Description

On RAV4 and Sequoia models, axle shafts transfer power from transaxle to front wheels (FWD), or front and rear wheels (AWD). MR2 is a mid-engine, RWD design. Axle shafts transfer power from transaxle to rear wheels. On Highlander, axle shafts transfer power from transfer case to front wheels when transfer case is engaged. Axle shaft consists of axle shaft with flexible Constant Velocity (CV) joint at each end. On RAV4 and Sequoia, front inner CV joint is splined to transaxle. On RAV4, rear inner CV joint is bolted to differential and outer CV joint is splined to front or rear hub assembly. On MR2 models, rear inner CV joint is splined to transaxle and Outer CV joint is splined to rear hub assembly.

Inner and outer CV joints are enclosed by a CV joint boot. Boot maintains lubrication in CV joint and prevents contamination of CV lubricant. Boots must be replaced if cracked, torn or damaged. Inner CV joint can be repaired without replacing assembly but outer CV joint must be replaced as an assembly.

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