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Re: can't get halfshaft out 95 Olds Ciera
I would hook the strut back up and remove lower ball joint you will need to have a long bar for leverage put bar between the lower control arm and frame pry down and ball joint will seperate from spindle then you should have enough room to remove shaft
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Are we talking rear strut assembly with spring there 3 bolts on top in side trunk under carpet befor changing leave tires on unbolt struts raise car up bust lugs lose befor raing car . The reason for tires left on if u unbolt strut and spring decides to pop loose your legs and face are protected tire will save u safty if first
Raise and support the vehicle safely. Place jackstands under the
frame, then lower the vehicle slightly to allow the control arms to hang
Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
Insert a drift punch into the caliper and rotor vanes to prevent
the rotor from turning, then remove the hub/drive axle nut. Clean the
threads of the nut.
Unfasten the caliper mounting bolts, then remove and support the caliper aside with a suitable piece of wire.
Remove the rotor by sliding it from the hub.
If equipped with ABS, detach the front wheel speed sensor connector and unclip it from the dust shield.
The hub and bearing are replaced only as an assembly. For 1987-92 vehicles, perform the following:
Using a suitable front hub spindle removal tool, separate the hub from the halfshaft.
Remove the hub and bearing retaining bolts, shield, hub and bearing assembly and the O-ring.
Separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle, using the proper tool.
Remove the halfshaft assembly and tap the seal from
the steering knuckle. Remove the steering knuckle from the hub.
For 1993-99 vehicles, perform the following:
Unfasten the hub and bearing retaining bolts and dust shield.
Place the transaxle in PARK.
Using a suitable front hub spindle removal tool, separate the hub and bearing from the drive axle.
If necessary, remove the steering knuckle.
Clean the rust and foreign material from the knuckle mounting
face, bore and chamfer to allow the bearing to properly seat in the
For 1993-99 vehicles, perform the following:
If removed, install the steering knuckle.
Position the hub and bearing assembly to the drive axle. Apply a
light coating of grease to the knuckle bore. If the new hub and bearing
has a protective plastic cover, remove it before installation. Also, do
not handle the knuckle or hub assembly by the ABS sensor wire.
Install a new drive axle nut and draw the hub and bearing onto the axle.
Place the transaxle in NEUTRAL.
Install the dust shield, being careful not to damage the bearing outboard lip seal.
Install the hub and bearing bolts, then tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
For 1987-92 vehicles, perform the following:
Install a new hub and bearing seal in the steering knuckle with a
suitable seal installation tool. Install the steering knuckle to the
Lubricate the hub and bearing with grease. Fill the cavity between the seal and bearing completely.
Install the halfshaft.
Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle and insert a new O-ring around the hub and bearing assembly.
Install the hub and bearing, and shield into the steering knuckle. Tighten the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
If equipped, attach the ABS front wheel speed sensor connector, then clip the wire to the dust shield.
Install the rotor and caliper assembly. Tighten the caliper bolts to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm).
Insert a drift punch into the caliper and rotor vanes to prevent
the rotor from turning. If not already done, install the shaft washer
and nut (if equipped). Tighten the nut to the following specifications:
1987-88 vehicles: 3 ft. lbs. (270 Nm).
1989-90 vehicles: 15 ft. lbs. (260 Nm).
1991-99 vehicles: 107 ft. lbs. (145 Nm).
Install the tire and wheel assembly.
Carefully lower the vehicle, then tighten the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
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Wheel and tire assemblyBrake caliper and secure it out of the way with a piece of mechanic-s wire. Do not let the caliper hang on the hose.Brake rotorHalfshaft retaining nut and discard itCotter pin and castellated nut from the tie rod end and separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle using a suitable removal tool. Discard the cotter pin.Separate the tie rod end from the wheel knuckleABS sensor bolt and the sensor, if equippedStrut mounting nuts and the studs which attach the strut assembly to the steering knuckleStrut from the steering knuckleLower ball joint pinch bolt. Carefully pry down on the lower control arm to separate the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle.Wheel hub, knuckle and bearing assembly from the vehicle
Place jackstands under the cradle and lower the vehicle slightly so the weight of the vehicle rests on the jackstands and not on the control arms.
Remove the wheel assembly.
Insert a drift punch into the rotor and remove the hub nut/washer.
Remove the brake caliper, support and the rotor.
Using the front hub spindle remover tool, separate the halfshaft from the hub.
Remove the hub/bearing assembly-to-steering knuckle bolts and the hub/bearing assembly.
If replacing the seal, drive the seal towards the engine. Cut the seal off the halfshaft; be careful not to damage the halfshaft boot.
