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Seperate outer cv from axel 99 chevy metro

99 chevy/geo metro, I need to replace outer CV'S. they tell me that there are 2 diffrent outer cv's for this model, ether 19 or 20 tooth race count on outer cv's where they attach to axel. So How to seperate outer cv from axel? I dont seem to see any circlips holding it on. the damn book I have has no clue and is useless!!! I tried taping on it a little, not appear to move any. all the book said was some of the outer cv were rebuildable on later models. I dont want to rebuild them just replace the outers as they had torn boots and are rattleing some.
Thank you in advance.
Ben

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  • kelwendee May 28, 2009

    Hey thanks,

    I had checked on whole replacemant but found both outers for $65.00 so thought that was pretty good deal. I had thought there would be a circlip on inside of outer cv as the Arms and such hold the out side, but couldent see any clips of any sort for the outer cvs. which wouldent make sence any way as it has to slide off outside of axel so inner clip could not hold it from sliding off. and I assumed that it slid on axel by hand but what retained it? the book only said that some models had rebuildable outer cv and some not. did not say how to simply get the outer cv off axel for replacement.

    Ill check better for the cilp you mentioned thanks, and Ill take a piece of wood and smack it with a hammer.

    I was only trying to count the teeth so I could order the outers and my wife could continue to drive it while we waited for shipping.

    Can you tell me about puting the new cv on the axel? will it just pop back on or gotta smack it on too?



    Thanks in advance,

    Ben

  • kelwendee May 28, 2009

    Thanks for your concern Emissionwiz it is appericated, however I do have many years experence working on junk! just not familure with this model and can figure it out by the book in most cases, but book was deficent, may have terms wrong but feel confidant in my work.

    just was unsure on removel of outer cvc from axel enough to count tooth race for correct order for replacement parts.

    Yes outer boots were split. just bought car from dealer in AZ. and fixing some bugs and yes the DR side outer cv are worn out.

    The dealer had put an under sized tire on DR side and I had not noticed, when I got home I replaced tire and the cv rattled.

    nice trick that will never happen again. I had seen the torn boots, figured id re pack em and buy new boots until I changed that tire, so here I am.



    so if the book dident say how to remove The outer cv it certanily dident say how to instal ether. I dont think that is a inexperince question only application question, can you respond?

  • kelwendee May 28, 2009

    Hey Thundergod

    Got er out thanks

    Would you be familure with a leaky Manuel tranny from weep hole under trans? I was thinking main tranny seal, but Id think the oil would run out at bellhousing not little weep hole? unless they have diverted to weep hole? not over filled as I already checked. this Metro only had 50000 miles and looks to be in excellent shape trying to fix up little bugs.

    thanks again,

    Ben

  • kelwendee May 28, 2009

    pulled lots of engines my friend and yes it is comming from a weep hole about mid way under trans. worked on many older Honda civics.

    Some one mentioned input shaft. I was wondering if there were a internal issue with that? It just looks to far back to me to be main seals

    and thus the question if there were any issues with these models and if they had any reason other than seals for the weep hole. Or is it that the weep hole is a direct route for a bad seal to prevent the oil to contamante the clucth. which would be cool, I just never seen it befor.

    And so, no, Im not sure its not engine oil but I couldent figure how engine oil could get that far back in the tranny to flow out that weep hole and not just run out between tranny and engine. and it sure looks like some sort of transmission weep hole.

    I had to top the tranny off when I got it, and like I said it only has 50,000 miles on it.

    thanks for your consideration

    Ben

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    U know u really need to have a pro do this, sounds like you don't have the minimum skill level for this job.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    if the joints are making noise then they are worn out from lack of lubrication, so new boots will not correct the problem.

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To me this is a simple job, I didn't mean to sound insulting but having never done one i fixed a friends car with a bad CV joint, I found a rebuild kit with new joint ball bearings and grease boots, removing the joints is straight forward, clean the grease out of the joint to see the spring clip that holds it to the axle shaft splined end, to remove the stub end of axle from the steering knuckle undo the axle nut (u need a new one of these) and the unbolt the strut from the knuckle of course the brake caliper and the disk must also be removed, try to push the axle out and swing the knuckle out of the way, you may need to undo the tie rod as well.

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First, did you check the price difference on a complete axle (saves time and aggravation of doing joint & boot) Most times you can get them apart by just putting the axle in a vise and giving the joint a good smack with a hammer. There is a small clip in the end that you can spread, but you have to look carefully to find it. Most people have a hard time getting the boot to stay on and find it has come off a few weeks after they installed it.
That's why I suggest replacing the entire axle which if far cheaper than they used to be!!!

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  • Richard Scordino May 28, 2009

    Actually they go on easier than they come off. Usually it's best to use the strap install tool made for that...like I said that is the biggest problem I have seen from people doing it themselves I can't tell you how to "feel" it's tight enough...Why I recommended axles... Make sure you use the grease they give you with the joint and make sure it gets inside where it does the most good.

  • Richard Scordino May 28, 2009

    Sure its not engine oil? to do either, you need to remove either trans or engine...sure you want to go there?

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