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Author Topic: How to replace driveshaft / propshaft CV joint - Solstice Sky  (Read 7591 times)

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How to replace driveshaft / propshaft CV joint - Solstice Sky
« on: September 28, 2018, 08:55:38 PM »
- Replacement driveshaft / propshaft CV joint order a Dorman part 932-108 or search out the equivalent (I also bought that $60 fleabay special as backup). 

- Special tools: outside snap ring pliers or wear safety glasses and you know what to do with your brute force


Symptoms:
You might have a rattle noise (coast down) or vibration that shakes the car, going fast and under power.

Rattle while installed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db3QDAGVTzY

Rattle on the bench: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqO_wYepzxU

The CV should also have minimal play if any in the radial direction (side to side).  If you removed it and it flops around like nothing when you move it, it's probably lacking grease.


Service:
Use a hammer and chisel or your un-favorite flathead to pop the cap off.  It might be peened / crimped down so attack those and pry up the lip.  The CV flops around so I put it in a vice and clamp it down since you're not reusing the thick outer race part.




Remove the snap ring on the splined shaft and it comes apart.  I used a hammer to tap it off the splines, good tight fit there:




New CV kit. Notice on the old part the small lip to get your orientation of the main CV core assembly:




With the new seal side cap, pack that with CV grease (comes with kit but I used green Lucas X-tra) and pack the main assembly with grease. If you pack too much the grease will expand and come out the vent in the cap or past the boot.  I wasn't shy.

Lube the splines and shaft with grease too. I used a flat head screwdriver to GENTLY convince the seal to make it home (all the way to the tube over the last rib).  I used anaerobic sealer on the gasket to hold it in place so probably use some grease if you don't have any.


*Not shown: I used nuts on the provided bolts to squeeze the caps together before going around and use a round punch to hammer the lips over.  This is mostly for installation so the caps don't fall out I theorize. When you final torque it is when the gasket really gets compressed and seals it.  Edit:  You definitely want to peen this 360 all the way around, what will happen is the cap will friction fit itself into the trans output yoke, so it might spin and mess up the bolt pattern holes (can't put the bolts through)...also consider when the shaft is removed in the future; the cap will be left behind in the yoke if the crimp isn't good enough.


Cause of failure:
Until more data is collected, it is likely lack of lubrication from non-sealed CV joints losing grease.  I would also propose that 2x or more than factory torque amplified by MT shock loads from bad drivers (ehem..) may mechanically damage the bearings; accelerating wear.

The replacement CV should in theory solve the lack of lubrication problem considering they come with gaskets to seal the grease in.


Old vs. New CV joint

« Last Edit: October 01, 2018, 10:47:31 AM by Steelmesh »
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Re: How to replace driveshaft / propshaft CV joint - Solstice Sky
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2018, 11:53:16 PM »
Nice how to SteelMesh. How many miles on the Solstice before you needed to do this?
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Re: How to replace driveshaft / propshaft CV joint - Solstice Sky
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 09:23:27 AM »
Nice how to SteelMesh. How many miles on the Solstice before you needed to do this?

Hard to say, I replaced the one that came with the used car with a used junkyard unit (painted black), that lasted maybe 15,000 miles on the ~300whp tune.  I wasn't trying to save anything on the car at the time; just giving it hell.  Anecdote, the junkyard shaft I looked at the other day sound dry and was making that rattle noise so I didn't buy it; I'd assume that wasn't on a tuned up kappa but still dried out.
2006 Solstice #1458, Twincharged LE5/LEA, 5757+M62, Werks exh manifold, Tial bpv/wg, Cams, dual meth, 40 PSI, Kappadapt clutch hose/flywheel bolts/trans mount, Aisin AR5, Stage 5 clutch
Turbo-only power 444whp/422wtrq

2013 Cruze Missile, tuned, 42 lb, ZZP SRI/FMIC/DP/MP/CB, Kappadapt trans mount

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Re: How to replace driveshaft / propshaft CV joint - Solstice Sky
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2018, 05:36:24 AM »
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