90 Camry Halfshaft Removal

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Old 19 Feb 2006, 08:15 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 90 Camry Halfshaft Removal

I have a 1990 Camry, four cylinder, automatic, made in the US. I need to
replace the left half shaft. It is the slide out type, not a bolt on. I
disconnected everything, but cannot slide the inner splined shaft out of
the transaxle. Autozone repair manual website (page 2 of 12 step 8.3 says
to "use the proper tools". What are the proper tools? I tried to just
pull it out but it only moves about 1.5 inches and does not release from
the transaxle. I know there is an internal snap ring that is probably
holding it. Questions are:
1. What are the proper tools? Are they needed or can I just pull on it?
If so, how hard do I pull?
2. The new remanufactured halfshaft comes with new snap ring. Can I use
this new one or should I get a new snap ring from the dealer?
3. My previous experience with remanufactured halfshafts on a '84 Jetta
was unpleasant. The reman'd joints failed within 10 months and I needed
to replace the outer CV joint. Are there different qualities in
remanufactured parts or is it a game of chance? I have not been able to
find this part new.
Thanks to all for your help.

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Old 20 Feb 2006, 01:48 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 90 Camry Halfshaft Removal

For the later models most are snap-on type with a retainer ring. Haynes
manual says "Pry Bar" is the special tool you mentioned. Be careful not
to damage the rubber oil seal, it says.

The picture shows the retainer ring should come out with the half
shaft. On the other hand, the passenger side you need to remove some
snap rings and a bolt I believe for the support bearing.

For rebuilds I'd use only Toyota or NAPA. Toyota probably got their
builds from NAPA anyways.

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