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Driveshaft Removal

Special Tools Required

Ball joint remover, 28 mm
 07MAC-SL00201
  1. Raise the vehicle on a lift.
  1. Remove the front wheels.
  1. Pry up the locking tab (A) on the spindle nut (B), then remove the nut.
  1. Drain the transmission fluid. Reinstall the drain plug using a new sealing washer:
  1. With HID lamp model: If removing the left side driveshaft, disconnect the suspension stroke sensor from the lower arm.

  1. Remove the lock pin (A) from the lower arm ball joint, and remove the castle nut (B), then separate the ball joint from the knuckle using the ball joint remover.
    NOTE:
    • Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot when installing the remover.
    • Do not force or hammer on the lower arm, or pry could damage the ball joint.

  1. Pull the knuckle outward, and separate the outboard joint from the front hub using a plastic hammer.

  1. Left and Right driveshaft (M/T model, i-SHIFT model)/Left driveshaft (A/T model): Pry the inboard joint (A) from the differential with a prybar. Remove the driveshaft as an assembly.
    NOTE:
    • Do not pull on the driveshaft (B), or the inboard joint may come apart. Pull the inboard joint straight out to avoid damaging the oil seal.
    • Be careful not to damage the oil seal with the prybar.
Left
Right

  1. Right driveshaft (A/T model): Drive the inboard joint (A) off of the intermediate shaft using a drift and a hammer. Remove the driveshaft as an assembly.
    NOTE: Do not pull on the driveshaft (B), or the inboard joint may come apart.

  1. Remove the set ring (A) from the inboard joint (Except A/T model right driveshaft).

  1. Remove the set ring (A) from the intermediate shaft (A/T model right driveshaft).