Lexus Car ES, IS, LS 1998-06

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
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  3. With vehicle in neutral, position vehicle on hoist.
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  5. Remove half shaft hub/bearing nut.
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  7. Remove wheel speed sensor from hub/bearing.
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  9. Remove brake calipers bolts and remove calipers from caliper adapters.
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  11. Remove lower stabilizer link bolt from control arm.
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  13. Remove outer tie rod end nuts and separate tie rods from knuckles with the proper tool.
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  15. Remove upper ball joint nuts and separate ball joints from knuckles with the proper tool.
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  17. Remove shock clevis bolt and nut from lower control arm
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  19. Lean the knuckle out and push half shaft out of the hub/bearing.
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  21. Pry half shafts from axle/axle tube with pry bar.
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To install:

  1. Install half shaft on the axle and through the hub/bearing. Verify halfshaft has engaged.
  2.  
  3. Install shock clevis on lower control arm and tighten nut to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
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  5. Install upper control arm on knuckle. Torque to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  7. Install tie rod end on knuckle. Torque to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  9. Install stabilizer link on lower control arm. Torque to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
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  11. Install caliper on caliper adapter.
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  13. Install wheel speed sensor on the hub/bearing.
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  15. Install half shaft hub/bearing nut and tighten to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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Fig. Exploded view of the rear halfshaft and related components-except ES 300

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

    Negative battery cable
     
    Rear tire and wheel assembly
     
    Cotter pin, locknut cap, and locknut
     
    Height control sensor, if equipped
     
    2 exhaust pipe support brackets, if necessary
     

  4.  
  5. Place matchmarks on the halfshaft and the side gear shaft. Remove the 6 hex bolts and 2 washers.
  6.  
  7. Hold the inboard joint side of the halfshaft so the outboard joint side does not bend too much. Tap the end of the halfshaft with a rubber mallet to loosen it from the axle hub and remove the halfshaft.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Insert the outboard joint side of the halfshaft through the axle hub. Align the matchmarks on the side gear shaft and the halfshaft.
  2.  
  3. Coat the threads with clean oil and install the hex bolts. Tighten the bolts to 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Exhaust pipe support brackets, if removed, and tighten to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm)
     
    Bearing locknut, if removed, and have a helper apply the brakes. Tighten the locknut to 213 ft. lbs. (289 Nm).
     
    Lock cap and a new cotter pin
     
    Height control sensor, if removed
     
    Rear tire and wheel assembly
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Gear oil
     
    Rear driveshaft
     
    Side gear shaft
     
    Snapring from the side gear
     
    Side gear shaft oil seal
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Side gear shaft oil seal
     
    New oil seal
     
    Multi-Purpose (MP) grease to the oil seal lip
     
    Side gear shaft
     
    Snapring from the side gear, using a suitable tool
     
    Side gear shaft oil seal
     
    Gear oil
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel(s)
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    Transaxle fluid
     
    Tie rod end from the steering knuckle by removing the cotter pin and nut. Separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
     
    Stabilizer bar link from the lower control arm. Make note of the washers and cushions positions.
     
    Lower ball joint from the steering knuckle by removing the bolt and 2 nuts. Push down on the lower control arm and separate the steering knuckle from the ball joint.
     
    Cotter pin, lock cap and locknut holding the halfshaft to the steering knuckle
     
    Left halfshaft from the steering knuckle
     
    Halfshaft from the transaxle
     
    Snapring from the halfshaft
     
    Right halfshaft bearing lockbolt. The lockbolt is located in the center of the halfshaft, near the dampener.
     
    Snapring and pull the halfshaft from the transaxle.
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Right halfshaft to the transaxle. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil.
     
    Snapring to the halfshaft
     
    Bearing lockbolt. Tighten the lockbolt to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
     
    New snapring to the inner spline of the left halfshaft. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil. Install the halfshaft to the transaxle with the snapring opening facing down. The halfshaft should click into place when installing.
     
    Halfshaft to the steering knuckle, then install the locknut. Tighten the locknut to 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm).
     
