.  
  5. Set the joint assembly onto the halfshaft and align the matchmarks.
  6.  
  7. Attach the joint assembly to the halfshaft by lightly tapping the serrated end with a plastic hammer.
    NOTE
    Using a metal hammer may damage the threads on the end of the joint.

  8.  
  9. Pack the halfshaft with 3.0-3.4 ounces (86-96 g) of grease.
  10.  
  11. Ensure that the boot is properly installed on the halfshaft groove.
  12.  
  13. Set the boot so that it does not swell or deform when its length is 3.82 in. (0.97mm).
  14.  
  15. Lock the new boot bands securely.
  16.  

 
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