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Bent rear axles?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jluu44, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. Mar 25, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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    jluu44

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    I took my truck to the shop to do a tire rotation and they noticed a problem..
    My rear terra grappler tires have been wearing out unevenly.. the tread on the inside are already worn out after 15k miles on them.
    They told me the tires on the back cannot have camber wear.. and since I have not rotated them since they were on brand new, they think my tie rod or axle may have been bent somehow.

    What do you guys think can be wrong with it? Don't they require a significant amount of force to bend the rear axles? I have never taken my truck off roading or anything.
    I don't want to install new tires on the rear and have them go to waste in 15k miles again...
     
  2. Mar 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM
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    Did you buy it new? If so, ever been in an accident or jumped it? I bent my axle in a wreck, but it was pretty extreme.
     
  3. Mar 25, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    Well, there is only one way to find out. Put a dial indicator to the rear axle and measure the run out. It wouldn't be the first time a rear axle has bent.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    just a couple comfort items.
    Sound fishy to me, but if they are worn like that and they have not been rotated I guess it possible. Seems like there would be other problems like bad axle seals or bearings maybe even rear end noise. Might take a bit of investigating like some friends and a couple straight edges across the axle end flats and a tape measure top to top and bottom to bottom. there is really no way to adjust it but maybe a alignment shop could confirm how much its out. What year is the truck how many miles and are you the original owner?
     
  5. Mar 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    With my complete lack of engineering this does not make sense. If the axle was "bent" wouldn't the wear spots on the tire be on the inside and outside of the tire and 180* off from each other? Wouldn't there have been a vibration from the wobble from the bent axle? I agree that there should be some bad seals/bearing with excessive play in the rear axle if in fact the axle was bent.

    What were the tires aired up to? While it seems that the wear on an overinflated tire would be the center... Why would it wear on the inner edge?
     
  6. Mar 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM
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    It is a 2005 trd sport prerunner with approx 65k miles.
    It was involved in a slight collison which was mostly cosmetic..

    The tires were aired to the recommended psi on the tire wall. I checked it about every month or so.

    Could there be any other possibility of uneven tread wear for the rear tires?
     
  7. Mar 25, 2010 at 7:58 PM
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    Your truck lifted? If your axles were bent you would probably have a hellish vibration. Could be non balanced tires. Hard to say. You don't have tie rods in the rear end though.
     
  8. Mar 25, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    If they said your tie rods in the rear might be bent, I would take it to another shop.
     
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  10. Mar 25, 2010 at 8:16 PM
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    Sounds like they wanted to make an xtra buck. They probably rotated the tires front to back and then said , " Your tie rods are bent in the back." What a bunch of dummies. lol. I imagine thats why the tires were worn on the inside if there was never any rotation.
     
  11. Mar 25, 2010 at 8:17 PM
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    It is at stock height and supension.. I will try another shop to get another look.
     
  12. Mar 25, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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    They didn't rotate them yet because I was watching them lifting up the truck and thats when they noticed the uneven tread on the rear tires
     
  13. Mar 25, 2010 at 8:19 PM
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    I would. Those guys seem dumb!
     
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    Sounds like an alignment related problem. I'd get someone else to take a look, it's hard to know what they did if they're saying your rear tie-rods are bent. Did they fill your blinker fluid and check your muffler bearings too?
     
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    Bahahahahahhaahahaha. Good stuff:D
     
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