Ok, I installed a new axle shaft today. After Napa shipped in an axle with busted tone rings, I picked up a remanufactured unit for $116 after tax. New units are cheaper then remanufactured units (go figure) but they couldn't get a new one until Thursday and work doesn't like me working from home all the time
New axle shaft:
i know this seem like a dumb question but is this what some people also call the half-shaft?
thank god i found this, i have been needing to replace these of my brothers XJ for months now, i finally know the process thanks so much, it might make it so he doesnt have to drive mine when he comes home for christmas from the navy
I used this write up two weeks ago and wanted to thank the OP for providing it. Very comprehensive!
I elected to use the $12 cv boot kits instead of remanufactured axles. The way the CV joint is shrouded and also is part of a solid axle seems to keep the joints fairly clean even with torn boots. Compare to IFS where the CV has vertical and axial flex - the boot will get much dirtier. I cleaned them out anyway and did the new boots and such and all is well in ZJ-town.
The axle will pull through the knuckle without affecting the ABS ring or sensor - the CV boot diameter is smaller than the hole in the knuckle and the sensor is securely fastened in place. Don't worry about the ABS!
Like every job, this one was made easier with the help of ratcheting box-end wrenches. Also, the wrench-on-wrench technique was very handy.
Actually, removal of them wasn't a biggie as I had just done the brakes a year ago. Unfortunately, I musta (or the PO, but most likely me) cranked on those caliper bolts too tightly. Should be all set to reassemble the rest tomorrow after work. Anyway, great writeup and the pics help quite a bit for a guy who's never replaced an axle shaft or a unit bearing-
Finally got around to the passenger side a week ago and bought a set of brandy-new Timken hub assemblies. One of the bolt holes in the NEW hub assembly was stripped. Had to return it and buy a different brand (I went with National).
So far, all is good with new shafts and new hub assemblies. For the brake caliper stripped bolt hole, I ended up taking the caliper to a local machine shop for them to re-tap and insert a helicoil. Everything is back together and running great-