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Old 03-09-2016, 02:13 PM   #1
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Passenger Side Half Shaft Replacement

Recently I have been having some serious road noise in my 09 focus SES. I was thinking it was tires since I just replaced both front wheel bearings not to long ago. I took the car yesterday to get aligned and the tires rebalanced. Turns out that the axle shaft bearing on the passenger side axle is bad and causing most of my noise. My question would be is there a trick to replacing this side? I replaced the drivers side because I messed up the axle getting the knuckle off so I had to replace it and it was pretty straight forward. My question is do I take the whole thing out and separate it out of the car put the new half shaft on and put the whole axle back in, or do I separate them while they are on the car and just replace the half with the bearing attached? I have replaced front axles on a few cars but haven't done one like this so I just want to see if anyone has any tips for me before I dig into the job. Also I have been looking for the shaft and I have found you can buy the bearing and just replace the bearing or you can buy the shaft and bearing all as one and replace just the half shaft and personally I feel like spending the extra money and buying it all together will be worth doing rather than having the hassle of pressing a new bearing on. I want to make sure I am looking at the right part as well the 2 that I have found are Cardone part #662195IS and Motorcraft Part #8S4Z-3A329-A. I believe that both of those are the shaft bearing and bracket all in one? I purchased the other end of the axle with the CV boots on it from the local auto parts thinking the bearing was on that end but it isn't so now I need to return that and order a new one and I just want to make sure I am getting the right thing.



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Old 03-09-2016, 09:28 PM   #2
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Any input?
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:44 PM   #3
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Buy the entire axle, they come out of trans much easier than the driver side. No circlip to make you crazy.
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:40 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions, so the parts listed would be what I need to get correct? The rest of the axle is fine so I don't need the front half that is connected to the spindle do I? Also do you know if I should pull the axle out all as one then seperate the 2 halves out of the car or separate them while they are still in the car? Thanks
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take the axle out as one piece. dont separate.

once you separate the axle from the knuckle, undo carrier bearing bracket and the whole axle just slides out.
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Thanks for the advice that is what I was wondering the axle should be in tomorrow I'm going to try to tackle this on Saturday I'll update as the the process and if it fixed my problem.
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get a slide hammer makes the job 10 times easier too. all you do is put the end onto the axle where it meets up to the tranny housing slide the hammer back and it will pull it right out. nice to have one when you do the driver side cause of the c-clip on the end of the axle. nice to have a lift cause doing it with jack stands sometimes youl notice that the control arm or sway bar might be in the way of removing or installing back in.
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this is what you need to help you out to make it easier for you
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Passenger side was mentioned, and confirmed when the carrier bearing was also mentioned.

Don't need a slide hammer to pull that side once the bearing holder is unbolted, and the joint isn't near the trans. as it is on the driver's side.
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Slide hammer is a must for the drivers side you are right it made things so much easier when I did the drivers side. I am glad the passenger side doesn't have the c-clip. I will be picking up the axle from the dealer tomorrow and I'll update after I get the chance to replace it on Saturday
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