Toyota Matrix 2003-06

Removal & Installation

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NOTE
The hub bearing could be damaged if subjected to the full weight of the vehicle, such as if the vehicle is moved without the halfshafts. If it is absolutely necessary to place the full vehicle weight on the hub bearing, first support the bearing with SST No. 09608-16041.

  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. Due to the air bag system, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
     
    Both front wheels
     
    Cotter pin, locknut cap, and the hub nut
     
    Undercovers
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle
     
    Stabilizer bar link from the lower suspension arm
     
    Lower ball joint from the lower suspension arm
     
    Halfshaft from the knuckle
     

  6.  


NOTE
Be careful not to damage the inner oil seal or the ABS sensor rotor on the halfshaft.

  1. To remove the left side halfshaft, separate the halfshaft from the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. To remove the right side halfshaft perform the following steps:

    Remove the 2 bolts of the center bearing bracket
     
    Pull the halfshaft out together with the center bearing case and the center halfshaft.
     
    Remove the center shaft with the right-hand halfshaft from the transaxle through the bearing bracket.
     

  4.  


NOTE
Do not damage the oil seal lip.



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Fig. Halfshafts and related components

Halfshafts and related components

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Snapring opening side facing downward, on the oiled inboard joint tulip
     
    Left side halfshaft into the transaxle
     
    Right side halfshaft, with the bearing case and center shaft, into the transaxle
     
    Center bearing case (right side).
     

  2.  
  3. After installing either halfshaft, check that there is 0.08-0.12 in. (2-3mm) of axial play. Check that the halfshaft is making contact with the pinion shaft and that the halfshaft cannot be pulled out.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft into the knuckle
     
    Lower suspension arm to the lower ball joint. Torque the bolt and nuts to 66 ft. lbs. (89 Nm).
     
    Tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower suspension arm. Torque the nuts to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     
    Hub nut and washer and tighten to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable
     
    Locknut cap and a new cotter pin.
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Undercover
     

  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




NOTE
The hub bearing could be damaged if subjected to the full weight of the vehicle, such as if the vehicle is moved without the halfshafts. If it is absolutely necessary to place the full vehicle weight on the hub bearing, first support the bearing with SST No. 09608-16041.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the inner oil seal or the ABS sensor rotor on the halfshaft.



    Negative battery cable. Due to the air bag system, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
     
    Both front wheels
     
    Cotter pin, locknut cap, and the hub nut
     
    Undercovers
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle
     
    Stabilizer bar link from the lower suspension arm
     
    Lower ball joint from the lower suspension arm
     
    Halfshaft from the knuckle
     

  6.  
  7. To remove the left side halfshaft, separate the halfshaft from the transaxle.
  8.  
  9. To remove the right side halfshaft perform the following steps:
    NOTE
    Do not damage the oil seal lip.



    Remove the 2 bolts of the center bearing bracket
     
    Pull the halfshaft out together with the center bearing case and the center halfshaft.
     
    Remove the center shaft with the right-hand halfshaft from the transaxle through the bearing bracket.
     



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Halfshafts and related components

    Halfshafts and related components
  10.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Snap ring opening side facing downward, on the oiled inboard joint tulip
     
    Left side halfshaft into the transaxle
     
    Right side halfshaft, with the bearing case and center shaft, into the transaxle
     
    Center bearing case (right side).
     

  2.  
  3. After installing either halfshaft, check that there is 0.08-0.12 in. (2-3mm) of axial play. Check that the halfshaft is making contact with the pinion shaft and that the halfshaft cannot be pulled out.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft into the knuckle
     
    Lower suspension arm to the lower ball joint. Torque the bolt and nuts to 66 ft. lbs. (89 Nm).
     
    Tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower suspension arm. Torque the nuts to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     
    Hub nut and washer and tighten to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable
     
    Locknut cap and a new cotter pin.
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Undercover
     

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

Manual Transaxle




NOTE
The hub bearing could be damaged if subjected to the full weight of the vehicle, such as if the vehicle is moved without the halfshafts. If it is absolutely necessary to place the full vehicle weight on the hub bearing, first support the bearing with SST No. 09608-16041.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the inner oil seal or the ABS sensor rotor on the halfshaft.



    Negative battery cable. Due to the air bag system, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
     
    Both front wheels
     
    Cotter pin, locknut cap, and the hub nut
     
    Undercovers
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle
     
    Stabilizer bar link from the lower suspension arm
     
    Lower ball joint from the lower suspension arm
     
    Halfshaft from the knuckle
     

  6.  
  7. To remove the left side halfshaft, separate the halfshaft from the transaxle.
  8.  
  9. To remove the right side halfshaft perform the following steps:
    NOTE
    Do not damage the oil seal lip.



    Remove the 2 bolts of the center bearing bracket
     
    Pull the halfshaft out together with the center bearing case and the center halfshaft.
     
    Remove the center shaft with the right-hand halfshaft from the transaxle through the bearing bracket.
     



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Halfshafts and related components

    Halfshafts and related components
  10.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Snap ring opening side facing downward, on the oiled inboard joint tulip
     
    Left side halfshaft into the transaxle
     
    Right side halfshaft, with the bearing case and center shaft, into the transaxle
     
    Center bearing case (right side).
     

  2.  
  3. After installing either halfshaft, check that there is 0.08-0.12 in. (2-3mm) of axial play. Check that the halfshaft is making contact with the pinion shaft and that the halfshaft cannot be pulled out.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft into the knuckle
     
    Lower suspension arm to the lower ball joint. Torque the bolt and nuts to 66 ft. lbs. (89 Nm).
     
    Tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link to the lower suspension arm. Torque the nuts to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     
    Hub nut and washer and tighten to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable
     
    Locknut cap and a new cotter pin.
     
    Speed sensors
     
    Undercover
     

  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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