How To Replace Front CV Joint Axle Repair Install Remove Wheel Drive Boot

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this tutorial will show you how to replace a front cv joint axle for you car or truck i show you how to replace the axle with step by step images, the pictures i took myself while i worked on a live vehicle and remove the front axles give you directions
About a month ago, I noticed some great all over the inside of the wheel Fender Wells. At first I though I had ran over some grease or something since there was some construction near my work.

Then about two weeks ago, I took a trip to the local bakery. When I was coming out of the bakery store, I looked to the wheel of my 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. I noticed that the axle boot was torned. I kneel down to take a secon look, and sure enough, the cv joint axle boot was broken, and in the process, letting all the grease out and spilling it out all over the inner fenders.

At first, my plan was to only replace the broken rubber boot since the axle itself was in good condition. I went to the local auto parts store and bout a boot cover for only $10 dollars. I figure It would be cheaper to buy a $10 dollar rubber boot than to replace the whole axle.

As I started to get more into, I realize that it was not going to be possible to just replace the rubber boot cover. It was coo complicated. So i dedcided to replace the whole cv joint axle instead. I went to the local auto parts store at Kragens and bought a rebuilt axle for $79 dollars (not bad, i thought it was going to cost me like $179 dollars)

So here are the steps to replace the CV Joint Axle on my 4x4 Nissan Pathfinder. I spent the whole weekend on this project. I think it took me so much time because I didn't have a repair manual and I couldn't find any tutorial or guide on the internet that would show an online howto. That's why im now writing one so if there is anyone out there in my shoes they will have some information on how to perform this job. So here we go..

Remove wheel (ofcourse)

Remove Sub Hub Cover - You are going to have to use a pry bar or a strong flat screwdriver to pry out this cover. I used a hammer and a thin screw driver to start and then used this wheel lug remover to pry out this little sucker. This is hard to remove, so use patience, otherwise, you are going to ruin it and you are going to have to replace it with a new one and only the dealer sale these. So be careful not to damage it.

Remove Snap Ring - Using a snap ring plyers, remove the snap ring

Remove Sub Hub Assembly - Now that you have the sub hub cover removed and the snap ring, its time to remove the Sub Hub Assemply. You will need a 13mm socket to remove all six nuts.

Remove the two screws - To release the lock washer holding the wheel bearing lock nut, you will need to remove the two scres holding this lock waher. This is very simple to do, JUST MAKE SURE YOU USE THE PROPPER SIZE OF SCREW DRIVER. too small or too large screwdriver can damage the crew heads and then you won't be able to remove them. So use the correct size, otherwise, you run the risk of ruiining the screws.

Remove lock Washer - To remove the Lock Washer after removing both screws, I used a pick tool to remove it. Using a pick tool is the easies way to get it out. but you can use whatever works for you.

Remove Wheel Bearing Lock Nut - To remove the wheel bearing lock nut, I use three long screw drivers. Two I put on the two holes on the nut and one to turn the other two screwdrivers. Like in the picture below:

Remove Brake Caliper - Now Remove the break caliper. This is held by two big bolts. You will need to use some muscle for these two guys. If you have an impact gun, its much easier. The two bold are found behind the caliper.

To avoid any damage to the brake hose, I strongly recommend that you use a piece of hanger wire or a strong string to hang the caliper, this will avoid putting any pressure/stress on the brake hose iftsel. See illustration below:

Next, remove the wheel bearing and rotor from knukle. (no image)

Remove Dust Cover - Now remove the brake dust cover by removing the four screws holding it to the knuckle.

Remove ABS Sensor -Once you have removed the Rotor, you will see the ABS Sensor. I removed the sensor, I don't think its necessary, but I removed it just to be safe so i wouldn't damage it. If you decide to remove it, make sure you use some kind of spray lubricant to remove it, it will be stuck pretty hard in there.

Knuckle Ball Joint Removal - I have to say, this is the harderst part to remove for me. Here I had to choices.
1. Remove the three lower balljoint-to-lower link bolts (1 in the picture)
2. remove the big Ball Jointbig bolt in the. (2 in the Picture)
I went with option 1, it was the easiest for me to do since i didn't have power tools.

Strut Bar Bolts - Now its time to remove the two big bolts holding the strut with the knuckle. These two bolts are tough to remove, I used lubricant to loosen up all the rust. Once I was able to remove the nut, I hammered it out.

Remove CV Joint - Now to remove the CV Joint Axle from the Knuckle arm, you will need to turn the wheels toward the passenger side to allow you to easily remove the axle from the kuncle.

