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C900 Drivetrain Replacement
Driveshaft & Spindle


Part 1: Brake loose the center hub nut, loosen the lug nuts/bolts, remove the wheels, and shimming the A-arms.







Part 2: Moving the brake calipers out of the way without completely removing them.

There are 4 main bolts on the caliper. Loosen the two that hold the pads in place and remove the two that hold the caliper to the spindle assembly. Then slide the caliper off the rotor and hang it up out of the way.



Part 3: Removing the ball joint nuts, tie-rod end nut, and removal of ball joints and wheel (spindle) assembly.

Remove the nuts that attach the ball joint to the spindle (are visible in the photos above.)
In most cases the ball joint bolts are severly rusted onto the spindles. The best way to free them up is with MAP gas and heat them up until they glow red. This is the easiest method I have found!.

Don't remove the ball joint from the A-arm yet as it will help with leverage. Once those nuts are removed, remove the nut on the tie-rod end and pop the tie-rod end out of the spindle arm. Once that is out, remove the ball joint bolts that hold them into the A-arms.



Once the spindle assembly is freed from the A-arms and tie-rod, it is ready to be removed.

HOWEVER!!! Be sure to remove the retaining clamp from the rubber boot on the inner driver.
This is the end of the drive shaft closest to the transmission. Once removed, pull the spindle assembly (including the drive shaft) out of the car.


This is how it should look if you've been successful.

Perfect time to replace those KYB shocks with Bilstein, isn't it?
Too bad you forget to buy them...just like I did!




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