Hi, How old are the ball joints? My boltswere a bear to remove so I just replaced them then . I'd say 1.5 hours if you are prepared ,6 hours if you are real stupid , and have been drinking lots . :cheesy: Pat
It's one of those jobs that could be wrapped up in 1.5 hours, or take all day if everything conspires to get in your way!
If you remove and refit the tripod bearing on the driveshaft, then note that it will fit on the shaft one way only. One end of the tripod itself has a chamfer on the centre which meets a chamfer on the driveshaft. If you put the tripod on the wrong way up then you'll never get the circlip on the shaft.
If you lash the ball joint nuts with dismantling lubricant on several occasions before the work then they should come off. Use a breaker bar when loosening the nut. You may have difficulty removing the bolts from the ball joint, and the joint from the wishbone as they tend to seize. Again, dismantling oil is your friend.
Everyone moans about removing the CV joint from the driveshaft, but there's a knack After opening the clip, push the joint a little further down onto the shaft and then immediately pull it off - works every time.
i was looking at my brake pads today and i noticed that the boot on the cv joint by the wheel was half missing. the inside is exposed and the grease is black now where i suppose it was once green. should i replace just the boot, or is it a better idea to replace the entire axel seeing as some damage might be done?
IMHO, replace the entire shaft. Rebuilts are relatively inexpensive, they are less than $70.00 US. Then you also don't have to mess around with changing joints, etc. It's simply remove and replace.
I did one last weekend along with the lower A arm which was cracked. 2+ hours and that included having to improvise jacking points because the car was on grass and not on pavement and I didn't feel like having the car sink while working under it....
I changed my cvc axle and pads saturday took me 2 1/2 hours not complicated though just time comsuming. I bought a special tool to use on the brakes but it didn't fit found it was much easier to use needlenose pliers just open them to fit in the two holes and use them like a screwdriver. I am a mom if i can do it you can :cheesy: