How to Remove your CV shafts

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How to Remove your CV shafts

Unread post by Coco7 » April 7th, 2014, 8:35 am

How to remove a Hilux Surf axle and CV’s

Ive noticed people on these forums are paying mechanics to pull there axles out because they dont know how to do it themselves, just to change CV BOOTS!! I say stuff that, cuz thats a fair bit money to give someone else when you could put that couple of hundred dollars worth of labor towards an LED light bar or something!! So here is a write up on how to change over CV's!!

First off, remove the 12mm nut from the sway bar link that connects to the bottom wishbone and zippy tie the link to the sway bar to give you some extra room.
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Next, remove the cap from the hub using a screw driver and hammer, just gently. Hit around the little groove where the screw driver is pointing until you can pry the cap off.
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Remove this nut with a 12mm socket/spanner
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Remove the 6, 12mm nuts that hold the hub plate on.
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You can use 2, 8mm bolts to loosen the hub plate or just use a hammer and lightly tap around the hub cap until it comes loose. Do not remove the plate yet. You only want to loosen it at this point.
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Re: How to Remove your CV shafts

Unread post by Coco7 » April 7th, 2014, 8:43 am

When you loosen the hub plate the little cone spacers that slide over the studs should come loose. Remove these then remove the hub plate.
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The spline of the axle will then be revealed.
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Remove the locking ring and washer using 2 screw drivers. Use the small one to leaver the opening in the lock ring to get the ends onto the spline so it can be removed.
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Then turn the whole hub assembly. If working on the right wheel turn the hub left. If working on the left wheel, turn the hub right.
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Re: How to Remove your CV shafts

Unread post by Coco7 » April 7th, 2014, 8:51 am

Using a 17mm socket or spanner, remove the 6 nuts holding the axle onto the diff. These nuts are threaded onto studs so don’t try and remove any just yet. I had it easy during this step because I used a rattle gun at 90psi.
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Jack up the wishbone from the ball joint until the axle is level with the diff cross member so the axle can easily be removed. I have a wheel on the other hub so that the car wouldn’t tip off the stands. Always put a wheel and tire on the opposite hub to the one you’re working on.
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Put one nut back onto one of the studs only a few threads. Using a couple of long extension bars and a large hammer, hit the nut until the stud comes out (No picture). One stud is needed to be removed so the axle can be removed. You can now pull the axle out. The axle gets pulled out from the hub. Pull it towards the centre of the car.
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And the process is finished; just reverse the process to put another axle in.
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Re: How to Remove your CV shafts

Unread post by Coco7 » April 8th, 2014, 10:15 am

And just remember that when installing the new axle to grease the spline before putting it back into the hub :) Also if your replacing a CV boot or the CV entirely then dont forget to Thoroughly grease the inner part of the CV's before putting the boot on.

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Re: How to Remove your CV shafts

Unread post by 894runa » April 22nd, 2014, 6:57 pm

Do u have any lift cranked into your torsion bars ? Reason I ask is that with both my 4runner and now hilux that have mild lift cranked into them it was impossible to get the lower suspension arm jacked high enough to level it. The torsion bars were too stiff and the whole car started to lift before the arm got anything close to level. Both cars I ended up having to unbolt the top ball joint to allow the spindle to swing out of the way enough. Also with knocking out the cv flange stud I did all of them and converted them into 'normal' bolts so that they just drop out as needed.

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Re: How to Remove your CV shafts

Unread post by Coco7 » April 25th, 2014, 9:47 am

I think there is a little bit of lift but their not cranked right out. Cranking the torsion bars right out is bad for your suspension, u will just break stuff. We havent touched it since owning it but you can tell it been done a bit

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