This guide applies to front-wheel-drive Toyota vehicles. It does not apply to all-wheel-drive models. It only applies to vehicles that have 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 light may come on permanently or, in some cases, intermittently.
What you will need
- 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 wheel bearing together with the ABS sensor.
- Use sandpaper or wire brush to remove any present 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. Rember to use thread locker on the bolts.
- Install the brake pads brake caliper and torque the brake caliper 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.
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 Toyota 4Runner, Tundra, Tacoma if you need 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.