How to Replace an Axle Assembly

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

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $75.33 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $269.27 parts and labor

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  • 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.

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