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Front Wheel Drive Shaft Replacement - Left Side

Special Tools

    •  CH-313 Slide Hammer
    •  EN-956-1 Extension
    •  CH-6003 Axle Shaft Remover
    •  DT-6332 Seal Protector
    •  CH-49376 Holding Spanner
    •  CH-49400 Hub Spindle Remover

For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools .

Removal Procedure

    Warning:  To prevent personal injury and/or component damage, do not allow the weight of the vehicle to load the front wheels, or attempt to operate the vehicle, when the wheel drive shaft(s) or wheel drive shaft nut(s) are removed. To do so may cause the inner bearing race to separate, resulting in damage to brake and suspension components and loss of vehicle control.

    Caution:  Wheel drive shaft boots, seals and clamps should be protected from sharp objects any time service is performed on or near the wheel drive shaft(s). Damage to the boot(s), the seal(s) or the clamp(s) may cause lubricant to leak from the joint and lead to increased noise and possible failure of the wheel drive shaft.

  1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle .
  2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tyre and Wheel Removal and Installation .

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  4. Using the CH-49376 holding wrench (1) with EN-956-1 extension (2)

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  6. Remove and DISCARD the wheel drive shaft nut (2) from the wheel drive shaft (1).

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  8. Using the CH-49400 spindle remover  (2), separate the brake disc and wheel bearing/hub assembly (1).
  9. Remove the outer tie rod assembly from the steering knuckle. Refer to Steering Linkage Outer Track rod Replacement .
  10. Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle. Refer to Lower Control Arm Replacement .

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  12. Using the CH-313 slide hammer  (2) with CH-6003 shaft remover  (1) remove the wheel drive shaft (3) from the vehicle.

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    Note:  If there is no washer on the wheel drive shaft, install a NEW washer.

  14. Remove and DISCARD the washer (1) from the wheel drive shaft (2). DO NOT re-use the washer, replace with a NEW one only.

Installation Procedure


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  1. Install the DT-6332 protector into the differential output shaft seal.

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    Note:  In order to prevent lubricant leaks, use care when installing the wheel drive shaft to the differential. Do not damage the oil seal. Replace the oil seal if it becomes nicked, distorted, or otherwise damaged.

  3. Carefully install the wheel drive shaft into the differential until the splines are past the DT-6332 protector.

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  5. Remove the DT-6332 protector from the differential output shaft seal.
  6. Installing the wheel drive shaft into the differential until the retaining ring is fully seated.
  7. Confirm that the front wheel drive shaft retaining ring is properly seated by holding the inner housing and pull the inner housing outward
  8. Install the front wheel drive shaft into the front wheel bearing/hub.
  9. Install the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Refer to Lower Control Arm Replacement .
  10. Install the outer tie rod assembly at the steering knuckle. Refer to Steering Linkage Outer Track rod Replacement .
  11. Warning: Refer to Torque-to-Yield Fastener Warning in the Preface section.

    Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution in the Preface section.


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  12. Install the NEW wheel drive shaft nut (2) on the wheel drive shaft (1) in 3 passes.

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  14. Using the CH-49376 holding wrench (1) with EN-956-1 extension (2).
  15. •  Using a torque spanner and the appropriate size socket (1), tighten the wheel drive shaft nut (2) to 150 N·m (111 lb ft) .
    •  Release the wheel drive shaft nut (2) trough 45° .
    •  Retighten the wheel drive shaft nut (2) to 250 N·m (185 lb ft) .
  16. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tyre and Wheel Removal and Installation .
  17. Lower the vehicle.
  18. Inspect the transaxle fluid level. Refer to:
  19. •  Automatic transmission 6T40/45. Refer to  Transmission Fluid Level Inspection .
    •  Automatic transmission AF40. Refer to Transmission Fluid Level and Condition Check .
    •  Manual gearbox F17. Refer to Transmission Fluid Level Inspection .
    •  Manual gearbox F40. Refer to Transmission Fluid Level Inspection .
    •  Manual transmission M32. Refer to  Transmission Fluid Level Inspection .

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