- Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
- Turn the steering wheel to full right lock.
- Inspecting from behind the halfshaft, examine the driver's side CV boot while slowly turning the wheel.
- Inspect the valleys between the folds. If cracks are apparent, replace the boot.
- Also inspect the circumference where the boot covers the edge of the hub, as cracks can appear there too. If large cracks (large enough to fit a finger nail in) are apparent, replace the boot.
- Repeat for the inner boot.
- Turn the steering wheel to full left lock and examine the passenger side boots in the same manner.
Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions.
- Raise and support the rear of the vehicle.
- Drain the differential.
- Remove the wheels.
- Remove and discard the spindle nut.
- Remove the VSA rear wheel sensor.
- Separate the upper ball joint from the upper arm.
- Remove the lower track rod.
- Separate the lower arm from the knuckle.
- Pull the knuckle outwards and separate the halfshaft from the hub.
Pry the halfshaft from the differential.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
- Use new snaprings and cotter pins.
- Always advance castellated nuts to align cotter pin holes.
Observe the following torques:
Lower arm-to-knuckle bolt: 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm)