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How to Replace Front Drive Shaft 00-06 Chevy Suburban 1500

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  1. step : Removing the Driveshaft (0:46)
    • Make sure the transmission is in neutral
    • Jack up and secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Index the drive shaft with a marker for reinstallation
    • Index the boot on the rear of the drive shaft with a marker
    • Cut the dust boot clamp at the rear of the drive shaft with pliers
    • Peel back and pop the boot off
    • Have an assistant hold the driveshaft in place or brace it with a pry bar
    • Remove the 11mm bolts at the front of the driveshaft
    • Separate the front of the driveshaft from the transmission and let it hang
    • Separate the rear of the driveshaft from the splines
    • Pull the driveshaft down and out starting
  2. step : Installing the Driveshaft (3:43)
    • Lift the new driveshaft into place starting with the rear
    • Align the index on the rear
    • Align the index on the front
    • Tighten the 11mm bolts to the front of the driveshaft
    • Hold the drive shaft with a pry bar
    • Torque the bolts to 19 foot-pounds in a crossing pattern
    • Replace the dust boot clamp and crimp it

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2002 Chevy Suburban. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your vehicle's front drive shaft.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: jack and jack stands, paint pen/marker, side cutters, flat blade screwdriver, prybar, 11mm socket, ratchet, socket extension, torque wrench

Before removing the front bolts on your driveshaft, make sure that your vehicle's transmission is in neutral. Raise and support your vehicle. We're using a lift to make it easier to show you guys what's going on at home, but this job can easily be done in the driveway or your garage with a jack and jack stands.

Your front driveshaft is located here between the front differential and the transfer case flange on the driver's side of the transmission. If you're going to be reinstalling your old driveshaft, you'll need to index it to make sure it goes back in the same way it came out. Do this by drawing a line on the flange and the driveshaft with a paint marker. Cut the clamp on the dust boot with a pair of side cutters. It helps to twist when you're cutting these, and just kind of snap them off. Remove the clamp and peel back the boot. You may need a flat blade screwdriver to help pop the boot off. Once the boot's peeled off, we'll index the yoke to the side of our transfer case housing.

Stick a pry bar in between the forks of the yoke and the driveshaft, and brace it against your torsion bar. You can then loosen the bolts with an 11 millimeter socket ratchet and extension. Move the U joint strap. Rotate your driveshaft 180 degrees and reinstall the pry bar. Remove the remaining two 11 millimeter bolts.

If your driveshaft is rusty like ours is, you may need to use a pry bar to remove the driveshaft from the yoke. Sometimes they will come out by hand. Move it out of the way of the yoke and slide it out of the transfer case.

Reinstall the splined-end of your driveshaft into the transfer case. Then set the alignment marks on your driveshaft, and reinstall the strap and the 11 millimeter bolts. Place the pry bar back inside of the yoke and torque the 11 millimeter bolts to 19 foot-pounds. Remove your pry bar and rotate the driveshaft 180 degrees. Your transmission should still be in neutral, and repeat these steps.

Install a new clamp around the boot. The way these ones work is you loop it around and then hook it over, and I'll show you how to crimp it. You get it hooked onto itself like that and then use a pair of side cutters. If you don't have a crimping tool like this, set it over the edges of the crimp and then pinch it down nice and tight. If you're using side cutters, it's important to be careful here and not go too tight, or you'll just cut through it.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Side Cutters

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 11mm Socket

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