Nissan Maxima Service and Repair Manual: Unit disassembly and assembly

FRONT DRIVE SHAFT

Disassembly and Assembly (LH)

Nissan Maxima. Disassembly and Assembly (LH)

  1. Circlip
  2. Dust shield
  3. Housing
  4.  Snap ring
  5. Spider assembly
  6. Stopper ring
  7.  Boot band
  8.  Boot
  9.  Shaft
  10.  Damper band
  11.  Dynamic damper
  12.  Circlip
  13. . Joint sub-assembly
    : Wheel side
    : Fill using NISSAN Genuine grease or equivalent.

DISASSEMBLY

Nissan Maxima. Disassembly and Assembly (LH)

Transaxle Side

  1.  Mount front drive shaft in a vise.
    CAUTION
    : When mounting shaft in a vise, always use copper or aluminum plates between vise and shaft.
  2.  Remove boot bands and slide the boot back.
  3.  Remove circlip and dust shield from slide joint housing.
  4.  Put matching marks on slide joint housing and shaft before separating slide joint assembly.
  5.  Remove stopper ring with a suitable tool, then pull out slide joint housing.
  6. Put matching marks on spider assembly and shaft.

Nissan Maxima. Disassembly and Assembly (LH)

  1. Remove snap ring using a suitable tool, then remove spider assembly from shaft.
  2.  Remove boot from shaft.
  3.  Clean the old grease off of the slide joint assembly.

Nissan Maxima. Disassembly and Assembly (LH)

Wheel Side

  1. Mount the front drive shaft in a vise.

    CAUTION: When mounting shaft in a vise, always use copper or aluminum plates between vise and shaft.

  2.  Remove boot bands and slide the boot back.
  3.  Screw a sliding hammer or suitable tool 30 mm (1.18 in) or more into threaded part of joint sub-assembly. Pull joint sub-assembly out of shaft.

CAUTION:

  •  Align sliding hammer or suitable tool and drive shaft then remove joint sub-assembly by pulling directly.
  •  If joint sub-assembly cannot be removed after five or more unsuccessful attempts, replace the entire drive shaft assembly.

Nissan Maxima. Disassembly and Assembly (LH)

  1. Remove boot from shaft.
  2.  Remove circlip from shaft.
  3.  While rotating ball cage, clean the old grease off of the joint sub-assembly.

Damper

  •  Remove damper bands, then remove damper from shaft.

INSPECTION AFTER DISASSEMBLY

Shaft

  •  Replace shaft if there is bending, cracking, or other damage.

Joint Sub-assembly

  •  Make sure there is no rough rotation or unusual axial looseness.
  •  Make sure there is no foreign material inside joint sub-assembly.
  •  Check joint sub-assembly for compression scars, cracks or fractures.

CAUTION: If there are any irregular conditions of joint sub-assembly components, replace the entire joint subassembly.

Slide Joint Housing

  •  Make sure there are no compression scars, cracks or fractures or unusual wear of ball rolling surface.
  •  Make sure there is no damage to shaft screws.
  •  Make sure there is no deformation of boot installation parts.

Ball Cage

  •  Make sure there are no compression scars, cracks, fractures of sliding surface.

Steel Ball

  •  Make sure there are no compression scars, cracks, fractures or unusual wear.

Inner Race

  •  Check ball sliding surface for compression scars, cracks or fractures.
  •  Make sure there is no damage to serrated part.

CAUTION: If there are any irregular conditions in the component, replace with a new set of joint sub-assembly, ball cage, steel ball and inner race.

Damper

  •  Check damper for cracks or wear. Install damper with new damper bands.

ASSEMBLY

Transaxle Side

  1. Install new boot and new small boot band on shaft.

CAUTION:

  •  Cover drive shaft serration with tape to prevent damage to boot during installation.
  •  Do not reuse boot band and boot.
  1.  Remove protective tape wound around serrated part of shaft.

Nissan Maxima. ASSEMBLY

  1. Install spider assembly securely, making sure the matching marks which were made during disassembly are properly aligned.
  2.  Install new snap ring using a suitable tool.
    CAUTION
    : Do not reuse snap ring.
  3.  Pack drive shaft with specified amount of new grease (Genuine NISSAN Grease or equivalent).

