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Old 09-06-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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Passenger side axle

Hey everyone I noticed when i was doing my teins that my passengers side axle boot has a smal tear in it, i figured ah no biggie i dont drive the car that often as it is, i went to go clean my wheels and wax it and noticed a large glob of axle grease on the wheel, so i didnt even have to lift the car to look at it, I already knew.

How tough at the axles to change out? I used to be a tech for vw and chevy a while back, and have rebuilt turbo motors and full suspensions in the past, but not on a maxima LOL.

I am just curious on how tough and how long of a job it will be, the car is a 3.5 automatic. I plan on going with raxles off the bat from what i read on here i would rather spend the money now than on some cheap ones from the foregin car store, and know that these will last a while.

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I just changed my passenger axle and wheel bearing on my 01...axle took about 20 mins extra over the bearing change alone. Just takes patience when dealing with getting the three bolts out/in.
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Just changed mine as well. It was very easy and only took about 15-20 mins total. Like Torq mentioned, those bolts are the time consuming thing since I was only using a open ended wrench.
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Just changed mine as well. It was very easy and only took about 15-20 mins total. Like Torq mentioned, those bolts are the time consuming thing since I was only using a open ended wrench.
Do you have to remove the entire spindle and nut on the lower ball bearing to get the axle out? Or is there some sort of shortcut
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axle changes are easier that they look. Especially the passanger side.

1. Jack the car up and put it on jackstands

2. take wheel off

3. stick screwdriver in the veins of the brake rotor to brace against caliper so it doesnt spin

4. break the axle nut loose with either a 32mm or 36mm socket and a breaker bar (or 1/2" wratchet with a long pipe) by pulling up.

5. Get underneath the car with a 12mm ratchet wrench and loosen the 3 bolts holding the cv axle to the bracket. (you can also get it using a ratchet and various extensions and swivels)

6. Loosen the 2 strut bolts using a 19mm on one side and a 17mm on the other to hold it. The hub will now be loose.

7. Manipulate the CV axle out of the hub. You can use a hammer to tap it out if its stubborn.

8. Now the cv axle should slide right out of the tranny easily.

Installation is just the oposite.
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axle changes are easier that they look. Especially the passanger side.

1. Jack the car up and put it on jackstands

2. take wheel off

3. stick screwdriver in the veins of the brake rotor to brace against caliper so it doesnt spin

4. break the axle nut loose with either a 32mm or 36mm socket and a breaker bar (or 1/2" wratchet with a long pipe) by pulling up.

5. Get underneath the car with a 12mm ratchet wrench and loosen the 3 bolts holding the cv axle to the bracket. (you can also get it using a ratchet and various extensions and swivels)

6. Loosen the 2 strut bolts using a 19mm on one side and a 17mm on the other to hold it. The hub will now be loose.

7. Manipulate the CV axle out of the hub. You can use a hammer to tap it out if its stubborn.

8. Now the cv axle should slide right out of the tranny easily.

Installation is just the oposite.

Nice write up, just would like to add to your #4 that by pulling up, you mean, while looking at wheel, from the right side pulling up and turning nut to left still. Didn't want it to be read by some of the "not so mech. inclined" posters as pulling up on the wrong side, thus turning it the wrong way.

Also you can just keep the car on the ground and bust the axle nut loose first, then jack it up. The cars weight helps more that putting that screwdriver in the vein of the rotor against the brake caliper, since it usually is real hard to get off, if it's the first time.
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In one of the threads here on the axles, I uploaded a few pics showing how my mechanic did the pass side axle change.
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Nice write up, just would like to add to your #4 that by pulling up, you mean, while looking at wheel, from the right side pulling up and turning nut to left still. Didn't want it to be read by some of the "not so mech. inclined" posters as pulling up on the wrong side, thus turning it the wrong way.

