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Posted: 29 April 2008 at 00:06 | IP Logged Quote carlos

i have a new cv joint coming wed, will be fitting it on fri, does anyone have any tips or a procedure for doing it. i believe i need a thin walled 36mm socket, but is there any other special tools required.

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Posted: 29 April 2008 at 00:12 | IP Logged Quote Black Beauty

i'd recommend a sissors type ball joint splitter to open the lower wishbone's ball joint...
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Posted: 29 April 2008 at 21:39 | IP Logged Quote carlos

yea thanks i've got one of those. main concerns are do i need to replace the six allen bolts which hold the inner shaft. will i need a puller to extract the shaft from the hub. any help will be much appreciated

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Posted: 30 April 2008 at 00:23 | IP Logged Quote Oily

No need to replace the 6 allen bolts and no you don't need a puller to remove the cv joint from the shaft,a sharp blow from a hammer does the job

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Posted: 30 April 2008 at 01:37 | IP Logged Quote carlos

cool thanks, is there a circlip holding the cv joint to the shaft


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Posted: 30 April 2008 at 23:00 | IP Logged Quote Oily

carlos wrote:
cool thanks, is there a circlip holding the cv joint to the shaft


There's a spring clip on the shaft which can be quite stubborn but like i said,a few sharp blows with the hammer should have it off

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Posted: 01 May 2008 at 13:54 | IP Logged Quote gazza82

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No need to replace the 6 allen bolts and no you don't need a puller to remove the cv joint from the shaft,a sharp blow from a hammer does the job


I would change the nuts at least. I replaced both inner CV joints a while back and afterwards both sets of bolts came loose after a few days. I replaced the nuts AND bolts, and loctited them as it recommends in the workshop manual (DTE/elearn). It states that this is done at the factory and these should be replaced if removed at any time.

You should also replace the hub nut!

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Posted: 01 May 2008 at 14:12 | IP Logged Quote Oily

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No need to replace the 6 allen bolts and no you don't need a puller to remove the cv joint from the shaft,a sharp blow from a hammer does the job


I would change the nuts at least. I replaced both inner CV joints a while back and afterwards both sets of bolts came loose after a few days. I replaced the nuts AND bolts, and loctited them as it recommends in the workshop manual (DTE/elearn). It states that this is done at the factory and these should be replaced if removed at any time.

You should also replace the hub nut!


You mustn't have had your Weetabix Gaz   
I've done countless CV joints etc and never bought new nuts for them unless completely shagged and had no problems re-using the old nuts.
It's just another excuse to rid you of your money.

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Posted: 01 May 2008 at 15:05 | IP Logged Quote gazza82

I can only relate my own experience .. the nylok nuts did not stay tight. But then nylok nuts really ought to replaced even time .. no one does though! .. do we?!?

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Posted: 05 May 2008 at 01:10 | IP Logged Quote carlos

hi folks, thanks for all your responses. i have now fitted the cv joint. i found it one of the easier jobs i've had to do on the car. i've replaced both top wishbones and one lower, radiator, aircon condenser, lamba sensor, maf.and many more things, so had to do quite a lot.
basic procedure is -
jacked car up and put it on stands
removed wheel
removed hub nut(36mm impact socket from halfords £8.99 then ground the end down to fit all the way onto the nut)
removed track rod end from hub(using a scissor type splitter)
removed lower wishbone from hub
removed lower strut bolt(the one that goes through the lower wishbone and the folk of the strut support)
removed the 6 allen bolt from inner cv joint
the drive shaft can then come off the car
used a flat bladed screwdriver to open the circlip and the cv joint just slipped off, no need to hit it with a hammer
basically fitted new cv boot and joint and replaced in reverse order.
took me less than 3 hours
it's so nice to drive without hearing that clicking noise

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