somewhat of a mechanice here -- have haynes -- never removed half
shaft but have to do drivers side -- my question -- whats keeping the
half shaft atttached to the transaxle - is it a pressure fit by
circlip -- any tricks anyone no about -- i ve taken them off to
replace the hubs because of failed bearings but never on the transaxle
side -- is it difficult or should it b left to professional - looks
like i have to get some special tools. Appreciate any responses
The easy way is to pull the lower ball joint out of the spindle assembly,
and have an assistant hold the spindle out away from the car, then place a
nice flat piece of broom handle against the tripod joint from the
transmission end, and tap it out with a hammer. One lick should unseat it,
then you can pull by hand. A small circlip seats in the transmission side by
spring pressure only, no special tools required. Make sure to turn the
steering wheel to the passenger side as this will extend the rack on the
side you're working on and give you more room. Doing it this way you only
have to pop the ball joint loose and remove the axle nut. If the circlip
hasn't worn in too good you can pull it by hand.
Ampdoc is exactly right...
there's no need to use a "fork"*... just a chunk of wood and tap on that with
some transaxles need that same broomstick to hold the gear in place if both
axles are to be out at the same time; in that case, use the stick to tap out
axle from other side and leave stick in there.
New circlip usually comes with axle.
*Never use a fork on ANYTHING you want to reuse... and it's not necessary,
think of the boss as a chinese finger puzzle.. now think about best way to
get your finger loose.
To get ball joints loose, use two heavy hammers, one as anvil.. smack the
boss at SIDE to loosen the pin interference. the nut should be run out to
end of thread on pin.. and tap smartly on it to finish the job.
same with tie rod ends.
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