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Blew an axle seal!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PennSilverTaco, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:14 AM
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    PennSilverTaco

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    So my truck was squeaking like an SOB when I hit the brakes. I just had the front brakes (pads and rotors) replaced about 2,500 miles ago. Rear brakes (shoes and linings) replaced 22,000 miles ago).

    I brought it to the dealer that inspects my truck and expected something needed to be oiled.

    Turns out the rear axle seals blew fairly recently and pretty much destroyed my rear brakes.

    My independent mechanic would have done the work for $770, but he’s booked until Tuesday. My parents are in California until Wednesday, and I do have my dad’s 2018 GMC Yukon to drive, but it’s bigger than I’m used to.

    This is literally the worst possible weekend for my truck to sit inop in my driveway, so I’m paying about $200 more for it to be done at the dealer and be finished today.
     
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  2. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:18 AM
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    Muddinfun

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    I would top off the rear axle gear oil and drive it till it was splattering the windshield of the car behind me, before I would pay the dealer to work on my truck.
     
  3. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:34 AM
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    Normally I’d agree, but I’m OCD about my truck.
     
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  4. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:36 AM
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    MattCowsmasher

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    Rear axle seal isn’t hard to replace, the drums are a major pain tho.

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  5. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    Which is exactly why I leave shit like this to my mechanic or the dealer!
     
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  6. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:40 AM
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    I get that but doing it with a buddy and myself I was only out the seal and gear oil. Saving me bunches of money for beer.
     
  7. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:42 AM
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    hx989

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    Won’t the oil soak the brake shoes and render that drum useless?
     
  8. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:43 AM
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    Just the brake shoes the drum itself can be wiped clean.
     
  9. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:51 AM
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    Yes and no.... metal is porous and can soak in the oil. You can usually get away with wiping it down then heating it up with a torch to burn off any oil that might be present in the metal.
     
  10. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:52 AM
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    Word!! Didn’t know that :thumbsup:
     
  11. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    You can actually sometimes bring pads / shoes back to life by soaking them in some 91% rubbing alcohol, then take a torch to them as well. The alcohol will help pull the oil out of the very porous pad material as it burns off. But for the price that pads / shoes really arent just do it right, new pads.
     
  12. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:54 AM
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    The shoes and drums are already soaked. Soaking them more is not going to change the outcome.

    The rear wheel bearings need to be changed. The gear oil has washed the grease out of the bearings and they will fail soon if not replaced.
     
  13. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:55 AM
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    Why does everyone always whine about the rear drums, if you just maintain your rear brakes by cleaning and adjusting on a regular basis they come right off.
     
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  14. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:56 AM
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    I thought the rear wheel bearings were already bathed in gear oil as is? (its not like we have a semi / full floater rear)
     
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    Nope. The rear bearings sit on the outside of the axle seal.
     
  16. Nov 8, 2019 at 8:58 AM
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    Ah good to know!
     
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    On a side note, these were the original axle seals from 2009. My truck has almost 107K miles and this is the first anything like this has happened.

    Whenever I bring it in for service anywhere, I always get compliments on how well maintained it is.
     
  18. Nov 8, 2019 at 9:47 AM
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    By useless I meant overall brake function. As Nd4 said, the drums don’t have to go in the trash. That’s not what I meant.
     
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    So I got a 2019 Camry as a loaner, and my phone fell under the driver’s seat. I looked under the seat and found a condom...

    Granted, it was unused and still in the wrapper, but thinking about what has probably gone on in that Camry...

    :puke:
     
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