Nothing ground breaking here, but a much needed refresh of FWD components promoted by the discovery of a blown inner CV boot. I found this while bleeding the brakes.
My plan is to replaced the CV boots, the lower ball joints, struts, and...the trans / engine mounts. No quick turn around required here, so I should have plenty of time to get it done.
I pulled the caliper first, and was going to hang it, but ended up sitting in on a block of wood, which i have i abundance. There's really not anything to hang it from since the strut is coming out. From there the pinch bold comes out to release the lower ball joint:
I've done this a couple of time, and I've discovered that the ball joint really doesn't drop out of the steering knuckle very well when you try to lift on the knuckle. Seems like a good idea, but it's really best to let it hang low as possible and use the separator. Also, the sway bar should be unbolted as a part of this operation, else it will work against you.
Next, I had to get the axle free of the steering knuckle. I've done this job before some 25 years ago on a then 10 year old j-body. That hub nut seemed a lot harder to deal with this time, even with the impact. But, the toughest part was getting the axle free of the wheel bearing. This was pretty stubborn, and took a 3 jaw puller with an impact and a 3 lb. hammer. But it finally succumbed to my persistence:
The inner CV boot was broken very neatly all the away around. The joint came apart with no effort at all. The outer inner:
The inner inner:
I still got to get the inner portion of the shaft out of the tranny. I've heard stories about this thing, and I don't plan on making a career of getting it out.
I thought maybe I was a little over cautious on the ball joint, but it looks ready to retire:
More in a few days.