today I changed my cv axels, it took about three hours. I was hesitant how I was going to do it with all the different posts I read in my research. I am glad I waited until Napa got my parts before i bought a socket. on my 2002 the axel nut on the old one and the new one was 33mm first I used PB blaster on the axel nuts. then broke them loose, with an impact because air don't care. I raised the car, removed the one wheel. then removed anti sway bar top bushing, using a 14mm socket. then I broke the lower ball joint loose, with a 18mm end wrench then using a piece of 1/4 plate as a spacer above the nut between the axel. as I loosened the nut the ball joint pressed off easy. then I pried the lower control arm down and the whole assembly slid over and out enough to remove the axel. I did disconnect the abs wire just to be safe, this job was so easy. there was no reason to take anything else loose. the car rides like it did when i bought it with 24k miles, now it has 77k there is no more shimmy between 50-60mph. and all the jolts in the steering wheel when i hit bumps are gone. i thought i had more problems than cv joints. here are some pics. next i have to do window motor. but i can't find pics how to remove panel for 2002.
Last Edit: Jul 20, 2019 15:35:39 GMT -6 by propaul