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Old 02-27-2012, 11:19 AM   #221
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thats stupid! did you ask them then why does it go away in 4wd?
Tech said he feels vibrations no matter what speed. It was the same tech they sent me with to test the blower motor. He couldnt hear it chirping. He admitted he had pretty bad hearing damage. Winners...
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Any update from East Coast Gear? Any one care to guess what the labor would be to install? I am afraid this repair is past my skill set....
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anyone have any tips on installing the driveside axle seal? have troubles like it doesnt want to fit. do you have to seat the seal inside the diff or does the axle seal sit on the outside of the front diff?
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anyone have any tips on installing the driveside axle seal? have troubles like it doesnt want to fit. do you have to seat the seal inside the diff or does the axle seal sit on the outside of the front diff?

I am not exactly sure you are talking about the seal just outside the needle beaing location. If so I recommend using the old seal if its not totally trashed and a piece of 2x4 to drive the new on in. The seal is the same diameter so creats eaqual force.

You can use just a piece of wood but make sure the wood touches all the way around the seal. It is a rather tight fit, if this is the first time you have worked with oil seals.
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I have heard of guys just putting the seal on the axle and jaming it in there so to say... not jamming it just using that as a word
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2010 Tacoma Front end growling noise is fixed........

I just finished replacing my left front diff bearing in my 2010 Tacoma to fix a growling noise that appeared when I installed my 3" Toytec lift. It took about an hour to do the entire job. I got the bearing from East Coast Gear Supply.
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The bushing from east coast gear supply is available now. It will replace the needle bearing, which will just go out again. I will be ordering soon bc i think my new bearing is starting go bad after about 7k miles. that was on my 07 taco..
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I just finished replacing my left front diff bearing in my 2010 Tacoma to fix a growling noise that appeared when I installed my 3" Toytec lift. It took about an hour to do the entire job. I got the bearing from East Coast Gear Supply.
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sweet! did you buy the tool to remove bearing/install the bushing? or make your own? I'm a cheap bastard, want to borrow yours
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Im wondering the people that got there bearing replaced, like me. How long does it usually take before the bearing starts to fail again and make noise?
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I took a chisel and put it between the CV and differential(on the side) and hammered it between the two
until it released the axle,that was all I had
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Hello everyone. I'm a new member to your forums.

I have also completed the drivers side front differential needle bearing replacement. I replaced the needle bearing with the PTFE bushing from East Coast Gear Supply. It removed the growl so far. I had 82,000 km on my completely dealer serviced 2007 Tacoma.

The job was relatively easy. I have never attempted anything like this before and I would like to thank everyone who made a post with photos. They helped me with the confidence required to take on this job.

I didn't see anything obvious with the removed bearings. I did notice wear marks on the CV axle that indicated something was wrong.

I found the easy way to check for this problem was that the Tulip portion of the drivers axle was on a slight downward angle. I raised the front of the truck and spinned the wheel and could hear a light clicking noise. I would then wedge a pry bar under the metal portion of the CV axle to raise the Tulip portion of the axle and spin the wheel again.....The clicking would subside. This will scratch your CV a little, but takes the gravity load off of the needle bearing.

I can post pictures showing the difference between the needle bearing and PTFE bushing if you like. The bushing is slightly longer and would seem to offer more support.

Thanks everyone!
Mike.
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Front Diff. Vibes

Just a question from a rank amatuer. It may be that I did not notice any vibrations until shortly after I failed to take the truck out of 4Wd when I got back on to pavement. I accelerated to 55 MPH and drove for about 10 miles before I saw the icon , slowed to 40 and switched to 2Wd.
I get most vib at 45 - 50 Mph but some at 65-70 and 35-40 Mph.

Great site, great info !

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Sick of it all,

welcome to the board. Pls post those pics of your repair. It will be a great addition to the board.

Again, welcome.

Cheers!
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welcome to the board. Pls post those pics of your repair. It will be a great addition to the board.

Again, welcome.

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I know that dude! Still, the goddamn issue persists. I've been away for at least 8 months.
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Hello everyone. I'm a new member to your forums.

I have also completed the drivers side front differential needle bearing replacement. I replaced the needle bearing with the PTFE bushing from East Coast Gear Supply. It removed the growl so far. I had 82,000 km on my completely dealer serviced 2007 Tacoma.

The job was relatively easy. I have never attempted anything like this before and I would like to thank everyone who made a post with photos. They helped me with the confidence required to take on this job.

I didn't see anything obvious with the removed bearings. I did notice wear marks on the CV axle that indicated something was wrong.

I found the easy way to check for this problem was that the Tulip portion of the drivers axle was on a slight downward angle. I raised the front of the truck and spinned the wheel and could hear a light clicking noise. I would then wedge a pry bar under the metal portion of the CV axle to raise the Tulip portion of the axle and spin the wheel again.....The clicking would subside. This will scratch your CV a little, but takes the gravity load off of the needle bearing.

I can post pictures showing the difference between the needle bearing and PTFE bushing if you like. The bushing is slightly longer and would seem to offer more support.

Thanks everyone!
Mike.
Did you replace the CV axle ?
I have the same issue and can feel some slight indentations on part of the axle,I have not decided to change the cv axle or just the bushing.
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Toyota should eat a big one on this. My Highlander Hybrid is also ready for trade in as I've OD'd on Toyotas at this point.

The issue is one of tolerances. There is too much slop in this underspec'd needle bearing. Lifting it just exacerbates this weakness that is all.

My CV rumble used to go away when I put it in 4w-HI as well but that lasted maybe a year after lifting the truck 2.5". The axle was very loose and had similar wear patterns as seen above (minus the needle marks). If you notice this is two bands on the outside of where the wimpy needle bearings would wear given the slop in the stock setup.

Slipping the bronze bushing on the CV axle (East Coast Gear Supply part page) there is certainly a little play (normal) but nowhere close to the slop that was there before.

Does anyone know what the CV axle bearing surface diameter (mm) should be?

The bushing, OEM seal, removal and install toolset are $180.

Looking forward to getting her back together this week.
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Smile alpinebob

I am wondering what size 3 jaw puller will fit into the differential housing/extension ? I have several but none that small??

Thanks for the info,

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I am wondering what size 3 jaw puller will fit into the differential housing/extension ? I have several but none that small??

Thanks for the info,

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Some were able to use a pilot bearing removal tool.
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