The front axles on a Ford Focus connect the transaxle to the front wheels to move the vehicle forward. These axles, also called halfshafts, have bearings on each end called CV joints, which can get damaged through normal driving conditions. If that happens, you will need to remove the axle from the front of the car so that you can replace the CV joint. This should take you about an hour to do.
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Things you need
- Jack stands
- Tire iron
- 1/2-inch ratchet and socket set
- Pry bar
- Slide hammer
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
- Halfshaft remover 205-241
Park the Focus on a level surface and pull up the parking brake handle. Put the jack under the front of the Focus and lift the car up. Position a pair of jack stands underneath the rocker panels on the sides of the Focus to support the weight. Remove the front wheels with a tire iron.
Hold the rotor still by using the pry bar as leverage against the wheel studs. Unbolt the hub retainer nut in the middle of the rotor with the 1/2-inch ratchet and socket.
Unbolt the lower control arm from the front knuckle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull the arm off the knuckle with your hands, then pull the knuckle off the outer end of the axle.
Connect the slide hammer to the halfshaft remover 205-241 tool to the end of the axle. Pull the axle out of the transmission. Take the axle away from the Focus.
Tips and warnings
- The halfshaft remover 205-241 tool can be found at most auto parts stores, but there are also Ford tool speciality retailers that are available online.
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