front driveshaft CV joint - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-12-2016, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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front driveshaft CV joint

Had to replace front driveshaft CV joint, not nice at 0 degrees and 2 inches of snow but it is doable
2004 canyon 4x4 extended cab
1 bolts on front u joint 7/16 head
2 bolts on transfer case 10mm - REALLY GM, you couldn't make them the same size
3 3/8 or 1/2 inch drive rachet with 10 inch extension
4 back truck up on ramps on passenger side
5 with truck in 2wd rotate driveshaft until the u joint yoke is accessible on both sides
6 place controls in 4wd and shut off truck
7 crawl under truck and undo both side of u joint yoke 7/16 and the bottom bolts of CV joint 10MM
8 put truck in 2wd
9 crawl under truck and rotate driveshaft until top 2 bolts on CV joint are at the bottom
10 place truck in 4wd
11 remove bottom bolts on CV joint
12 remove driveshaft - U joint may be rusted on and need persuading
13 cut the rubber boot and use a grinder to remove boot retaining ring
14 Mine was rusted on so i cut the snap ring retaining shoulder so i could heat and then drive the inside spline off the driveshaft
15 clean off the splines with a wire brush
16 check to make sure there is grease in it - I put the packet of grease in the boot end before I realized the cap can come off the other end
17 install CV joint by pushing it onto the shaft until it "clicks" into place
18 install boot retaining ring - my diff is only dropped 7/8 of an inch so it's not drastic so i installed it on the bench
19 reverse procedure 12 through 5 to install driveshaft

over all better than paying $225 for a driveshaft compared to $70 for a joint - around here you can only buy the driveshaft complete , ended up ordering from the states and picking it up at the border
Just a note for all budding mechanics - BUY A HOIST AS SOON AS YOU CAN!
this getting up and down to get under a vehicle sucks!

Last edited by doneuald; 12-14-2016 at 04:40 AM.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 10:50 PM
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I am about to change the cv joint on my front drive shaft as well. I was looking to see if I have to change out the complete drive shaft or can I just change the CV joint. The spline look ok .So looks like I will order just the CV joint online Ebay.You say you had to heat and drive the old one to get it off the shaft,what part are you heating .And how hard is it to drive the new cv joint onto the shaft. Ebay -propshaftparts number CVJ006 $60,36 canadain free shipping the bourder .
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