Below guide will teach you How to Replace an Axle Assembly. Please follow the instructions carefully.
Things You’ll Need:
- Combination Wrench Set
- Ball Joint Separator
- Mallet Hammer
- Socket and Ratchet Set
- Jack Stand Set
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- 1/2 in. Drive Torque Wrench
- Axle Assembly
- DIY Costs: Est. $75.33 parts only
- Shop Costs: Est. $269.27 parts and labor
- Secure the vehicle on a flat surface. Make sure that you apply the parking brake.
- Break loose the front wheel lug nuts. Make sure you don’t remove them completely.
- Take a floor jack and raise the front of the vehicle. Insert wedge or wooden block behind the rear wheels.
- As a safety measure, prop the vehicle on the jack stands.
- Take the lug nuts away and take the front wheels out of the vehicle.
- Carefully, examine the CV boots (constant velocity boots) and joints for any visible damage.
- Unbolt the nut holding the axle to the damaged axle assembly.
- Take a floor jack and prop the lower control arm over it. Remove the lower ball joint and tie rid end from the steering knuckle.
- You need to press the axle in and then raise the steering knuckle and slide it out.
- Using a rubber mallet, remove the axle assembly from the transaxle or differential.
- Take a new axle assembly and put it into a transaxle or differential.
- Fix the outer joint of the assembly with the steering knuckle.
- Rejoin the lower ball joint and tie rod end with the steering knuckle.
- Secure the axle to the axle assembly by tightening axle nut.
- Put the front wheels back to the vehicle and secure them with lug nuts.
- In the end make sure that the new axle assembly is properly installed by taking a small drive.