To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten fasteners to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS . After installation, check ABS speed sensor signal and wheel alignment.
1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove rear wheels. Drain differential oil into proper container. Remove ABS speed sensor (if equipped). Remove cotter pin and lock cap. Apply brakes and remove nut.
2. Place match marks on axle shaft flange and differential flange for installation reference. Remove 4 nuts and washers. Using a plastic hammer, tap axle shaft from rear hub. Remove rear axle. See Fig. 18 .
2001 DRIVE AXLES AWD & FWD Axle Shafts - Highlander, MR2, RAV4 & Sequoia
Fig. 18: Exploded View Of Rear Axle Shaft (AWD - RAV4) Courtesy of TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, U.S.A., INC.
Ensure no play exists in inner and outer joints. Inner joint must slide smoothly inward and outward, and be free from excessive play in radial direction. Check for torn or damaged boots.
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