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Driveshaft Installation

NOTE: Before starting installation, make sure the mating surfaces of the joint and the splined section are clean.
  1. Apply about 5 g (0.18 oz) molybdenum grease to the contact area (A) of the outboard joint and the front wheel bearing.
    NOTE: The grease helps to prevent noise and vibration.

  1. Install a new set ring (A) onto the set ring groove (B) of the driveshaft inboard joint (except A/T model right driveshaft).

  1. Install a new set ring (A) onto the set ring groove (B) of the intermediate shaft (A/T model).

  1. Apply 0.5−1.0 g (0.02−0.04 oz) of molybdenum grease to the whole splined surface (A) of the right driveshaft. After applying grease, remove the grease from the splined grooves at intervals of 2−3 splines and from the set ring groove (B) so that air can bleed from the intermediate shaft.
  1. Clean the areas where the driveshaft contacts the differential thoroughly with solvent or brake cleaner, and dry with compressed air.
    NOTE: Do not wash the rubber parts with solvent.

  1. Insert the inboard end (A) of the driveshaft into the differential (B) or intermediate shaft (C) until the set ring (D) locks in the groove (E).
    NOTE: Insert the driveshaft horizontally to prevent damaging the oil seal.

  1. Install the outboard joint (A) into the front hub (B) on the knuckle.

  1. Wipe off any grease contamination from the ball joint tapered section and threads, then install the knuckle (A) onto the lower arm (B). Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot. Wipe off the grease before tightening the nut at the ball joint. Torque the new castle nut (C) to the lower torque specification, then tighten it only far enough to align the slot with the ball joint pin hole.
    • Make sure the ball joint boot is not damaged or cracked.
    • Do not align the nut by loosening it.
  1. Install the lock pin (D) into the ball joint pin hole.
  1. With HID lamp model: If the left side driveshaft was removed, connect the suspension stroke sensor to the lower arm.

  1. Apply a small amount of engine oil to the seating surface of the new spindle nut (A).
  1. Install the spindle nut, then tighten it. After tightening, use a drift to stake the spindle nut shoulder (B) against the driveshaft.
  1. Clean the mating surfaces of the brake disc and the wheel, then install the front wheels.
  1. Turn the front wheel by hand, and make sure there is no interference between the driveshaft and surrounding parts.
  1. Refill the transmission with the recommended transmission fluid:
  1. Lower the vehicle on the lift.
  1. With HID lamp model: If the left side driveshaft was removed, do the headlight initial position learning procedure.
  1. Test-drive the vehicle.