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Removing The Drive Shafts From An Alfa 159/Brera

You may want to replace a CV boot or a leaking drive shaft seal. Primary the same process for all models. This 'How To' is based on the 159 1750 TBi.

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Undo the 17mm wheel bolts and remove the wheel.

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Tap out the top of the hub nut that locks into the spline at the end of the CV joint. Now undo the 36mm hub nut.

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Undo the x2 T30 (TORX) screws to the wheel arch side panel.

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Remove the x2 6mm allen and x8 T30 screws to the undertray.

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Undo the 21mm nut on the E18 fork bolt.

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Undo the 21mm lower wishbone ball joint nut.

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Use a ball joint splitter to separate the ball joint from the bottom of the pillar, if you don't have one then a few choice strikes with a copper hammer to the side at the bottom of the pillar will have the same effect.

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Supporting the weight use a copper hammer to smash seven bells out of the end of the CV joint until it is persuaded to exit the front hub (we actually broke a hammer on this one....just as well we had a spare!)

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Undo the 10mm gearbox sump plug and drain the gearbox oil into a suitable waste container then replace the plug.

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To remove the right hand drive shaft undo the x3 10mm bolts.

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Unclip the the ABS sensor so that you can swing the pillar to make room to pull the shaft out.

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To remove the left hand drive shaft it's the same process as the right only there's no bolts, you need to prise it out from the back of the cup (there's a small circular spring clip on the end of the shaft that holds it in the gearbox).

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When it's all back together the gearbox filler plug (8mm allen) is located behind the battery tray.

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On some models the battery and tray may be in the way, if so go to 'Removing The Battery And It's Tray From A 159/Brera'.

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Using a funnel fill up to the recommended amount. Manual gearboxes use Tutela Car Matryx manual gearbox oil (75W/85).

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If you're planning on dropping the sub frame next please look at our 'How To' Removing The Front Sub Frame From A 159/Brera.

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