1995 Toyota 4Runner Remove Front Axle

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The four-wheel drive model of the 1995 Toyota 4Runner uses a pair of axles to turn the front wheels when four-wheel drive mode is activated. These axles occasionally need servicing, when one of the constant velocity joints lose grease through a broken boot, or just from age. When that happens, you have to remove the entire axle from the SUV so that you can service the part. This should take about an hour or so to do.

Tools Used[edit]

Tools
Jack
Jack stands
Tire iron
Brass drift
3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
Hammer
Snap-ring pliers
Bungee cord
Seal puller

Remove Front Axle[edit]

  • Take off the hub cover in the center of the front wheels. Move the dial in the middle of the hub to the "free" position. Unbolt the six bolts around the hub cover using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then pull off the hub cover.
  • Unbolt the center bolt on the hub using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull off the bolt and washer. Unbolt the bolts behind the cover using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Tap the ends of the bolts using a brass drift and a hammer, then remove the washers from the hub.
  • Jack up the front of the 4Runner using the jack, then set the front of the SUV on two jack stands. Take off the front wheels using the tire iron. Pull off the front wheels, then pull off the hub underneath. Unbolt the brake caliper from the steering knuckle with a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then hang it from a bungee cord mounted to the frame.
  • Remove the inner seal on the rotor using the seal puller. Unbolt the axle from the differential using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Remove the snap ring from the end of the axle using the snap-ring pliers. Pull the axle shaft out through the side of the steering knuckle.