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The shaft might seem to be in but they need a good hit with a drift to force the clip into its position then you can't move it in and out by hand or put the nut on the outer shaft and give it a wack with a hammer
The passenger side has a inner and outer shaft and you would remove the axle nut and shaft from spindle then the center bracket and bearing (two bolts against engine block), sliding out the axle assembling at that point, or jerking it out, careful not to pull on the cv axle end but rather the jack, or inner, shaft. After removal, separate the middle by hanging upside down and taking a hammer to it, striking the inner shaft while turning around. Dont hit the dust shield or seals. Install in reverse order. Quick tip: you may get around removing ball joint by only removing both strut bolts, and possibly tie rod end bolt.
If the whole wheel assembly slides in and out then the CV joint is most likely NOT the problem. There is supposed to be play in the axles for when you turn the steering wheel. I would be looking at the ball joints or control arms or the hub bearings. Since the wheel is mounted to the spindle and it in turn is mounted to the control arms, and the only movement allowed when it is all put together and proper is the wheels turning from side to side for a left or right turn.
Your CV axle is a shaft that has a Constant Velocity joint ( hence the name CV axle) at each end and is inserted into the transmission and held in place by a snap ring and has a spline shaft at the wheel end that is held in place by the axle nut.
Hello, There are a lot of moving parts in the front end. You may have a bad CV joint which is on the shaft that turns the front wheels. Each side has a similar part. There are also hub bearings which are in the hub and the hub is turned by the CV joint shaft.
The CV joint can break without tearing the rubber cover on the shaft, but if someone looks under the car at the CV shaft and sees oil or grease or a torn rubber cover on the right side CV shaft; it will confirm the diagnosis.
Once this part breaks the car will not move anymore. A broken CV joint can cause other parts to fail like the hub bearings. You can call around and price the repair or if you know someone who can do the work, price the parts.
If the shaft needs to be removed, it is behind several parts which will need to be removed first.
To remove the cv joint/transaxle, first remove the wheel. Remove the brake caliper and pads. Be sure to tie up the brake caliper to keep out of way. Once the caliper is removed, slide the brake rotor off. Remove the center cap over hub (if capped). Remove the kotter pin and nut hold shaft in place. There are two bolts on the back side that connect the strut to the wheel hub. remove those bolts. Keep in mind that they are not the same size, the bolt heads are angled. To make sure you put the right bolts in place, Take two envelopes and mark top on one and bottom on the other. I had an 89 Horizon (same as Omni), so I did the same with the envelopes. Separate the strut from the hub assembly. Next, while pushing in on the cv joint, carefully pull hub assembly out and turn either left or right. Once you have remove the shaft from hub, using a pry bar, insert pry bar between tranny and axle and pop out. It is that easy. Let me know if there is anything else you may need help with.
jack up vehicle, remove wheel, remove split pin from hub nut, remove nut, remove lower ball joint nut & separate ball joint, lever lower arm down, pull hub forward while pushing cv joint in wards through hub, remove cv gaiter clips and slide back on shaft, hold shaft firmly and knock cv joint off with hammer, pack new joint with grease, and place on shaft with nut on threads carefully knock on with hammer, re-fit parts in reverse order
How to Replace a CV Boot ( DIY Complexity: Hard / Time: 3.2 hours )
Parts: 1. CV Boot 2. CV Boot Clamp Kit
Tools: 1. Mallet Hammer 2. 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet 3. Combination Wrench Set 4. Floor Jack 5. Flashlight 6. Flat Head Screwdriver 7. Socket Set 8. Tire Iron
Steps: Step 1 Secure the vehicle on a level surface, making sure the vehicle will not roll or lean too much when jacked up. o Tip: Safety Tip:Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or safety shoes.
Step 2 Lift up the front of the vehicle using a jack. o Tip: Using an aftermarket floor jack, instead of the original equipment (OE) jack, can make the job easier and safer. Verify the condition of the floor jack before use.
Step 3 Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds and the frame are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working. o Tip: Try to find a flat, level, and strong surface to put the jack stands.
Step 4 Find the correct size socket and large ratchet or tire iron and turn the wheel lug nuts counter clockwise. Remove the front wheels. o Tip: It is a good idea to try and break the lug nuts free before you jack the wheels off the ground. This way they you will not spin the front wheels or put stress on the transaxle. o Tip: Lug nuts fasten the wheel to the hub and may be on very tight. To gain more leverage, use a breaker bar to loosen the nuts.
Step 5 Inspect the CV boot for damage. o Tip: The CV joint may be worn if the boot is damaged. Thoroughly inspect the CV joint assembly before installing the new boot. If the CV joint is damaged, replace the entire CV joint axle assembly.
Step 6 Mark the axle for installation reference. Remove the CV joint axle assembly.
Step 7 Using a bench vise, hold the shaft of the CV joint secure so that you can separate the CV joint from the shaft. Remove the CV boot clamps.
Step 8 Slide the CV boot off the outer CV joint.
Step 9 Using a rubber mallet, knock the CV joint off of the axle shaft.
Step 10 Remove the old boot from the CV axle shaft and wipe off any old grease. Clean the sealing surface on the CV joint.
Step 11 Fill the CV joint with grease and get it ready to slide back onto the shaft.
Step 12 Slide the new boot onto the shaft but do not tighten the inner clamp yet. Install a new retaining clip before putting the joint and axle together.
Step 13 Slide the CV joint back onto the axle shaft completely.
Step 14 Pack the boot with grease and slide the boot over the CV joint housing. Secure the boot with new clamps.
Step 15 Install the CV joint and axle back into the vehicle in the reverse order that it was removed.
Step 16 Mount the wheel back onto the hub assembly.
Step 17 Tighten lug nuts in a star pattern and torque to suggested manufacturer specifications in the vehicle owner’s manual.
Step 18 Remove jack stands.
Step 19 Lower vehicle with jack until it is securely on the ground.
Step 20 Drive the vehicle to make sure that any noises are no longer present and that there are no indications of wearing parts. Before road testing, visually inspect the area you have worked on to make sure everything is tightened and assembled properly.
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After removing the axle assembly, clip the metal band on the large side of the rubber grease boot, slide the boot back on the axle shaft. Pull the outer CV housing and axle stub away from the CV joint. You will find that there is a circlip holding the bearing carrier onto the axle shaft, remove it. Remove the boot.
I cannot see it, but I am guessing that you need to replace your axle seal. To do this,you have to pull your CV shaft out. Remove the tire, remove the caliper from the top of the rotor. Using a hammer on the back, remove the rotor. Take off the spindle (axle) nut, separate the axle (CV shaft) from the hub. Replace seal. It should pop right out. Good luck!