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Hyundai Accent GS CV Drive Axle Replacement

In this page we will illustrate how to replace the CV drive axles on a Hyundai Accent GS equipped with a manual transmission, for more detailed information about how the CV drive axles work visit our page: Axles and drive shafts

The vehicle we are working on is a 2002 Hyundai Accent GS equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission, take note that the steps shown in this page will be similar for all other Hyundai Accent GS' with different built dates.

Before you star working on the vehicle, disconnect the negative
battery cable, apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels with
wheel chucks, lift the front end of the car with a floor jack and
secure it on jackstands.

Place a clean container under the transaxle and drain enough oil
out to avoid spilling it on the ground when removing the drive shaft.


Remove the cotter pin with needle nose pliers as shown in
the picture.

Using a socket and an impact gun, remove the drive axle
retaining nut.

Loosen the lower bolt joint retaining nut with a 17mm open end
wrench, unscrew the nut till it is leveled with the ball joint stud.

Using a ball joint separator tool similar to the one shown in the
image, break loose the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle
remove the ball joint retaining nut, next, using a large pry-bar
push down on the lower control arm to separate the steering
knuckle from the lower control arm.


Using a pry-bar, pull the axle shaft out of the transaxle as
shown on the picture.

NOTE: There is no need to apply excessive force, just a fast pry
out movement is enough, make sure that you hold the axle with the
other hand as it slides out, you need to maintain it in a horizontal
position to avoid damaging the output shaft seal.

Before you install the new axle in the transaxle, lubricate the
output shaft seal inner lip with a light grease, petroleum jelly
or transmission oil.

Apply a light coat of anti-seize to the outer splines of the axle to
ensure that the axle will be easy to remove in the future in
case it becomes necessary.

Install the axle back on the vehicle in the reverse order it was
removed, the same applies to the remaining items, make sure
that all fasteners are properly torqued and that you install new
cotter pins on the lower ball joint and axle retaining nuts for
added safety.

Fill the transaxle to the proper level and take the vehicle for a
test drive.