I’m working on my 1990 Geo Prizm which was in a minor accident. The right front strut was bent and the insurance adjuster from the driver that hit me said he was sure the steering knuckle would be bent if the strut was. Even though I doubted him I decided to replace the knuckle rather than do all the other work and then find out when the alignment is done that it was indeed bent.
With everything disassembled, I could see there were deep cracks in the outer CV boot. There were no splits all the way through so I thought, fine, I’ll just replace the boot.
The problem is that I can’t get the joint off the axle. I have the official shop manual for the vehicle and it says - and shows in a diagram - that there is a snap ring that must be removed to get the joint off the shaft. I don’t see a snap ring. There is a groove in the axle shaft that is just covered by the inner race where a snap ring could go, but there would be no way of removing it since the groove is covered and can only be seen at the ends of the troughs that the balls ride in. Besides that, I don’t see how a snap ring on the shaft that is inboard of the joint would keep the joint from sliding off. The replacement boot came with a round (in cross section) split ring like the ring on the inner splines of the axle. With no snap ring, I expected that the joint would pop off the end of the axle with a strike of a brass hammer - but no! I cut a piece of very hard wood to use as a punch and really pounded on it with a heavy hammer, but it wouldn’t come off. Next, I used two split plates - like for pressing bearings - one next to the joint and the other clamped tight to the axle shaft where there is a taper it could grip and used a pair of bolts threaded through one plate to push against the other plate. Still won’t come off! - and it’s pushing quite hard.
How do I remove this CV joint? I’ve considered trying to get a split type boot that glues together at a seam, but would really rather use a conventional boot.
Any other words of wisdom?
Thanks in advance,