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Kyle N.
Kyle N., Toyota Technician
Category: Toyota
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Experience:  ASE Master Auto Technician, L1 certified, CA. Smog Lic.
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Toyota Prius: My son and I are trying to replace the front

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My son and I are trying to replace the front axle hub on his 2007 Prius. We're down to pulling out the hub and its frozen inside the steering knuckle. Everything we've read it practically falls out. Any ideas??
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
Hi,Do you still need help?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
Ok how far have you gotten? Is the hub off the car?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is there some kind of pulley or tool I could rent to get inner bearing out
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
looking hang on
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
ok. I usually take the whole hub off the car, flip it over on a vise then there is a dust cover on the inside that comes off. Hammer it out from there. You need to soak it hard in WD40 or similar product. Looks like you have some corrosion holding it together.
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
Sometimes I wedge a small chisel between the hub and bearing and tap in a couple different spots to try and work the hub and bearing away from each other.
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
Here is the Toyota instructions,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I was trying to remove tie rod nut but it will not turn is it suppose to lossen the opposite way
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
here is more
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
last one which shows what you are looking for I think
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok all have to try that
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
Ok let me know if you need more help.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok will do
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Do u need a press to press that wheel bearing hub out of the steering knuckle
Expert:  Kyle N. replied 2 years ago.
Hi again,
Normally you do not need a press to get it out. The hub is Aluminum so it will deform easily. I scrape the edge all the way around with a pocket screwdriver to break up the corrosion, wd40 it and the chisel trick. You have to pound on it when they get as bad as yours. I'm in the Pacific North west and we use mag chloride on the roads in the winter. I've seen my fair share of these.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok I got it off
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
But found on the outer tie rod is bad but have problems breaking the nut loose I sprayed down with WD-40 still will not budge