Nissan Maxima. ASSEMBLY

  1. Install new stopper ring to housing of slide joint assembly.
    CAUTION
    : Do not reuse stopper ring.
  2. After installation, pull shaft to check engagement between slide joint assembly and stopper ring.
  3. Install boot securely into grooves (indicated by * marks) as shown.

Nissan Maxima. ASSEMBLY

CAUTION:

  • - If there is grease on boot mounting surfaces (indicated by * marks) of shaft and housing, boot may come off. Clean all grease from surfaces.
  • - Do not reuse boot.
  1.  Make sure boot installation length (L) is the length specified below. Insert a suitable tool into the large end of boot. Bleed air from boot to prevent boot deformation.

CAUTION:

  •  Boot may break if boot installation length is less than standard value.
  •  Be careful that the tool does not contact inside surface of boot.
  1.  Secure large end of boot with new boot band as shown.
  1.  Put boot band in groove of drive shaft boot. Then insert pawls into holes.

CAUTION: Do not reuse boot bands.

NOTE: Insert projection (A) and guide slit (B).

Nissan Maxima. ASSEMBLY

: Pawl

  1. Pinch projection on boot band with suitable pliers to tighten band.
  2.  Insert tip of band below end of pawl.

Nissan Maxima. ASSEMBLY

: Pawl

  1. Install new small boot band securely using Tool.

Nissan Maxima. ASSEMBLY

Tool number : KV40107300 ( - )

CAUTION:

  •  Do not reuse boot bands.
  • Secure boot band so that dimension (M) meets specification as shown.

Nissan Maxima. ASSEMBLY

Dimension (M) : Refer to FAX-27, "Boot Bands".

  1. Install new dust shield to slide joint housing.
    CAUTION
    : Do not reuse dust shield.
  2. After installing housing and shaft, make sure boot position is correct. If boot position is not correct, remove old boot bands then reposition the boot and secure with new boot bands.

Wheel Side

  1.  Add grease (Genuine NISSAN Grease or equivalent) into joint sub-assembly serration hole until grease begins to ooze from ball groove and serration hole. After inserting grease, use a shop cloth to wipe off old grease that has oozed out.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

  1. Cover serrated part of shaft with tape. Install new boot band and boot to shaft. Be careful not to damage boot.
    CAUTION
    : Do not reuse boot band and boot.
  2.  Remove protective tape wound around serrated part of shaft.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

  1. Attach new circlip to shaft. The circlip must fit securely into shaft groove. Attach nut to joint sub-assembly.

    Use a suitable tool to press-fit.

CAUTION: Do not reuse circlip.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

  1. Insert the amount of new grease (Genuine NISSAN Grease or equivalent) listed below into housing from large end of boot.
  2. Install boot securely into grooves (indicated by * marks) as shown.

CAUTION:

  •  If there is grease on boot mounting surfaces (indicated by * marks) of shaft and housing, boot may come off.

    Remove all grease from surfaces.

  •  Do not reuse boot.
  1.  Make sure boot installation length (L) is the specified length indicated below. Insert a suitable tool into the large end of boot.

    Bleed air from boot to prevent boot deformation.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

Boot installation length (L) : Refer to FAX-26, "Drive Shaft".

CAUTION:

  •  Boot may break if boot installation length is less than standard value.
  •  Be careful that the tool does not contact inside surface of boot.
  1. Install new large and small boot bands securely using Tool.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

Tool number : KV40107300 ( - )

CAUTION:

  •  Do not reuse boot bands.
  • Secure boot band so that dimension (M) meets specification as shown.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

Dimension (M) : Refer to FAX-27, "Boot Bands".

  1. After installing housing and shaft, rotate boot to check whether or not the actual position is correct. If boot position is not correct, remove old boot bands then reposition the boot and secure with new boot bands.

Damper

  1.  Use new damper bands for installation.
    CAUTION: Do not reuse damper bands.
  2. Install damper from stationary-joint side while holding it securely.

