REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Except 1982-84 810/Maxima
- Raise and support the car.
- Remove the U-joint yoke flange bolts at the outside. Remove the U-joint center bolt at the differential.
- Remove the axle shaft.
- Installation is the reverse. Tighten the outside flange bolts to 36-43 ft. lbs. Tighten the four differential side flange bolts to 36-43 ft. lbs. On axle shafts retained to the differential with a single center bolt, tighten the bolt to 17-23 ft. lbs., 1973-77, or 23-31 ft. lbs. for 1978-81 models.
- Raise and support the rear of the car.
- Disconnect the halfshaft on the wheel side by removing the four flange bolts.
- Grasp the halfshaft at the center and extract it from the differential carrier by prying it with a suitable prybar.
- Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Install the differential end first and then the wheel end. Tighten the four flange bolts to 20-27 ft. lbs.
Take care not to damage the oil seal or either end of the halfshaft during installation.
Except 1982-84 810/Maxima
Before disassembling the axle shaft, inspect it as follows:
- Check the parts for wear or damage. Replace the shaft as an assembly if defects are found.
- Extend and compress the axle shaft (full stroke). Check the action for smoothness.
- Check the play in the axle shaft. Fully compress the shaft and check the play with a dial indicator. If play exceeds 0.1mm for models through 1978, or 0.2mm, for 1979-80 models, the shaft must be replaced. The sleeve yoke, balls, spacers and outer shaft are not available as service parts.
- Check the U-joints for smoothness. If movement is notchy or loose, overhaul the U-joints.
- Check the U-joint axial play. If it exceeds 0.02mm, overhaul the U-joints.
Except 1982-84 810/Maxima
You will need a pair of snapring pliers for this job.
- Matchmark the parts across the U-joint journals, and across the sliding yoke (outer shaft to sleeve yoke). The axle shaft was balanced as a unit and must be rebuilt as originally assembled.
- Remove the snap spring from the U-joints and disassemble them as outlined in the U-joint Overhaul procedure in this section.
- Cut the boot band and remove the boot from the sleeve yoke.
- Remove the snapring from the sleeve yoke at the boot end.
- Remove the outer shaft carefully. Do not lose any of the balls or spacers.
- It is not necessary to remove the snapring and sleeve yoke plug at the differential end of the sleeve yoke, because the parts are not available for service. If any damage is present, the entire axle shaft must be replaced.
- Clean the spacers, balls, and sleeve yoke and outer shaft grooves in solvent. Check the parts for wear, distortion, cracks, straightness, etc. If there is any question as to the integrity of the part, replace the axle shaft.
- Check the snapring, grease seal, and dust seal for wear or damage. These parts are available for service and should be replaced as necessary.
- Apply a fairly generous amount of grease to the yoke and shaft grooves. Install the balls and spacers onto the shaft. The grease will retain them. Be sure they are in the correct sequence.
- Before assembling the shaft and sleeve yoke, apply a large glob of grease to the inner end of the sleeve yoke. You can put a blob of grease on the end of the shaft, too.
- Align the parts according to the matchmarks made in Step 1. Slide the shaft into the sleeve yoke, making sure none of the balls or spacers is displaced.
- Compress the shaft and check the play again. Refer to the inspections procedure. Replace the shaft if necessary.
- Install the boot onto the sleeve yoke and retain with a new boot band.
- Clean, repack, and assemble the U-joints. Select snaprings which will yield 0.02mm of axial play. Be certain to use the same thickness snapring on opposite sides of the journals to retain driveline balance, and to keep the stresses evenly distributed.
- Install the axle shaft.
- Clamp the halfshaft in a vise using soft jaws.
- Using pliers, pry the plug from the wheel side of the halfshaft.
- Remove the plug seal, spring, spring cap and the boot bands.
Never reuse boot bands once they have been removed.
- Scribe a matchmark on the spider assembly and the halfshaft.
- Remove the spider assembly with a press. Do not attempt to touch the contact surface of the halfshaft end at the spring cap or housing subassembly. Always support the halfshaft with your hand while you are removing the spider assembly.
- Draw out the slide joint boot and the boot bands.
- Loosen the vise and turn the halfshaft around so that the differential end is up.
- Using a hacksaw, cut off the hold joint boot assembly and then remove the housing subassembly.
When cutting the hold joint boot assembly, make sure that the halfshaft is pushed into the housing subassembly in order to prevent the spider assembly from being scratched. Never reuse the boot assembly after it has been removed.
- Remove and discard the boot band and then remove the spider assembly as detailed in Steps 4-5.
- Cut off the remaining part of the hold joint boot assembly and remove it from the housing subassembly. Be careful not to scratch the housing ring or assembly.
- Remove and discard the housing cover and the O-ring.
- Remove the housing ring.
- Remove all remaining parts of the hold joint boot assembly and the boot band from the halfshaft.
- Attach a housing ring, an O-ring, a housing subassembly and a housing cover to a new hold joint boot assembly. Place the assembled unit flange in a vise. Don't forget to grease the O-ring.
- Place a board on a housing cover to prevent it from being scratched. Use a mallet and bend the edge over along the entire circumference.
- Withdraw the housing subassembly, install a new boot band and then hold the joint boot assembly on the halfshaft.
- Install the spider assembly securely, making sure that the matchmarks are aligned. Make sure that when press fitting the assembly, the serration chamfer faces the shaft.
- Stake the serration sides evenly at three places, avoiding areas that have been previously staked. Always stake two or three teeth in an area where the staked gap is more than 0.1mm.
- Pack with grease.
- Install the greased O-ring to the housing assembly and then place the hold joint boot assembly so that its flange is in the vise. Be sure that no other part of the assembly is in the vise.
- Insert the housing subassembly into place and then bend the edge as detailed in Step 2 for the housing cover.
- Apply sealant. Set the boot and install the boot bands.
- Turn the halfshaft in the vise so that the wheel side is up.
- Install the new boot bands, slide joint boot and slide joint housing on the halfshaft. Be careful not to scratch the boot with the end of the shaft.
- Install the spider assembly as previously detailed.
- Install the large diameter boot band and then pack with grease.
- Install the spring cap, spring and plug seal. Install the plug and secure with dummy bolts. Lock the plug by bending it and then remove the dummy bolts.
- Install the small diameter boot band and replace the halfshaft.