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hey guys, I just picked this car up as a possible "family car" since I kind of dont have 1 :) plus it was only $600.0 with 127k on the clock :)

anyways, on to the help I need.
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the shifter (MTX) can be pulled up about 6" or more, I assume this is due to the bushings being bad ? hopefully not a major problem, and I dont think it is as the car shifts great into all gears, even reverse.

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Im pretty sure the hub bearings, or CV's or all of the drivetrain is bad because while driving, there is a VERY loud grinding noise coming from the axles.
now I can get the entire drive axle for the car for about $70 shipped, but my question is, how difficult is this part to replace on my own ?

a step by step would help, but any information is also helpful.

here are a couple of pics of the car, not bad for a 16 yr old car.





 

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Grinding is probably because of a finished hub/bearing. I'd replace that, regardless of how much it costs, I'd get new. If the shifter comes up and out 6 inches, it might simply not be bolted down properly to the linkage under the car. Take a look at that.

Nice find BTW! :tup:
 

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to fix the shifter is actually pretty easy. the rubber degrades, and the shifter seperates itself. you just have to pull the shifter assembly out, and weld it back together. ive done this for 2 local protege's already. its very common. and once you weld it, it will never be an issue again. and doesnt make shifting any harder or anything, so no worries. you could bring it in to a muffler shop to weld even if you dont have a welder. they shouldnt charge you more then $15 bux for the two itty bitty welds it needs. lol
 

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thanks to both of you
in regards to the hub, I think you might be right Joey, as there is no clicking noise during turns.
that said, would it be better to just replace the entire shaft ? (if it comes with hub bearings)

there is a shop less than a block away from me that does custom exhausts, and they do welding and Ive spoken to the guy on several occasions, so that is a possibility, thanks for the info.

I still have yet to get under this car, it looks fairly clean underneath from what I can see just laying down, so Im hoping everything is as easy as it sounds.
 

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to undo that shifter assembly. your have to unbolt it from the trans. which is two bolts. and then you have to unbolt the shifter assembly from the car. which is 4 bolts from inside your car, under your center console. once those 6 bolts are undone, you will end up with two long shifter pieces in your hands.(was originally 1 piece till it broke) once you pull it out, you will see exactly what need to be welded.
 

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awesome, thank you for the info !
 

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ok, so now I am in need of some more info please.

here is the part I can buy, the price + shipping is about $72 and some change.
according to the listing, it says it comes with everything you see in the picture.
I have no idea if what Im seeing is correct, because it looks to be a full axle assembly, which should include CV joints along with hub bearings ?
 

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thanks, I wasnt sure if I was looking at it right, now I know :)
I think I'll do the hub bearings first then decide if I need to do the CV since there isnt any clicking noise at all. (unless the CV's are so gone that is what is causing the grinding noise...)
damn I wish I knew more about this stuff. but at least Im learning.
 

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basic rule is if the rubber boots on the axle are in one piece, and not broke, usually the axle is fine. not always, but the vast majority of the time.

to do the wheels bearings is a bit more involved. it does take a press to do that job. so make sure your equipped to do it. :) good luck man
 

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basic rule is if the rubber boots on the axle are in one piece, and not broke, usually the axle is fine. not always, but the vast majority of the time.

to do the wheels bearings is a bit more involved. it does take a press to do that job. so make sure your equipped to do it. :) good luck man
no hammer allowed ?
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I may have to get a shop to do it if I need something like that.
the boot is in pretty good shape as far as Ive been able to see, I havent actually crawled around under the car as yet since its either scorching hot or raining here (or both...)
but I plan on being able to get to it by this wknd, at least to get a visual on things.
 

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very true, hammers are wonderful things. take the bearing, and freeze it for a couple days up till you install it. that should also make it a bit easier. ive seen people take a torch to the rotor, and a frozen bearing will drop right in. but if i tried that, with my luck the rotor would warp. lol
 

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yea, Im not about to try something like that :)
I found someone here who has access to a press, so we're talking now on price. I got the bearings already so just waiting on him to find out when we can go through with it.

finally got under the car today and all in all everything looks to be in really good shape. it doesnt look like there will be much problem getting the bolts off to get the hub out, and the boots for the CV look to be in pretty good shape. the end on the psngr side is torn a little where it connects to the axle itself, but it looks like the clamp itself was pulled off at some time or another and that is what caused the damage to the boot. Im thinking if I can get another clamp on the end it will seal that up nicely and avoid having to replace the CV on that side, or I'll just replace the boot itself if I can find one.
 

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finally got the time to work on the car today.
as expected, it wasnt too hard getting the hub apart, most of the bolts came off quite easily, but the main center bolt that holds the shaft to the hub, that one took a lot of torquing, both by hand and with the airgun, but it finally came free.
the only other challenge was getting the ball joint separated, finally had to use an air chisel to pop it out, but it came out with much less effort than I thought it might.
the axle itself popped right out, no problem at all.
the guy has the hub and is taking it to the shop he works at tomorrow to press in the new bearings, and it should be put all back together by tomorrow evening.
I'll update more then.

thank you for all the help guys, between the info I received here and the guy pressing the bearings for me, it was really quite simple. :)
 

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ok, so got it all back together and drives nice and smooth, so it was def only the hub bearing. CV's are all still good, and it appears all else is solid.

now its on to the next part of the project, installing stereo equipment.
head unit, wiring, amp and speakers. I basically have to replace the entire sound system.
as well as rims/tires. the 13's just arent going to cut it :D

I do have a line on a set of 16's or 17's, havent decided as yet, but since this isnt going to be a sprts car Im thinking I will go with the 16's.
 

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15's would probably be just fine on that little car, and you'll save some dough with a smaller rim and tire combo.
 

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yea, Ive decided to go with 16's.
although I wasnt able to get the set I was hoping as they already sold, so Im just going to keep my eyes open.
 

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long time no update, but now I have a couple of questions about replacing the clutch.

Im guessing its going to be similar to replacing the hub bearing, and bonus that it is the same side so the bolts should be easier to loosen this time around ;)

but how hard is this going to be to get to the trans once I remove that side and then to remove the trans ?
I can get a new clutch assembly for $94.0 shipped off eBay, but Im pretty sure I'll be doing the work myself if it isnt going to be all that hard (heck, I helped with the clutch on the AWD subaru I used to own !) but since I only helped, I need advice on what tools I would need. and how difficult it will be to do alone (including bleeding the clutch) and finally, the time frame Id be looking at ?

and last, does anyone know what part this is as its in serious need of replacing:




thanks
 
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