Lexus RX300, 330 3 2000-06

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Have an assistant depress the brake pedal and loosen the bearing locknut.



    Front wheels
     
    Cotter pin and locknut cap
     



    Engine undercover
     
    Fender apron seal
     
    Tie rod end, from the steering knuckle
     
    Steering knuckle, from the lower control arm
     
    Halfshaft from the axle hub, using a plastic hammer
     
    Cover the outer boot with a rag
     
    Halfshaft from the transaxle, using the proper tools
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Reverse the removal procedures to complete installation, tightening fasteners to specifications.
  2.  
  3. Fill the transaxle with gear oil, install the fender apron, check front end alignment and test drive.
    NOTE
    If the cotter pin holes do not align, always correct by tightening the nut until the next hole aligns.

  4.  
  5. Install a new cotter pin.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of front halfshaft-RX 300

  6.  

  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 wheels
     
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor from the axle assembly by removing the bolt, if equipped
     
    Cotter pin, lock cap and the nut holding the halfshaft to the axle carrier
     

  4.  
  5. Place matchmarks on the halfshaft and differential side gear shaft.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    4 nuts, washers and the halfshaft from the differential
     
    Halfshaft from the axle carrier

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the rear halfshaft-RX 300 model with 4WD

     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft into the axle carrier. Tighten the 4 nuts to 51 ft. lbs. (69 Nm).
     
    Halfshaft. Tighten the locknut to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm).
     
    ABS sensor
     
    Rear wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheel.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect and remove the speed sensor.
  6.  
  7. Remove the axle shaft nut.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the height control sensor.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the rear control arms.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the strut rod.
  14.  
  15. Push the rear axle carrier sub-assembly towards the outside and separate the shaft from the carrier.
  16.  
  17. Remove the shaft, keeping it level.
  18.  

To install

  1. Align the shaft splines and install the shaft with a brass bar and hammer.
    NOTE
    Set the snapring with the opening side facing downward. Keep the shaft level.

  2.  
  3. Push the carrier towards the inside and insert the shaft.
  4.  
  5. Connect the control arms and strut rod with the fasteners hand-tight. Tighten all fasteners with the suspension loaded.
  6.  
  7. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal. Observe the following torques:

    Axle shaft nut: 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm)
     
    Wheel: 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm)
     
    Control arms: 83 ft. lbs. (112 Nm)
     
    Strut: 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm)
     

  8.  

Front



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

    Front wheels
     
    Cotter pin and locknut cap
     

  4.  


NOTE
Have an assistant depress the brake pedal and loosen the bearing locknut.



Engine undercover
 
Fender apron seal
 
Tie rod end, from the steering knuckle
 
Steering knuckle, from the lower control arm
 
Halfshaft from the axle hub, using a plastic hammer
 
Cover the outer boot with a rag
 
Halfshaft from the transaxle, using the proper tools
 

To install:

  1. Reverse the removal procedures to complete installation, tightening fasteners to specifications.
  2.  
  3. Fill the transaxle with gear oil, install the fender apron, check front end alignment and test drive.
  4.  


NOTE
If the cotter pin holes do not align, always correct by tightening the nut until the next hole aligns.

  1. Install a new cotter pin.
  2.  


    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of front halfshaft


 
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