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01-06-04, 07:51 AM   #1  
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CV Joint replacement

I am trying to replace a CV joint on the rt. front of a 1991 Escort. Although I have mechanical experience, this is my first FWD repair attempt. At this point I have the calipers, rotor, axle nut off, and the strurt loose from the wheel well/inner fender. Having no luck getting the joint/axle out of the trans. Anybody know what I'm doing?

 
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01-06-04, 09:40 AM   #2  
Hook the strut back up to the mount at the top and either remove the strut from the spindle or remove the spindle from the lower control arm. Either way will work. Then just take a long pry bar and POP the axle out of the trans.
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01-06-04, 03:04 PM   #3  
I always remove the lower ball joint. You don't have to remove the calipers or rotor or any of that stuff. Turn the wheels to opposite of the side you working on to give you more slack with the tie rod end so you can pull the assembly far enough to clear the end of the axle. The who;e job is usually less than an hour. Now that you've disturbed the strut so much, you might want to get your alignment check after your done.

 
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01-08-04, 12:18 PM   #4  
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Thanx much guys!!! The job is complete and the ole beater is back on the road. Did have to pull the hub because Mr. splined shaft didn't want to come out of it. Turned out the inner CV joint was bad, not the outer. Car still tracks good so not too sure that I disturbed the alignment. One more stupid question though. I bought the car for a work car. It has always had a rt. front noise that sounded like a high radiad tire roar (when CV joint disintigrated thought that might be it). Now, however, I have a low speed steering vibration (the tires are el cheapo's, but good tread w/even wear) in the 0-20 mph range. Is it posssable that the bad CV joint was absorbing the tire affect and now that I have good parts installed I am feeling the effect of a high radial tire? zoie

 
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01-08-04, 02:48 PM   #5  
I would say the hub bearing is most likely on it's way out.Glad you got the halfshaft changed.

 
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01-08-04, 04:44 PM   #6  
Originally posted by zoie
Car still tracks good so not too sure that I disturbed the alignment.
Doesn't matter how it drives. It only takes a quarter inch or toe change to tear up yout tires and you can't feel that.
If your getting a low speed wobble out of one of your tires, it has a separation and needs to be removed. Jack the car and let it idle in gear, you'll see the runout. It will be very obvious.
The growling noise is either the hub bearing or a secerly cupped tire. They sound the same.

 
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