Vibe 2006-2007

Halfshafts

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CV-Joints



Inspection

The CV (Constant Velocity) boots should be checked for damage each time the oil is changed and any other time the vehicle is raised for service. These boots keep water, grime, dirt and other damaging matter from entering the CV-joints. Any of these could cause early CV-joint failure which can be expensive to repair. Heavy grease thrown around the inside of the front wheel(s) and on the brake caliper/drum can be an indication of a torn boot. Thoroughly check the boots for missing clamps and tears. If the boot is damaged, it should be replaced immediately. Please refer to Section 7 for procedures.

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Fig. CV-boots must be inspected periodically for damage



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Fig. A torn boot should be replaced immediately

Overhaul
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Inboard joint boot clips
     
    Inboard joint tulip from the driveshaft
     
    Snapring
     
    Using a brass rod and hammer, the tri-pot joint off the driveshaft without hitting the joint roller
     
    Inboard joint boot
     
    Clamp and driveshaft damper
     
    Clamps and the outboard drive boot. DO NOT disassemble the outboard joint.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the CV-joint-FWD vehicles



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    Fig. Exploded view of the CV-joint-AWD vehicles

     

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To assemble:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    Before installing the boot, wrap the spline end of the shaft with masking tape to prevent damage to the boot.


    NOTE
    The inboard boot and clamp are larger than those of the outboard boot.






    Driveshaft damper with a new clamp
     
    Temporarily, the inboard boot with new clamp to the drive joint
     



    The tri-pot onto the driveshaft with a brass rod and hammer without hitting the joint roller
     
    The snapring
     

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  3. Pack the outboard tulip joint and the outboard boot with about 0.26-0.33 lbs. ounces of grease that was supplied with the boot kit.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Boot onto the outboard joint
     

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  7. Pack the inboard tulip joint and boot with 1 / 2 lb. of grease that was supplied with the boot kit.

    Inboard tulip joint onto the driveshaft
     
    Boot onto the driveshaft
     

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  9. Before checking the standard length, bend the band and lock it. Make sure that the boot is not stretched or squashed when the driveshaft is at standard length. Standard driveshaft length: LH: 540.2 mm (21.268 in.); RH: 857.4 mm (33.756 in.)
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Removal & Installation




NOTE
The hub bearing could be damaged if subjected to the full weight of the vehicle, such as if the vehicle is moved without the halfshafts. If it is absolutely necessary to place the full vehicle weight on the hub bearing, first support the bearing with SST No. 09608-16041.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the inner oil seal or the ABS sensor rotor on the halfshaft.



    Negative battery cable. Due to the air bag system, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
     
    Both front wheels
     
    Cotter pin, locknut cap, and the hub nut
     
    Undercovers
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle
     
    Stabilizer bar link from the lower suspension arm
     
    Lower ball joint from the lower suspension arm
     
    Halfshaft from the knuckle
     

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  7. To remove the left side halfshaft, separate the halfshaft from the transaxle.
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  9. To remove the right side halfshaft perform the following steps:
    NOTE
    Do not damage the oil seal lip.



    Remove the 2 bolts of the center bearing bracket
     
    Pull the halfshaft out together with the center bearing case and the center halfshaft.
     
    Remove the center shaft with the right-hand halfshaft from the transaxle through the bearing bracket.
     



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    Fig. Halfshafts and related components

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Snapring opening side facing downward, on the oiled inboard joint tulip
     
    Left side halfshaft into the transaxle
     
    Right side halfshaft, with the bearing case and center shaft, into the transaxle
     
    Center bearing case (right side).
     

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  3. After installing either halfshaft, check that there is 0.08-0.12 in. (2-3mm) of axial play. Check that the halfshaft is making contact with the pinion shaft and that the halfshaft cannot be pulled out.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft into the knuckle
     
    Lower suspension arm to the lower ball joint. Torque the bolt and nuts to 66 ft. lbs. (89 Nm).
     
    Tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower suspension arm. Torque the nuts to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     
    Hub nut and washer and tighten to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable
     
    Locknut cap and a new cotter pin.
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Undercover
     

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  7. Fill the transaxle fluid to the proper level
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  9. Start the vehicle, check for leaks and repair if necessary.
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