The halfshafts will require a special tool for the spline alignment of the halfshaft end into the transaxle case. Do not perform this procedure without access to this tool. The Kent Moore tool Number is J-34296 and J-34297
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands, then remove the wheel and the tire assembly.
Remove or disconnect the following:
NOTECover the halfshaft boots with shop towels to protect them during removal of the shaft.
Halfshaft from the knuckle by lightly tapping it with a hammer. If it is hard to remove, use a puller.
Remove the halfshaft from the transaxle as follows:
- Models without support bearing: Pry the halfshaft from the transaxle.
Models with support bearing: Remove the support bearing bolts and pull the halfshaft from transaxle.
NOTEWhen removing the halfshaft from the transaxle, do not pull on the halfshaft. The halfshaft will separate at the sliding joint (damaging the boot). Use a small prybar to remove it from the transaxle. Be sure to replace the oil seal in the transaxle.
- Remove the halfshaft from the vehicle.
Use a new circlip on the halfshaft and install a new oil seal to the transaxle.
NOTEWhen installing the halfshaft into the transaxle, use a oil seal protector tool to protect the oil seal from damage.
Install or connect the following:
NOTEAfter installation of the halfshaft, try to pull the flange out by hand. If it pulls out, the circular clip is not locked into the transaxle.
Support bearing bracket and torque the bolts to 19-26 ft. lbs. (25-35 Nm)
- Lubricate the splines of the halfshaft and insert the shaft through the steering knuckle.
Align the steering knuckle with the lower strut mount. Torque the bolts to 68-82 ft. lbs. (92-111 Nm).
Disc brake caliper and the brake hose to the strut with the clip
- Road test the vehicle for proper operation.