Nissan Maxima. Damper

(A) : Refer to FAX-26, "Dynamic Damper".
(B) : Refer to FAX-26, "Dynamic Damper".

Disassembly and Assembly (RH)

Nissan Maxima. Disassembly and Assembly (RH)

  1. Joint sub-assembly
  2.  Circlip
  3.  Boot band
  4.  Boot
  5. Shaft
  6. Damper band
  7.  Dynamic damper
  8. Stopper ring
  9. Spider assembly
  10.  Snap ring
  11. Housing
  12. Dust shield
  13.  Support bearing
  14.  Snap ring
  15.  Dust shield
  16.  Bearing housing
    : Wheel side
    : Fill using NISSAN Genuine grease or equivalent.

DISASSEMBLY

Transaxle Side

  1.  Press shaft in a vise.
    CAUTION
    : When retaining shaft in a vise, always use copper or aluminum plates between vise and shaft.
  2.  Remove circlip and dust shield from slide joint housing.
  3. Remove boot bands and slide the boot back.
  4.  Put matching marks on slide joint housing and shaft before separating slide joint housing.
  5.  Remove stopper ring using a suitable tool, then pull out slide joint housing.

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side

  1. Put matching marks on spider assembly and shaft.

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side

  1. Remove snap ring using a suitable tool, then remove spider assembly from shaft.
  2.  Remove boot from shaft.
  3.  Clean old grease off of the slide joint housing.

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side

Wheel Side

  1.  Mount the front drive shaft in a vise.
    CAUTION
    : When mounting shaft in a vise, always use copper or aluminum plates between vise and shaft.
  2.  Remove boot bands and slide the boot back.
  3.  Screw a sliding hammer or suitable tool 30 mm (1.18 in) or more into threaded part of joint sub-assembly. Pull joint sub-assembly out of shaft.

CAUTION:

  •  Align sliding hammer or suitable tool and drive shaft then remove joint sub-assembly by pulling directly.
  •  If joint sub-assembly cannot be removed after five or more unsuccessful attempts, replace the entire drive shaft assembly.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

  1. Remove boot from shaft.
  2.  Remove circlip from shaft.

Support Bearing

  1.  Remove dust shields from slide joint assembly using a suitable tool.

Nissan Maxima. Support Bearing

  1. Remove snap ring using a suitable tool.

Nissan Maxima. Support Bearing

  1. Press support bearing assembly off slide joint assembly using a suitable tool.

Nissan Maxima. Support Bearing

  1. Separate support bearing from bracket using a suitabe tool.

Nissan Maxima. Support Bearing

Damper

  •  Remove damper bands, then remove damper from shaft.

INSPECTION AFTER DISASSEMBLY

Shaft

  •  Replace shaft if there is any bending, cracking, or other damage.

Joint Sub-assembly

  •  Make sure there is no rough rotation or unusual axial looseness.
  •  Make sure there is no foreign material inside joint sub-assembly.
  •  Check joint sub-assembly for compression scars, cracks or fractures.

CAUTION: If there are any irregular conditions of joint sub-assembly components, replace the entire joint subassembly.

Sliding Joint Housing and Spider Assembly

  •  If roller surface of spider assembly has scratches or wear, replace housing and spider assembly.

NOTE: Housing and spider assembly are components which are used as a set.

Support Bearing

  •  Make sure wheel bearing rolls freely and is free from noise, cracks, pitting or wear.

Damper

  •  Check damper for cracks or wear. Install damper with new damper bands

ASSEMBLY

Transaxle Side

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side

  1.  Cover serrated part of shaft with tape. Install new boot and boot band onto shaft. Be careful not to damage boot.
    CAUTION
    : Do not reuse boot band and boot.
  2.  Remove protective tape wound around serrated part of shaft. 
  3. Install spider assembly securely, making sure the matching marks which were made during disassembly are properly aligned.
  4.  Install new snap ring using a suitable tool.
    CAUTION
    : Do not reuse snap ring.
  5.  Pack drive shaft with specified amount of grease (Genuine NISSAN Grease or equivalent).

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side 

Grease quantity : Refer to FAX-26, "Drive Shaft". 

