Nissan Quest 2001-02 and 2004-06

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel
     
    Fender splash shield
     
    Cotter pin, nut retainer, and the hub retainer washers from the front hub assembly
     
    Lower ball joint from the knuckle
     
    Sway bar from the lower control arm at the sway bar link nut
     
    Halfshaft and CV-joint from the wheel hub
     

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  7. Position a drain pan under the transaxle since some fluid may run out when the inner joint is disengaged from the transaxle.

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    Fig. Removing the left side halfshaft by gently prying with 2 pry bars to unseat the circlip

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  9. A pry bar is used to separate the inner CV-joint from the transaxle. Use great care that the pry bar does not damage the transaxle case, differential oil seal, outer race or boot. If removing the left side halfshaft, position pry bars on both sides of the outer race, between the outer race and the transaxle case. Gently pry outward to unseat the circlip.

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    Fig. Right side halfshaft bearing retainer bracket

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  11. When removing the right side halfshaft, it is not 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.
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  13. 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.
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To install:


CAUTION
Do not reuse the circlip used on the left side halfshaft.

  1. 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.
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  3. Inspect the CV-joint boots. If service is required, replace the CV-joint boots.
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  5. 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.
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  7. 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.
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  9. 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).
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  11. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft
     
    Lower ball joint and tighten the lower ball joint stud nut to 52-63 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm). Secure the nut with a new cotter pin.
     
    Sway bar link to the lower control arm and tighten the link nut to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm).
     
    Wheel outer bearing retainer, washer and axle nut. Tighten the hub nut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm). Install the nut retainer and secure with a new cotter pin.
     
    Splash shield
     
    Wheel. Tighten the lug nuts to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
     

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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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  15. Check the transaxle fluid level.
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  17. Road test the vehicle to verify correct operation and no noise or vibration.
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Left





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Fig. Exploded view of the left front halfshaft-2004-06 models

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
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  5. Remove the ABS sensor from the steering knuckle.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin, then remove the lock nut from the drive shaft.
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  9. Remove the brake hose lock plate, then remove the brake hose from the strut.
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  11. Remove the lower ball joint pinch bolt, then separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  13. Using a puller, remove the drive shaft from the wheel hub and bearing assembly.
    CAUTION
    When removing the drive shaft, do not apply an excessive angle to the drive shaft joint. Also be careful not to excessively extend the slide joint.

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  15. Remove the drive shaft from the transaxle using a suitable tool and drive shaft puller KV40107500.
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  17. Move the joint up and down, left and right, and in an axial direction. Check for any rough movement or significant looseness.
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  19. Check the boot for cracks or other damage, and for grease leakage. If damaged, disassemble the drive shaft to verify damage, and repair or replace as necessary.
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To install:

  1. Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Tighten the axle nut to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm).
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  3. Please note the following:
    1. Be sure to replace the differential side oil seal with a new one every time drive shaft is removed on 4 speed transaxle models.
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    3. Install new circlip on the drive shaft in the circular clip groove on the transaxle side. Make sure the new circlip on the drive shaft is securely fastened. After its insertion, try to pull the flange out of the slide joint by hand. If it pulls out, the circlip is not properly meshed with the transaxle side gear.
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Right





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Fig. Exploded view of the right front halfshaft-2004-06 models

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the ABS sensor from the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin, then remove the lock nut from the drive shaft.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake hose lock plate, then remove the brake hose from the strut.
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  11. Remove the lower ball joint pinch bolt, then separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  12.  
  13. Using a puller, remove the drive shaft from the wheel hub and bearing assembly.
    CAUTION
    When removing the drive shaft, do not apply an excessive angle to the drive shaft joint. Also be careful not to excessively extend the slide joint.

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  15. Remove the support bearing bolts.
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  17. Remove the drive shaft from the transaxle using a suitable pry tool.
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  19. Move the joint up and down, left and right, and in an axial direction. Check for any rough movement or significant looseness.
  20.  
  21. Check the boot for cracks or other damage, and for grease leakage. If damaged, disassemble drive shaft to verify damage, and repair or replace as necessary.
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To install:

  1. Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Tighten the axle nut to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm) and the support bearing bolts to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).
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  3. Please note the following:
    1. Be sure to replace the differential side oil seal with a new one every time drive shaft is removed on 4 speed transaxle models.
    2.  
    3. Install new circlip on the drive shaft in the circular clip groove on transaxle side. Make sure the new circlip on the drive shaft is securely fastened. After its insertion, try to pull the flange out of the slide joint by hand. If it pulls out, the circlip is not properly meshed with the transaxle side gear.
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