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CV joint replacement; I found the noise!
Topic Started: Dec 22 2009, 07:14 PM (18,520 Views)
Spock
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Live Long and Prosper.

So I am going to replace the axle shaft on the drivers side on Saturday. Turns out, this is the source of the "clanking" I have been heraring. I have never done an axle shaft replacement before and I'll take all the advise I can get if anyone would like to share.
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Bad Bent
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Check out Torn CV Boots for some dialogue.

I typed this, with some changes; Should drain the Trans. on a '91 for sure or lose a quart or more of fluid. Loosen the wheel nuts and the half shaft nut then jack it up. I got a 1/2" breaker bar and 30mm socket. I undo the brake caliper, strap/bungee to the strut, and mark then remove the lower strut bolts. The spindle should rotate enough to pull the half shaft out. The half shaft at the tranny pops out with a pry bar and gentle pressure. The new CV joints will be very stiff. The tranny end snaps in with some force. The outer end should slide in. Reverse to assemble.
Once it's on the ground, to get the recommended 132 foot pounds of torque it's good to have a torque wrench. If not, calculate your weight and slowly stand (no bounce) on the breaker bar at the 3 o'clock position. I'm 180 so I put the center of my foot about 8 inches from the nut.
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Johnny Mullet
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Remove the wheel and then the axle nut. If you are taking the axle nut off by hand, then leave the wheel on the ground..............

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Remove the 2 brake caliper bolts and safely tie or hang the caliper so it does not get in the way. Drain the trans fluid into clean bucket if reusing or drain it all out and refill with Synchromesh.....
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Remove the lower ball joint pinch bolt (14 MM bolt)
Use a chisel to spread the pinch area and pound down on the control area to separate ball joint...........

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You can then pull the spindle away and off the axle shaft.........

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Pop out the axle with a large prybar and replace the axle seal while you are there.
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bogs
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Duct tape heals all wounds

Wow, :gp
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Spock
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Live Long and Prosper.

That's pretty sweet JM!!!! Thanks a lot for that post, it really helps. I am going to tackle the CV joint this weekend. Like I said, I have never done one, but there's a first time for everything!!

Right now, I have a really bad miss under load so I am going to throw some pluggs and wires at it. Maybe a cap and rotor too while I'm at it. Hopefully that'll fix it, otherwise I have to actually do some diagnostic work :-/
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Johnny Mullet
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MetroRob
Dec 23 2009, 01:05 PM
Right now, I have a really bad miss under load so I am going to throw some pluggs and wires at it. Maybe a cap and rotor too while I'm at it. Hopefully that'll fix it, otherwise I have to actually do some diagnostic work :-/
http://geometroforum.com/topic/2574993/
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iamgeo
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Is that a fact....or just a rumor?

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Remove the 2 brake caliper bolts and safely tie or hang the caliper so it does not get in the way.

I have found it to be unnecessary to remove the brake calipers.
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Johnny Mullet
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I only do this so I don't stretch the hose. Sometimes I get aggressive :)
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iamgeo
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Is that a fact....or just a rumor?

Good point. Have to be careful with the hoses.
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Dgeo
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I just took both out of a '98. I removed the break caliper and two lower strut mount bolts. CV axel can then be maneuvered out.

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Spock
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I knocked out the CV joint 2 days ago. Easiest repair I've ever done!!! Thanks to everyone for their help and pictures.

I will add from my own expierence that I agree you do not have to remove the brake caliper, but it does get one more thing out of your way. It also keeps you from stretching your rubber brake hose like JM said. For me It was necessary to remove the sway bar connecting bushings to get the a-arm to move downward more freely.

I gotta say to anyone who has never done this job, like me, it is a piece of cake!!! I can see the 30mm nut causing some grief though. I have a huge impact, so it didn't give me any lip at all! B-)

Maybe I'll tackle the struts soon :D
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Will
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Great job. Glad to see it turned out so well.
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Mr Murf 59
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Good post man. Thanks for sharing. I did run into one that was an odd one. It was on a 95 G13, 4dr. One of the axles had a big cast iron mount hooked to the back side of the engine. It only added 2 or 3 extra bolts to remove. But was a pain in the back side. I was under a forklift at the time. In the pouring rain. It is the only one of those I have seen so far
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If I'm reading this correctly, is the transmission side of the drive-shaft held in only by the pressure of the drive-shaft itself? Is there a clip or something on the transmission side CV joint that needs the be undone?
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Rooy


The CV joint is held in to the transmission by a split ring type clip. It simply pops in and out.
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