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Old 09-19-2008, 03:03 PM
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Drive shaft luck

I was driving today, and my drive shaft pretty much broke (its been messed up for a while). I just so happened to break down infront of a junkyard and see a muffed up white 98 prelude. I got the clean drive shaft out of that for $60. Is that good luck or what? Well does anyone know how to put them in? I missed work because of this.
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Re: Drive shaft luck

as long as you have basic tools (sockets, ratchets, breaker bars etc) go rent a 36mm axle nut socket, BJ seperator, and buy a 6' steel pipe that fits over a 1/2" breaker bar, and go to town.
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Re: Drive shaft luck

-pop your center cap out of your wheel
-take that 36mm socket and loosen the axle nut
-jack the car up from the same side of your bad axle
-take the wheel off
-separate your lower ball joint from the knuckle arm but dont use a hammer or a pickle fork as not to ruin the boot or threads
-remove the shock from the knuckle arm
-slide the axle out of the wheel hub...tap it with a hammer if its stubborn
-go under the tranny and pry the axle out with a screw driver-this may be hard or it may be easy [be prepared for tranny fluid to leak out, put something like a coffee can to catch the fluid (this is why you need to jack it up from the same side as the bad axle, to reduce tranny leakage)]
-put the new axle back in and basically just put everything back together.

torque the ball joint to 40ftlbs and the axle nut to 180.

I think I got everything...

(I'd imagine everything is the same on the 5th gen and 4th gen like it is for most hondas,)

put safety supports under your car like old rims or jack stands in case it falls.

make sure you have all the tools that Nick listed

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Re: Drive shaft luck

Never heard it called a drive shaft before, but it truly is a shaft and it drives. Ha ha ha.. but yes usually half shafts or axles.

Yeah it sometimes is a bear to break loose that 36mm axle nut, not to mention seperate the ball joint good luck. Also do these half shafts have to come apart to fit thru the opening in the crap I forget its part of the suspension. Good luck good find on the half shaft though $60 not too bad. Just when you put it on and drive it for the first time check to see if it claks when you go thru turns (CV joint bad)
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Re: Drive shaft luck

I've never heard it called a half shaft lol. I thought the half shaft was something that went from the tranny and bolted up to the frame and then you put the axle into that, like this from a crx V.


but to answer your question, no the axle doesnt have to come apart to get in, you have to remove the lower part of the shock from the knuckle arm and then you can slide the shaft up in there

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Re: Drive shaft luck

Thanks guys, i got it in last night and its running strong. It use to bang around when id pop the clutch in first
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Could be the cause of why it was banging around
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