Toyota 4Runner 2001-06

Axle Shaft, Bearing & Seal

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Front wheel hub, 4WD components



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Fig. Exploded view of the hub nut, locking ring and cotter pin



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Fig. Removing the snap ring on free wheel hub models



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Fig. Unfasten the brake hose banjo bolt, and then plug the line



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Fig. Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts, and then remove the caliper



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Fig. Unfasten the lower ball joint bolts, and then separate the lower ball joint



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Fig. You must use a special tool to separate the ball joint from the upper control arm



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Fig. Remove the lock nut with the Special Service Tool (SST)



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Fig. Remove the axle hub from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Use a press to release the bearing from the knuckle assembly

  1. Remove the front wheel.
  2.  
  3. Detach the shock absorber.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the driveshaft by removing the grease cap and pulling out the cotter pin and lock cap.
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  7. Apply the brakes to hold the axle from spinning and remove the lock nut.
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  9. If the vehicle is equipped with antilock brakes, detach the speed sensor and wiring harness clamp from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Remove the banjo bolt and two gaskets from the caliper.
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  13. Detach the flexible brake hose from the caliper.
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  15. Remove the brake caliper and then the rotor.
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  17. Properly hang the brake caliper (NOT by the brake hose).
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  19. Detach the lower ball joint.
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  21. Remove the steering knuckle.
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  23. Clamp the axle hub in a soft jaw vise.
    NOTE
    Close the vise until it holds the hub bolts.

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  25. Using the proper seal puller or prytool, remove the oil seal.
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  27. Use a chisel and hammer to loosen the staked part of the lock nut.
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  29. Remove the lock nut. A special service tool may be required.
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  31. Remove the Antilock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor rotor/spacer.
    NOTE
    Do NOT scratch the speed sensor rotor.

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  33. Detach the bolts to the dust shield and shift the shield towards the outside of the hub.
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  35. Remove the axle from the steering knuckle, a special service tool may be required.
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  37. Remove the dust cover from the steering knuckle.
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  39. On vehicles without a free wheeling hub, that are 4WD only, remove the bearing spacer and ABS speed sensor rotor spacer.
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  41. Remove the outside seal by prying it out with a seal puller.
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  43. Remove the bearing from the steering knuckle by removing the snap ring with a pair of snap ring pliers.
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  45. Press the bearing from the steering knuckle.
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To install:

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Fig. Press the new bearing into the steering knuckle



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Fig. Using a plastic hammer, install the new seal



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Fig. A Special Service Tool (SST) may be required to install the ABS speed sensor



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Fig. Install a new lock nut into the hub assembly and tighten to 174 ft. lbs. (235 Nm) for 2001-02 and 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm) for 2003-05 Models.



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Fig. Install the bearing spacer



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Fig. Install a new inside oil seal using a plastic hammer

  1. Install the new bearing.
  2.  
  3. Install a new oil seal.
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  5. Install the axle hub to the steering knuckle. Torque the bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
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  7. Re-install the ABS speed sensor rotor.
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  9. On vehicles that are equipped with a free wheel hub, install the bearing spacer.
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  11. On four wheel drive models, install a new inside oil seal.
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  13. Install the grease cap.
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  15. The remainder of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.
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