Rear axle change replacement

Tiny
RIVERWALKERR
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  • 2005 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
  • 3.3L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 125,000 MILES
Rear C/V excessive play, need to change out. Have replaced all wheel bearings, brakes, calipers, and rotators. Also shocks, struts with coil overs. Checked for part availability. AutoZone is $85.00 per side.
Your video changing differential fluid has a different axle than my car. Is that one a 4 cylinder? The factory part is much more than AutoZone I have used Toyota parts to maintain all our vehicles up to now. Just asking. What parts are needed to complete the job? Seals? Axle seem to slide in the differential probably with splines as show in numerous photos. I contacted you folks as your simple video for fluid changing was detailed and complete. Have not reviewed any parts changing videos that you may have posted. Are you aware of one for the 6 cylinder 3.3 AWD 2005 Highlander model?

Certainly appreciate a service like this I used the pay for information ones twice and received incorrect analysis and instruction for the repairs. We own Toyota’s for their reliability, except the Highlander has not done as well as our trucks.

Sincerely,

Jeremiah Moran
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Thursday, June 10th, 2021 AT 2:49 PM

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Tiny
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Unfortunately, we don't have a video for this specific vehicle but we do have some others that are close as you have found.

However, hopefully this will give more info that will help:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/rear-axle-seal-replacement

You do not have a solid rear axle so the axle seal is going to be in on the center differential. Then the axle that slides into the diff is going to be splined.

Please see the info below. The last screen shot is going to be the illustration that you need to see that. Please let us know if you need more info. Thanks
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Friday, June 11th, 2021 AT 6:59 PM

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