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Old 07-01-2013, 05:14 PM   #16
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May have bad CV joint. 1.5mm play


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Replace the seal too. It will be falling apart when you pop the half shaft off anyway.
What seal? Will it come with the new axle? Whats the name of this seal? Also, will I have to unscrew the massive 2 bolts holding the struts/shocks?
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Hub nut is a bastard. 32 or 34 mm. It will NOT want to come off a 25+ year old car. Popping the half axle off is easy. Even a big screw driver will do it. Very diy.
What about if I heat it with propane? Then have a log pry bar, and stand on it?
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Where the half shaft goes into the tranny there is a seal. Costs about 10 buck. It is a rubber ring. Get a seal puller, pull it out. Tap the new in.
Hub nut usually requires a 3/4 inch breaker bar and four foot pipe. Try not to heat it. Heat can destroy the wheel bearing.
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Usually you don't have to mess with struts. Undo the ball joint, take off the hub nut and bearing assembly and you have enough room get it out. Put a prybar or even big screw driver between the tranny and half shaft and pop it out. Lots of youtube vids on how to do it. Very diy job.

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Where the half shaft goes into the tranny there is a seal. Costs about 10 buck. It is a rubber ring. Get a seal puller, pull it out. Tap the new in.
Hub nut usually requires a 3/4 inch breaker bar and four foot pipe. Try not to heat it. Heat can destroy the wheel bearing.
Ohhhh, a tranny seal- I get it. definitely gotta put in new once youre in there. Thanks, Man!

Good to know I wont have to remove strut bolts.
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Some cars don't need you to separate the steering knuckle... Try to get the axle out first before you do a lot of unnecessary work that requires a front end alignment.
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Every GM car i have ever worked on requires the steering knuckle to be disconnected. Autozone has online manuals. You might want to check it out.
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Easiest way is to do it just as Bigplanz stated by pulling the spindle/steering knuckle from the control arm. Quick and painless and does not require any re-alignment of the vehicle.
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Yeah if you don't touch the struts you won't need an alignment. GM cars from that era are easy to work on. Half axles come right out. I am assuming it has a bolt on ball joint. Probably rivets at the factory but surely they've been replaced by now.

If it's a tigbt squeeze turn the steering wheel to move the hub enough to pull the half shaft spindle out of the knuckle..


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