Replacing the front CV axles on a Saturn Vue is a good DIY project that you can do at home. A bad front CV axle will typically have symptoms of thumping or popping when taking turns.

Start by removing both front wheels and tires.

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Spray the saturn vue’s cv axle 34mm axle nut with penetrating oil and let it soak.

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You will need a 34mm 6 point deep socket. A 12 point 34mm socket will NOT work.

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Have someone press and hold the brake pedal to lock the brake rotor in place. Using a jack stand for support, loosen the 34mm axle nut with a larger breaker bar.

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Once the nut is turning and loose, use the jack stand to keep the axle from turning as you can use a racket to finish removing the axle nut.

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Here is the axle nut removed:

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Unbolt and loosen the tie rod.

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Unbolt the lower shock mount bolts.

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Use a hammer to tap the bolts out.

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You can now lay the spindle forward and have the room to remove the cv axle. Be careful not the over stretch the brake line.

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Here are both front cv axles from the saturn vue:

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