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How to Replace Front CV Axle 01-06 Hyundai Elantra

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:53)
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Remove the hub cap
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step : Removing the Sway Bar Link (1:12)
    • Remove the cotter pin from the axle with needle nose pliers
    • Remove the 32mm nut from the axle with a breaker bar and pipe for leverage
    • Turn the wheel by hand
    • Hold the upper sway bar link bolt with a 14mm wrench
    • Remove the upper 14mm nut from the sway bar link
    • Hold the lower sway bar link bolt with a 14mm wrench
    • Remove the lower 14mm nut from the sway bar link
    • Pull off the sway bar link
  3. step : Separating the Control Arm (3:58)
    • Loosen the 19mm nut from the lower ball joint
    • Strike the wheel spindle with a hammer to loosen the ball joint
    • Remove the 19mm nut
    • Separate the lower ball joint from the wheel spindle
  4. step : Removing the Axle (5:55)
    • Strike the axle end with a hammer to loosen it up
    • Separate the axle from the wheel
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Pry the axle away from the transmission with a drain pan
    • Allow the transmission fluid to drain
    • Pull the axle shaft out
  5. step : Installing the New Axle Shaft (6:51)
    • Feed the axle into place through the wheel well
    • Line up the axle splines with the transmission
    • Push the axle into the transmission
    • Apply penetrating oil to the axle splines
    • Push the axle into the wheel
  6. step : Reattaching the Control Arm (7:57)
    • Push the ball joint into the steering knuckle
    • Start the 19mm nut onto the ball joint
    • Put the center nut onto the axle
    • Tighten the center nut to 175 foot-pounds of torque
    • Hammer the cotter pin into the center nut
    • Bend the cotter pin into place with needle nose pliers
    • Tighten the 19mm nut
  7. step : Reinstalling the Sway Bar Link (9:09)
    • Put the sway bar link into place
    • Fasten the 14mm nuts onto the sway bar link, holding the bolts with a wrench
  8. step : Reattaching the Wheel (10:05)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Put the hub cap on
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern

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In this video we're going to show you how to remove and reinstall a front axle in this 2005 Hyundai Elantra, pretty much the same for any 2001 to 2006. We show you the right hand or passenger side. The driver's side is the same procedure. You'll need a jack and jack stands, pliers, 22 and 32mm sockets. You'll need a ratchet, a breaker bar and a pipe or a pipe . you'll have to get some leverage on at least the axle bolt . hammer, 19mm wrench, pry bar and a torque wrench.

Start by removing one of the front wheels. If you don't have the benefits of air tools, you'll want to start with the vehicle on the ground, loosen the lug nuts, then jack up and secure the vehicle on jack stands and remove the lug nuts, the wheel cover and wheel and tire.

Remove the cotter pin from the axle. This is just a matter of bending the one side. Bend the legs straight and then pull it through the other side. Use a 32mm socket, breaker bar and a pipe to free up the nut at the end of the axle. I got Mike in the car holding the break so the wheel doesn't spin. Remove the nut and washer.

When I turn the wheel, I get a little better access for my wrenches. Use 14mm wrenches to hold the back side of the sway bar link and nut. Put a wrench in here to help me get a little bit extra leverage to break the nut free. You can try a couple of taps with a hammer to see if your axle breaks free. If not, put the nut back on and then use more force. That amount of hitting will probably damage the threads a little bit in the nut. You'll want to use a new nut when you go to put it back on, if you have to use this method, but you can usually get it off with a socket. Fast forward, as we remove that nut the rest of the way. I'm going to use my 14mm wrench to counter hold like we did on the top. Use the 14mm wrench to break it free. As you can see, there, what we do is we put the wrench on and then just hook another wrench on to the end just to give yourself some extra leverage. It helps you break the nut free. With the two nuts free pull your sway bar link out.

I've got a 19mm wrench on the nut for the lower ball joint, another wrench for leverage. You might have to hold the brake rotor in place. Once you get it broken free, you don't want to lock up your wrench between your axle and the nut so then you can use your open-ended one, switching it back and forth. We just speed up here as we loosen that nut up. You don't want to take it quite all the way off yet. Try to give a couple whacks to the spindle here, to free up the ball joint. I think you got it. Finish removing this nut from the ball joint.

Locate where the drive shaft goes into the transmission right here. Make sure you got a catch for any fluid that might come out and what we're going to do is you're going to use a pry bar and pry between the axle and the housing, right here. You can see it's already starting to come out and there's your fluid.

I'm feeding the axle back in where it came out, through the fender well, and I'm going to line up the splines to the transmission. Give it a little push, seat it in. Use a little lube on the access points here just to help them go in. It'll be easier.

Once the axle shaft is back in place you get the ball joint back up into the steering knuckle and then start the nut on top of the ball joint. Put your center hub nut back on. Torque it to 175 foot pounds. Insert the cotter pin back in. Make sure I lined it up with the holes and I'm setting those tabs back. Tighten the ball joint nut. I'm going to fast forward because this is just kind of tedious. You can only do it about 1/8th to a quarter of a turn at a time. Tighten it up with the one wrench and then hook another wrench on to it, and pull it nice and tight, basically about as tight as you can with those two wrenches.

I'm installing the link back in to the sway bar and to the control arm. There's a nice shot of our elbow there. You can see, once you've got it out it's a pretty easy process to get it back in. You might have to just kind of manipulate the link a little bit to get it to go through the stabilizer bar and the control arm, but then put the nuts on pretty much hand tight and then use your two 14mm wrenches and we actually also used, we used two 14mm wrenches and you could also use a 14mm and a 9/16 inch if you had to. You basically want to get them about as tight as you can with a wrench and then just hook the wrench on and just give it another pull about a quarter of a turn using both wrenches.

Put the wheel back in place, put the hub cap on, and start your lug nuts, and then you just want to hand tighten them. Hand start them first to make sure you don't cross the threads and then with your hands started, then just kind of pull and tighten them up. With the car back on the ground, put a little bit of pressure on it or weight on it. I'm going to use the 22mm socket and the torque wrench that I've set to 100 foot pounds and torque them, in a star pattern.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Floor Jack
  • Hammer
  • Drain Pan
  • Jack Stands

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 22mm Socket
  • 32mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 19mm Wrench
  • 14mm Wrench

  • Wrenches - SAE

  • 9/16 Inch Wrench

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