How to Replace the CV Joint on a 1989 Chevrolet Corsica

The CV (Constant Velocity) joint on your 1989 Chevy Corsica may be going bad if you notice a clunking noise coming from underneath the front of your car when you make a sharp turn. The CV joint is found in front wheel drive cars and is responsible for connecting the transmission to the wheels and transferring the power to propel your car into motion. If the CV joint gives out while you are driving you will come to a stop and be unable to move forward, and will need the services of a tow truck. This is a job that can be completed by an experienced home mechanic.

Tools Used: Lug wrench, Jack, Jack stands, Wrench, Punch, Soft-faced hammer, Hammer, Drain pan, Puller, Wire, Scewdrivers, Torque wrench, Driveaxle oil seal

Replace CV Joint


Disconnect the cable from the negative terminal of the battery.

Use a lug wrench to loosen the front wheel lug nuts, raise the vehicle with a jack and support it securely on jack stands.

Remove the lug nuts and the wheel.

Remove the driveaxle/hub nut and washer with a wrench. To prevent it from turning, wedge a long punch into the brake disc cooling vanes in the center of your rotor and allow it to rest against the caliper anchor.

Tap the end of the driveaxle with a soft-faced hammer and a brass punch to loosen the driveaxle from the hub. Do not attempt to push the end of the driveaxle through the hub yet. Applying force to the end of the driveaxle, beyond just breaking it loose from the hub, can damage the driveaxle or transaxle.

Place a drain pan underneath the transaxle to catch the lubricant that will spill out when the driveaxles are removed.

Separate the strut from the steering knuckle by marking the strut-to-steering knuckle relationship and drawing a line around the nuts with paint. Then remove the bolts by driving them out with a hammer and punch. Then push in on the strut, while pulling out on the top of the brake rotor until they separate.

Pull out on the steering knuckle and detach the driveaxle from the hub. Don't let the driveaxle hang by the inner CV joint after the outer end has been detached from the steering knuckle, as the inner joint could become damaged. Support the outer end of the driveaxle with a piece of wire if necessary.

Pry the inner CV joint out of the transaxle carefully with a large screwdriver. If your car is equipped with an intermediate shaft, pry it off the end of the shaft.

Remove the driveaxle oil seal by prying it out. Replace with a new driveaxle oil seal.


Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure with a few minor changes. You should seat the inner CV joint in the differential side gear and tap it gently into position with a hammer. Once this has been done, pull out on the joint housing to make sure the retaining ring has seated. You may have to align the differential side gear with a screwdriver if you cannot get the CV joint to slid into place freely.

Torque the strut-to-knuckle bolts and nuts to 133 foot-lbs.

Install a new driveaxle/hub nut and tighten it to a torque 74 foot-lbs.

Install the wheel and lug nuts, lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts to a torque of 100 foot-lbs.

Re-torque the hub nuts to 185 foot-lbs.

Check the transaxle lubricant and add, if necessary, to bring it to the proper level which is 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch below the "add 1 pt" mark.

Tips & Warnings

On vehicles equipped with the Delco Loc II audio system, be sure the lockout feature is turned off before disconnecting the battery.

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