Testing CV joints

Huw Powell audi at humanspeakers.com
Thu Jun 22 17:27:59 EDT 2006

> Thanks, Huw.  Found driver side outer spins and inner stays still.
> Probably easiest to just replace the whole axle, right? 

I think so, yes - a good used half shaft is probably what you want.

> I can do that with
> the brake caliper attached to the hub housing, can't I?  Just get the axle
> nut off (that'll be a trick, I bet??), separate the ball joint out and
> swing the strut assembly aside so I can extract the axle assembly???

Yes, you might not even need to undo the ball joint - with the nut off, 
hard turning of the wheel might allow the splines on the outer CV to 
slip out of the hub.

To undo the nut, leave the car on the ground and use a big cheater bar, 
  use a new locknut upon reassembly, and likewise, finish torquing it on 
the ground.

Huw Powell



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