Toyota Corolla 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Front Axle Hub and Bearing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Rear Wheel Drive

Refer to Suspension & Steering for service and repair procedures.

Front Wheel Drive
  1. Remove the cotter pin from the bearing locknut cap and then remove the cap. Have an assistant step on the brake pedal and then loosen the locknut.
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  3. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it with jackstands. Remove the wheel.
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  5. Remove the brake caliper mounting nuts and then position the caliper out of the way. Pull off the brake disc.
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See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Matchmark the adjustment cam to the shock absorber bracket-FWD models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Sliding the axle hub into position-FWD models

  1. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end, then using a tie rod end separator tool, remove the tie rod.
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  3. Place matchmarks on the shock absorber lower mounting bracket and the camber adjustment cam, then remove the bolts and separate the steering knuckle from the shock.
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  5. Remove the two ball joint attaching nuts and disconnect the lower arm from the knuckle.
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  7. Carefully grasp the axle hub and pull it out from the halfshaft.
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Be sure to cover the halfshaft boot with a cloth to protect it from any damage

  1. Clamp the steering knuckle in a vise.
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To install:
  1. Remove the dust deflector. Remove the nut holding the steering knuckle to the ball joint. Press the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  3. Remove the deflector from the hub. Use a slide hammer to remove the inner oil seal. Remove the snapring retainer with the correct tool.
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  5. Remove the disc brake dust shield. Use a two armed puller and remove the axle hub from the steering knuckle.
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  7. Remove the inner bearing races (inside and outside). Remove the oil seal from the knuckle.
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  9. Position the old bearing inner race (outside) on the bearing. Use a hammer and drift to carefully knock out the bearing.
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See Figure 3



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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the front axle hub and bearing assembly-FWD models

  1. Press a new bearing into the steering knuckle.
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  3. Use a seal driver and install a new oil seal into the knuckle.
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  5. Install the brake dust cover. Apply grease to the oil seal lip and the bearing inner race. Press the hub into the knuckle.
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  7. Install a new snapring. Press a new seal into position. Install the remaining components and the steering knuckle in the reverse order of removal. Please note the following:
    1. Tighten the ball joint nut to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm) then replace the nut with a new one, and tighten to 82 ft. lbs. (111 Nm).
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    3. Tighten the steering knuckle-to-shock absorber bolts to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm) except for diesel models on which the bolts should be tightened to 152 ft. lbs. (206 Nm).
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    5. Make sure the vehicle is on the ground with brakes applied before attempting to tighten the locknut. Tighten the bearing locknut to 137 ft. lbs. (186 Nm) and always use a new cotter pin.
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