NOTE: If the speed sensor bracket is removed or loosened from the steering knuckle, the speed sensor gap must be adjusted. If the speed sensor is removed from the bracket, speed sensor wax must be applied to the sensor before it is reinstalled in the bracket. Failure to apply the wax will permit corrosion and may result in sensor failure.
To install the new grease seal, lubricate the with wheel bearing grease and using the hub seal installer tool, install the seal.
Install the hub/bearing assembly-to-steering knuckle bolts and the hub/bearing assembly. Tighten the hub/bearing assembly-to-steering knuckle bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
Install the halfshaft to the hub.
Install the rotor and caliper.
Install the hub nut and washer. Tighten to 183 ft. lbs. (245 Nm).
its actually pretty easy if you have the basic tools needed and a little mechanical knowledge, because i dont think you can buy just the bearing at a auto parts store. they sell you the whole hub assembly which is great for the DIYer.
lift the car off the ground and block it from rolling and place a jack stand under it so it cant fall on anyone.
vehicles are equipped with sealed hub and bearing assemblies. The hub
and bearing assemblies are non-serviceable. If the assembly is damaged,
the complete unit must be replaced.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
DO NOT allow the caliper to hang unsupported from the brake hose.
Front wheelHalfshaft nut and washerCaliper from the steering knuckle and support it aside
Brake rotorAnti-lock Brake System (ABS) connector, if equipped3 hub/bearing assembly boltsHalfshaft from the hub/bearing assemblyHub/bearing assembly
Fig. Exploded view of the front hub/bearing assembly
To install: Install or connect the following:
Hub/bearing assembly onto the halfshaft, making sure the splines engage smoothlyHub/bearing assembly to the steering knuckle. Torque the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) connector, if equippedBrake rotorCaliper onto the steering knuckle. Torque the bolts to 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm).Halfshaft nut. Torque the hub nut to 284 ft. lbs. (385 Nm) on nuts colored black, or 173 ft. lbs. (235 Nm) on gray colored nuts.Front wheel. Torque the nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
1.Turn ignition to OFF position to place steering column in unlocked position.
2.Remove hub nut
3.Loosen, but do not remove, three top mount-to-shock tower
4.Raise vehicle on a hoist.
5.Remove tire and wheel assembly
6.Move brake caliper and wire out of the way
7.Remove brake rotor
8.Remove cotter pin from tie rod end stud and remove slotted nut.
Discard cotter pin and nut
9.remove tie rod from knuckle
10.Remove stabilizer bar link nut, and remove link from strut
11.Remove and discard lower arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut. (A drift punch may be used to remove bolt.) Using a screwdriver, slightly spread knuckle-to-lower arm pinch joint and remove lower arm from steering knuckle.
12.Press halfshaft from hub
13.Remove shock absorber strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Using a large screwdriver, slightly spread knuckle-to-strut pinch joint, if required, for removal
14.Remove steering knuckle and hub assembly from shock absorber strut
15.Remove three top mount-to-shock tower nuts and remove strut and spring assembly from vehicle
16.Compress spring with Spring Compressor
17.Place 10mm box-end wrench on top of shock strut shaft and hold while removing top shaft retaining nut with a 21mm 6-point crow foot wrench and ratchet
18.Loosen Spring Compressor , then remove top mount bracket assembly, bearing plate assembly and spring.
1.Place a 10mm box-end wrench on top of shock strut shaft and hold while tightening top shaft retaining nut with a 21mm 6-point crow foot wrench and ratchet to 53-72 Nm (40-53 lb-ft).
2.Install strut and spring assembly and three top mount-to-shock tower nuts
3.Install steering knuckle and hub assembly to shock absorber strut.
4.Install a new shock absorber strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Tighten to 98-132 Nm (73-97 lb-ft).
5.Install halfshaft into hub
6.Install lower arm to steering knuckle ensuring that ball stud groove is properly positioned and boot seal is not damaged. Install a new pinch bolt and nut. Tighten to 53-72 Nm (40-53 lb-ft).
7.Install stabilizer bar link to strut and install a new stabilizer bar link nut. Tighten to 77-103 Nm (57-75 lb-ft).
8.Install tie rod end onto knuckle.
9.Install a new tie rod end slotted nut. Tighten to 31-47Nm (23-34 lb-ft).
10.Install a new slotted nut retaining cotter pin.
11.Install brake rotor
12.Install brake caliper
13.Install tire and wheel assembly
14.Tighten three top mount-to-shock tower nuts to 30-40Nm (23-29 lb-ft).
15.Lower vehicle and tighten hub nut to 230-275 Nm (170-202 lb-ft)
16.Depress brake pedal several times prior to moving vehicle.