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CV axle repair

I have a 2001 Quest and the cv axle boot broke, I've been told I will need to replace the axle at this point. I was wondering how difficult this may be for someone with no real repair experience.

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This is not too difucult if you have the tools and time. just uncomfortable because you will have to lay under the vehicle for part of it. start by removing the hubcap and in the center of the wheel you will find a large nut possibly with a cotter pin thru it. remove the pin and nut. the nut is large and usually tight so if you can do this you will probably make it thru the rest. next raise the front of the van, support it solidly on jackstands and remove the wheel. below the brake there is a nut with a cotter pin holding the lower ball joint to the control arm. remove them then use a ball joint seperator (pickle fork) and a very large hammer to seperate the ball joint. about half way up the back of the brake on the back is another nut and pin that hold the tie rod to the steering knuckle. remove the pin, nut and use the pickle fork again. now you should be able to pull the brake away from the van far enough to slide the axle out of the brake assembly. you may have to hit the end of the axle with a large hammer to free it from the brake. if reusing the axle place some wood over the end of the axle to save the threads. now use a large prybar and place the tip between the inner cv joint and the transmission and pry quick and hard to pull the axle out. use a drip pan under the transmission because some oil may come out. to install the new one push the new axle into the transmission and with a board over the outer end of the axle hit it streight in to seat the snap ring then assemble everything you took apart making sure all the nuts are as tight as you can get them.

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Search YouTube for videos on this repair .

As suggested , buy a Chilton or Haynes book on your car .

Add up the cost of the tooling and the down time . Remember , decent tooling may last a lifetime . So may the knowledge gained . But BE SAFE !

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Depends on if your handy and have a logical problem solving kind of mind. any repairs on vehicles can be dangerous without the proper tools and saftey equipment (jack stands etc.) most people don't have the tools required either. also seized bolts can be a pain on older models. pick up a repair manual for your car and leaf through the steps before you jump in.

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Not bad you need to take the ball joint loose and loosen the spindle nut. Then pop the joint free from the transmission.

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