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KentV

CV Boots/Rear Axle

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WOW, it's been a long time since I've been this stumped. I've always had a good manual.

Here are 4 quick questions.

HELP:

a) If I snap/release the two ball joints on one side, then remove the forked control arm link (track arm), will the strut and spring come flying out? In other words, am I safe removing the control arm mechanisms, and track arm and ball joints with the assumption being that the upper bolts holding the strut together in the trunk are all that is needed? No other support is required?

I can't quite tell what holds it all in place once I remove the control arms. Any advice?

B) If I loosen the exhaust manifold from the engine do I need to replace the gaskets?

c) I don't understand this prior post relating to Boxster CV Joints and gaining more room to remove the axles. Can someone explain this in more detail, as it appears to bear no reality to my '00 S Boxster.

It reads as follows: "Loosen the nuts on the exhaust sleeve just aft of the catalytic converter on the side of the axle to be replaced. Remove the nuts (13mm x 3) on the flange between the exhaust manifold and the catalytic converter. Slide the exhaust sleeve onto the catalytic converter to separate it from the muffler.

I don't see anything that once loosened will "slide" over the Catalytic Converter, and I don't understand what additional room is being created (or where) to remove the axle.

d. Finally, how is the oxygen sensor removed or unpluged? I can't see where there is a plug. Do I loosen the large nut at the base?

I'd really appreciate the help. Thanks

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