How To Change The Cv Joint On Toyota
The clicks and shudders from the front end of your ride aren't getting any better, so it is time to learn how to change the Cv joint on your Toyota. When you look under the car, you will see the black plastic Cv boots. It is a lot easier to replace the whole drive assembly, which includes the axle and the joints, and it may not be a lot more expensive. You can find rebuilt assemblies for most Toyotas. Check with your local parts store, and while you're at it, see if they will loan or rent you a spindle nut socket and tie-rod-end puller.
To change the Cv Joint on a Toyota, you will need:
- A new drive assembly, which includes the axle and the new Cv joints.
- Tie-rod-end puller.
- Socket for the spindle nut
- Tire tool for removing the wheels
- Jack stands
- Pry bar
- Jack the car up on a level surface and put in on jack stands. Make sure the jack stands are under the frame and equally spaced. Take off the wheels.
- Release the locking tabs on the spindle with the screwdriver. Attach a breaker bar to the spindle nut socket. Loosen the spindle nut while holding the hub in place with a large screwdriver.
- The caliper and rotor are next off, then the cotter pin . Use the tie-rod-end puller to unbolt the lower control-arm ball from the steering knuckle. Pull the knuckle and hub toward you until the drive axle comes free of it.
- Carefully pry the drive axle out at the transmission and remove it. It may take a pry bar to get it out of there. Insert the new shaft assembly and reverse the process. Use a new cotter pin to attach the ball joint to the knuckle. It's a pretty easy but fairly greasy job to replace the Cv joints on Toyotas.