Right axle removal on 90 Camry

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Old 28 May 2006, 10:29 am   #1 (permalink)
geolev
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Default Right axle removal on 90 Camry

I have a 90 Camry. 4 door, 2wd, Engine 3S-FE:

I'm trying to remove the right axle. I got the end clear of the wheel
hub so that all that is left holding it is the bearing bracket in the
middle and where it enters the transmission. I unfastened the snapring
on the outboard side of the bearing bracket and tried pulling on the
whole assembly but it doesn't budge. I tried hitting the Tripod Joint
housing with a hammer in the direction away from the transmission but
it didn't budge.

This thread,
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.a...72b04002153e4e

seems to indicate that there is another bolt to remove but it is
unclear. I don't see any bolts on the bearing bracket other than the
ones holding it to the block.

How do I remove this axle?

Thanks,

George

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Old 28 May 2006, 04:58 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Right axle removal on 90 Camry

If I remember correctly, there is a 12mm bolt on the bottom of that bearing
housing that needs to be removed in order for the axle to be removed. But
even then, I've never come across one of these that didn't come out
without the help of an air hammer and a big ass pry bar. Two people make
it easier sometimes.

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Old 28 May 2006, 05:23 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I've become a great fan of Kroil especially after it helped me remove a
water pump bolt from my '77 Toyota truck after the head broke off and
vice grips just marred the threads. After soaking in Kroil for a couple
of days, it was removed with no damage to the threads in the block.
I sprayed that bearing bracket with Kroil and the axle just slipped
right out - I could have just been the exception though, but it seemed
to work well for me. They say it will penetrate areas down to a
millionth of an inch and dissolve rust. Kroil's been around for
decades. I believe that bearing carrier bracket is cast iron, so rust
is a definite possibility.
You do need to remove the bearing lock bolt on the underside of the
bearing bracket too.
I also used Kroil on that lower fuel filter bolt that has given many
people trouble. Had some other work on the car so it soaked for a
couple of days - came loose easily in a matter of seconds.
I buy mine on the Internet, but I understand gun shops sometimes carry
it.

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Old 28 May 2006, 08:26 pm   #4 (permalink)
geolev
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Default Re: Right axle removal on 90 Camry

I have some PB Blaster which came highly recommended. I just sprayed a
ton of it into the bearing bracket. I'll give it a day to soak in and
then try again.

I took a close look at the bracket and don't see a bolt on the bottom.
Are you describing a bolt that holds the bracket to the block or a bolt
that is holding the bearing in the bracket?

Thanks,
George

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Old 29 May 2006, 07:11 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Right axle removal on 90 Camry

I don't see this bolt on mine. As far as using a pry bar, can you
suggest a way to do this? Where do I place the pry bar in order to move
the axle? I'll try placing a pair of visegrips somewhere along the axle
to see if I can get some purchase that way.

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Old 31 May 2006, 04:35 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Right axle removal on 90 Camry

You know, I can't exactly picture the bottom of your car. When I was
talking about the bolt, I was refering to the following generation (92 and
on), so that intel might be off. We don't see many cars that old at the
dealer anymore. As far as leverage placement, the inner portion of the
axle (just outside the diff) should have a plastic or metal housing that
has a notch or two you can get a grab on. I put a pry on that while
someone else beats the mother out of the bearing housing with an air
hammer.
I'm not sure of your intent, but if CV boot replacement is all that is
required you can always just remove the axle from the inner CV boot and
out by disassembing the inner joint.
Hope this helps.

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Old 04 Jun 2006, 02:30 pm   #7 (permalink)
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That could explain why I don't see the that bolt on the bearing
bracket. I've seen it mentioned in other forums but mostly for newer
models.

Replacement of the outer CV joint is exactly what I need to do. The car
stopped moving and when I pushed it into my garage and jacked it up,
the ball bearings fell out of the boot nearest the hub. )

I disassembled the wheel and gave the middle axle a tug and it came off
at the middle boot. Mind you, I was trying to pull the whole axle out
of the transmission so I pulled pretty hard and when the boot slipped
off, I landed right on my ass, HeeHee.

I took the halfshaft to my local Auto Zone and they said they couldn't
get the parts. It sure looks like all I need is a kit to rebuild the
outer CV joint or a rebuilt halfshaft. I've searched online but all I
can find is the whole axle.

I'll bring it to a dealer next to see if they will sell me the parts.

Thanks,
George

qslim wrote:
> You know, I can't exactly picture the bottom of your car. When I was
> talking about the bolt, I was refering to the following generation (92 and
> on), so that intel might be off. We don't see many cars that old at the
> dealer anymore. As far as leverage placement, the inner portion of the
> axle (just outside the diff) should have a plastic or metal housing that
> has a notch or two you can get a grab on. I put a pry on that while
> someone else beats the mother out of the bearing housing with an air
> hammer.
> I'm not sure of your intent, but if CV boot replacement is all that is
> required you can always just remove the axle from the inner CV boot and
> out by disassembing the inner joint.
> Hope this helps.


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Old 06 Jun 2006, 06:54 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: Right axle removal on 90 Camry

Around here - Calgary Canada, a rebuilt or brand new aftermarket axle is
pretty reasonable in cost, around 85-95.00 exchanged, complete with
warranty. Ie: if anything goes wrong, you can get a replacement as opposed
to if you screw something up rebuilding your old axle you're s.o.l.

"geolev" <geolev@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> That could explain why I don't see the that bolt on the bearing
> bracket. I've seen it mentioned in other forums but mostly for newer
> models.
>
> Replacement of the outer CV joint is exactly what I need to do. The car
> stopped moving and when I pushed it into my garage and jacked it up,
> the ball bearings fell out of the boot nearest the hub. )
>
> I disassembled the wheel and gave the middle axle a tug and it came off
> at the middle boot. Mind you, I was trying to pull the whole axle out
> of the transmission so I pulled pretty hard and when the boot slipped
> off, I landed right on my ass, HeeHee.
>
> I took the halfshaft to my local Auto Zone and they said they couldn't
> get the parts. It sure looks like all I need is a kit to rebuild the
> outer CV joint or a rebuilt halfshaft. I've searched online but all I
> can find is the whole axle.
>
> I'll bring it to a dealer next to see if they will sell me the parts.
>
> Thanks,
> George
>
> qslim wrote:
> > You know, I can't exactly picture the bottom of your car. When I was
> > talking about the bolt, I was refering to the following generation (92

and
> > on), so that intel might be off. We don't see many cars that old at the
> > dealer anymore. As far as leverage placement, the inner portion of the
> > axle (just outside the diff) should have a plastic or metal housing that
> > has a notch or two you can get a grab on. I put a pry on that while
> > someone else beats the mother out of the bearing housing with an air
> > hammer.
> > I'm not sure of your intent, but if CV boot replacement is all that is
> > required you can always just remove the axle from the inner CV boot and
> > out by disassembing the inner joint.
> > Hope this helps.

>



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