The axle CV boot shaft in your Honda Accord is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the drive wheels. Although an inordinate amount of stress could cause the CV joint to sheer off inside the boot, this is not normally what happens. Over time, stress causes the CV boot to tear. Once this happens, the axle grease then leaks out of the CV boot and the joint "dries out," causing it to grind. The joint will then make a clicking sound whenever you turn left or right in your Accord. At this point, you'll need to know how to replace a CV boot half shaft.
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Things you need
- Tire wrench
- Jack with 2 jack stands
- Spindle nut socket
- Socket wrench with socket set
- Impact wrench with air compressor
- Tie rod end puller
- Flathead screwdriver
- Zip ties
- Hard grease
- New cottar pin
Break the lug nuts loose on the appropriate wheel with a tire wrench by turning the lug nuts a quarter turn counterclockwise.
Engage the emergency brake and jack up the front of the car. Make sure you place the jack stands under the pinch welds in the front of the car, then lower the Accord onto the jack stands.
Finish removing the lug nuts and pull the wheel off.
Remove the spindle nut using the spindle-nut socket and your impact wrench.
Remove the upper and lower bolts on the brake caliper and secure it to the coil springs above it using zip ties.
Remove retaining screws in the centre of the brake rotor and pull the brake rotor off.
Place the floor jack under the lower control arm lift up on the arm to remove the load from the upper mounting nuts. Detach the brake hose mounting bracket. Remove the steering knuckle pinch bolt at the base of the strut. Separate the lower control arm from the steering knuckle by tapping on the knuckle with a hammer.
Swing the knuckle and hub out of the way until you can pull the shaft out of the hub assembly.
Wedge a flat tip screwdriver between the transmission and the end of the shaft and pry the shaft out of the transmission.
Remove the shaft from the transmission and insert the new shaft.
Reconnect the other end of the shaft to the hub assembly, reconnect the lower control arm and steering knuckle, and put the hub assembly back together. Assembly is the reverse of disassembly.
Put the wheels back on and tighten the lug nuts.
Lower the Accord to the ground and torque the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.
Tips and warnings
- Apply a small amount of hard grease on the snap ring on the transmission end of the shaft and centre the ring in the ring groove before inserting. This will make it easier to insert the shaft into the transmission.
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