advice in breaking apart the front outer CV joint
b.benz at charter.net
Mon Sep 10 09:54:37 EDT 2007
It’s at least a 3 handed job, with expletives! That’s where the vice
grip comes in, because you have to put some torque on the bolt to get
the joint to move. I have never had to take a shaft out of the car.
Once you get one off you’ll feel so good that you’ll have to do the
other side too!
On Sep 10, 2007, at 3:58 AM, <alancordeiro at att.net> wrote:
> Thanks Bernie,
> In regards to getting the square (cross-sectioned) circlip stuck,
> no it is not...
> To make sure I occasionally tapped the joint backwards...it free to
> but real hard to keep open...there is no real set of holes to put
> the circlip pliers into. Its just the joint will not budge while
> the clip is spread
> Another problem is that the inboard end of the shaft is still
> attached to the car.
> I suspect I need to locate the misplaced triple square and remove
> the whole shaft
> and that might make it easier to work on.
> But its good to get a confirmation that the 16mm bolt can indeed be
> used as a pusher.
> These are days when I wish I had a good solid workbench and a high
> quality bench vice.
> Perhaps removing the whole shaft from the car, and setting up a
> vice arrangement with
> multiple c-clamps and some wood in the garage may the best next step.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bernie Benz" <b.benz at charter.net>
> To: <alancordeiro at att.net>
> Cc: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 12:51 AM
> Subject: Re: advice in breaking apart the front outer CV joint
> I did both of my front outers several years ago now. These square
> wire circlips are a real PITA compared to the round wire clips that
> are just forced into the shaft groove and off.
> Using the axle bolt as a pusher, clamp a vice grip on the shaft
> spline to use in offseting the bolt torque. Sounds like you may have
> the square wire section of the circlip pinched between its shaft
> groove and the CV housing from your beating it with hammer. Drive the
> CV back on the shaft a little to where the clip is free to spin. Now,
> holding the clip wide open, you should be able to screw in the axle
> bolt and force the joint to move outward. After it moves a 1/16” you
> no longer need to hold the clip open as it will be up, out of its
> groove. When you run out of bolt length, add a short length of rod
> under the bolt to force the joint all the way off.
> On Sep 9, 2007, at 1:53 PM, <alancordeiro at att.net> wrote:
>> I have spent close to an hour and a half trying to break open the
>> front outer CV joint
>> so I can replace the rubber boot. Of all the boots, the two front
>> outer seem closest to failure.
>> The old I have spread the circlip as far as it goes, but the
>> joint will not off in spite of reasonably hard
>> whacks with both a rubber mallet, even a good old fashioned steel
>> head hammer.
>> I tried inserting in the big 16mm bolt, it appeared to press on
>> the outside of the "inner" shaft,
>> but tightening it while spreading the circlip, and even with a few
>> friendly whacks will not
>> break open the joint.
>> Any BTDT? I have two joints off, ready to replace the boots, but
>> ay just call it quits and
>> put them both back and get in a used one to practice on while the
>> car runs on old boots.
>> While I wait for advice...... doe anyone in the Detroit metro
>> area have a good/bad used front CV shaft
>> lying around?
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