How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby Nsquared97 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:00 am

Just finally finished this project (and yes, it's 4am...)

Thanks again for the write-up, it did help out immensely. By far the hardest part for me was just getting the damn boot/joint assembley back onto the axle, the boot did NOT want to go on. And I screwed up a couple CV clamps. But all is well now, and it does feel great (well except my hands, which have taken one hell of a beating from this ordeal)

One thing I would add, clean up the splines on the hub and axle very, very thoroughly, then put a good amount of anti-seize on the axle splines before you slide it back in. My axle was hell to get out (I literally had to go buy a bigger hammer to get it out) and it blew me away how easily it just slid right back in when I was done.
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Postby M20_fever » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:16 pm

you had to go buy a big hammer? Isn't that the first tool anyone buys?
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby Nsquared97 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:44 pm

I have a small ball-pean, I had to go out and get a 4 pound sledge.
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby Ryki » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:43 pm

Jeez, you definitely had A LOT more trouble than I ever did, at least it's done and now you have new rubbers spinning down there! I went ahead and took your advice to add it into parts of the write up as suggested. I also updated to note your help and the change : )
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby Nsquared97 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:34 am

I'll have pics up in my build thread hopefully tomorrow, they should help give you a better idea of what working on cars that have gone through winter is like haha.
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby ten2doyle102 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:11 pm

It amazes me how its the things that really should take the least amount of time end up coming back to kick our asses..
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby Nsquared97 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:49 pm

Exactly! It was all the little stuff that really took time to deal with.
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby Ryki » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:23 am

I swear it's all those things that people just skip over when explaing how to do things that kill me
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby CopeJFC » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:04 am

From reading the post, it looks like a great article. However with all the photos locked up by photo bucket there are just too many questions which are unanswered without being able to see the photos. I am trying to get info on disassembly of the front CV axle on a 325ix e30. The rubber boot needs replacing and I have the axle out as the RF wheel bearing needed replacement. Is there a way to take the inner joint apart to thread on the new boot? or does the outer joint have to be taken apart and the new inner boot installed be slipping it on from the outer end?

The rebuild shops must know how to disassemble the inner end.
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Re: How To: A (Nearly) Complete CV Axle Removal and Rebuild

Postby Yoshi » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:47 am

There might be a photobucket plugin for whatever browser you're on to see the pictures. Ryki is pretty busy and hasn't been back online in a while. I'd fill in the blanks but I've personally never done this.
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