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Old 17 Mar 2011, 10:01 am
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Default Can some one tell me in detail how to fit new drive shafts on a 1993 Honda Civic Hatch?

My drive shafts have gone and I've got new ones to put on.















I know I could just take it to a garage but I like to do the work myself.































Just wondering if anyone can tell me a run through of how to do it so I've got a BIT of help.
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Old 17 Mar 2011, 10:16 am
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You're going to need 1 special tool, that is a ball-joint separator. Without it pulling the tie-rods free will be a real pain.















Also, not 100% needed but I highly recommend investing in a torque wrench so the bolts are properly tightened.































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Before you put the car on jack stands, you need to break the axle nut loose. It is a real PITA, you'll need a good breaker bar, some pipe to put over the breaker bar for more leverage and an assistant to hold the brakes while you break the nut loose.















When removing the tie-rods, be sure not to rotate them in either direction once they are free from the steering knuckle or you can throw your alignment off, you'll see what I'm talking about when you get there.















You also do not need to drain the transmission fluid, that can be skipped (I'm not sure about Automatics though).































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Make sure the axles are seated all the way in the transmission, use some force to push them in but do not push in the axle in by way of the outer joint. You need to apply the force to push the axle in before the outer joint by let's say gripping the axle in the center.
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