See Figures 1 through 17
To remove the left halfshaft on vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle, the right halfshaft must be removed first.
The brake caliper does not need to be removed to perform this service. Do not twist or stretch the brake hose when moving components.
Later models use a unified lower ball joint/suspension arm assembly. The ball joint can be separated from the wheel hub by tapping a hammer on the area where the ball joint is mounted to the hub (after the bolt is removed) while applying downward force to the suspension arm. If the ball joint will not pop out, the use of a ball joint separator is recommended.
See Figure 18
Fig. 18: Exploded view of the halfshafts and related components
See Figures 19, 20 and 21
Cover the halfshaft serrations with tape, so as not to damage the boot.
See Figures 22 and 23
The joint on the wheel side cannot be disassembled.
Using a metal hammer may damage the threads on the end of the joint.
See Figures 24 and 25
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Fig. 1: View of the steering gear and tie rods Fig. 2: Loosen the locknuts from the steering gear Fig. 3: Matchmark the position of the tie rod Fig. 4: Remove the cotter pin and loosen the nut ...
Fig. 5: ... then break the tie rod taper from the knuckle. Leave the nut on to protect the threads Fig. 6: Count the number of turns to remove the tie rod
Always replace the cotter pins and if necessary replace the retaining nut.