Toyota Celica, Corolla, ECHO & MR2 1999-05

Hub, Bearing & Steering Knuckle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheel.
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  3. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  5. On models with ABS, remove the speed sensor set bolt and clamp and extract the component.
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  7. Inspect the bearing backlash and axle hub deviation as follows:
    1. Remove the two caliper set bolts.
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    3. Remove the caliper and support it securely.
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    5. Remove the brake disc.
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    7. Place a dial indicator near the center of the axle hub and check the backlash in the bearing shaft direction. Maximum is 0.0031 inch (0.08mm). If the backlash exceeds the maximum, replace the bearing.
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    9. Using a dial indicator, check the deviation at the surface of the axle hub outside the hub bolt. Maximum should be 0.0028 inch (0.07mm). If the deviation is NOT within specifications, replace the axle hub.

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      Fig. Checking the bearing backlash and axle hub deviation

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  9. Install the disc and caliper.
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  11. Remove the cotter pin and lock cap. Have an assistant apply the brakes as you remove the nut.
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  13. Remove the caliper and brake disc.
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  15. Loosen the two nuts on the lower side of the shock, but do NOT remove them at this time.
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  17. Remove the cotter pin and remove the nut from the tie rod end. Using a puller, disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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  19. Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the lower control arm.
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  21. Separate the ball joint from the lower control arm.
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  23. Remove the two nuts and bolts on the lower side of the shock and extract the steering knuckle with the axle hub.
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To install:

  1. Coat the nut threads of the axle hub with engine oil.
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  3. Place the steering knuckle and axle hub assembly into place and hand-tighten the nuts on the lower side of the shock.
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  5. Attach the ball joint to the lower control arm and tighten the nuts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
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  7. Place the stabilizer link to the lower control arm and tighten the nuts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
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  9. Attach the tie rod to the steering knuckle, use a new cotter pin and tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  11. Install the two nuts on the lower side of the shock and tighten them to 113 ft. lbs. (153 Nm).
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  13. Install the disc and caliper, then install the drive shaft lock nut and tighten to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm). Slide the lock cap on, then insert and secure a new cotter pin.
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  15. Install the ABS speed sensor if removed.
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  17. Install the wheel, lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
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