How to Remove a Car's CV Shaft

CV shaft (constant velocity shaft) is the part which helps the wheels at the front to steer in various angles, the movement happens when the shaft moves in an upward or downward motion when you are driving on the road. This shaft is connected to the front drive assembly of the axle. They are commonly used in four-wheel drives and they bear the brunt in comparison to other joints inside. Whenever you are turning the car to the left or right, there may be a sound, which sounds like a popping or clicking sound, these movements happen when the movement of the shaft is up and down. Change the damaged constant velocity joint and make sure you get the right kit for the model of the vehicle. You just need to follow the steps that are mentioned below. There are different kinds of C.V. shafts for different vehicles, they differ depending on the make of the model.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Screwdriver
  • Snap ring pliers- a pair
  • Constant velocity joint grease
  • Hammer
  • wooden dowel
  • Clamp tool
  • Diagonal cutting pliers (a pair)
  • New snap
  • stop rings

Step 1 - Removal of the Boot Straps

Use a screwdriver or diagonal cutting pliers take out the bootstraps from the Constant Velocity joint. You need to very careful while doing this.

Step 2 - Slide the Bootstraps into Place

Slip the bootstraps above the inter connecting shaft, it is recommended that this is done slowly and make sure you do it properly

Step 3 - Take out the Stop Ring

Using the snap ring pliers take out the stop ring, this is located on the constant velocity joint assembly located on the base , check before taking it out to know that you are on the right track.

Step 4 - Pull Forcefully to Take out the Snap Ring

To get the snap ring to the shaft’s top through the C.V. joint assembly through the inter connecting shaft, remember to apply enough force when you are doing this but not so much that something goes wrong.

Step 5 - Take out the Six Balls

To take out the six balls, you can move the cage, which hold the balls right in place inside by tilting the cage in various angles. This can also be done using a hammer, thumb or a wooden dowel if need be, bear in mind that if you do decide to use any tool, do it with extreme caution to avoid damaging other parts near it.

Step 6 - Take out the Cage

To remove the cage from its housing you need to tilt it properly. When you are doing this step, keep in mind that you need to tilt it in the correct way, hold the cage properly and move it with a steady hand.

Step 7 - Take out the Race

To take out the race that holds the balls into the inner cage you simply rotate the race out.