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01 tacoma dbl cab squeak noise coming from drive shaft area I think

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by steves01, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Jun 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM
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    01 tacoma dbl cab squeak noise coming from drive shaft I think. when driving I can hear a squeak noise but when I put it in netural no noise. I greased the u joints and the noise is the same. the faster I drive the faster the noise. When I pushed down on the rear bed and hear no noise. I'm guessing its the center drive shaft thing, how do I check it out?
     
  2. Jun 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    could be your center support bearing, or your double cardan joint. For the center support bearing, it should have about a 1/4 of play in it when you move it around. As for the double cardan joint, mine did the same thing with the squeaking noise, and it ended up being bad. The bad news about that is that you can't replace it easily. I just ended up getting a one piece drive shaft from tom woods, and that solved the problem.
     
  3. Jun 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    I'm taking a trip to Tenn from Massachusetts next month. Is this something I should be afraid of going bad on the trip? I think it was the center support bearing I had replaced years ago for around 250 dollars.
     
  4. Jun 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM
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    if it ends up being the center support bearing thats not as bad as the double cardan joint. I know when my double cardan joint went bad, one of the u joints actually cracked the yoke it sat in. Now have you tried greasing the center support bearing also, there should be a hole in the bottom of it the if you move a the rubber to the side a little you can see a grease fitting. Also have you greased the double cardan joint? There should be a grease fitting on the two u joints in it and one on the bearing that sits in between them.
     
  5. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    Does the Double Cardan Joint zerk get NLGI No. 2 Molybdenum Disulfide Lithium Base Chassis Grease


    Now have you tried greasing the center support bearing also, there should be a hole in the bottom of it the if you move a the rubber to the side a little you can see a grease fitting...I cant find this fitting?
     
  6. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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    Yep, I see the hole than another hole with a rubber plug in it. Is that the rubber that needs to be moved?
     
  8. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM
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    should be, if i remember right when i had a center support bearing and greased it i just pushed the rubber to the side a little and the grease fitting was right there.
     
  9. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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    nothing on my truck. The rubber in the hole turmned out to be dirt with metal behind it
     
  10. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    do you have a stock one or one from a parts store
     
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    Toyota stock part
     
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    ok thats weird because i just went out and looked at my old drive shaft in the garage and i have a grease fitting right in there
     
  13. Jun 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    honestly i think it's probably your double cardan joint, because when you put it in neutral the noise stops, and when it's in neutral there is less strain on the drive shaft. If it was your center support bearing it would make the noise regardless of you being in neutral or not. Try greasing the two u joint in the double cardan and the bearing thats in between them. Alot of people miss that one because it's not that easy to see.
     
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    I put the truck in the air and turned the D shaft. From what I can tell the sound is coming from the rear U joint that connects to the rear axel.
     
  15. Jun 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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    well there you go thats an easy fix!
     
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    what u joints are people using. Totota wants $70.00 for one.
     
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    wow that can't be right, u joints are usually tops $25. I get mine from napa autoparts
     
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    i put moogs in mine that are greasable. also prerunner didnt see if yours is 4x4 or not but prerunners have no grease fittings and 4x4s do with 6 being on the driveshaft
     
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    I jacked it up today and gave it an now I'm wondering if the noise could be from the center of the drive shaft. I pumped it full of grease and it sounded like the noise was worse at first. I did lube the slip yoke where the two driveshafts come together. From what I read somethimes they will bind and cause noise?
     
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    Yesterday I replaced the rear U joint ( Toyota U joint $75.00!) and fixed the problem. One of the bearing caps was dry and eating into the surface.
     
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