Question about 1997 Buick Park Avenue
Posted by Anonymous on
Do youself a favor and replace the whole halfshaft. Disconnect lower control arm from spindle, remove axle nut move strut spindle outward from bottom, pop axle from transaxle, sometimes it takes a prybar to get it to move. ( be careful of axle seal). Fluid will run out. Compare new halfshaft to old one if ok push into transaxle till fully engaged then re-assemble
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: drive axle and cv joint
the shaft and the ball cage are already off. the inner piece that goes into the gearbox is not coming out. the boot was changed and I now need to reassemble the parts.
Posted on Aug 30, 2008
have you undone the main hub bolt, if yes, there could be two different items holding the cv joint on, one is a small circlip in the joint end, or the other is just like an expanding metal ring again only small. what i had to do to change my one was take the driveshaft out (easier to see whats there) then gently (rubber hammer) hit the CV joint it should then fall off to allow you to change the CV joint. I spent over an hour trying to get the metal ring off, then after taking driveshaft off it was changed and back on in ten mins. Or you can go to a motor factors or similar and get a boot puller, my opinion hammer works better lol
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
TOUGH JOB, YOU HAVE TO REMOVE FRONT TIRE, BLOCK UP CAR,REMOVE BRAKE CALIPER AND BRAKE DISC,HOLD UP WITH PIECE OF WIRE OUT OF WAY,MARK SHOCK STRUT WITH MARKER TO ALIGN LATER, MARK AROUND BOLT HOLES ON STRUT,MARK AND ALIGN CV JOINT GOING INTO TRANSAXLE TO LINE LATER
WHEN ALL IS OUT OF WAY, PULL OR HAMMER OUT CV JOINT AT POINT WHERE IT IS ATTACHED TO TRANSAXLE, BE CAREFUL NOT TO HIT TO HARD, SHOULD PULL OUT EASILY, TO INSTALL DO REVERSE, INSTALL AXLE INTO HOLE IN TRANSAXLE AND PUSH OR TAP IN,LINE UP STRUT AND BOLT HOLES TO MARKS YOU MADE THEN ATTACH TO ROTOR AND ATTACH DISC AND CALIPER, TIGHTEN ALL BOLTS WITH TORQUE WRENCH TO SPECS.PUT TIRE BACK ON CAR, REMOVE BLOCKS, LOWER CAR, TAKE FOR TEST DRIVE,,
Posted on Feb 18, 2012
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Here are a couple of ways to check whether it is a bearing or a CV joint.
1). While driving about 30 mph in a SAFE area (i.e. no other cars), turn the wheel right. If the noise increases it is the LEFT wheel bearing, Turn left and if the noise increases, it is the RIGHT bearing.
2). To verify which side is bad, jack the car up (use jack stand also PLEASE) and with the car NOT RUNNING, shift to neutral. Have some one spin the wheel by hand and put you hand on the coil spring. If you feel a vibration, that is the bad side. Double check by doing the opposite side, too.
If it IS a wheel bearing, changing it out isn't all that bad. There are a few videos on YOUTUBE that can help. If you live "Up North" you may have a problem with the parts being rusted and hard to take apart. If you go this route do NOT buy the cheap-o replacement parts. I did and it lasted about 6 months and I had to do it over again. YEW....
Posted on Oct 20, 2013
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