How to Remove the Half Shaft on a 1988 Toyota Camry

A 1988 Toyota Camry is a front-wheel drive car, with the transmission mounted to the side and underneath the engine. It uses half shafts to turn the wheels and those half shafts have bearings mounted behind the boots mounted on their ends. These bearings can wear out and they do require maintenance, so when something happens, the entire half shaft needs to be removed from the Camry. This should take about an hour to do.

Tools Used: Jack, Jack stands, Tire iron, Needle-nose pliers, Assistant, 1/2-inch breaker bar and sockets, 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set, Plastic hammer

Remove Half Shaft

Park the Camry on a level surface and put on the parking brake. Put the front of the car on jack stands using the jack and take off the front wheels with a tire iron.

Remove the cotter pin in the center of the brake rotor using the needle-nose pliers. Take the cap off the lock nut on the axle. Put your assistant in the car and have them step on the brake. Remove the lock nut on the axle with the 1/2-inch breaker bar and sockets.

Unbolt the engine under cover from the Camry with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Unbolt the fender seal from around the inside of the fender with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Unbolt the tie rod end from the front knuckle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then pull it out of the knuckle.

Unbolt the front knuckle from the lower control arm using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull the lower control arm away from the knuckle with your hands, then hit the axle in the center of the rotor using the plastic hammer. Pull the knuckle off the rotor using your hands.

Unbolt the other end of the half shaft from the transaxle using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. Pull the half shaft away from the transaxle and away from the car.

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