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I have a 1986 chevy nova and I need to replace the front left axle and I want to do it myself but need instructions on how to do it

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    It's not a difficult job but you need to get yourself a manual to guide you through it. (instructions are just too long to re-write here) (haynes, chilton etc) It helps to identify the bolts you will be removing and have the proper sockets & wrenches available before you begin (saves a trip to the parts store mid-job)



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The Haynes manual is detailed enough to get you through the job, or you can create a free account at Autozone and they have an online manual which also covers this task. I can go through it step by step if you want, but essentially I'd just be regurgitating the information available from these 2 sources.

It's not a particularly difficult job, just a bit cramped, and make sure you have all of the necessary tools to hand so that you don't have to keep climbing out from under the vehicle, that tends to get old really quickly...

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