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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Remove the wheel and tire assemblies.
  3. Remove the splash shield, if equipped.
  4. Drain the transaxle.
  5. Raise the staked portion of the hub locknut with a hammer and chisel. Lock the hub by applying the brakes and loosen the nut.
  6. Separate the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
  7. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end ball stud.
  8. Remove the tie rod end from the knuckle, using a suitable tool.
  9. Remove the lower ball joint pinch bolt and nut.
  10. Separate the ball joint from the knuckle, using a prybar on the control arm.
  11. Position a prybar between the inner CV-joint and transaxle case. Carefully pry the halfshaft from the transaxle being careful not damage the oil seal. If equipped with a right side intermediate shaft, insert the prybar between the halfshaft and intermediate shaft and tap on the bar to uncouple them.
  12. Remove the hub locknut and discard.
  13. Pull outward on the hub/knuckle assembly, push the outer CV-joint stub shaft through the hub, and remove the halfshaft. If the halfshaft is stuck in the hub, install the old hub nut to protect the stub shaft threads. Tap on the nut, using only a soft mallet, to remove the halfshaft.
    NOTE Install Differential Side Gear holder K49A-4208-AT, into the transaxle after removing the halfshaft, to keep the differential side gear in position. If the gear becomes out of position the differential may have to be removed to realign the gear.
  14. Remove the intermediate shaft, if necessary, by removing the support bearing bolts and pulling the shaft from the transaxle.

    how to replace the cv axles - 0900c1528002861e.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Exploded view of the halfshafts and related components

To install: enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Support bearing bolt tightening sequence

  1. Install a new circlip on the end of the intermediate shaft,
    1. 1.5L, 1.6L (VIN 5), 1.8L install the circlip with the end gap facing upward.
    2. 1.6L (VIN 3), 2.0L, 2.4L and 2.7L install the circlip with end gap facing downward.

  2. Install the intermediate shaft in the transaxle, being careful not to damage the oil seals.
  3. Install the support bearing bolts and tighten, in sequence, to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
  4. Install a new circlip on the end of the halfshaft, with the end gap facing upward.
  5. Install the halfshaft into the transaxle, being careful not to damage the oil seal.
  6. Install the halfshaft into the intermediate shaft, if equipped.
  7. Install the other end of the halfshaft through the hub. Loosely install a new locknut.
  8. Install the lower ball joint into the knuckle.
  9. Install the pinch bolt and nut and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  10. Install the tie rod end to the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to 42 ft. lbs. (57 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Tighten the nut, if necessary, to align the ball stud hole with the nut castellation.
  11. Install the stabilizer bar to the lower control arm.
  12. Install the splash shield and the wheel and tire assemblies.
  13. Lock the hub with the brakes. Tighten the new hub nut to 155-206 ft. lbs. (214-279 Nm). After tightening, stake the locknut using a hammer and dull bladed chisel.
  14. Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of fluid.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/repairinfo/repairguide/repairGuideContent.jsp?chapterTitle=Halfshafts&partName=Drive+Train&pageId=0900c1528002861d&partId=0900c152800285e3

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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SOURCE: CV axle repair

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.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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SOURCE: average repair cost for cv joint or axle replacement

Average time should be around 2-3 hours. Every shop charges different hourly rates. Dealerships will be around at least 80 an hour, smaller shops will run lower.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: 94 Geo Prizm CV or driveaxle?

on this type of vehichle, you have two axles in the front; one going to each side. Chances are that the boot at the axle joint was torn and that is why you are having problem. In teh past people used to replace the boot, this day and age its actually cheaper to replace the axle. So you would need to replace that side of the axle (the half shaft).

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

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SOURCE: how often to replace cv boots/cv joints/axle?

If something off the road tore the boot, yes but if it has not been tore long and you don't hear any clicking noises around corners, you can just replace the boot.

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

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SOURCE: torque specs on replacing cv axle on 05 Pacifica

ok here we go tie rod=55 ft lbs axel nut= 180 ft lbs strut bolts= 65 ft lbs plus 90 degrees

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