Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Axle Shaft, Bearing and Seal

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 8

This service procedure requires the use of expensive special tools (machine shop press and an oil bath). It is best to remove the axle shaft, then send it out to a machine shop to replace the axle bearing assembly.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The backing plate attaching nuts can be accessed through the hole in the rear axle shaft flange



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Fig. Fig. 2: A special tool is used to remove the axle shaft from the housing

  1. Remove the wheel cover, unfasten the lug nuts, then remove the wheel.
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  3. Remove the brake drum.
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  5. Remove the backing plate attachment nuts through the access holes in the rear axle shaft flange.
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  7. Use SST 09520-00031 or an equivalent slide hammer puller to withdraw the axle shaft from it's housing. Use care not to damage the oil seal when removing the axle shaft.
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  9. Disconnect the brake line, then remove the brake backing plate. Remove the end gasket from the axle housing.
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  11. Grind the axle bearing inner retainer, then cut it off using a hammer and chisel. Be careful not to damage the axle shaft by grinding through the retainer.
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  13. Using SST 09527-20011 or an equivalent bearing support plate, press the bearing off the axle shaft.
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  15. Position the bearing outer retainer and a new bearing onto the shaft. Using SST 09515-20010 or it's equivalent, press the bearing to the correct location.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the bearing retainer



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Fig. Fig. 4: A press must be used to remove and install the bearing

  1. Heat the inner bearing retainer to about 302°F (150°C) in an oil bath. Press the inner retainer onto the axle shaft. Face the non-beveled side of the inner retainer toward the bearing.
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CAUTION
Use extreme caution when working with the heated bearing retainer. Wear asbestos gloves, goggles and heavy, protective clothing the avoid injury and burns. Use tongs or a similar tool to handle the bearing retainer.

  1. Remove the oil seal from the axle housing using SST 09308-00010 or an equivalent oil seal puller.
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  3. Install the oil seal in the axle housing housing. Drive the oil seal into the axle housing to a depth of 0.220 in. (5.6mm) using SST 09517-12010 or an equivalent seal driver.
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  5. Clean the flange of the axle housing and backing plate. Apply sealer to the end gasket and retainer gasket as necessary.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Removing the axle shaft seal with a puller

  1. Place new end and retainer gaskets in position. Face the notch of gasket downward.
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  3. Install the backing plate to the axle housing and all necessary components.
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  5. Insert the axle shaft straight in, not at an angle. Be careful not to damage the oil seal and/or oil deflector inside the axle housing. Secure the rear axle shaft with new self-locking nuts. Torque them to 48 ft. lbs. (66 Nm).
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  7. Install the brake drum and wheel.
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  9. Bleed the brake system, then road test for proper operation.
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Fig. Fig. 6: The oil seal must be driven to the correct depth in the axle housing



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Fig. Fig. 7: Be sure to use new retainer gaskets when installing the axle shaft



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Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of the rear axle shaft assembly

 
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