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    Toyota Tacoma 2002-06

    Axle Shaft, Bearing & Seal

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    Removal & Installation





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    Fig. Rear axle shaft and related components-2001-2004

    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    2.  
    3. Remove or disconnect the following:

      Rear wheel
       
      Brake drum
       

    4.  
    5. Check the bearing backlash and axle shaft deviation, as follows:
      1. Using a dial indicator, check that the backlash in the bearing shaft direction. The maximum is 0.027 in. (0.7mm).
      2.  
      3. If the backlash exceeds the maximum, replace the bearing.
      4.  
      5. Using a dial indicator, check the deviation at the surface of the axle shaft outside the hub bolt. Maximum is 0.0039 in. (0.1mm).
      6.  
      7. If the deviation exceeds the maximum, replace the axle shaft.
      8.  

    6.  
    7. Remove or disconnect the following:
      NOTE
      Inspect the axle shaft and flange run-outs. The axle shaft run-out should be 0.079 in. (2.0mm) and the flange run-out should be 0.004 in. (0.1mm).



      Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor from the axle housing, if equipped
       
      Axle shaft assembly by removing the 4 nuts from the backing plate
       
      O-ring from the axle housing
       
      Bearing and retainer (differential side) and ABS speed sensor rotor, if equipped
       
      Snapring from the axle shaft
       
      Axle shaft
       



      Outer seal
       
      Bearing from the axle shaft
       

    8.  

    To install:

    1. Install or connect the following:

      Bearing from the axle shaft
       
      Outer seal
       
      Axle shaft
       
      Snapring to the axle shaft
       
      Bearing and retainer (differential side) and ABS speed sensor rotor, if equipped
       
      O-ring to the axle housing
       
      Axle shaft assembly. Tighten the 4 backing plate nuts to 48 ft. lbs. (66 Nm).
       
      Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor to the axle housing, if equipped
       
      Brake drum
       
      Rear wheel
       

    2.  



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    Fig. Rear axle shaft and related components-2WD 2005-2006



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    Fig. Rear axle shaft and related components-4WD and PreRunner 2005-2006

    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    2.  
    3. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Drain the brake fluid.
    4.  
    5. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
    6.  
    7. Remove the brake drum. Remove the brake shoes.
    8.  
    9. Remove the rear speed sensor.
    10.  
    11. Remove the two bolts and disconnect the parking brake cable from the backing plate. Disconnect the brake line at the brake backing plate.
    12.  
    13. Remove the four nuts and the rear axle shaft and backing plate. Remove the O-ring.
    14.  
    15. Remove the rear axle shaft oil seal using tool SST09308-00010.
    16.  

    To install:

    1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
    2.  
    3. Be sure to fill the master cylinder with the proper grade and type brake fluid.
    4.  
    5. Bleed the brakes, as required.
    6.  

     
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