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Rear CV-axle replacement on a 4x4 panda climbing
How to easily swap an old used rear cv-axle for a new one
Published by TobiasBB
20-02-2017
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When the wheel is removed you get a good view of the axle:
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First thing is to remove the centre nut securing the axle to the brakes. (use the parking-brake, then the discs will hold the axle in place)
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After losening the nut with the brakerbar, I used a machine to spin it off.
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On the back, there's 4 bolts (19mm) holding the brake-calipers, discs and wheels onto the suspension.
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I highly recommend some sort of powertool to spin these off, it was very difficult to get any socket on there, and much more so spinning them by hand.
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Since mine were very stuck i soaked them in wd40
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When the 4 bolts came loose I used a prybar to remove the assembly.
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brakedisc etc were then tied to the highest point I could find, the suspension in this case, so no weight were put on the brake-lines.
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Then removing the lower attachment-point for the shock-absorber, to allow the whole thing to move down. (notice the position of the jack)
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Here seen loose.
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Lifting the car further than my jackstands would allow, I got the suspension down as far as it would, and with a bit of force, the wheel-end of the cv-axle came out.
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Don't forget to drain the differential at this point, or earlier as the oil will otherwise spill on the ground. (The drain-hole will take a 14mm hexkey)
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Unfortunately the circlip holding the cv-axle in the rear differential had gotten stuck, and no amounts of hammering, pulling or prying would make it release its grip, so eventually it came apart.
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A slidehammer, and a pair of vicegrips tied together solved 4 hours of hammering, pulling and swearing in 4 minutes.
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I found that placing the wheel-end of the cv-axle first, and then sliding the differential-end in afterwards was the easiest way.
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From this point on, its just reinserting the nuts and bolts as they were removed, dont forget to fill the differential with oil through the filler-hole before driving off. Consider using some brake-cleaner, if you got any oil on your dics.

For some silly reason the centre-nut in the front takes a thin 36mm socket, and the centre-nut in the back needs a 32mm socket
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I hope this is useful for someone, Tobias
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