Also you can just keep the car on the ground and bust the axle nut loose first, then jack it up. The cars weight helps more that putting that screwdriver in the vein of the rotor against the brake caliper, since it usually is real hard to get off, if it's the first time.
Good add. I only mentioned the rotor method instead of breaking it loose with the wheel on and the car still on the ground because with wheels with a spoke design like mine, its impossible to get the socket and the breaker bar on there.
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Just takes patience when dealing with getting the three bolts out/in.
Tell me they aren't like the infamous "3 bolts" on the 3rd Gens. I was hoping Nissan changed that design. Also, I noticed no one mention draining the tranny fluid before popping out the axle? Is this only necessary on the manual?
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Tell me they aren't like the infamous "3 bolts" on the 3rd Gens. I was hoping Nissan changed that design. Also, I noticed no one mention draining the tranny fluid before popping out the axle? Is this only necessary on the manual?
Just put an oil pan under the seal when you pull the axle out. It doesnt drain that much gear oil to warrant draining the entire tranny, unless you wanna change all the gear oil out completely.
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For the auto trans, no draining required.
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Thanks for all of the input everyone, that is how i did them on my vws with manual transmissions, but no fluid came out, that is what i was curious about.

I just called nissan and holy **** 550 my cost wholesale for a brand new one, or i can buy a brand new one from another place for about $75, im going to call Raxles and see what they can do for me, more than likely for now ill go with the $75 brand new one to get thru for now until i figure out 100% what i am going to do with the car.

Also with the car being lowered, will i be eating thru axles? i always have my alignment so i know its straight
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why not do advance auto parts?
They have this GSP brand which is not reman, box says brand new.
I just did mine 2 weeks back. cost is 69.99 and right now i think there is a 25 off 60 coupon floating around with free order online, pickup in store.
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why not do advance auto parts?
They have this GSP brand which is not reman, box says brand new.
I just did mine 2 weeks back. cost is 69.99 and right now i think there is a 25 off 60 coupon floating around with free order online, pickup in store.

Well it comes down to warranty, my old car i got 2 new axles for and they had a lifetime warranty, and the bearings puked out on each one within a year.

The place i go thru takes care of us at the dealership i work at, and they offer a lifetime warranty on their axles. I wouldnt mind saving 20 bucks, but that is what it will come down to.
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The GSP axle has lifetime warranty and it took me about 45 min to replace it.
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I need to my passenger axle as well. I called Raxles and they quoted me $140 per side for complete axles..... From what I hear their product is top notch. Im not sure of the life span of axles from Advanced auto parts.
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My experience with the axle bearings is modest..... But just about everytime, the boot gets ripped somewhere and the grease gets out, ergo metal to metal. Add grit getting in there and it accelerates it even further
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So - no special tools needed for an axle change?! --other than maybe a 32 or 36mm socket?!

Also - I remember reading that the axle nut needs to be properly torqued-down to an obscene spec -- like 235 ft/lbs?!?!?

That'll take a special wrench FOR SURE!

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Well if u call a breaker bar and a 2 ft pipe a special tool

Thats all I did, used my torque wrench to get it to 150 and then gave it a another 1/4 turn with the breaker bar with a pipe on it as extension. That got the nut nice and tight.

You are correct on the spec, it is 235 ft/lbs.
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Well if u call a breaker bar and a 2 ft pipe a special tool

Thats all I did, used my torque wrench to get it to 150 and then gave it a another 1/4 turn with the breaker bar with a pipe on it as extension. That got the nut nice and tight.

You are correct on the spec, it is 235 ft/lbs.

I carry a 2ft galvanized pipe "breaker bar" in my trunk tool bag at all times. Makes roadside tire repair easier than the OEM lug wrench.

Ha! I was going from memory on that Tq. Spec!! A WINNER!

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Well if u call a breaker bar and a 2 ft pipe a special tool

Thats all I did, used my torque wrench to get it to 150 and then gave it a another 1/4 turn with the breaker bar with a pipe on it as extension. That got the nut nice and tight.

You are correct on the spec, it is 235 ft/lbs.
You'll need like a 11mm open ended wrench to remove the 3 bolts around the bearing support fitting.
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its a 12mm. Just did the passengers side about 3 weeks ago. Being a FL car was a piece of cake!
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