Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Rear Wheel Bearings

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On models with ABS the rear wheel bearing can not be separated from the rear hub. On some models without rear ABS the rear bearing can be removed from the hub. On these models it is required to obtain a bearing puller such as 09950-20017 to separate the bearing from the hub.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the rear axle bearing and hub

  1. Remove the brake drum or if equipped with disc brakes, remove the caliper and the rotor from the axle carrier. Suspend the caliper with a wire.
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If the rear brake drum is difficult to remove, insert a suitable prying tool (a bent wire or coat hanger will do the job nicely) through the hole in the backing plate and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjusting bolt. With a brake tool, reduce the brake shoe adjustment tension by turning the adjusting bolt. The same can be done through the front of the disc on rear disc brakes, to reduce the tension applied by the parking brake shoes.

  1. Disconnect and plug the brake line at the backing plate.
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  3. Remove the 4 axle hub-to-carrier bolts and slide off the hub and brake assembly. Remove the O-ring from the backing plate.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the four bolts retaining the axle hub, use this large hole in the hub to access them

  1. Remove the bolt and nut attaching the carrier to the strut rod.
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  3. Remove the bolt and nut attaching the carrier to the No. 1 suspension arm.
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  5. Remove the bolt and nut attaching the carrier to the No. 2 suspension arm.
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  7. Unbolt the carrier from the rear strut tube and remove the carrier.
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  9. Using a hammer and cold chisel, loosen the staked part of the hub nut and remove the nut.
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  11. Using a 2-armed puller or 09950-20017, press the axle shaft from the hub.
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  13. Remove the bearing inner race (inside).
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  15. Using a 2-armed puller again, pull off the bearing inner race (outside) over the bearing and then press it out of the hub.
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To install:
  1. Position a new bearing inner race (outside) on the bearing and then press a new oil seal into the hub. Coat the lip of the seal with grease.
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  3. Position a new bearing inner race (inside) on the bearing and then press the inner race with the hub onto the axle shaft.
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  5. Install the nut and tighten it to 90 ft. lbs. (123 Nm). Stake the nut with a brass drift.
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  7. Position the axle carrier on the strut tube and tighten the nuts to 119 ft. lbs. (162 Nm) on 1983-86 vehicles, 166 ft. lbs. (226 Nm) on 1987-91 models and 188 ft. lbs. (255 Nm) on 1992-96 models.
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  9. Install the bolt and nut attaching the carrier to the No. 2 suspension arm; finger tighten it only.
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Make sure that the lip of the nut is in the hole on the arm.

  1. Install the bolt and nut attaching the carrier to the No. 1 suspension arm; finger tighten it only.
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Make sure that the lip of the nut is in the hole on the arm.

  1. Install the bolt and nut attaching the carrier to the No. 2 suspension arm; finger tighten it only.
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Make sure that the lip of the nut is in the hole on the arm.

  1. Install the bolt and nut attaching the carrier to the No. 1 suspension arm; finger tighten it only.
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Make sure that the lip of the nut is in the hole on the arm.

  1. Install the strut rod-to-carrier bolt so that the lip of the nut is in the groove on the bracket.
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  3. Install a new O-ring onto the axle carrier. Install the axle hub and brake backing plate. Tighten the four bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
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  5. Reconnect and tighten the brake line to the wheel cylinder. Install the brake drum and wheel and tire assemblies. Tighten the lug nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
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  7. Bleed the brakes. The brake bleeding procedure is detailed in Brakes .
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  9. Lower the vehicle and bounce the rear end a few times to stabilize the rear suspension.
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  11. Tighten the suspension arm bolts and the strut rod bolt to 64 ft. lbs. (87 Nm) on 1983-86 vehicles. On 1987-96 vehicles, tighten the strut rod-to-axle carrier bolts to 83 ft. lbs. (112 Nm) and the No.1 and No. 2 suspension arm-to-carrier bolts to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
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