How to Remove a Drive Shaft in a 4Runner

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Remove the Toyota 4Runner drive shaft to perform required maintenance like changing U-joints in the drive shaft yokes. The drive shaft uses a slip yoke on the transfer case end and a flat flange mount on the rear at the axle housing. The 4Runner rear drive shaft has a center-mounted carrier bearing that supports the center of the drive shaft, helping to reduce vibration over the length of the shaft. The carrier bearing and bracket will need removal in order for the drive shaft to come out of the truck.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wrench set
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • Oil drain pan
  • Raise the rear of your 4Runner off the ground using a jack. Position a set of jack stands under the frame rails and lower the jack until your 4Runner is resting securely on the stands.

  • Locate the rear yoke on the drive shaft and remove the four bolts that secure the yoke to the flange on the rear axle housing, using a wrench. Put the bolts aside in a safe place for use during reassembly.

  • Move forward on the drive shaft until you locate the center bearing and bracket, about halfway up the shaft. Remove the tow mounting bolts that hold the bracket on the frame with a wrench and socket and ratchet. Save the bolts so you can use them when you put the shaft back into the truck.

  • Place an oil drip pan under the rear of the transfer case to prevent oil dripping on the ground when you remove the drive shaft from the slip yoke. Pull the drive shaft straight back and remove it from the rear of the transfer case.

  • Remove the drive shaft from under the back of your Toyota 4Runner.

References

  • "Toyota 4Runner Factory Service Manual"; Toyota Motor Corporation; 1988
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