Question about 2000 Dodge Caravan
Need help replacing cv joints
Hi Douglas, I'm glad to help. My first suggestion is to get to complete shaft. This way you want have any problems later on. It's not that much more expensive and you'll be glad you did. Below is the procedure for replacing them.
Posted on Jun 04, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If you are hearing a clanking sound when driving you probably need to replace your CV joint. One thing that you can look at is the CV boot. If you are hearing noises coming from the CV joint, your boot is more than likely cracked or ripped completely. The boot is directly behind the wheel and is easy to see if you turn the wheel all the way to the right or left. Sounds like you need new CV joints though.
Posted on May 18, 2009
Remove the wheel and the lower ball joint from the spindle. It will also make it easier if you remove the tie rod end. There is a large hut at the tire end of the axel. Remove that nut and washer. Take a rubber or brass Hammer and hit the end of the axel to push it through the bearing assembly. If it is really stuck, put the nut back on so that the nut is even with the end of the axel and uses a heavier hamer to break it loose. Once you break it loose, pull back on the rotor while pushing the axel to remove it from the hole it passes through. (Becarefull with the brake hose. If it is pulling too tight it might be best to remove the caliper and use a hanger to suspend it until you are done.) You will need a really BIG screw driver or a pry bar. Put the pry bar between the case and the hub of the axel and push in quickly and firmly to pop it out of the trans axel. It might take a few tries. If it resists look for a ridge and put a big screw drive on the ridge and use a hammer to pop it out.
Once it is out, reverse directions. Do not use the hammer on the new axel any where.put the end into the trans axel as far as it will go and then put the other end through the wheel bearing. Use the leverage you have with the rotor and bearing side to push the axel into the trans. You should hear it snap into place. Before you put the ball joint back on go to the trans axel side and use that pry bar and gently try to remove. if it resists it is seated, if it slides out, you need to seat it again. ONce you are sure it is firmly seated back into the trans, you can bump the ball joint and tie rod back together.
Good luck and be careful
Posted on Aug 18, 2009
Get your self a repair manual (Clymer, Chilton or Haynes) for your van, The pictures and step by step instructions are very helpful. These are not very expensive and can even be picked up sometimes at used bookstores. Pulling it is not a simple task for the first timer but being the right side makes it a lot easier than the other. I could write a small book telling how to do it, get the manual. No real tricks just make sure you have all the tools and can securely jack and support your van. You will probably use your allotment of cuss words by the time your done. Getting the axle out past the strut can be a challenge. Pulling the axle out of the trans. is fun, takes a bit of force to get the internal snap ring to release and the same when you put it back. Good luck.
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
You need to replace the whole right side axle shaft. Take the ball-joint loose and the axle nut. Pull the shaft from the hub assembly and then pull it from the transmission
Posted on Mar 28, 2010
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