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Old November 19th, 2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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It was the axle

I need to know how to install the axel for my driver side. Is the drive side considered the right or left side? what tools do I need to get the job done. It either I do it in my drive way or pay 100+ to tow to honda and 100 for the install. any pictures would be helpful.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #2
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I have GG axel also what happened to yours?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 11:22 AM   #3
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I have GG axel also what happened to yours?
down shift to 2nd as I was turning into my lane hit the gas to go. Then a big pop! The axle is still in the trans and spindle. Looking under the car, grease was everywhere. the boot came off from one of the side. I wont know the damage until I take it off. a guy told me to take off the three bolts at the top and one bolt at the bottom and swing out it out after taking off the axle nut. Then slide the axle out. Is this right? He said he never disconnects the ball joint at the bottom.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #4
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wow so did the axel broke? I hope your trany is ok.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 11:38 AM   #5
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you have GG axles as well audioman?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:01 PM   #6
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you have GG axles as well audioman?
yep, gg axles, **itty axles, what the best or easy way to take them off? what size axle socket I need to get the axle nut off(mm)?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #7
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yep, gg axles, **itty axles, what the best or easy way to take them off? what size axle socket I need to get the axle nut off(mm)?
wow looks like your the third to have them snap..

and socket size i'm not sure.. i never got around to installing them. Returned them after i found out what happened to sean and david.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:18 PM   #8
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wow looks like your the third to have them snap..

and socket size i'm not sure.. i never got around to installing them. Returned them after i found out what happened to sean and david.
do I have to seperate the ball joint at the bottom?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #9
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take the strut fork off, hub nut, lower ball joint, and disconnect the sway bar i believe... then i think you can lift the hub out of the lower control arm, pull it straight toward you to release the end of the axle.. and swing the hub to the side.. then you should be able to pull the axle out.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:37 PM   #10
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so what happened to the axel?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #11
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To replace the axel.....

1) Jack the car up, put a jackstand under her.
2) Remove the tire.
3) Get another person to sit in the car and stomp the brakes while using a 1/2" breaker bar and a 36mm socket to losen the axel nut and remove the axel nut.
4) Using a large punch and hammer push the axel part way into the hub to free it up.
5) Remove the strut fork bolts(17mm bolt and nut on the bottom, 14mm bolt on the top)
6) Tap the top of the fork to get it off the end of the strut then worm it out.
7) Remove the cotter pin and nut for the lower ball joint.
8) Seperate the lower ball joint.
9) Pull the hub towards you and pull the axel out of the hub.
10) Pry the inner joint out of the tranny using a pry bar between the tranny housing and the inner joint.
11) Remove the axel
12) Put new axel into tranny housing spinning the axel until you feel the splines alighn
13) Hold the outer joint so that the axel is close to streight then using a hammer gently tap the axel into the trans until it is fully seated
14) Insert the axel into the hub and put the lower ball joint back into the lower control arm.
15) Tighten the low ball joint nut tightly (spec is 85 ft lbs) and making sure the castle nut will allow the cotter pin to be re-intalled and re-install the cotter pin (or get a new cotter pin if the old one is damaged)
16) Slip the strut for back into place and LOSELY re-install the lower bolt and nut.
*** 17) Using a jack, jack up the lower control arm until the strut fork is tight against the bottom of the strut.
18) Install the upper strut fork bolt and tighten both bolts.
19) Remove the jack
20) Put the car in 1st gear, install the axel bolt and tighten (Spec is 90ft lbs)
21) Using a chisle or large flat blade screw driver and a hammer lock the nut in by dimpleing the edge at the recess on the axel.
22) Reinstall the tire
23) Put the car back on the ground
24) Crack open your favoirite beverage and clean up the mess.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 02:21 PM   #12
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yeah... dont forget step 17.. i did and ended up breaking a shock when i drove the car
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Old November 19th, 2008, 02:21 PM   #13
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^what paul said
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Old November 19th, 2008, 03:38 PM   #14
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problem getting the ball joint separated, I tried hammering the hell out of it, still cant get it loose
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Old November 19th, 2008, 03:52 PM   #15
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Borrow the tool from advance.....
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Old November 19th, 2008, 04:14 PM   #16
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they told me if I use that tool, it will cut the ball joint boot, I guess I will just go back out side and hammer some more.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 04:31 PM   #17
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There is a different tool, it looks like a two arm puller, you put the two arms on the lower control arm and the end of the screw on the ball joint stud, just keep your hands clear when it pops free.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #18
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whats it called? does autozone have one?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #19
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unbolt the nut from the lower ball joint, Lift up the entire hub assembly once the fork has been removed from the lower strut/lower arm, and take a hammer to the lower control arm around where the ball joint is while lifting the hub.. the lower control arm will slide right off the ball joint. This will prevent damage to the ball joint.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #20
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Harbor Freight has them for cheap if the auto parts places won't lend the tool to you...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=99849

or this one if you think you can muscle it out....

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=1740
Unless you are really carful you will destroy the boot with the second one you have up there, it's called a pickle fork.

The first one won't fit on our cars.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #21
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unbolt the nut from the lower ball joint, Lift up the entire hub assembly once the fork has been removed from the lower strut/lower arm, and take a hammer to the lower control arm around where the ball joint is while lifting the hub.. the lower control arm will slide right off the ball joint. This will prevent damage to the ball joint.
This does work MOST of the time, but not always....
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This does work MOST of the time, but not always....
only honda i've had trouble with is a rsx. but all the other hondas.. a nice size sledge does the trick with 1 or 2 hits.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 07:04 PM   #23
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I was unable to get it apart, I have work tomorrow 7a-11p I guess I will try during the day on Friday. whats the tool I need to get this thing apart called that wont damage the ball joint?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 07:06 PM   #24
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I'm just using a regular household hammer
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Old November 19th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #25
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Here you go, although it is for tie rod ends, it also works for smaller ball joints like ours.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/pro...egoryCode=3492
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Old November 20th, 2008, 12:10 AM   #26
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Not to go off topic, but thats the tool you can use to install a front camber kit correct?
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Old November 20th, 2008, 04:00 AM   #27
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No, that is a different tool to press the upper ball joint out.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 08:34 AM   #28
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Would you happen to have a link to that?
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Old November 20th, 2008, 10:57 AM   #29
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Yeah, it's called a press, just pull offf you upper control arms and take them to a machine shop, they will probably charge you like $20-$40 to press out the old ones. A decent press is around $200.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 08:12 AM   #30
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There is a different tool, it looks like a two arm puller, you put the two arms on the lower control arm and the end of the screw on the ball joint stud, just keep your hands clear when it pops free.
I went and bought a 3lbs hammer, hit it twice and it separated just fine. the broken axle slid out accept the the hub part that up on the trans case. I have to find a big flathead screw driver. I also have some pics of the broken axle here:



sorry about the bad pics, all I had at the time was my camera phone. Will take better one today after I finish the axle install. I hope the transmission is okay!
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