DO NOT begin this procedure unless the following parts are available:
New hub nut cotter pinNew ball joint cotter pinFront stabilizer bar link-to-lower control arm nutNew halfshaft circlip, if removing the left halfshaft
Once removed, these parts must not be reused during assembly. Their retention capability is diminished during removal.
- Remove the front wheel cover.
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts.
- Remove the hub nut cotter pin and discard it. Remove the hub nut retainer, if applicable, and loosen the hub nut.
- Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
- Remove the front wheel.
- Remove the outer engine and transaxle splash shield.
- Remove the hub nut and washer.
- Remove the front stabilizer bar link-to-lower control arm nut and discard it.
- Remove the lower ball joint cotter pin and discard it.
- Loosen the lower ball joint nut until it contacts the outboard CV-joint.
- While pulling down on the lower control arm, strike the steering knuckle where the ball joint stud is with a brass or other soft hammer until the ball joint separates from the knuckle.
- Remove the lower ball joint nut.
Using a suitable prybar, carefully pry the lower control arm down and separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
WARNINGNever use a hammer to separate the outboard CV-joint shaft from the hub. Damage to the CV-joint threads and internal components may result.
- Remove the shaft from the hub assembly. If necessary, a suitable puller may be used to aid in the removal of the halfshaft from the hub assembly.
- Support the end of the shaft by suspending it from a convenient underbody component with a piece of wire. Do not allow the shaft to hang unsupported; damage to the outboard CV-joint may occur.
If the left halfshaft is being removed, position prybars on both sides of the inboard CV-joint, between the joint and the transaxle, and carefully pry outward to release circlip.
If the right halfshaft is being removed, remove the three axle bearing retainer bolts.
- Slide the halfshaft from the transaxle and remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
- If the left halfshaft is being removed, remove the circlip from the inboard CV-joint shaft and discard it.
The installation is the reverse of removal, but please note the following important steps.
NOTEThe circlip must not be re-used. A new circlip must be installed each time the left inboard CV-joint is installed into the transaxle.
- When installing the new circlip on the left halfshaft, start one end in the groove and work the circlip over the shaft end into the groove. This will avoid over-expanding the circlip.
- When installing the left halfshaft into the transaxle, carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint shaft with the splines in the transaxle. Push the CV-joint into the transaxle until the circlip is felt seating in the differential side gear. Use care to prevent damage to the axle seal.
- When installing the right halfshaft, carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint shaft with the splines in the transaxle. Tighten the axle bearing retainer bolts to 8-14 ft. lbs. (13-19 Nm).
- When installing the lower ball joint in the lower control arm, tighten the nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm). Continue tightening the nut until a new cotter pin can be inserted through the hole in the stud andinstall the new cotter pin.
- When installing the front stabilizer bar link in the lower control arm, use a new nut and tighten it to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm).
- When installing the hub nut, tighten it to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm). Use a new cotter pin.
- When installing the lug nuts, tighten them to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
- Check the transaxle fluid level and fill, if needed.