Is your Toyota wheel bearing noisy, and the ABS light illuminates? Learn how to fix the problem by replacing the wheel bearing of your Toyota.
These instructions will help you replace the Toyota rear wheel bearing assembly and ABS sensor on models such as Toyota Yaris, Prius, Altis, Celica, Matrix, Estima, RAV4, Corolla, Scion xB, Scion TC, and Pontiac Vibe. This guide applies to front-wheel-drive Toyota vehicles. It does not apply to all-wheel-drive models. It only applies to vehicles with the ABS wheel speed sensor integrated into the wheel bearing.
- Noise – an early sign that your Toyota wheel bearing is starting to fail and will need to be replaced soon.
- ABS light – the ABS, TRAC, and VSC lights may come on permanently or, in some cases, intermittently.
What you will need
- Toyota Rear Wheel Bearing with ABS Sensor
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Ratchet wrench
- Breaker bar
- Metric Sockets
- Penetrating rust fluid
- Wheel chocks
- Thread locker
- Torque wrench
- Park the vehicle. Place the transmission in Park. If you have a manual transmission, place it in the first gear.
- Place wheel chocks on the back and front to lock the front wheels. You need to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
- Loosen the lug nuts, but do not remove them yet. Raise the vehicle and secure it with jack stands.
- Remove the lug nuts and take off the rear wheel.
- Spray penetrating oil on all the bolts.
- Disconnect the ABS sensor connector.
- Remove the brake caliper guide bolts.
- Disconnect the parking brake cable.
- Use a breaker bar to remove the brake caliper bracket bolts.
- Remove the rotor from the wheel hub. If you plan on reusing the rotor, use a rubber hammer to remove it.
- Remove all four bolts that secure the wheel hub. These bolts may be difficult to remove, especially if they are rusted. Use a breaker bar and spray penetrating oil. Allow the penetrating oil to work for at least fifteen minutes.
- Remove the wheel bearing together with the ABS sensor.
- Use sandpaper or a wire brush to remove rust from the wheel hub mounting area.
- Install the wheel hub bearing and torque bolts to specification. See the typical values below.
- Install the rotor on the wheel hub.
- Install the brake caliper bracket and torque the bolts to specification. Remember to use a thread locker on the bolts.
- Install the brake pads and brake caliper and torque the bolts to specification.
- Install the wheel and torque the lug nuts after you lower the vehicle.
Typical torque specifications. These values may vary between models.
- Wheel hub bolts – 70 ft. lbs.
- Lug nuts – 80 ft. lbs.
- Caliper guide bolts – 25 ft. lbs.
- Caliper bracket bolts – 75 ft. lbs.
Verify the correct torque specification by calling your dealer.
ABS Light Still On
If the ABS light is still on when you have replaced your vehicle’s ABS wheel speed sensor, you can use the YOUCANIC Full System Scanner to clear the codes. This scanner can also read and clear fault codes through every control module of your vehicle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Toyota wheel bearing special tool?
You do not need any special tool for this design.
You need a bearing removal tool on a Toyota 4Runner, Tundra, or Tacoma to replace the rear wheel bearing.
My wheel bearing is fine, but my ABS light is on due to a bad sensor; what should I do?
Before you replace a Toyota ABS sensor/wheel hub assembly, check the connector at the wheel ABS sensor. The connector can corrode and trigger the ABS light.
What are the common symptoms of having a bad wheel bearing?
A humming Noise coming from the wheel
Looseness on the Steering Wheel
Steering Wheel Vibration
We hope you find the Toyota Wheel Bearing | ABS Speed Sensor Replacement guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Toyota.
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