Toyota Avalon, Camry, Camry Solara 2001-06

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable. On vehicles equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    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. 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
     
    Halfshaft from the steering knuckle
     
    Left halfshaft from the transaxle
     
    Snapring from the halfshaft.
     
    Right halfshaft from the transaxle
     

  6.  


NOTE
The lockbolt is located in the center of the halfshaft, near the dampener.

To install:

  1. Install the right halfshaft to the transaxle, as follows:
    1. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil.
    2.  
    3. Using snapring pliers, install the snapring to the halfshaft.
    4.  
    5. Install the halfshaft and the bearing lockbolt. Lockbolt: 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
    6.  

  2.  
  3. Install the left halfshaft to the transaxle, as follows:
    1. Install a new snapring to the inner spline of the halfshaft.
    2.  
    3. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil.
    4.  
    5. Install the halfshaft to the transaxle with the snapring opening facing down. The halfshaft should click into place when installing.
    6.  
    7. After installation of the halfshaft, check that the halfshaft cannot be removed by hand.
    8.  

  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft to the steering knuckle, then install the locknut. Locknut: 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm).
     
    Lock cap and new cotter pin to the halfshaft
     
    Steering knuckle to the lower ball joint. Nuts and bolt: 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower control arm. Nut: 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Tie rod to the steering knuckle. Nut: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    New cotter pin to the tie rod end
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    Front wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  6.  
  7. Fill the transaxle fluid to the proper level.
  8.  
  9. Start the vehicle, check for leaks and repair if necessary.
  10.  

Automatic Transaxle



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The lockbolt is located in the center of the halfshaft, near the dampener.



    Negative battery cable. On vehicles equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    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. 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
     
    Halfshaft from the steering knuckle
     
    Left halfshaft from the transaxle
     
    Snapring from the halfshaft.
     
    Right halfshaft from the transaxle
     



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the halfshaft components-2005-06 Avalon shown

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install the right halfshaft to the transaxle, as follows:
    1. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil.
    2.  
    3. Using snapring pliers, install the snapring to the halfshaft.
    4.  
    5. Install the halfshaft and the bearing lockbolt. Lockbolt: 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
    6.  

  2.  
  3. Install the left halfshaft to the transaxle, as follows:
    1. Install a new snapring to the inner spline of the halfshaft.
    2.  
    3. Coat the side gear shaft and differential case sliding surface with gear oil.
    4.  
    5. Install the halfshaft to the transaxle with the snapring opening facing down. The halfshaft should click into place when installing.
    6.  
    7. After installation of the halfshaft, check that the halfshaft cannot be removed by hand.
    8.  

  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft to the steering knuckle, then install the locknut. Locknut: 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm).
     
    Lock cap and new cotter pin to the halfshaft
     
    Steering knuckle to the lower ball joint. Nuts and bolt: 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower control arm. Nut: 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Tie rod to the steering knuckle. Nut: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    New cotter pin to the tie rod end
     
    Front fender apron seal
     
    Front wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  6.  
  7. Fill the transaxle fluid to the proper level.
  8.  
  9. Start the vehicle, check for leaks and repair if necessary.
  10.  

 
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