I wont detail the strip down
and clean, it is pretty self-explanatory.
New inner and outer joint boots.
New seal and end plate.
New grease, the white tube is for the gearbox side of the inboard joint, the
small bottle is for the other side of the inboard joint and the large one is
for the outboard joint.
Inboard joint, showing outer race, inner race & cage. The part at the
top is the bit that normally lives attached to the gearbox.
Inner, outer and cage as they would be when assembled.
Outer joint, cleaned. Normally this would not be necessary, but because the
existing grease was contaminated with grit i had to clean it out thoroughly.
Applying new grease to outer joint.
Attaching new boot. If you have problems getting the boot down the drive
shaft itself, try some silicone spray on the boot, this will also help pop
the boot onto the joint itself.
Done, leave the clips until you have finished everything.
Inboard outer race with new cover attached.
Mounted the shaft into a vice to assemble the inboard joint, this part can
be tricky. Best way i found was to have the outer race about 1/2 way down
the inner race, pop the bearings into the cage and then raise the outer race
until everything is flush. When it's like that nothing can drop out. In the
picture above i have a clamp on the back to stop the outer race falling down
You put the new seal in place and grease up this side, then attach the shaft
end, you can then flip it over and pack the grease in from the back. Careful
with the shaft itself, there is nothing securing it to the outer race and
will just fall apart.
Packing new grease in the back, i found i needed more grease than was
supplied, use Lithium Moly grease. Make sure you apply grease to the whole
of the inside of the boot, as the shaft moves the insides of the boot touch
each other so need lubrication too.
Pop the new retaining clips onto the boots
Check make sure everything moves freely and finally put the new spring clip
onto the gearbox end... job done.