The Polaris Sportsman is a recreational vehicle that is referred to as an ATV, or all-terrain vehicle. When the machine is used over an extended period, various parts will wear down and will need to be replaced. This includes the front axle for the ATV. However, installing a new axle requires the removal of the old one from the machine. To do this, you need to disconnect many parts in the front end.
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Things you need
- Wood blocks
- Air gun
- Lug nut wrench
- Socket wrench
Move the ATV to a flat area, such as a garage. Place wood blocks behind the rear tires. Raise the front of the machine up off of the ground with a car jack.
Remove the lug nuts from one of the front wheels with the air gun or use a lug nut wrench. Take off the wheel and set it aside.
Remove the stick stopper by first disconnecting it from the A-arm. Use the wrench to remove the bolts from the end of the tie rod. Take the tie rod off of the strut.
Unscrew the mounting bolts that are securing the brake caliper with the socket wrench. You should now be able to slide the brake caliper off of the disc for the brake.
Place the socket wrench over the retaining nut on the axle. Ratchet the socket wrench counterclockwise and take off the nut. Pull the hub out from the axle.
Loosen the nut that is securing the lower ball joint with the socket wrench, but do not remove it. Tap on the A-arm with the hammer to disconnect it from the lower ball joint.
Take the nut off of the lower ball joint. You can now disconnect the lower A-arm from the strut. Pull the strut out and away from the axle shaft. Pull the axle shaft out of the strut.
Remove the clamps that are attached to the inner CV boot. Pull the CV boot down to expose the inner CV joint.
Find and disconnect the snap ring that is attached to the housing for the CV joint. Disengage the axle shaft assembly and the axle.
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