Toyota Camry and Avalon 1997-2000

Lower Ball Joint

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable. On vehicles equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front wheels.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin from the bearing locknut cap, then remove the cap.
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  9. Depress the brake pedal and loosen the axle nut.
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  11. Remove the brake caliper attaching hardware, position the caliper aside with the hydraulic line still attached and suspend it with a wire.
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  13. Remove the ABS speed sensor, if equipped.
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  15. Remove the brake rotor.
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  17. Loosen the 2 nuts holding the strut to the steering knuckle assembly. Do not remove at this time.
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  19. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end. Using a tie rod end removal tool, separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  21. Remove the ball joint bolt and 2 nuts to disconnect the steering knuckle from the lower arm.
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  23. Remove the 2 nuts and bolts holding the strut to the steering knuckle and separate the knuckle from the strut assembly.
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  25. Remove the axle nut and grasp the hub and knuckle assembly. With a plastic hammer tap the axle shaft to remove knuckle and hub.
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NOTE
Cover the halfshaft boot with a shop rag to protect it from any damage.

  1. Clamp the steering knuckle in a vise and remove the dust deflector. Remove the nut holding the steering knuckle to the ball joint. Press the ball joint out of the steering knuckle.
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Fig. Removing the ball joint from the knuckle

To install:

  1. Reattach the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Tighten the ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut to:
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  3. Avalon and Camry: 90 ft. lbs. (123 Nm)
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  5. Install a new cotter pin. Drive the deflector shield onto the knuckle.
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  7. Install the knuckle and hub assembly to the axle and temporarily tighten the axle nut.
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  9. Connect the knuckle assembly to the lower strut bracket. Temporarily insert the mounting bolts from the rear and install the nuts.
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  11. Connect the lower ball joint to the lower arm and tighten the fasteners to:
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  13. Avalon and Camry: 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm)
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  15. Connect the tie rod end to the knuckle.
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  17. Tighten the bolts on the lower side of the strut assembly.
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  19. If equipped, install the ABS speed sensor.
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  21. Install the brake disc and the caliper.
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  23. Tighten the axle nut.
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  25. Connect t