Vue 2006-2007

Halfshafts

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CV-Joints



Inspection
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Check the driveshaft boots for damage and deterioration.

    Raise front of vehicle
     
    Rotate axle and inspect for cracked or ripped CV boot material on inner and outer CV joints on both sides of vehicle
     
    Inspect for excessive grease deposits on or around the CV boot
     

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  5. Replace boot if damaged or deteriorated.
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Overhaul
Inner Joint
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    The axle shaft from the vehicle
     
    The large CV boot retaining clamp
     
    The small CV boot retaining clamp
     
    The CV boot from the joint
     
    The axle shaft retaining ring
     
    The outer joint from the axle shaft
     
    The CV boot
     

  4.  
  5. Disassemble the chrome alloy balls from the CV-joint cage as follows:
    1. Position a brass drift against the CV-joint cage and tap it with a hammer to tilt the cage.
    2.  
    3. Remove the 1st chrome alloy ball from the cage.
    4.  
    5. Tilt the cage in the opposite direction.
    6.  
    7. Remove the opposite chrome alloy ball.
    8.  
    9. Repeat the procedure until all 6 balls are removed.
    10.  

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  7. Disassemble the CV-joint cage and inner race as follows:
    1. Pivot the cage and race 90° to the center line of the outer race.
    2.  
    3. Align the cage windows with outer race lands.
    4.  
    5. Remove the cage from the outer race.
    6.  
    7. Rotate the inner race upward and remove it from the cage.
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To install:

  1. Lubricate the parts with a light coat of grease.
  2.  
  3. Assemble the CV-joint cage and inner race, as follows:
    1. Rotate the inner race 90° to the cage centerline.
    2.  
    3. Align the cage windows with inner race lands.
    4.  
    5. Insert the inner race into the cage by rotating the inner race downward.
    6.  
    7. Insert the cage/inner race into the outer race.
    8.  

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  5. Assemble the chrome alloy balls into the CV-joint cage, as follows:
    1. Position a brass drift against the CV-joint cage and tap it with a hammer to tilt the cage.
    2.  
    3. Insert the 1st chrome alloy ball into the cage.
    4.  
    5. Tilt the cage in the opposite direction.
    6.  
    7. Insert the opposite chrome alloy ball.
    8.  
    9. Repeat the procedure until all 6 balls are inserted.
    10.  

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  7. Install 1 / 2 of the grease provided, into the CV-joint.
  8.  
  9. Install or connect the following:

    The small CV boot retaining ring
     
    The CV boot on the halfshaft
     
    The new retaining ring on the halfshaft
     
    The large ring clamp on the CV boot
     
    The outer joint onto the axle shaft
     
    The retaining ring into the outer race
     

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  11. Install the remaining grease into the CV boot.
  12.  
  13. Position the CV boot and the small boot clamp.
  14.  
  15. Crimp the small boot clamp.
  16.  
  17. Position and crimp the large boot clamp in place.
  18.  
  19. Install the Halfshaft in the vehicle.

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    Fig. Tighten the small boot clamp to the specification shown



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    Fig. Tighten the large boot clamp to the specification shown

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Outer Joint
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    The front wheel
     
    The halfshaft
     
    The swage ring using a hand grinder
     
    The large CV-joint boot clamp
     
    The CV-joint boot by sliding it away from the tri-pod joint
     
    The tri-pod housing from the tri-pod spider
     
    The inboard spacer ring slide it rearward on the shaft
     
    The outboard retaining ring
     
    The tri-pod joint spider assembly
     
    The inboard spacer ring and CV-joint boot
     

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To install:

  1. Install the swage ring clamp on the CV-joint boot.
  2.  
  3. Install the CV-joint boot.
  4.  
  5. Position the CV-joint boot seal into the axle shaft-s joint seal groove and align the swage ring clamp on the boot.
    WARNING
    Make sure that there are no pinch points on the inboard seal.

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  7. Crimp the swage ring.
  8.  
  9. Install or connect the following:

    The inboard spacer ring, slide it rearward on the shaft
     
    The tri-pod joint spider assembly onto the shaft
     
    The outboard retaining ring into the axle shaft groove
     
    The tri-pod joint spider assembly, slide it against the outboard retaining ring
     
    The inboard spacer ring, seat it in the groove
     

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  11. Pack 1 / 2 of the grease kit into the boot.
  12.  
  13. Pack 1 / 2 of the grease kit into the tri-pod housing.
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  15. Install the new large seal clamp onto the CV-joint boot.
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  17. Install the tri-pod housing, slide it over the tri-pod joint spider assembly.
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  19. Install the CV-joint boot/clamp, slide it into place, over the trilobal tri-pod bushing with the seal lip in the groove.
    NOTE
    Make sure the boot lies flat against the trilobal bushing.

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  21. Position the CV-joint boot so it measures 4.9 in. (125mm).
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  23. Using a crimp tool, a torque wrench, and a breaker bar, crimp the large CV-joint boot clamp to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
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  25. Install the halfshaft and the front wheel.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel cover or the center cap for access to the halfshaft nut. Have an assistant depress the brake pedal and loosen the front halfshaft nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Do not allow the steering knuckle to contact the ball stud seal. Contact may cause the seal to rip and the ball stud will need replacement.



    The wheel
     
    The tie rod end torque prevailing nut and discard it
     
    The tie rod end from the steering knuckle, using a Tie Rod Separator Tool SA91100C
     
    The lower control arm to steering knuckle
     
    The stabilizer bar link nut
     

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  7. Pull the steering knuckle/strut assembly away from the vehicle and pull the halfshaft out of the hub.
  8.  
  9. Properly support the halfshaft and remove the halfshaft from the transaxle.
  10.  
  11. Remove the shaft retaining ring and discard it.

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    Fig. Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle with a Tie Rod Separator tool



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    Fig. Exploded view of a typical axle shaft assembly



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    Fig. Failure to use a seal protector may allow the halfshaft splines to damage the transaxle seal

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To install:

  1. Install the new stub shaft retaining ring.
  2.  
  3. Install the halfshaft to the transaxle after installing a Seal Protector Tool SA91112T.
  4.  
  5. Remove the seal protector tool after the splines have passed the oil seal.
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  7. Fully seat the halfshaft into the transaxle.
  8.  
  9. Install or connect the following:

    The outer end of the halfshaft to the wheel hub with a new washer and nut
     
    The lower control arm ball stud to the steering knuckle. Tighten the fastener to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
     
    The stabilizer bar link nut to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm)
     
    The tie rod end to the steering knuckle using tool J44015. When seated properly, torque the fastener to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
     
    The wheel. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
     
    The Halfshaft to wheel nut. Torque the nut to 151 ft. lbs. (205 Nm)
     
    The cotter pin
     

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  11. Fill the transaxle to the proper level.
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  13. Check and adjust the front end alignment as necessary.
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