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Hi, What tools & equipment are needed to change the front diff axle on my GV 1.6VVT year 2002? how long should it take to do?

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  • A Miller Mar 16, 2011

    My friend, if you are asking this question, you will soon see that you are way over your head. Special tools are required to work on differentials. Most shops will not even work on them. Places I have been to have a specially trained crew that does nothing but work on differentials, they are that sensitive. Proper adjustment is critical.

    How long will it take? In a perfect world where you have the special tools (a special thin wall socket to remove the keeper pin in many differentials for example), all the necessary parts and a clean place to work, should only take a few hours after you have the car securely and safely lifted off the ground.

    If it is not perfect, you will not be satisfied with the operation, it may not survive and could be a safety hazard.

    Please get this job done by the professionals at your dealership ... if they will do it at all. If you are unwilling to get this job done properly, you may want to consider replacing the vehicle.

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Every mechanic shop has a time job book that they use to look up jobs on vehecles, this is how they determin what to charge,If you call a few garages and ask how much for this job you will get 3 differant answers but close, subtrack the parts price and you can see the labor price is left over.They will tell you how long the job is going to be,And they know what they are doing,,,,all the tools needed is same for frount brakes,and you have to know how to disasemble the balljoints and tierods with out danageing the rubber oil boots around them the strut and need a large set of sockets for the axel bolt and a good air or electric power wrench to remove bolt on axel.

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