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1997 Ford Aspire Question: cv axle replacement

 

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Visitor, San Antonio, TX, January 16, 2011, 15:34

how exactly do i change a cv front axle on my 1997 ford aspire

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    January 16, 2011, 20:46
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    Halfshaft Assembly
    NOTE: The following procedure applies to either the LH or RH front wheel driveshaft and joints.
    Removal
    1. Raise and support the vehicle.
    2. Drain the transmission fluid from the transaxle.
    3. Remove the lug bolts (1107) and the front wheel and tire assembly.
    4. Use a small cape chisel to carefully raise the staked portion of the front axle wheel hub retainer (3B477)
    5. While another technician applies the brakes, loosen, but do not remove, the front axle wheel hub retainer.
    6. Remove the front suspension lower arm ball joint bolt and nut.
    7. CAUTION: Take care not to damage the ball joint dust boot.
    Carefully pry down on the front suspension lower arm (3078) to separate the front suspension lower arm ball joint from the front wheel knuckle (3K185).
    8. CAUTION: Separate the front wheel driveshaft and joint (3B437) from the transaxle gradually. If it is suddenly yanked out of the transaxle, the differential oil seal may be damaged.
    Use a pry bar to separate the front wheel driveshaft and joint from the transaxle.
    9. Remove the front axle wheel hub retainer and front axle wheel hub retainer washer (3Z499). Discard the front axle wheel hub retainer.
    10. CAUTION: Take care not to damage the inner wheel bearing oil seal (1177) while removing the front wheel driveshaft and joint from the front wheel hub (1104).
    NOTE: If necessary, use a brass drift and hammer to tap the front wheel driveshaft and joint from the front wheel hub.
    Separate the front wheel driveshaft and joint from the frontwheel hub.
    11. Pry the driveshaft bearing retainer circlip (3Z498) off of the front wheel driveshaft joint (3B414). Discard the driveshaft bearing retainer circlip.
    12. Install Differential Plugs.
    Installation
    1. Before installing the front wheel driveshaft and joint, inspect the differential oil seals and inner wheel bearing oil seals and replace, if necessary.
    2. NOTE: The original driveshaft bearing retainer circlip must not be reused.
    Install a new driveshaft bearing retainer circlip on the front wheel driveshaft joint.
    3. Lubricate the end of the front wheel driveshaft joint with grease.
    4. Remove the Differential Plugs.
    5. CAUTION: Insert the front wheel driveshaft joint carefully so as not to damage the differential oil seal.
    Install the end of the front wheel driveshaft joint into the differential side gear (4236).
    6. Lubricate the end of the front wheel driveshaft and joint with grease.
    7. CAUTION: Insert the front wheel driveshaft and joint carefully so as not to damage the inner wheel bearing oil seal.
    Insert the end of the front wheel driveshaft and joint into the front wheel hub.
    8. Install the front axle wheel hub retainer washer and a new front axle wheel hub retainer onto the front wheel driveshaft and joint and finger-tighten.
    9. CAUTION: Avoid damaging the ball joint dust boot.
    Install the front suspension lower arm by placing the front suspension lower arm ball joint into the front wheel knuckle.
    10. Install the front suspension lower arm ball joint bolt and nut on the front suspension lower arm. Tighten the front suspension lower arm ball joint nut to 43-54 Nm (32-40 lb-ft).
    11. While another technician applies the brakes, tighten the front axle wheel hub retainer to 157-235 Nm (116-174 lb-ft).
    12. CAUTION: If the front axle wheel hub retainer splits or cracks after staking, it must be replaced with a new front axle wheel hub retainer.
    NOTE: Make sure the front axle wheel hub retainer flange is bent at least 4mm (0.16 inch) into the slot in the front wheel driveshaft and joint to ensure locking effectiveness. After staking the front axle wheel hub retainer, pull strongly on the wheel hub to verify that the front wheel driveshaft and joint is installed properly. Turn the front wheel hub by hand to check for smooth operation. Make repairs as necessary.
    Use a cape chisel with the cutting edge rounded to stake the front axle wheel hub retainer.
    13. Install the front wheel and tire assemblies and the lug bolts. Tighten the lug bolts to 88-118 Nm (65-87 lb-ft).
    14. Fill the transaxle to the proper level with the specified grade of transmission fluid.
    15. Lower the vehicle.

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