Replacement axle shaft:

Advance Auto Parts shares how you can replace your car's axle shafts today.

Replacing your axle assemblies and CV joints is an advanced job.
Specialized tools such as tie-rod end pullers, ball joint removers and vehicle-specific sockets may be required. Leave one side assembled while you work on the other so you can remember how things go back together.

A missing or damaged CV joint boot often means that a replacement axle shaft is in order. Replacing the entire assembly makes more sense than just servicing a CV joint boot.
Advance Auto Parts carries axle assemblies that meet or exceed the requirements of original equipment. Ask your Advance Auto Parts Team member at the quality auto parts store nearest you about the tools required for your vehicle.

It’s important that you replace your worn axle shafts. Here’s why:
Front-wheel drive vehicles get their power to the wheels by way of drive axle assemblies. At either end of these assemblies is what is known as a constant velocity joint. Rubber boots that cover the joints keep contaminants out and lubricant in.

If the boots fail, so can the axle shaft. Click-click-clicking sounds while turning are a sure sign of impending axle failure.

Don’t wait until it's too late. Advance Auto Parts is here to help with high quality auto parts and knowledgeable service.

What you will need to replace your axle shafts:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for a replacement axle shaft:

Estimated time required - 2 - 6 Hours

How to service your CV joints: do it yourself & save!

This job may require special tools and an advanced skill level. Ask your Advance Auto Parts representative about the special tools required to install a replacement axle shaft. A repair manual is required for this job.

  1. The entire axle assembly must often be removed to replace the CV joints or boots. As long as the axle is out of the vehicle, total replacement is a good call.
  2. Slightly loosen the wheel lug nuts. Raise and secure the vehicle. Remove the wheels. Remove the cotter pin. Unlock the spindle nut safety fastener according to the repair manual instructions.
  3. Loosen the nut with a proper socket and breaker bar. Another bar or large screwdriver wedged between the lug nuts can help hold the wheel in place. Brake application simplifies the wheel turn issue.
  4. On some vehicles, the brake caliper and rotor must be removed before proceeding. Refer to your repair manual for your vehicle's requirements.
  5. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut from the lower ball-joint. Disconnect the ball-joint from the steering knuckle with a removal tool. Swing the knuckle and hub outward to free the outboard axle assembly.
  6. Gently wedge a pry bar or a large flat blade screwdriver between the axle and transmission. Carefully pry the axle assembly away from the transmission. Be careful not to damage any transmission seals.
  7. The drive axle assembly should now slide right out. Take a good look at the drive assembly location, and then remove. The new one will go back the same way.
  8. Grease the splines before insertion with gear grease. Insert the replacement drive axle assembly and reverse the disassembly process. Torque all fasteners to specification. Don't forget to use new cotter pins.


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