Another concern you should have with this job is the carrier bearing. Remove the driveaxle, starting by using a torque wrench to remove the hub nut from your wheel hub. Other than agreeing with everyone else, I would just add that the car should be firmly supported with something other than a jack. I'm sick of everybody trying to figure this out. The side with the bad bearing will have a lot more play in it.
The Nissan service manual presupposes an experienced mechanic! The cheapest fix is to buy a remanufactured half-shaft for your car. It was overfilled by about 1. Slide the new axle on the spline and make sure it is seated completely. There are toomany small things that can go wrong cause you cant see insidethat rubber boot. Forth, an alignment is absolutely necessary.
Becareful not to damage the hub seal on the back or you will have to buy a new hub 100 or more. It's about 97 maxima with 130K miles. At a shop, expect a 2-4 hour labor bill, maybe under 2 hours if everything comes off easily. I think thepassenger side uses bolts to hold it in the tranny. The inner joints are easily disassembled.
First you could get a grinding or growling noise. The biggest thing you will need is a press to get the bearing in and out. Get a Chiltons or Haynes guide, but if you can get a Factory Service Manual. Also, as noted, the new ones do not have the dynamic balancer; is that going to be an issue? Loosen nuts from outer tie rod end stud and lower ball joint stud almost all the way off, but do not remove them completely. When putting the new axle in place, take care not to damage the transmission seals or the hub seals. They do make a tool to pop the axle out, it has a Crows foot that slips between the back of the axle with a built in slide hammer. Jack the Maxima up by using a floor jack and inserting jack stands underneath the front doors.
I then forcefully removed it and superglued it on the new shaft. To determine if you have a limited slip differential, block the rear wheels, and get both front wheels off the ground. You will probably have to pry them out and this can often be done assuming no special tool is available with a large screwdriver or prybar and a block of wood. Thank you Dave Its not as difficult as it seems. I have looked at auto zone and kragen they told me that my car doesnt have cv boots that it has a rack and pinion boot. Is there some write up that describes with pictures the step by step procedures for axle or boot replacement? Oh, and I also noticed a torn boot on the power steering rack.
Don't come in and be grumpy. Then you need to remove the strut knuckle assembly. The wood provides leverage and also protection against damaging the transmission case, etc. After the brake caliper is removed then you need to remove the 34mm axle nut that is inside the hub. You can rebuild but it lookspretty tricky and time consuming. You will most like need a tool called a pickle fork to disconnect the tie rod. Now I gotta get rid of the old axles.
Some Nissan vehicles have a carrier bearing on one of their halfshafts, and they can be an absolute pain to deal with. Take off the nut in the center of wheel. Stated capacity is 10 quarts flat, including torque converter. Oh and I just did a write-up on fuel economy, but I'll start another one to make you happy. No core on the new ones. One method is to be careful.
Once the axle is off then install the new axle if you buy complete axle. Grease everywhere, what a mess. What are the special tools that I must have? First, call the auto parts store that you'll be purchaseing the new axle from and find out what size metric axle nut you have. If you are experienced at car repair and have the proper tools, you can do it yourself. As with anything there are a good number of bad things that can happen. Slip the shaft into the axle past the splines, then slide the paper back on the shaft, out of the axle, and remove it.
I'd just spring for a lifetime alignment if you plan on keeping the car for a while mine has 276k miles on it and is still kicking. Once axle nut is removed and wheel lug nuts broken loose, jack the car and support on jack stand securely. First of all, this topic has been covered at least 3 times in the past 6 months. Someone with good mechanical skills will need to remove the old one and replace it with the new reconditioned axle shaft, or half shaft as they are also called. It was so tempting to try to remove the entire bearing with the shaft. For anyone who has never worked on one of these things, you cannot get that carrier bearing out until the half-shaft is out. Check out listings for your specific vehicle applications.