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How to Remove/Replace a Halfshaft
Last Updated - August 14th, 2004
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| Here's a shot of the exposed wheel
| Here's a demonstration of how to
set a pry bar and breaker bar up to remove the wheel nut by yourself.
| Looking at the inside of the
steering knuckle, you'll see something like this. All of these
bolts do NOT need to be removed to take out a halfshaft.
| Here's a shot of the end of the
front swaybar and one of the bolts.
| Here's the swaybar hanging free.
|Here's a shot of the bolt that
holds the knuckle to the control arm.
|This picture shows where to pry the
knuckle up and off the control arm.
|This picture reveals the pin that
the knuckle sits on. It can be a real PITA to get the knuckle
onto this pin. Patience is certainly required.
|Here's a shot of the halfshaft
coming out of the knuckle.
|Here's a shot of the halfshat as it
begins to pull out of the differential housing.
|Note the oil fill plug in the side
of the transmission.
||In order to fill the transmission
with oil, make a "bong" out of a funnel and a piece of hose.
1. Position the car.
Remove the front tires (both) and get the car up
on jack stands. The car should be in a location so you have
access to the area around both front wheel wells.
2. Disconnect the wheel hub
from the half shaft.
To get the nut off, you will need to use a 32mm
socket with a breaker bar. A strong impact wrench may also work.
In order to keep the wheel from spinning, as you turn your
either have someone else apply the brakes or wedge a long pry bar between the lugs
out of the hub and the floor. To budge this nut, you may need
stand on the end of the breaker bar and bounce up and down while
onto the side of the car. (For reference, Mike has an 18" breaker
160lbs. The factory torque spec in the FSM is 180 ft-lbs.)
Once everything comes apart, put the hardware with the
so you don't lose it.
3. Disconnect both ends of the swaybar.
There are two bolts that hold the end of the
swaybar. This is a great place for an impact wrench.
4. Remove the through bolt
holding wheel assembly to knuckle on one side of the car.
This is a large horizontal bolt that holes the
wheel assembly onto the knuckle. You'll want to use an adjustable
box end wrench to hold the nut on the side toward the front of the car.
On the other side, use an impact wrench or a breakerbar followed
by a 1/2"
5. On the same side of the car, use a prybar to lift the wheel assembly up so that
the pin comes out of the nuckle.
6. Put a pan to collect oil from the transmission under the junction between the halfshaft and
the differential housing.
7. On the same side of the car, pull the wheel assembly free
from the halfshaft..
Grasp the wheel in one hand and the half shaft in
the other. Pull hard. If that doesn't cut it, insert a
small pry bar into the back of the
wheel assembly to help push the halfshaft away. It is likely
that oil will start pouring from the differential housing when you do
8. On the same side of the car, remove the half shaft.
Just pull it out. Twist it if necessary.
Oil will now run out (hopefully into the pan).
9. If needed, repeat steps 4 - 8 on the other side of the car to
remove the other halfshaft.
10. Put everything else back together in the reverse order.
11. Fill the transmission with oil.
Pull the plug in the side of the
transmission. Using a funnel and
a piece of tubing, fill it with 2 quarts of motor oil. When
you're finished, stick your finger in the hole and make sure you can
feel oil. Then replace the plug.
- 2 Jack Stands
- Floor Jack
- Set of various sized pry bars
- 1/2" Ratchet
- 1/2" Metric Standard Sockets
- (a 3/8" ratchet with a 1/2" adapter and an extra socket can be
- Various Extensions
- 1/2" Breaker bar
- Air Compressor (Very Handy)
- Air Impact Wrench (Very Handy)
- 32mm Socket (Your auto parts store should stock these... the
hardware store may not.)
- 24mm Socket (These are not in a "typical" socket set. It's
nice to have 2 but 1 will suffice.)
- Medium sized Adjustable Wrench or 24mm combination wrench
Supplies to Remember:
- 2 Quarts of 0w30, 5w30, or 10w30 Motor Oil (5w30 is the
- Funnel with ~ 3' of hose (Oil bong)
- Pan to drain oil into
- Paper Towels
- Rubber Gloves
- Oil Absorbent Mat or Rags (recommended)
- Kitty Litter or Other material to soak up oil