- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
- Place the transaxle in the P position, for automatic and neutral for manual.
Remove or disconnect the following:
WARNINGBe careful when separating the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle, so the ball joint seal does not get damaged.
WARNINGBe careful when separating the inner CV-joint during this operation. Do not let the driveshaft hang by the inner CV-joint, the driveshaft must be supported.
NOTEInner Tri-Pot joint removal is easier by applying outward pressure on the joint while hitting the punch with a hammer.
Negative battery cable
- Inner Tri-Pot joints from the transmission side gears using a punch to dislodge the inner Tri-Pot joint retaining ring from the transmission side gear. If removing the right side inner Tri-Pot joint, position the punch against the inner Tri-Pot joint. Hit the punch sharply with a hammer to dislodge the right inner joint from the side gear. If removing the left side inner Tri-Pot joint, position the punch in the groove of the inner Tri-Pot joint. Hit the punch sharply with a hammer to dislodge the left inner Tri-Pot joint from the side gear.
Hold the inner Tri-Pot joint and interconnecting shaft of the driveshaft assembly. Remove the inner Tri-Pot joint from the transaxle by pulling it straight out of the transaxle side gear and transmission oil seal. When removing the Tri-Pot joint, do not let the spline or snapring drag across the sealing lip of the transaxle-to-Tri-Pot joint oil seal.
WARNINGThe driveshaft, when installed, acts as a bolt which secures the front hub and bearing assembly. If the vehicle is to be supported or moved on its wheels with a driveshaft removed, install a proper-sized bolt and nut through the front hub. Tighten the bolt and nut to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). This will ensure that the hub bearing cannot loosen.
- Thoroughly clean the spline and oil seal sealing surface on the Tri-Pot joint. Lightly lubricate the oil seal sealing surface on the Tri-Pot joint with fresh, clean transmission fluid.
- Holding the driveshaft assembly by the Tri-Pot joint and interconnecting shaft, install the Tri-Pot joint into the transaxle side gear as far as possible by hand
- Align the Tri-Pot joint with the transmission side gears, grasp the driveshaft interconnecting shaft and push the Tri-Pot joint into the transaxle side gear until fully seated. Be sure the snapring is fully engaged with the side gear by trying to remove the Tri-Pot joint from the transaxle by hand. If the snapring is fully seated with the side gear, the Tri-Pot joint will not be removable by hand.
Install or connect the following:
Driveshaft back into the front hub
- Check the transaxle fluid and adjust if needed.