For most people, car repair is intimidating and painful. But when you have the experience or a step by step guide, working on the drivetrain can be relatively easy. Alongside a helpful guide, having high quality parts and a good set of tools typically makes car repair a breeze for most people. Removing and replacing a CV axle from the drivetrain can seem like a big job a first, but it is relatively simple once you know how to proceed.
A free day on the weekend, a bit of grease and the right tools is all anyone needs to replace a CV axle. Additional instructions are usually available at the local hardware or parts shop. Employees are generally experienced enough to answer any lingering questions you may have before stating the project. The repair manual and an experienced friend to help are usually the best ways to start off.
Always make sure there’s ample working room around so you can begin to remove some of the components under the hood that are probably in the way. The speedometer drive gears, the control arms and tie rods all typically need to be moved out of the way to access the drivetrain, but every vehicle is different. Always remember to be safe with dangling articles of clothing, sharp edges, heavy or hot components and always use the appropriate tools.
While the automobile is still on the ground, take the wheel cover, the hub cab, the washer and the wheel spindle nut off as well. The next step is to loosen the lug nuts and securely elevate the automobile so it remains level and stable by using a jack or a lift. Always use the parking brake so the car doesn’t move. Take off the tire and detach the stabilizer bar from the suspension. The next step is to dislocate the CV joint from the hub assembly and move it away from blocking the trans-axle. Sometimes a few gentle taps with a mallet or bar will help loosen it up. Now you can remove the CV axle from the trans-axle, use a crowbar with caution if necessary.
Don’t forget to place a new snap ring on the inner axle groove if the car uses one. After that, put grease on the spines at each end of the axle. Align the inner end of the axle shaft up with the trans-axle and push it in until it sets in place. Now install the outer end of the axle shaft back into the hub assembly. Once the CV joint back is in the hub assembly, finish replacing the other components and the project is now complete.