Great weather today so got the drive shafts out and a new ball joint in that ive been meaning to do for ages
First things first. I Took the wheel off to show the cotter pin and star shaped clip.
Then pulled the cotter pin out with a needle nose plyers and the star shaped clip that just clips off, to reveal the nut behind it.
If you have wheels with a center piece that clips out, you can take the cv joint nut off easier by taking this off and putting the wheel back on the hub, so the socket wrench can fit into the center piece
Put the wheel back on and lower the car so the weight is on the wheels...
Then use a good torque wrench with a 30mm long socket to loosen the nut! (Make sure its a long one, otherwise the end of the cv joint stops the socket from getting fully on to the nut!!)
When the nut is loosened, i unscrewed it to the very end of the cv joint so its level with the end of the cv joint (so when you tap it with a mallet, you don't flatten the end of the cv joint so the nut wont get stuck on!)
The drive shaft moved back slightly after i tapped it (not too hard, just needed a sharp whack!!) I then loosened the top nut of the ball joint. Just loosen this, don't take it off.
Then i took the nuts and one bolt off from underneath. (these where a bitch to get off!! i suggest using a hammer on a strong socket wrench, rubber mallet works too!)
With those off, i used a large flat head screw driver to pry the ball joint from the control arm. I was able to freely move the hub. Turned it out and the drive shaft came out of the hub!
(happy frigg'n dayz!! haha)
Gearbox side of the shaft was still in so i put a basin under the gear box and used a large flat head screwdriver and a mallet, to tap out the inner cv joint from the gearbox!
Put the ball joint back onto the control arm and put the wheel back on. Thats one side done (learning a lot about cars as i go hahaha)
Other side! car jacked up, wheel off. same again with the center piece out!
Funny enough, some mechanic at some stage lost the original 30mm nut and cotter pin! and replaced it with a 32mm nut (only the outside was thicker, the inside threads were still the same!), so used a long 32mm socket to take this off. Same again putting the wheel back on and unscrewing the nut
Unscrewed it to the end and tapped it with a mallet
A shot of the 30mm nut and socket, and the 32mm nut and socket. These should be both 30mm with clips and cotter pins!!
Again, i unbolted the ball joint! (This one was an experience, i tell you that!!)
Pulled the hub away from the shaft and it dropped out...
Gave the inner cv joint a tap with the mallet and screwdriver, then out it came too! Walla!! Thats that done
I decided while i have the ball joint away from the control arm, id go ahead and replace it cause it was fucked!! This was a huge pain in thew arse to do!! The main bolt (on the top) was literally fused with the metal on the hub!! I sprayed the shit out of it with silicone oil and belted it with a hammer a load of times!! eventually it dropped to the floor haha, victory!!
Getting the new one in was more fun!!
New ball joint
Old one beside new one!
Cleaned up the metal!
After wrestling like an arse with a pry bar, the hub, control arm and awkward positions with my foot trying to hold down the control arm to fit the new ball joint, i decided to unbolt the top of the drop link to get more slack on the control arm. Dunno if this is what people do to fit these, but i did it anyway and it worked, so if you didn't know, now you know haha, makes it a hell of a lot easier!! I used a trolly jack to jack up the control arm and take the stress off the drop link to take it out easier, then took out the trolly jack to fit the new ball joint!
Just push down on the control arm and the ball joint bolts fit in real easy
New ball joint fitted
Happy dayz again!!
Jack up the control arm again to re-bolt the drop link! Done!!
These are the shafts. The top one is the passenger shaft from the st202 Celica
The middle one is half a passenger shaft from the st182 Celica
And the bottom one is my 1.3 Corolla passenger shaft!!
I counted the splines on the outer end of all shafts and its 26!! thats Corolla and Celica. I fitted the st202 shaft to the corolla hub and it fits, only thing is, is that the cv joint (the widest part where the boot ends) is too big, it fits but would cause problems!! plus the st202 passenger shaft will be too long when the engine goes in (as i was told) so, im using...
The inner cv joint from the st202 passenger shaft, to put on the st182 shaft, then using a corolla cv joint, for the outer part of the shaft. so basically it will be an st182 Celica shaft, with a Celica st202 inner cv joint, and a Corolla outer cv joint! I can use an st182 inner cv joint instead of the st202, but i already have an st202 one! saves me money!! (Christ that was painful haha) Hopefully this will work! il have to try it to see!!!
These are the Driver side shafts. The top one is an st202 Celica shaft, and the Corolla shaft underneath. These are roughly the same length, with about 3 or 4 mm difference. I did notice on both passenger and driver side shafts, the outer cv joints are longer, which may interfere with the wheel, but if the corolla outer cv joints work, this wont be a problem!
Il be using this st202 driver side shaft with a corolla outer cv joint! Hopefully!!
Left it at that for today. Put the wheel back on and lowered the car. I also picked up a cat and the st202 beams exhaust. The cat however is from a gt4 celica i think, and i wont be able to use it so if anyone needs one, i have it for sale, de-polluted too!! Also got some beams bumper lights and ABS control for when i get around t doing it!