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Old 03-06-2019, 10:09 AM
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Cv axle replacement

My cv axles are finally clanking to the point of replacing them. I have a 98 I30 Infiniti. I know there are 2 types of transmissions for this car. Do I have the slip or non-slip trans? I need to get the proper CV axles and I have to get them ahead of time. I don't have anywhere to do the work. I had to sell the property that I used to work on my cars. I am having a friend of mine do the work. He has a home repair shop in his back property. He wants me to get the cv axles and he will install them. Any recommendations?
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:46 AM
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U.S. cars are non-LSD.

I've had the Cardone Select (new) axles in the car for probably 5+ years now with no problems or complaints.

I bought mine through Summit Racing.
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:49 AM
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There's an aluminum plate on the firewall at almost the top on the passenger side. It will have a number/letter line where each means what's equipped.

If you have a "V" in the area for transmission info, you have a VLSD transmission If there's a "A" you don't (I think it's an A.) The 5th line down is the Traansmission info and the last letter in the first 5 or 6 combo is either an A or V.

As far as new replacement CV Axle assemblies, CS_AR and I did a bunch of research a couple years ago. We both agreed on and used SurTrack. Based on what we found, it's highly probable that Tb's Cardone Select is the same exact part in a different box.

Get the right two part numbers (VLSD or not for the Driver's side. The Passenger side is the same on all ATs) and search by delivered price. The I30T definitely has the VLSD if original. Canadian models usually do too. So far, both CS_AR and I have had the same luck as Tb. Highly recommended.

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Old 03-06-2019, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Turbobink View Post
U.S. cars are non-LSD.
The I30 was available with the LSD in the US. In fact, most I30's have it. LSD was standard on the I30t and optional on the base I30
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:37 PM
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Thanks you guys. I think I will have the wheel bearings done at this time too.
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Old 03-06-2019, 04:13 PM
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If you have VLSD, you should know it by the way it drives in the snow. Both wheels pull and the front end fishtails in a S pattern instead of only one wheel slipping like the non-VLSD transmission.

Here are snow tracks from my 98 GLE with a VLSD as it makes a double spin track going up a hill.



Here's a picture of the left (driver) side seal on an automatic VLSD. There is a much larger seal than the non-VLSD model.


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CS_AR fishtailling frontways LOL

I bet you have 3 season sport tires too!

Would driving it backwards make it feel more right? LOL
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:27 AM
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Originally Posted by maximaxi View Post
The I30 was available with the LSD in the US. In fact, most I30's have it. LSD was standard on the I30t and optional on the base I30
Apparently so ...
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I live in sunny southern California, so I don't get any snow. Got to go up to the mountains for that. I looked at my under the hood info plate and I have an A for the transmission. So I am LSD. Here in wacky California, if you say LSD, they think you're talking about the hallucinating drug.
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Originally Posted by PH98I30 View Post
I live in sunny southern California, so I don't get any snow. Got to go up to the mountains for that. I looked at my under the hood info plate and I have an A for the transmission. So I am LSD. Here in wacky California, if you say LSD, they think you're talking about the hallucinating drug.
The A means you're NOT LSD
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Oh! Thanks for clearing that up.
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