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I have 04 vue. Fwd 3.5. How do i change out right side cv axle? I can't free end that goes into carriage bearing?

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Remove lower ball joint and remove axle nut in the center of spindle. then move the spindle out of the way separating the axle from the spindle.

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I remove the strut bolts when I'm by myself. Remove the bolt(if any) to get slack in the brake line, release the plugs for the wheel sensor wires for slack. This way I can wrap my arm at the top of the spindle and pull it down, still having to hands to twist the axle out. If the axle is stuck in the bearing, put the nut back on till the nut is even with the end on the threads on the axle. Use a big hammer and knock it in/loose. Lube it also.

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Front Wheel Drive Shaft Replacement


Removal Procedure




  1. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.


  2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels.


  3. Remove and discard the wheel drive shaft spindle nut.

  4. Notice: Hold the ball stud from turning when removing/installing the nut. The boot can become torn and damaged if the ball stud turns.


  5. Remove the outer tie rod end-to-steering knuckle nut. Do not loosen the tie rod end jam nut.

  6. Important: Do not use a wedge type tool to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.


  7. Using the SA91100C separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.


  8. Remove and discard the cotter pin from the lower ball joint stud.


  9. Remove the ball joint stud nut.


  10. Using the J 43828 separate the lower ball joint stud from the steering knuckle.


  11. Using a backup wrench on the stud, remove the nut securing the lower stabilizer bar link and disengage the link.


  12. Disengage the wheel drive shaft spindle from the wheel hub assembly. If necessary, place a wood block against the end of the wheel drive shaft spindle and tap with a hammer to aid removal.

  13. Important: Use care not to damage the joint seal when removing the wheel drive shaft.


  14. Assemble the J 45341 and the SA9173G to the wheel drive shaft inner tripot joint.

  15. Important: On vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), the stub shaft may disengage from the power takeoff unit (PTU). If necessary, cap the opening in the PTU to prevent fluid loss.


  16. Disengage the wheel drive shaft from the transmission or power takeoff unit (PTU), if equipped.


  17. Remove the wheel drive shaft from the vehicle.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

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I assume that you got the wheel, rotor, and brake caliper off. You've removed the 3 bolts thru the knuckle to the bearing. And you have the axle nut off and the axle pushed out or at least lose from the bearing spline.

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Doesn't sound like transmission if comming from only right front side. Maybe a wheel bearing or axle , cv joint.
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it should come out once you have disconnected:Brakes,strut,ball joint.tire rod end,cv joint!if it is not put the cv joint nut back on until safe enough to give it a tap with hammer to knock back & out shaft this should come as one piece HUB the bearing is pressed in! better to change whole HUB good luck this hopefully helped you out!

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then the mounint bolts for the support bearing and pull the intermedate shaft out, you will loose some fluid.

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