Kia Sportage: Driveshaft Assembly / Front Driveshaft Repair procedures

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2022) Service Manual / Driveshaft and axle / Driveshaft Assembly / Front Driveshaft Repair procedures

Remove wheel nuts, wheel and tire (A) from hub.
Tightening torque:
107.9 - 127.5 N·m (11.0 - 13.0 kgf·m, 79.6 - 94.0 lb·ft)

Be careful not to damage the hub bolts when removing the wheel & tire.
Remove the under cover.
(Refer to Engine Mechanical System - "Engine Room Under Cover")
By hammering on a chisel, unlock the driveshaft lock hub nut caulking.

If there is screw thread (A) on the end of the nut, unlock the caulking by using a chisel and then loosen the nut to prevent damaging driveshaft screw thread.

Remove the caulking nut (A) from the front axle.
Tightening torque:
294.2 - 313.8 N·m (30.0 - 32.0 kgf·m, 217.0 - 231.5 lb·ft)

The driveshaft lock nut must be replaced with new one. When replacing the drive lock hub nut, use only the nut with screw thread (A) on the end.

Tighten the driveshaft lock hub nut to the specified tightening torque, and caulk by using a chisel and hammer.
If there are two key seats, perform on all two seats.
Caulking depth (A) : 1.5 mm MIN. (0.0591 in.)

Remove the front brake caliper.
(Refer to Brake System - "Front disc brake")
Loosen the speed wheel sensor bolt (B) and brake hose bracket bolt (A).
Tightening torque:
A : 8.8 - 13.7 N·m (0.9 -1.4 kgf·m, 6.5 - 10.1 lb·ft)
B : 6.9 - 10.8 N·m (0.7 - 1.1 kgf·m, 5.1 - 8.0 lb·ft)

Loosen the pin and nut and then remove the tie rod end (A).
Tightening torque:
A : 34.3 - 44.1 N·m (3.5 -4.5 kgf·m, 25.3 - 32.5 lb·ft)

Remove the tie rod end ball joint from the knuckle by using the SST (09568-34000).

When using SST, be careful not to damage the dust cover of lower arm ball joint.
Keep SST tied to the car as there is risk of injury when the SST is dropped while removing the lower arm ball joint.
Be sure to use SST when removing the lower arm ball joint as general tool such as lever may damage the peripheral parts.
Loosen the pin (A), and then remove the lower arm nut (B).
Tightening torque:
98.0 - 117.6 N·m (10.0 - 12.0 kgf·m, 72.3 - 86.7 lb·ft)

Remove the front lower arm from the front knuckle using the SST (0K545-A9100).
After removing bolts from the front knuckle, install and tighten the sub body bolt (A) .

Insert the sub body (B) between the front knuckle and the sub body bolt.
Tighten the bolt (C) sub body to broaden the gap of the front knuckle.

Install the safe wire (A).

Install a safe wire on the front strut to prevent dropping the SST and injuring technicians.
Install the main body (A) between the front strut and the lower arm.

To avoid the main body coming off, install a fixing clamp (A) beside the main body.

After installing the body (A), rotate the handle (B) clockwise untill the clamp is fixed on the lower arm.

Tighten the main body bolt (A) slowly and remove the lower arm from the front knuckl

Loosen the stabilizer link nut (A).
Tightening torque:
98.0 - 117.6 N·m (10.0 - 12.0 kgf·m, 72.3 - 86.7 lb·ft)

Using a plastic hammer, disconnect driveshaft (A) from the axle hub.

Using the pry bar, remove the shaft (A). (Equal type only)

Loosen the bearing bracket bolts (A). (Equal type only)
Tightening torque :
49.0 - 68.6 N·m (5.0 - 7.0 kgf·m, 36.2 - 50.6 lb·ft)

Insert a pry bar (A) between the transaxle case (B) and joint case (C), and separate the drive shaft (D) from the transaxle case. [RH,LH]
[Equal type RH]

[Unequal type RH]


Use a pry bar being careful not to damage the transaxle and joint.
Do not insert the pry bar too deep, as this may cause damage to the oil seal.
Do not pull the driveshaft by excessive force it may cause components inside the joint kit to dislodge resulting in a torn boot or a damaged bearing.
Plug the hole of the transaxle case with the oil seal cap to prevent contamination.
Support the driveshaft properly.
Be careful that the drive shaft is not bent or drop down by other component's weight (such as axle etc.)
Replace the retainer ring whenever the driveshaft is removed from the transaxle case.
Install in the reverse order of removal.
Front Driveshaft Components and components location
Component Location (1) [Equal type] 1. Drive shaft (LH) 2. Drive shaft (RH) 3. Inner shaft bearing bracket [Unequal type] ...

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