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Auto tranny replacement on 2000 Saturn SC2: got a lot of bearing grease on the driveshaft seal and splines as well as inside the tranny: will this be a problem and how do I fix it?

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  • Douglas Hansen
    Douglas Hansen May 11, 2010

    It almost sounds like you have a torn C/V boot on one of your front axles. It will throw grease all over. There are two boots per axle, four total.

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Are the axle boot cracked . What do you mean inside trans? Sounds like axle boots a very common issues

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How do I remove the soda bottle cap, from the drive shaft end of a 2004 Saturn Vue V6 AWD, in order to remove the yoke, when replacing the carrier bearing.


Can you post a picture of this "bottle cap".. I think you are just seeing the splines (they can kinda resemble the rough crimpings' that a bottle cap has...
There should be nothing on top / on the end of the Midship splined stub shaft... You remove the hog-ring, and press the yoke off/over the spline. the spline and end yoke have a "dead spot" - which makes you keep the driveshaft in-phase during reassembly.. the dead spot is 2 splines that have been joined together at the end.. the end yoke will have a spline removed to accommodate this...
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I have an intermittant grinding on the front of my 2000 Kia when I go over bumps. the wheel bearings were already replaced because of this, but the grinding continues.


It seems as though you have changed everything.

A grinding noise is associated with something turning or rubbing against something. The only other thing that springs to mind are the drive shafts, which have splined ends. The link below will show you generic images of driveshafts
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Each end of the drive shaft is splined. One end fits into the gearbox and the other end attaches to the road hub of the road wheel.

It's usually the hub (universal joint that allows the wheel to turn)/ wheel end of the drive shaft that wears. It may be that the grinding noise has been more pronounced when turning? And the grinding noise is coming from just one side?

A new drive shaft isn't cheap although second hand ones are readily available. replacing a driveshaft isn't a particularly difficult job.

However, it may be an idea to get somebody to remove the brake calliper/rotor/ driveshaft hub and inspect the hub/splined end of the drivehaft. What you're looking for is worn, broken or chipped splines. If all seems okay try cleaning and repacking with driveshaft grease. It's probably the hub - the bit that allows the wheel to turn - as opposed to the splines -there's bearings inside that hub (also known as a universal joint). There's no real way of examining that hub other than replacing the driveshaft

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How to replace an front axle seal


2004 MDX - Front Driveshaft Installation


  1. Install a new set ring in the set ring groove of the driveshaft
    (left driveshaft).





  1. Apply 2.0-3.0 g (0.07-0.10 oz) of grease to the whole splined
    surface (A) of the right driveshaft. After applying grease, remove the grease
    from the splined grooves at intervals of 2-3 splines and from the set ring
    groove (B) so that air can bleed from the intermediate shaft.





  1. Clean the areas where the driveshaft contacts the differential
    thoroughly with solvent or brake cleaner, and dry with compressed air. Insert
    the inboard end (A) of the driveshaft into the differential (B) or intermediate
    shaft (C) until the set ring (D) locks into the groove (E).





  1. Install the outboard joint (A) into the front hub (B).





  1. Install the knuckle (A) onto the lower arm (B). Be careful not to
    damage the ball joint boot (C). Wipe off the grease before tightening the nut at
    the ball joint. Torque the new castle nut (D) to the lower torque specification,
    then tighten it only far enough to align the slot with the ball joint pin hole.
    Do not align the nut by loosening it.

    NOTE: Make sure the ball joint boot is not damaged or cracked.


  2. Install the new lock pin (E) into the pin hole as
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  1. Install the stabilizer link (A) to the damper (B).





  1. Install a new spindle nut (A), then tighten the nut. After
    tightening, use a drift to stake the spindle nut shoulder (B) against the
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  2. Clean the mating surfaces of the brake disc and the front wheel,
    then install the front wheel with the wheel nuts.


  3. Turn the front wheel by hand, and make sure there is no interference
    between the driveshaft and surrounding parts.


  4. Tighten the flange bolts and the self-locking nut with the vehicle's
    weight on the damper.


  5. Refill the
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  6. Check the
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How do i replace a driveshaft for a 1997 lincon cotanental


I searched under 1997 lincoln continental and found this: Driveshaft and U-Joints
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Town Car and Mark VII-VIII Fig. 1: The bolts retaining the rear driveshaft yoke-to-differential flange require a 12mm, 12 point wrench or socket to loosen them 91197p12.jpg
Fig. 2: Remove the bolts retaining the rear driveshaft yoke-to-differential flange 91197p11.jpg
Fig. 3: Separate the driveshaft from the axle flange and . . . 91197p13.jpg
Fig. 4: . . . disengage the driveshaft from the transmission output shaft 91197p14.jpg
Fig. 5: Insert a plug onto the splines of the transmission output shaft to prevent fluid from leaking out 91197p15.jpg
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. Mark the position of the driveshaft yoke on the axle companion flange so they can be reassembled in the same way to maintain balance.
  3. Remove the flange bolts and disconnect the driveshaft from the axle companion flange.
  4. Allow the rear of the driveshaft to drop down slightly.
  5. Pull the driveshaft and slip yoke rearward until the yoke just clears the transmission extension housing seal. Mark the position of the slip yoke in relation to the transmission output shaft, then remove the driveshaft.
  6. Plug the transmission to prevent fluid leakage. To install:
  7. Lubricate the yoke splines with suitable grease.
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  9. Align the slip yoke and output shaft with the marks made at removal and install the yoke into the transmission extension housing. Be careful not to bottom the slip yoke hard against the transmission seal.
  10. Rotate the axle flange, as necessary, to align the marks made during removal.
  11. Install the driveshaft yoke to the axle flange. Install the bolts and tighten to 71–95 ft. lbs. (95–130 Nm).
  12. Lower the vehicle.
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Manual transmision gears actually bathe in oil and distrubute the lubrication around the gearbox simply by the gears being connected to each other. In these boxes, the oil is not pumped as it is in automatic transmissions.

Some automatics build up oil pressure to shift gears while others use computer control. Manual trannies do build up pressure slightly because the of the meshing gears and the forcing and displacing of oil between the teeth, but nothing like an automatic.

The fluid in auto transmissions is pumped through the filter like it is in the engine. Since manual transmissions don't have a pressurized oil system, you will need add a suitable pump which will take oil from the lowest point in the tranny case and run it through a filter head (available at any hydraulic supply house) and from the filter output, back into the tranny.

You could position the filter in the engine compartment if you like. It sounds like a lot of work with little benifit. You will still need to drill into the tranny to access the oil and back in to replenish it.

I would recommend placing a magnetic plug on the drain (if there is drain) to catch the worn metal parts. If your really eager, just change the tranny oil more often and clean the metal off the magnetic drain plug.

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