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Old 04-14-2011, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All!
This question is for an Automatic Transmission. I`ve used the search function and viewed jim naisium`s wonderful website for halfshaft/drive axle replacement. Problem is i havent seen any procedure on actually seperating the CV joint from the halfshaft axles, cleaning it and returning it back on the axles.
The axle rubber covers for the outer CV joint (the one by the wheel hub) are damaged somewhat, so i needed to know how to remove, clean and regrease the CV joints (how much to use for each CV joint and how to apply the grease to the CV joint).

Someone said that after getting the axle shafts out of the hubs, that i didnt need to pull the other end of the axle shaft (the one by the transmission box), that all i needed to do was ask someone to get a good hold on the shaft while i carefully tapped around the CV joint to get it out.

What do you guys think? I plan on doing it in about 12 hours from now, so i would appreciate anything and everything you can give me on this procedure as i`ve only done this once on a front drive VW from the early 1980`s. Thanks and hoping for your soonest responses!
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If the boots just recently cracked open and they haven't been driven in the rain or heavy dust you should be ok with just replacing the boots and re-greasing it.

Not sure how that is done exactly but I know that you would have to cut the clamps off of both ends of the boots and then slide it down the axle, you may have to pull the axle out of the tranny anyway to put the new boot on.
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Hi jim!
Thanks for your reply! Not meaning to undermine your wealth of knowledge, but i thought i might share what the mechanic did to address my concern (I was really pressed for time and so had a mechanic do it).

On closer inspection, my axel boots were in fact in good shape, so no need to change boots. The little bit of grease that leaked out of one axel boot on the cv end was in fact only because the boot wasnt clamped on properly (it was only little because apparently there was a very slow grease "leak").

So he disconnected the brake assembly (tying it somewhere secure) and lower suspension arm from the hub. With the halfshaft/axle still connected to the hub, he pulled away the axel from the transmission, after removing the rubber boot clamps of course. He then slid the axel boots away to reveal the cv joint and rack end of the halfshaft axel, and used degreaser to clean it the best he could (lucky for me the cv joint was still in great shape inspite of the grease starvation), and regreased both cv joint and rack end of the halfshaft.

I was surprised that he hadnt pulled the cv joint off the axel to clean it thoroughly. He explained that he had no way off taking off the circlip that held the cv joint on as it was deeply recessed in the cv joint itself, that the only time you would try to take off the cv joint was if you were actually replacing the cv joint, because trying to slide off the cv joint (using a press or hammering all around) would most likely destroy it anyway! But if i remember right, you could replace both axel boots by removing the circlip on the rack end of the axle and then sliding off (using a puller or pounding gently all around near the axel) the tripod joint (is that what you call it??), then sliding off both boots on that side.
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Hi jim!
Thanks for your reply! Not meaning to undermine your wealth of knowledge, but i thought i might share what the mechanic did to address my concern (I was really pressed for time and so had a mechanic do it).

On closer inspection, my axel boots were in fact in good shape, so no need to change boots. The little bit of grease that leaked out of one axel boot on the cv end was in fact only because the boot wasnt clamped on properly (it was only little because apparently there was a very slow grease "leak").

So he disconnected the brake assembly (tying it somewhere secure) and lower suspension arm from the hub. With the halfshaft/axle still connected to the hub, he pulled away the axel from the transmission, after removing the rubber boot clamps of course. He then slid the axel boots away to reveal the cv joint and rack end of the halfshaft axel, and used degreaser to clean it the best he could (lucky for me the cv joint was still in great shape inspite of the grease starvation), and regreased both cv joint and rack end of the halfshaft.

I was surprised that he hadnt pulled the cv joint off the axel to clean it thoroughly. He explained that he had no way off taking off the circlip that held the cv joint on as it was deeply recessed in the cv joint itself, that the only time you would try to take off the cv joint was if you were actually replacing the cv joint, because trying to slide off the cv joint (using a press or hammering all around) would most likely destroy it anyway! But if i remember right, you could replace both axel boots by removing the circlip on the rack end of the axle and then sliding off (using a puller or pounding gently all around near the axel) the tripod joint (is that what you call it??), then sliding off both boots on that side.
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Hi Patrick,

No you are not undermining anything, sometimes there are things that people just don't know.

Glad that was more or less an easy fix, those circlips sometimes take special tools that you can only get from the mfg. that you only need once or twice during the life of your car and can be quite expensive, a special tool to remove a 30mm recessed lock nut on my motorcycle was $55 and only Honda carried it.

I would not recommend pounding on anything that spins and has to be exactly balanced or it will make your car badly vibrate, gently tapping would probably be ok but if a puller will not remove it after soaking it in penetrating oil for a couple of days I would just replace it.

I'm glad you mentioned the grease coming out of the end of the boot I think one of mine is doing that on my 2002 1.8 Esteem, it is not bad yet just something that I noticed the last time I was under the car, I think I'll re-clamp it next time I have the car off the ground.
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Good point about not pounding on something that rotates (like the halfshafts). Thanks again!
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