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How to Replace Front Passenger CV Axle Shaft 02-17 Toyota Camry Sedan

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How to Replace Front Passenger CV Axle Shaft 02-17 Toyota Camry Sedan

Created on: 2017-10-27

Watch this video to learn how to replace your CV axle. The experts at 1A Auto show you how to replace the axle on your 02-09 Toyota Camry.

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


    Center Punch


  • Hex Wrenches

    6mm Allen Wrench

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Channel-Lock Pliers

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Torque Wrench

    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

    30mm 12-Point Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Dead Blow Hammer

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

With the wheel off and the vehicle on jack stands and supported, need to punch out the part where the axle nut has been staked into the axle. This way the axle nut can be removed. There's no cotter pin. It's actually, once it's installed, it's been peened in, or staked. So I need to take another punch and work it underneath.

All right, let's spray some rust penetrant on the end of the axle. It needs a 30 millimeter 12-point deep socket to remove this axle nut. You're going to want to have an assistant step on the brake and then use a really long breaker bar to break this free. I broke it free with the breaker bar. I'm going to use a ratchet to bring the rest of the way off. I'll just leave it threaded on there for now.

Disconnect the sway bar link from the strut. Then you can lay the sway bar link over to the side. Disconnect the tie rod end to the ball joint and pull it off the knuckle. That way I can turn the knuckle freely, push the axle out of the back of the knuckle, and the axle out in this direction and then work on freeing it from the transmission and the bearing mount that's here on the side of the engine. Once those are released, you should be able to pull the axle straight out of the engine compartment.

Spray some rust penetrant on this upper sway bar mount. Use a wire brush to clean off some of the rusty bits. These can be difficult to take off. They get rusty and then the ball joint spins. It does have a hex spot here to put in a six millimeter hex drive. A lot of times that strips almost instantly as soon as you try to break it free, and you end up having to put vise grips behind to grab onto the ball joint because there's no point here for a wrench. We'll do our best to get this one off without having to cut it off.

This is 17 millimeter nut. Break it free first. See it's turning. It's turning the whole ball joint with it. It's really tight. Try and do clean out any rust and dirt that's in this hex drive, so I can get the hex drive to sit as far possible inside here so it doesn't strip. Use some brake parts cleaner. I've sprayed some oil in there, and I've been working the Hicks drive-in to try to clean it out. I can see it's going in a little deeper, try to get to sit as best I can. Think that's as far as it will go. Spray some more rust penetrant on there.

I'm going to try to counter hold this with the hex drive while I free it with the 17 millimeter box wrench. We'll see how this goes. Sometimes you have to brace that against like the strut. That needs just have so much See, it's moving. That's good. It's really tight though, so I'm going to I'm just going to put that there. I'm going to spray some more rust penetrant. These are typically self-locking nuts so they're a little bit They're not perfectly round. They're kind of oblong. That can make removing them difficult. Also, the rust gets gummed up in the threads. I'm trying to spin this on and off to try to work the rust penetrant into the threads.

As I kind of expected, working these back and forth, this hex drive, they basically always strip. It's nearly impossible to remove them without these stripping, no matter what you do. The next step I'm going to get some vise grips and try to hold the ball joint back here and use a 17 millimeter socket and ratchet and continue to remove this nut. Going to try to slide these locking pliers behind the ball joint on the sway bar link, got a 17 millimeter deep socket on this longer ratchet and try to remove these.

It feels like it's turning. One thing to mention: if you're going to have to remove sway bar links for any reason or think you're going to have to remove them for any reason, you should have new ones on hand. They're almost a one-time use part. But we carry them at If you're as lucky as us, you'll have to resort to power tools or a hacksaw to cut these sway bar links free. I'll do my best to avoid the strut. I don't want to damage that. I just want to kind of cut on the going to try to find the narrowest part of the ball joint in the sway bar link. I think I'm on there.

I need to separate the outer tie rod end with the ball joint from the knuckle. There's a cotter pin in the castle nut. I'm going to spray some rust penetrant in here. Take some needle-nose pliers and bend the cotter pin over so it's straight. You can use side cutting pliers to get a better grip on it. Pry it out. Try not to squeeze too hard. You don't want to cut the cotter pin if you don't have to. Easier to remove it in one piece. There we go. I'm going to use a 17 millimeter box wrench and break the castle nut free. It doesn't want to budge. Take a dead blow mallet, tap the end of the wrench. I'm just going to put that nut just on the end. Can hit right here in the knuckle with a metal hammer to try to free this ball joint from here.

You do run the risk of cracking this knuckle and damaging it. It's preferred to use a ball joint separator tool. I'm just going to slide that in, thread it down. Use the appropriate size wrench for the tool and keep threading it. This will separate the ball joint by pressing it out. They have a taper, and basically it's press fit. When you tighten in the nut, it presses into the knuckle. That's what holds it in place. It needs to be pressed out. That one is free. Remove the nut. Just work that out. Might have to move that a little bit. Just place that aside. This way I've got more room to move the knuckle to get the axle up.

I want to spray some rust penetrant into the splines here to help this slide out. It needs a plastic dead blow hammer to free it from the knuckle/the axle. Now it's moving nice and free. I can take the axle nut off. Now that I know that this axle will move free from inside the hub, I'm just going to put the axle nut back on for now, just a couple of threads to keep it from falling out potentially, because we need to go underneath and loosen these ball joint, the two nuts and the bolts, and pull the knuckle and strut assembly away from this lower arm and help us get the CV axle out.

We can separate the ball joint from the lower control arm by removing these nuts and this bolt here. You don't have to mess with the ball joint that's in the knuckle. Spray a little bit of rust penetrant on these. Just using the rag so it doesn't drip everywhere. This one has threads on the top side. These are 17 millimeter, so I'm using a 17 millimeter socket, a breaker bar and extension. Put these bolts aside so I can reuse them. I'm going to grab the lower control arm and I'll push up on the suspension arm a little bit, get them to separate. Might need to use a pry bar. That's why I put the nut on the axle shaft so it didn't slide completely out on me. Let's take the nut off of the axle, pull the axle out of the hub, and place that aside.

Now we're under the car. There is a axle bearing carrier that is both of the back of the engine block that our passenger side CV axle is going through. This is a bearing inside here, and then it goes out and into the transmission. I need to spray some rust penetrant in here and remove this big locking ring and then remove this locking bolt, and this should slide out of this carrier and come out of the transmission. We'll have a drain pan ready to catch any fluid that comes out of here. But that should do it. Get some rust penetrant up in here. You can either use a large flat bladed screwdriver. I'm using a big pry bar to kind of push it free.

Use some slip jaw pliers, kind of squeeze these together. This upper part of the snap ring is kind of rusted and seized into the groove. Take a ball-peen hammer and try to tap it free. Back to the slip jaw pliers, kind of basically free it from the groove that it's in. If this snap ring comes out without a problem

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Center Punch
  • Pick

  • Hex Wrenches

  • 6mm Allen Wrench

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Channel-Lock Pliers
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 30mm 12-Point Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Dead Blow Hammer

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