Toyota Pick-ups/Land Cruiser/4Runner 1989-1996

Front Driveshaft and Universal Joints

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 10

  1. Jack up the front of the vehicle and support with jackstands.
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  3. Place matchmarks on the flanges. Remove the 4 nuts and bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 1: ALWAYS matchmark with paint prior to separating the driveshaft from the vehicle

  1. Remove the front driveshaft dust cover. Some types are equipped with 2 bolts, while others use 4.
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  3. Remove the driveshaft dust cover subassembly. The three bolts are two different sizes.
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The driveshaft dust cover is located around the outer portion of the U-joint. On some models you may have an upper and lower.

  1. Suspend the front side of the driveshaft.
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  3. Place matchmarks on the flanges. Remove the 4 nuts and bolts.
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  5. Remove the front driveshaft.
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To install:
  1. Align the matchmarks on the rear flanges, then connect the flanges with the nuts and/or bolts. Tighten to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
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  3. Install the front driveshaft dust cover subassembly. Tighten bolts A to 27 ft. lbs. (36 Nm) and B to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
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  5. Align the matchmarks on the front flanges, then connect the flanges with the bolts and nuts. Tighten to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
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  7. Install the front driveshaft dust cover. Tighten the bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm) and the nuts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
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  9. Attach the rear driveshaft flange to the companion flange on the transfer case. Align the matchmarks on the flanges, then connect the flanges with the bolts and nuts. Tighten to 54-56 ft. lbs. (74-76 Nm).
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  11. Lower the vehicle and road test it.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the front dust cover retaining bolts



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Fig. Fig. 3: The matchmarks on the flanges are helpful in installation for lining things up correctly



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Fig. Fig. 4: Tighten bolt A to 27 ft. lbs. (36 Nm) and B to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm)



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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the front driveshaft-1989-95 4WD Pick-Up and 4Runner except with 3VZ-FE engine



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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of the front driveshaft-1989-95 4WD Pick-Up and 4Runner with 3VZ-FE engine



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Fig. Fig. 7: Exploded view of the front driveshaft-4WD Land Cruiser



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Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of the front driveshaft-4WD Tacoma



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Fig. Fig. 9: Exploded view of the front driveshaft-4WD T100



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Fig. Fig. 10: Exploded view of the front driveshaft-1996 4WD 4Runner

U-JOINT REPLACEMENT



See Figures 11 through 15

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the driveshaft.
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  5. Matchmark the yoke and the driveshaft.
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Fig. Fig. 11: Always place matchmarks on the spider and yoke

  1. Remove the snaprings from the bearings. There are two types of snaprings; Toyota and Dana.
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Fig. Fig. 12: Tap out the Toyota type snaprings



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Fig. Fig. 13: Pull out the snaprings-Dana type

  1. Position the yoke on vise jaws. Using a bearing remover and a hammer, gently tap the remover until the bearing is driven out of the yoke about 1 in. (25mm).
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Fig. Fig. 14: An SST such as 09332-25010 is used to extract the bearings

  1. Place the tool in the vise and drive the yoke away from the tool until the bearing is removed.
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  3. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the other bearings.
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  5. Check for worn or damaged parts. Inspect the bearing journal surfaces for wear.
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To assemble:
  1. Install the bearing cups, seals, and O-rings in the spider.
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  3. Apply multi-purpose grease to a new spider and bearings. Be careful not to apply too much grease.
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  5. Position the spider into the yoke.
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  7. Start the bearings in the yoke, then press them into place, using a vise. Repeat for the other bearings.
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  9. If the axial play of the spider is greater than 0.0020 in. (0.05mm), select snaprings which will provide the correct play. Be sure that the snaprings are the same size on both sides or driveshaft noise and vibration will result.
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  11. Check the U-joint assembly for smooth operation.
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Fig. Fig. 15: Check the axial play after reassembly

When replacing the driveshaft U-joints on a 4WD vehicle, be sure that the grease fitting is accessible after the joint is assembled.

 
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