  1. Install new stopper ring to slide joint assembly. CAUTION: Do not reuse stopper ring.
  2.  After installation, pull shaft to check engagement between slide joint assembly and stopper ring.
  3.  Install boot securely into grooves (indicated by * marks) as shown.

CAUTION:

  • - If there is grease on boot mounting surfaces (indicated by * marks) of shaft and housing, boot may come off.

    Remove all grease from surfaces.

  •  Do not reuse boot.
  1.  Make sure boot installation length (L) is the length indicated below. Insert a suitable tool into the large end of boot. Bleed air from boot to prevent boot deformation. 

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side 

Boot installation length (L) : Refer to FAX-26, "Drive Shaft". 

CAUTION:

  •  Boot may break if boot installation length is less than standard value.
  •  Be careful that the tool does not contact inside surface of boot.
  1.  Secure large end of boot with new boot band as shown. 
  1. Put boot band in groove of drive shaft boot. Then insert pawls into holes.

CAUTION: Do not reuse boot bands.

NOTE: Insert projection (A) and guide slit (B).

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side

: Pawl 

  1. Pinch projection on boot band with suitable pliers to tighten band.
  2.  Insert tip of band below end of pawl.

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side 

: Pawl 

  1. Install new small boot band securely using Tool. 

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side 

Tool number : KV40107300 ( - ) 

CAUTION:

  • - Do not reuse boot bands. 
  • Secure boot band so that dimension (M) meets specification as shown.

Nissan Maxima. Transaxle Side

Dimension (M) : Refer to FAX-27, "Boot Bands"

  1. Install new dust shield to slide joint housing. CAUTION: Do not reuse dust shield.
  2.  After installing housing and shaft, rotate boot to check whether or not the actual position is correct. If boot position is not correct, remove old boot bands then reposition the boot and secure with new boot bands.

Wheel Side

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

  1. Add grease (Genuine NISSAN Grease or equivalent) into joint sub-assembly serration hole until grease begins to ooze from ball groove and serration hole. After inserting grease, use a shop cloth to wipe off old grease that has oozed out.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

  1. Cover serrated part of shaft with tape. Install new boot and boot band onto shaft. Be careful not to damage boot.
    CAUTION: Do not reuse boot band and boot.
  2. Remove protective tape wound around serrated part of shaft.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

  1. Attach new circlip to shaft. The circlip must fit securely into shaft groove. Attach nut to joint sub-assembly.

    Use a suitable tool to press-fit.
    CAUTION
    : Do not reuse circlip.

  2. Insert the amount of new grease (Genuine NISSAN Grease or equivalent) listed below into housing from large end of boot.

Grease quantity : Refer to FAX-26, "Drive Shaft".

  1. Install boot securely into grooves (indicated by * marks) as shown.

CAUTION:

  •  If there is grease on boot mounting surfaces (indicated by * marks) of shaft and housing, boot may come off.

    Remove all grease from surfaces.

  •  Do not reuse boot.
  1.  Make sure boot installation length (L) is the specified length, indicated below. Insert a suitable tool into the large end of boot.

    Bleed air from boot to prevent boot deformation.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

Boot installation length (L) : Refer to FAX-26, "Drive Shaft".

CAUTION:

  •  Boot may break if boot installation length is less than standard value.
  •  Be careful that the tool does not contact inside surface of boot.
  1. Install new large and small boot bands securely using Tool.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

Tool number : KV40107300 ( -

CAUTION:

  • - Do not reuse boot bands.
  • Secure boot band so that dimension (M) meets specification as shown.

Nissan Maxima. Wheel Side

Dimension (M) : Refer to FAX-27, "Boot Bands".

  1. After installing housing and shaft, rotate boot to check whether or not the actual position is correct. If boot position is not correct, remove old boot bands then reposition the boot and secure with new boot band

Damper

  1.  Use new damper bands for installation. CAUTION: Do not reuse damper bands.
  2.  Install damper from stationary-joint side while holding it securely.

Nissan Maxima. Damper

(A) : Refer to FAX-26, "Dynamic Damper".
(B) : Refer to FAX-26, "Dynamic Damper".

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