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In Preparation for Halfshaft Arrival
Posted 10 August 2003 - 10:18 PM
According to Chilton's, I'm going to need to drive out the spring pin from the inner CV joint. I've heard that the pin will only drive in one direction, and that the pin hole will be beveled on one end of the pin. Do I drive on that end, or from the opposite end?
It also says I need to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. Knowing as much as I do about steering rump roast'ys (awful darn little ), I'm wondering if this is going to alter the alignment on the front end. After this girl is back together, am I going to need to visit my local mechanic for a realignment?
In order to get the halfshaft out of the steering knuckle's bearing, I'm going to have to use "tool 926470000 or equivalent." Any way I can rig this? I remember using a good block of soft wood and a good sized hammer to knock various shafts out of tractors... but I'm depending on this car for transportation . Put a tractor out of commision for a few days, waiting for replacement parts, and there's always another one around the farm to use as a replacement. Knock this Loyale out, and I gotta find an alternative way to work.
Then I need "installer tool 925130000 or equivalent" to get this shaft back into place. Any tips here?
Chilton's recommends replacing the spring pin in the inner CV joint. Can I expect this to come with the new halfshaft, or should I start looking for another source?
I think that's it. I think I'll feel better about this repair once I start digging into it, but until then, I'll probably fret worse than an expectant mother 8o <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/ohwell.gif ALT=":\">
Posted 10 August 2003 - 10:54 PM
Posted 10 August 2003 - 11:23 PM
Posted 11 August 2003 - 08:01 AM
Again, I'm probably doing it the hard way, but these are the experiences I've had. It's still not hard, and I can now do it in about an hour. Just be prepared to have to either beat the old one out, or you can probably use a gear puller to press it out. Another option, if you live on a farm as you seemed to indicate, you might have a press. You can remove the knuckle assembly from the car, and press the old shaft out, and the new one in. I would do it this way, if only I had a press.
Enough of my ramblings.
Posted 11 August 2003 - 08:29 AM
Posted 11 August 2003 - 10:54 AM
Also needed earplugs for the pounding to get the old axle out....
I had similar questions when I did this a few years ago, but I followed my Chilton's to the spirit, if not the letter. It was tough lining up the sway bar to bolt it back on, and be sure to support the steering knuckle so it doesn't flop around after it's disconnected. It's heavy, and it can be damaged (especially watch out after you've got the new CV in, if it flops then you might trash the CV). Use strong rope to tie it to the frame.
If I remember, the bolts on the steering knuckle are not part of the alignment adjustment. So this "shouldn't" affect your alignment. I didn't get my wagon aligned afterwards, and I haven't had any alignment problems after 25k miles. But sure, it's a good idea.
I don't remember about the inner spring pin.... I think I reused it, but I've always been lucky with that kind of thing.
I did the job, both axles, in about 6 hours. But then, one of the new CVs turned out to be bad, I didn't even get around the block. Ruined my weekend, I'll tell ya, and I spent the next day doing it again.
Posted 11 August 2003 - 11:42 AM
I wish I was still on the farm... now that I'm at college, I'm about three hours away from the farm. We don't have a press there anyway, but it's a lot easier finding some way to jimmy rig something back home.
Sounds like I might want to get a bigger hammer and a good scrap of wood. At least hammering shafts out releases stress
Guess the only question I have left is which way I'm going to want to pound on that spring pin. Sure enough, the hole is beveled on one side...
Posted 11 August 2003 - 01:34 PM
However, I can't swear that that was the "right" way.
I used a punch to start it, but of course it wasn't long enough. So I took a nail and cut off the tip. I would have felt stupid if I jammed the nail in there -- a nail is kind of soft steel, so it could form itself around the pin. So every couple times I whacked it, I'd pull it out and check that everything was OK. Like I said, I'm usually lucky with that kind of thing....
Posted 11 August 2003 - 03:00 PM
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