Check out this Front Driveshaft Removal Tutorial
Front Driveshaft and CV Replacement Tutorial
I received my drive axle back from the shop in Denver called Axle and Drivesaft Rebuilders. Did I mention they rebuild these for the Volvo Shops in town. I put it back in tonight took about an hour…just being careful. Tested it out and it works just fine….no more wheel wobble feedback thru the brake pedal. The part that was worked out was the “LOBRO” portion that I just call the box.
They also replace a bearing in the CV joint …the boots was just fine. For others reading this that need to replace the CV joint boot. Just take out the axle and replace the boot yourself or get a axle shop to take it apart for around $50 and slap on the new boots. It is not too bad.
The shops phone numbers are 303-297-0264 / 303-297- 2928 (Dave). They where very professional and run a very clean shop. They also repair the rear driveshafts and CV joint….up to semi truck size!
So here is some tips…to make a $1000 repair for $200. 2hrs to take out 1hr to install. Can do 1 out and 45 min to install.
- Prop up the car with 2 jack stands on each side
- Remove the wheel and the bolt that hold the axle in from the outside of the wheel (on the cv side).
- Loosen up the clip that hold the brake line (will give the wheel more play)
- Loosen the two control arms? where they connect to the brake caliper assembly.
- I do not think now that it is required but it takes a coupe minutes to remove the bearing holder that is secured to the engine block with 5 bolts (sorry for the non mechanic terminology). I think this is called the carrier bearing.
- Now the axle on the transfer case side can be poped out with a screwdriver quite easily. Just get it loose.
- Here is the key to getting this axle out….. pull the rotor /brake assembly towards you (like the wheel would swing if you turn hard right…as far as you can. You might have to turn the rotor a couple degrees to get the cv to bend as far as possible. Then knock with a piece of wood form the outside (of the rotor) on the axle until it starts slipping back. You might have to use a jack under the rotor to move the rotor assembly up and down if it does not want to give. Just take your time and it will come out.
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