    Lock cap and a new cotter pin to the halfshaft.
     
    Steering knuckle to the lower ball joint. Install the 2 nuts and bolt. Tighten the nuts and bolt to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower control arm. Tighten the nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Tie rod to the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Install a new cotter pin to the tie rod end.
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    Wheel(s) and lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
     
    Transaxle fluid
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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Fig. Exploded view of the rear halfshaft and related components-except ES300

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Rear tire and wheel assembly
     
    Cotter pin, locknut cap, and locknut
     
    Height control sensor, if equipped
     
    2 exhaust pipe support brackets, if necessary
     

  4.  
  5. Place matchmarks on the halfshaft and the side gear shaft. Remove the 6 hex bolts and 2 washers.
  6.  
  7. Hold the inboard joint side of the halfshaft so the outboard joint side does not bend too much. Tap the end of the halfshaft with a rubber mallet to loosen it from the axle hub and remove the halfshaft.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Insert the outboard joint side of the halfshaft through the axle hub. Align the matchmarks on the side gear shaft and the halfshaft.
  2.  
  3. Coat the threads with clean oil and install the hex bolts. Tighten the bolts to 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Exhaust pipe support brackets, if removed, and tighten to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
     
    Bearing locknut, if removed, and have a helper apply the brakes. Tighten the locknut to 213 ft. lbs. (289 Nm).
     
    Lockcap and a new cotter pin.
     
    Height control sensor, if removed.
     
    Rear tire and wheel assembly.
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  6.  

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

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel(s)
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    Transaxle fluid
     
    Tie rod end from the steering knuckle by removing the cotter pin and nut. Separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
     
    Stabilizer bar link from the lower control arm. Make note of the washers and cushions positions.
     
    Lower ball joint from the steering knuckle by removing the bolt and 2 nuts. Push down on the lower control arm and separate the steering knuckle from the ball joint.
     
    Cotter pin, lock cap and locknut holding the halfshaft to the steering knuckle
     
    Left halfshaft from the steering knuckle
     
    Halfshaft from the transaxle
     
    Snapring from the halfshaft
     
    Right halfshaft bearing lockbolt. The lockbolt is located in the center of the halfshaft, near the dampener.
     
    Snapring and pull the halfshaft from the transaxle
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Right halfshaft to the transaxle. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil.
     
    Snapring to the halfshaft
     
    Bearing lockbolt. Tighten the lockbolt to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
     
    New snapring to the inner spline of the left halfshaft. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil. Install the halfshaft to the transaxle with the snapring opening facing down. The halfshaft should click into place when installing.
     
    Halfshaft to the steering knuckle, then install the locknut. Tighten the locknut to 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm).
     
    Lock cap and a new cotter pin to the halfshaft
     
    Steering knuckle to the lower ball joint. Install the 2 nuts and bolt. Tighten the nuts and bolt to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower control arm. Tighten the nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Tie rod to the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Install a new cotter pin to the tie rod end.
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    Wheel(s) and lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
     
    Transaxle fluid
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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Fig. Exploded view drive shaft assembly-ES 330

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the drive shaft transaxle case oil seal.



    Automatic transmission fluid
     
    Front wheels
     
    Front axle hub nut
     
    Front stabilizer link assembly
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Tie rod assemblies
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Drive shaft from axle hub
     
    Drive shaft from transaxle
     

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To install:

  1. Install front drive shaft assembly
    1. New snap ring with opening side facing down
    2.  
    3. Coat inboard spline with clean transmission fluid
    4.  
    5. Align the shaft splines and install the drive shaft with a brass hammer
      NOTE
      Make certain that the snap ring sets firmly in the transaxle

    6.  

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  3. Install or connect the following:

    Lower ball joint to spindle assembly. Torque to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm)
     
    Tie rod assembly. Torque to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Front stabilizer link assembly Torque to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm)
     
    Front axle hub nut. Torque to 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm)
     
    Front wheels
     
    Automatic transmission fluid
     

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  5. Align the front wheels
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  7. Check ABS speed sensor signal
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