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Bad wheel bearings or brakes?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by G59, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Jul 11, 2016 at 3:57 PM
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    G59

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    So my truck has been making this sound lately whenever its moving (throttle or no throttle). It sounds like a kind of sliding sound like as if my brakes were gently scraping the rotors or something. But my brakes work perfectly and don't howl, moan, screech, etc. What do you guys think it could be?

    p.s: I know brakes checks are cheap as all hell and some places do it for free but im just looking to get a few opinions first
     
  2. Jul 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM
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    Bad wheel bearings will give you some vibration thru the steering wheel, and will smooth out when turning. Typically if it smooths out when turning left, it's the right wheel bearing, but not always.
    Bad u joint will give a vibtarion thru the seat, and will change with speed.
    The noise you describe could be brakes, maybe the wear indicator...
     
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  3. Jul 11, 2016 at 4:09 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

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    Check the brakes yourself. Eliminate the simple stuff before giving others your hard earned money.

    It's possible a simple cleaning and lubrication of sliding points will cure the issue.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2016 at 4:41 PM
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    what should I be looking for? just worn down pads? I just got my taco recently, not 100% familiar with it just yet :goingcrazy: thanks!
     
  5. Jul 11, 2016 at 5:44 PM
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    are you getting any sort of wabble/vibration? if so where? steering wheel or seat?
     
  6. Jul 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM
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    yes, your brakes can be completely destroyed and still function. get it checked!.
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  7. Jul 11, 2016 at 6:51 PM
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    damn
     
  8. Jul 11, 2016 at 6:54 PM
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    Their getting their money's worth out of those pads and rotors.
     
  9. Jul 11, 2016 at 8:09 PM
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    mhorton1911

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    A good way to check if its your wheel bearing, Take off wheel and rotor and then turn the hub. You will be able to feel it scrape and hear it too. This is how i diagnosed mine before taking it to the shop
     
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  10. Jul 11, 2016 at 8:24 PM
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    Could be as simple as a warped rotor also. Start with the easiest/cheapest solution first
     
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  11. Jul 11, 2016 at 11:13 PM
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    was before, but a new set of ATs fixed that!
     

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