If you're driving a front-wheel drive, then you can expect your car to feature a driveshaft CV joint. This part creates a smoother and more efficient drive by transferring powered at variable angles. In simple terms, the driveshaft CV joint helps you steer your car with less resistance. So when you start to feel odd vibrations or hear strange noises when turning your steering wheel, be sure to replace your driveshaft CV joint.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Tools you'll need:
- 1/2-inch drive breaker
- Large axle nut socket set
- Jack and two jack stands
- Rubber mallet
- Driveshaft CV joint replacement
Step 1: Locate the side of the car where you plan to remove your driveshaft CV joint. Loosen the lug nuts of the targeted side's wheel. Lift the vehicle off the ground using a jack and jack stands.
Step 2: Completely remove the wheel from the car.
Step 3: Now that you've removed your wheel, you can easily locate your spindle. The spindle is usually found between the upper and lower ball joints. It should also be near the wheel bearing, axle, and wheels since these ball joints secure all these parts in place.
Step 4: Using a 1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket, remove the lower ball joint nut from the spindle. Completely detach the ball joint from the spindle by prying it down.
Step 5: Next, loosen the outer tie rod nut from the tie rod. Remove the nuts completely to take out the tie rod from the spindle.
Step 6: Remove the axle nut to loosen the outer end of the axle. Using a breaker bar and a large axle nut socket, completely take out the nut from its hold to the axle.
Step 7: Using a rubber mallet, gently tap the CV axle away from the ends of the spindle. When the CV axle is loose enough, you can remove the axle bar from the spindle with your hand.
Step 8: Disassemble your driveshaft CV by taking out the pry bar that connects it to the transmission. Push it towards the center of the car. Once the outer end has been removed from the rest of the spindle assembly, slide the driveshaft CV out of the transmission.
Step 9: The driveshaft CV joint connects your shaft to your transmission or transaxle. Once you've located it, simply pull the CV joint away from the transmission or differential.
Step 10: Insert your new Driveshaft CV Joint and reassemble all the parts in reverse order to complete your installation.