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I am trying to change out the cv joints and axel on my 1995 Chevy Lumina. The inner spline and metal housing will not come off. Do I need to remove the housing that is bolted directly onto the side of the transmission to do this? The replacement axel is one piece with the cv joints on either end. The factory housing on the inner joint section is not round like the new one, but shaped rather like a 3 leaf clover. It's mounted onto another aluminum cover bolted directly to the main motor/transmission housing. I have not drained the transmission fluid yet, although the instructions with the new axel say do do so. It seems to make no sense to drain the fluid unless that housing is removed.

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  • timlewis7 Mar 07, 2009

    Thanks a ton for the help. I had asked my brother ( a full time mechanic) the same question, and he gave a similar answer. I was not second guessing him, as he works on Peterbuilts. I do plan to change the fluid and already have a new filter, but this is still going to save me a lot of time.



    Thank you!

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You do not need to remove the housing, and no need to drain the fluid unless you want to change it. You will need a pry bar to get the inner joint unhooked from the trans. If you notice on the new shaft there is a little circlip near the end of the shaft that goes into the trans, this is the part that locks the shaft into the trans. If it will not come out that way, you can pull the joint out of the inner housing, clamp a set of vise grips on the joint housing an smack with a hammer.

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