Driver's Side Axle Replacement

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    I am replacing the driver's side axle on our 2010 Prius. I have it in. Just checking to see if it should be flush up against the transmission or if there should be a small gap? I currently have about a 1/16" gap so I'm guessing I have a bit to go. Any help is appreciated.
     
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    Should be gap and not leaking
     
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    You should feel it snap in. You'll see the clip on the splined part of axel.
    When you have it in all the way, you'll feel it "snap" or click in place. You can pull on the axel
    and it should a little, but not pop out.

     
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    Thank you. It's not leaking. Woo Hoo!!
     
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    Thank you. It's in!!!
     
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    If you grab the inboard joint, give it a moderate tug, and it does not come out - it is fine.

    On an unrelated note, why did you replace the axle? These axles can be easily rebuilt with a quality boot kit from Toyota for about $60. The only tools you need are a set of cv boot pliers, a sharp chisel and a hammer.
     
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    You have to be able to put it in a vise to hold it still while you smack the inner race to pop it off the axel.
    If you are NOT replacing the boot, you don't have to do that.
    I had to replace the outer boot on mine. It was NOT fun! I had to drill out my bench and find bolts that fit so
    I could bolt my vice to it.
    Next time I replace front wheel bearings, I'll be MORE careful holding the axel out of the way! I pinched the boot.
    :(

     
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    The outer joint does not need to be removed. After the inboard joint is removed, use a sharp chisel and gently tap off the tripod. Next, remove the damper. After that, you can slide the outer boot off of the shaft while keeping the outer joint attached.

    I just rebooted a Camry axle on Friday with the same setup as the Prius.

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    Thank you all! I appreciate your help.
     
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    2010 Axle.jpg I spoke too soon. It is leaking. I haven't driven more than a few blocks since my last post. Noticed there are fluid spots on the ground. In looking at the passenger side axle the silver ring is flush against the transmission. The attached picture it the ring on the old axle for what I am talking about. There is currently an 1/16" to 1/8" gap between the ring on the new axle and the side of the transmission. I am using a 4 lb dead blow. Should it be flush and should I keep on blowing?
     
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    Are you sure you got the correct replacement axle - all dimensions matching the original? Who is the manufacturer?

    Maybe you damaged the seal? I would not pound the axle in, for risk of deforming something important.
     
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    If it is the correct axel, and should be since you took it out and just replaced the boots????
    Then the seal is either damaged, or worn. Time for a new one.
    Pounding is not really good, nor should it be needed. You should be able to just push
    the axel in, or shove it in...

     
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    Maybe autozone, oreillies, napa??? Toyota might be open today. They might have one.

     
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    Oh boy. Thank you.
     
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    If you still have the old axle, measure the distance between the dust shield and the end. Make sure it's the same, and also make sure the contact area was not machined too rough on the replacement axle. If those two things check out, then you probably have a damaged axle seal.

    Also, you sometimes have to tap on the axle for it to fully seat inside of the trans. This is very dependent on the condition of the snap ring. I like to screw the old axle nut onto the end of the axle and give it a few taps with a mini-sledge as this will always seat the axle.
     
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    Looks like I am going to have to take it back out. Any tricks to getting it out? It was a bear to get the old one out.
    I followed the 1A Parts video on YouTube
     
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    Super price on OTC Tools 7509 at ToolTopia.com
     
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    Thank you. That looks like a pretty awesome tool!
     
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    Yep, both the new and old are the same size.

    Good call!! It is the rubber seal/boot. I will try to pick one up from Toyota on Monday.

    Thank you!
     
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