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Bad wheel bearings... after 10k miles?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by yurtdweller, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Jun 30, 2020 at 6:34 PM
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    High Noon

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    Short answer, botched bearing job!
     
  2. Jul 1, 2020 at 12:45 AM
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    Play in the front wheel !!

    Ok gotta be the wheel bearings change it out put back together Wow the play is still there gotta be the lower ball joint.

    More then likely you will never know just want wrong or prove just why .

    Figure out the new cause and repair as needed .
     
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  3. Jul 1, 2020 at 3:02 PM
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    The bigger question is, what did you hit to warrant getting an alignment only 10,000 miles after your last alignment? Take it back to the shop that did the wheel bearings, tell them what the tire shop said, and let them double-check the front end. There's no rocket science here.
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  4. Jul 8, 2020 at 7:07 AM
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    Yeah, I moved about 2,000 miles away from the last shop, so I can't take it back to the original place. I didn't hit anything, got new tires and decided to have the alignment checked while they had it on the lift, because everything felt super sloppy.

    The mystery has been solved, however....

    Mechanic here took out the old parts and showed them to me. Koyo. OEM. The old bearings were never replaced, even though I paid for the work. Super sham!

    Anyway, got new bearings in, and everything feels tight now. Guess I'll be more careful with checking work after I get back my truck in the future.
     
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  5. Jul 8, 2020 at 7:12 AM
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    Dude, that's such bunk. I can't believe someone could actually look another in the eye and say 'repair is complete, here's your key. That will be xxxx dollars please.'Blows my mind.
    I'm glad you got good mechanic and quality parts back on your Taco
     
  6. Jul 8, 2020 at 9:54 AM
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    OP glad you got it sorted out

    My friend you have lived a Sheltered life but for the most the Mountain West was not like that in the seventies .

    A shame the clueless get fiction in the estimates of problems bad enough you pay for parts never installed but the labor as well

    I have a friend from years ago his last job was making sure inspection garages where up to speed There was this female trooper who could play the clueless blonde bimbo he would have assist him if he thought things were worth having a better look.

    Scary I think they are both retired 20 years and done this getting old sucks
     
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  7. Jul 8, 2020 at 11:58 AM
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    If you feel good about the shop you just had the work done with, stick with them and foster a good relationship. Contact the Consumer Protection Bureau in the state where you used to live. Auto repair shops are highly regulated.
     
  8. Jul 8, 2020 at 12:45 PM
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    I agree, BCA are quality bearings, sold them for 16 years in my auto parts stores and never had any real issues with them.
     
  9. Jul 8, 2020 at 1:09 PM
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    Such BS! I had a timing belt on my old 01 taco changed at 80000 miles supposedly,15 years ago. Hit 160000 and had it replaced by a friend who’s a competent home mechanic and it was the original belt that was all cracked and about to break! Shady ass m-fers!
     
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  10. Jul 9, 2020 at 3:27 AM
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    I really wonder if the bearings not being replaced was one where the mechanic ?? never saw a Tacoma and was thinking normal type old style front wheel bearings lock nut preload nut bearings pull off the hub knock out the seal reinstall

    Panic get this Tacoma out of here rather then admit I have no idea How to change these bearings be the laughing stock of the area or maybe one pissed off customer even more so if they were aware the OP were moving far away .

    Not a good move even if it played out this way .
     
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