Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I'm having trouble replacing the cv axle. Do I need to replace the rings around the spline that goes into the transmission?

asked by on

Here's a video with more details https://youtu.be/T8Q_jxdQaWo

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The rings you are pointing to in the video are actually the retaining rings. Unless they are broken, they really shouldn’t need to be replaced. The ring on the male part of the splined shaft should pop into a groove in the female part of the socket, on the inside. These types of splined shafts with a retainer are normally installed with a blow from a soft faced hammer. It is normal procedure to put the shaft into place, while lining up the splines, and then giving the shaft a swift shot with the soft faced hammer. You will need to gently pull, or pry, on the shaft to be sure it is correctly seated, and doesn’t pull back out too easily. Also, it may be necessary to try to pop it in like described, and if it doesn’t engage, you may need to pull the shaft back a little, turn the shaft a bit, and try the installation procedure again. If you need help completing the installation, contact a certified mechanic, like the mobile mechanics at YourMechanic.com.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • I'm having trouble replacing the cv axle. Do I need to replace the rings around the spline that goes into the transmission?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: car dying

Without additional detail this may be hard to diagnose, however the fact that it stalls and then cranks again suggests that your battery is still working which typically means the alternator is working. I would suggest having an expert from...

Q: How do I remove a CV axle that is stuck in the transmission?

If the CV axle is stuck in the transmission it will likely need to be removed using a bit of force and the correct tool. If you cannot pull the axle out with your hands, then an axle removal tool,...

Q: Car wont stay running. Will start up but shuts back off. Fuel pump doesnt come on. Car will run with wire from battery to wire har

Hello, thank you for writing in. With the testing you have done, we know the fuel pump is good, and that the rest of the system is functional. This leave the electrical circuit. There are a few components in the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...