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CV Axle Install question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JGJ, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Jun 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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    JGJ

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    Putting my cv axle in now. How far in would you say that you should be able to put the CV axle in by hand before tapping it with a prybar and hammer. Dont wanna break it.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jun 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    It's an axle, you won't break it.
    Push it till it stops. And you're not going to tap it either. You're going to whap it nice and solid. Once you hit it, it will only go in another 1/4-1/2"
     
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    dont use a hammer on the shaft you wont get that nut back on there us a rubber mallet
     
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    thanks. was worried about breaking some seals. here we go...
     
  5. Jun 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM
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    Im hitting the lip of the inner axle to get it in the differential.
     
  6. Jun 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM
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    Uhh...you shouldn't be hitting the axle itself at all. OP has the right idea. Use a prybar and place it on the lip of the inner CV joint.
    Like this:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    Just lube the axle up real good before you insert it and try not to let the snap ring touch the axle seal and you'll be fine.

    Also, I find it easier to place the opening of the snap ring so it's facing upwards. Gravity seems to help out.
     
  8. Jun 1, 2011 at 1:48 PM
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    axle seal?

    how will I know when its in enough? I dont think I'll be able to feel a snap if Im pounding on it with a hammer

    thanks
     
  9. Jun 1, 2011 at 1:52 PM
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    The little rubber seal that you are inserting the axle itself into:

    [​IMG]

    You won't know until you check it.
    Hit it...and then pull the axle towards you. If it comes towards you, you didn't hit it hard enough.
     
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    Bible:

    http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/maintenance/cv_axle/

    Only difference is 2nd genners have two larger bolts on the bottom of the LBJ insteead of 4 smaller ones.

    Speaking of....why the hell am I in the 2nd gen section?

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    EDIT: Oh wait....you're a first gen!
     
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    good to know i was showed to tap it in from the shaft with a rubber mallet
     
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    still here. whats the trick? is it really this difficult? how long does this usually take?
     
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    Pretend it's a Ford. Hit it with a hammer nice and solid.
    Easy Peasy.
    If the axle is ready to go in, 30 seconds. The whole swap is about 15-30 minutes per side.
     
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    when you get the hang of it prob 15min
     
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    this is starting to get really frusterating. still not in.

    Im using a crowbar like pictured here. you think I should go pick up a diff shaped crowbar? one with a flat side (instead of curved).

    should I need to hit it at all lips/angles or do you have success just hitting a couple times in 1 place/lip?

    thanks

    images.jpg
     
  17. Jun 1, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    Make sure the axle is strait. If its not, put a 2x4 under it so it's mostly strait. Push it as far in as it will go till it stops. Put a prybar or whatever on the lip and smack the shit out of it 1 time really hard. If it doesn't go in, you'll have to re-align it again. 1 hit at a time, then check. Again, also make sure the snap ring opening is facing upwards.
     
  18. Jun 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    i would think hitting it all around it so it doesnt go in crooked
     
  19. Jun 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    listen to des guy. ha
     
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    It only takes one hit. It's not like your tapping in a bushing or a bearing so there's no need for hitting it around. You are just fighting the snap ring that needs to compress inside. If you've already pushed it in as far as it can go (which is about 1/4-1/2" from the end), it's aligned.

    I use a 5 lb shorty sledge and a long prybar.
     
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