2004 Acura Mdx replace front axel
buy a complete aftermarket Half Shaft drive shaft. comes pre assembled. arrange for a wheel alignment at closest shop to you .first take off center cap of side to be replaced, that gold nut there is tight but with a long breaker bar and your weight it will unscrew, even with that dent in, borrow these tools from auto store loosen 1 turn, loosen wheel lugs jack up car till tires off ground lift by frame so wheels hang, block rear tires get a coat hanger or bailing wire to hang brake caliper. remove wheel place under vehicle under door. remove entire brake caliper,i take off by allen headscrews put shoes in clean place and hang caliper then remove caliper mount with bolts on back . with a ball joint remover (the big one)$25 pop the lower ball joint of the suspension , and with a flat prybar pry the half shaft out of the side of the engine pull it from the large round part right next to the motor not the shaft ,pry some more it will slide out remove entire half shaft remove the large bolt at this time and work it off from both sides, replace oil seal where half shaft goes in at this time is just pulls out and pushes in no tools, now put the new half shaft in maybe both sides not sure how tight this model is, you will need a heavy mallet and a piece of wood to smack that shaft in the last inch, depending on which side mine was on passenger side put the wood against the shaft and smack the wood as to not damage end of shaft , when it goes in, it will, replace all screws and put that gold, new one, nut on as far as you can. fit the bottom ball screw back in its seat and tighten and replace cotter pin remount caliper frame and caliper check all bolts tighten , replace wheel on car and hand tighten lug nuts drop car down thighten wheel and tighten that gold nut tight then tighten some more with that breaker bar and your weight , stand on it a little , not all your weight, make the dent back in that of that gold nut at the keyway so it wont come off.
Rotor replacement can be done at point where half shaft has just been removed form motor. 4 screws on back side of rotor can be accessed and removed . remove entire rotor set and then separate rotor from frame. I recommend real OEM rotors and scratch them before mounting for best results , replace all shoes. you should be done and saved a 1000 dollars your welcome
Nov 07, 2013 |
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