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Half-shaft replacement.

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Howdy All,

Thought I'd lay out some questions relavent to replacing the 2001 pass side drive shaft axle. I'm fairly confident I can peform demolition of the front bearing carrier, caliper and such to remove the shaft. That's always the fun part for me!!

However since this is my first automatic car, (it has the 41RS 4 speed AT?) I was wondering if I have to drain the AT fluid prior to the much anticipated event?
Since I'm so good at making big time messes. (per the Mrs.) :runaway:

I also noticed that there is a bolted flange to the side of the tranny which may (?) hold a bearing that supports this wobbly wornout shaft ? As long as I'm in there, I suspect that to do the job THE RIGHT WAY I should replace this bearing? After all a Timken is only less than $15 from my favorite mail order supplier.

Anyone out there ever replace this bearing and flange? I sure could you offer some cautionary notes if you have a bunch, or one? Or maybe some totally frustrating info from a real service manual?

Thanks for any replys!!

Snow? what snow? it's 84F today.

Boca Raytone
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Never needed to replace the bearing in over 262,000 miles.

You don't need to drain the fluid, although you still need a pan since you'll lose about a quart. Be sure to have some new fluid (ATF 4) to replace what was lost.
a prybar to persuade the axle out of trans will help. occasionally i have needed to rotate the axle and give the prybar a quick snap to get it to pop out.some slip out with little effort.

most front wheel drives all you need to do is remove wheel,big nut and pinch bolt at lower ball joint.
a long robust pry bar and a piece of chain.
pry lower control arm down and swing knucle to rear.
turn steering wheel to extend tie rod out to its fullest.
should be able to slip knuckle off spline and tie back out of the way.
a little wrestling and you have an axle.

i used to replace them in under an hour,but on a hoist is different than jackstands.
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