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Old 03 Aug 2013, 04:06 pm
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Default Passenger Front Axle Removal and Install

There are lots of instructions to do this, but a serious lack of pictures!

Anyway, I need to change the alternator by myself so here are my images. I would not quite say I am doing this in the correct sequence, and as you can see, liquid wrench is my friend on this adventure (I have never pulled the axle on a vehicle with CV before this).

Please note this is currently in progress and I do get interrupted by other things.
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Old 03 Aug 2013, 04:12 pm
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Default Re: Passenger Front Axle Removal and Install

Second set of images.

And whoever the last mechanic was that mangled the threads on the ball joint bolt and nut needs a beating!
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Old 03 Aug 2013, 10:50 pm
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Default Re: Passenger Front Axle Removal and Install

And the last set.
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Old 03 Aug 2013, 11:02 pm
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A few things I learned: You need a very large drain pan! And while you are doing this, do yourself a favor and pick up a full allotment of transmission fluid to put back in.

I spent most of my time trying to get the ball joint pin back in, ended up talking to my dad and his recommendation worked: Tighten up the axel nut, line up the pin so it is entering the hole on an angle (or as upright as you can get it), use a block of wood to protect the studs etc while you drive/hammer the axel into place and get the pin fully seated in the retention pinch. It would have been much easier with two people!

I also found it curious that none of the written instructions for this ever mention hanging the brake caliper to avoid damage to your brakelines. I do this out of habit from replacing rotors, it is the CV aspect that is new to me.
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Old 03 Aug 2013, 11:05 pm
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Oh, and the swaybar top "washer" is a thin nut that takes 1-1/4" (same as the axle nut), while I had a socket that large I did not have a wrench. You might want to pick one up for this, I know I will be.
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Old 03 Aug 2013, 11:05 pm
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Nice, well documented project.

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Old 03 Aug 2013, 11:13 pm
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Thanks, I find images help with instructions, even if they may not fully coincide.

I definitely now know I would rather work on any other part then change the alternator again! If the shop charges under $250 (inc alternator less core), it is worth every penny!
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Old 04 Aug 2013, 06:47 am
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Default Re: Passenger Front Axle Removal and Install

There is an easier way... If you disconnect both upper and lower motor mounts, (torque struts) you can roll the motor far enough to get the alternator out through that lower triangle shaped area. That also gives you the added advantage of rolling the motor forward to gain access to some of the mounting bolts from the top.

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Old 04 Aug 2013, 07:16 am
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Default Re: Passenger Front Axle Removal and Install

nobody should use this as the procedure for removing an axle.

there is no need to remove the brake caliper or rotor.
there is no need to disconnect the lower ball joint.
there is no need to wedge things in the hub to loosen the nut.
there is no need to hammer on the axle, ever
there is no need to disconnect the swaybar

you loosen the big nut when the wheel is on and the car is on the ground.. then it doesn't spin.

then you crank the steering wheel, take off the two bolts i circled in red and the axle comes out.all you needed to remove was the tire, the nut, and the two bolts i circled.

this should be a 15 minute removal, you made it a hell of a lot more work than it needed to be.

why on earth would you do it like that?

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Old 04 Aug 2013, 07:20 am
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Default Re: Passenger Front Axle Removal and Install

Great job with the pics / documentation. You may want to try this trick next time. (If there is a next time...)

After removing all of the brake parts / axle nut / tie rod end / lower ball joint clamp bolt - turn the hub until you can get a small chisel, or wedge shaped device (I use an old beat up large screwdriver) in the gap on the lower ball joint clamp. You don't really need to spread it wide open, just enough to loosen the ball joint pin in the clamp. Then, use a long bar (I use a 5' long square bar) - position the bar under the lower control arm - tie the bar to the lower control arm (bar as tight as you can get it to the bottom of the arm) make sure the end of the bar under the car is under the frame, and not clear up under the oil pan. Then, all you'll need to do is step down on the bar to "pull" the lower control arm (ball joint" out of the hub assy. You won't even need to loosen / remove the sway bay end. This method also make it easier to re-install the lower ball joint.

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