Finally - The last step into removing this sucker. Unbolt the six bolts holding the axle on the front differential.

To Install - Just do the reverse with the new CV Joint.


I am Mister Z, I love Cars, specially Nissans. Your Comments Are Welcome.

Hope this guide helped you. While I don't pretent to be an expert, I do want to help those who are looking for help. I love working on cars, and its my passion in sharing my knowledge to others.


HOW MUCH IS IT TO FIX AN AXLE ON A HONDA Civic or accord? how much would a mechanic charge to fix the front axle cv joints on a front wheel drive vehicle like the honda civic or acorc?
I replaced the cv joints on my t-100 toyota and did not have to even take the front wheels off. Is it possible to disconnect it from the differential and slide it out like the t-100 Toyota. I only had to jack the vehicle and lower the torshion bar. Very easy job on the Toyota.
i have to perform the same job on my 98 pathfinder. i read that you did not have air tools, but did this require any specialty tools to accomplish? thx!
i used tools normally found in your hardware store, don't go to sears though, those tool suck and they are expensive, go to like home depot, they have good tool at lower prices and the quality is the same, sears are rip offs. sears sucks.

i used the tools you see on this picture

axle tools

i you plan on doing it yourseld, only attempt if you really like working on cars, but if you are doing this just to save money, you're better off taking it to the shop, you'll save some headaches, working on cars is not easy, most of the people that do work on cars, its because they enjoy it, like me, i like working on cars, and i like the challenge. so think twice if you are just trying to do this because you want to save money and you think it will be cheaper, because in the long, it would cost you more (time is money)
can you explain to me, how to remove a front drive axle on a 1995 toyota camry
v6. this would be the right front.
97 pathfinder
the boot is torn, i will replace the axle anyway. is it ok to just replace one to save money or should i replace both?
depends on what your budget is like. if you can afford both, buy both, but if you can't, then it would just make sense to buy one. buy if its always better to replace both at the same time because you know the other one will break, so its just a matter of time..
i am sorry to bother you with this but you were so helpful with my cv joint replacement. im having trouble finding a rear power window switch for a 1997 nissan pathfinder, any suggestios. i would even bypass the switch on the rear doo if i could still operate the window from the driver's control but i can't figure out how to do this. do you have any suggestions on how to so that or any suggestions on where to find a switch. i'll be checking the local junk yard tomorrow as no one seems to carry a replacement.
great article and i am now going to attempt this job.
thanks aaron
is there any other way to remove the wheel bearing lock nut because i'm stuck right there and nee some serious help. .............thanx
i replaced my axle like three times and it keeps poping out once a drive it a while , could it be that my ball joint is causing this cus i noticed that my ball joint is no good at all .
i bought a used car in virginia from a dealership and it suppossedly passed the inspection. i live in maryland so it had to be inspected in my state. it did not pass inspection because i was told the cv joints had to be replaced on both sides. i let a mechanic look at it and i was told it was not necessary to replace both because looking at the wheels, one on the right was leaking oil around it and the left wheel was clean. it this true? i am trying to avoid a scam.
thank you, i'm taking it to a shop
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i just did this exact same job on my mom's p-finder. i only removed the dust cap and snap ring, then took the three nuts off the lower control arm where it bolts to the ball joint and pulled the axle. took me about an hour and a half, because i had to go get a twelve point 12mm socket. hope this helps.
it is very informativ. more than repair manual. hardly find this kind of info in a book

thank you
how do you take the axle out of a toyota solara 2000, from transmission side (right side axle). the wheel side i already know. there's no spot to pry the axle off! this is very difficult.
thanks for showing how to replace a front drive axle, the pics and tips are good advice.
i have a 1998 saturn sl2 . wondering if it is the same procedure to change the axle as with the nissan.sure could use some advice. defrosch at
i got into an accident n my boot to my front driverside axle ripped . i bought a used axle at the junkyard actually took it off myself from a grand voyager. it came off easily but when i tried to take mine off , it was hard . do i just have to force it out? i mean i dont wanna damage anything but i really wanna fix it, any tips?
Iam having similar problems with replacing my cv joint for my TOYOTA SURF. Your instructions has made it so easy for me to change my cars cv.

Thank you so much.
Thanks for your help and photos, my wife and I could not have done it alone. We had a power tool and it was alot easier to do. Maybe you can help me with the horn and cruise control. I cannot get them to work. I have a 97 4x4 Nissan Pathfinder, I bought for my daughter and I am fixing it up for her. Thanks again.
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