A 1992 Toyota Corolla uses a pair of axles called halfshafts to connect the wheels to the transmission. At both ends of these axles are CV joints that allow the axles to rotate yet move with the suspension up and down. The CV joints are covered by boots that can tear, causing the joints to deteriorate. Should one of your axles need maintenance, you will need to remove it from the Corolla, which should take an hour to do.
Tools Used: Tools, Jack, Jack stands, Tire iron, 8 mm bolt, 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set, Mechanic’s wire, Slide hammer, Line wrench
Remove CV Axle
Park your Corolla on a level, paved surface and put on the parking brake. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels with a tire iron. Lift the front of the Corolla with a jack and put jack stands underneath the jack points on the sides of the car. Remove the lug nuts completely from the wheels with the tire iron then pull them off the car. Take off the brake caliper with a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Remove the caliper from the car and support it by the front strut with mechanic’s wire. Pull the caliper off of the front knuckle.
If necessary, thread an 8 mm bolt into the threaded surface on the face of the caliper and tighten it in place with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket to pop the rotor off the knuckle. Unbolt the backing plate nuts from the inside of the axle shaft with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Remove the brake line from the front suspension with a line wrench. Attach a slide hammer to the center of the axle. Use the slide hammer to remove the axle from the transmission.