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CAN A WORN UJOINT 148K CAUSE VIBRATION FROM 35--70 MPH

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacotruck 2.7, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Feb 9, 2017 at 9:17 PM
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    09 base Taco 148k auto 2wd----Im getting a high frequency vibration at road speeds then when i let off the gas to a stop the truck acts normal. I was taking a look down below and noticed about a 1/4" of play between the tranny and shaft ujoint. U can hardly tell on the pictures (top of center) one shows some shiny steel then turned the other way it dosent. Weird thing is the tranny ujoint has the most play vs the other two seem fine. Have any of you 120k plus guys Experienced any of this ? Also what is typical lifespan of these Ujoints ...IMG_20170209_225256.jpg IMG_20170209_225245.jpg
     
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  2. Feb 9, 2017 at 9:28 PM
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    That rust is what is left of the needle bearing. Change them all. Upgrade to a serviceable u joint.
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2017 at 9:34 PM
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    That is without a doubt your problem. Like stated above go ahead and replace them all to greaseable ujoints. 120k out of a ujoint isn't bad. I am lifted and drive kind of hard so mine don't last long at all
     
  4. Feb 9, 2017 at 11:08 PM
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    Can you recomend a qaulity greasable unit. for a street truck comuter no offroad.
     
  5. Feb 9, 2017 at 11:14 PM
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    you have exceeded it "service life". not to be a dick but it service life it just how long it lasts, no real set milage. just like our "lifetime" trans fluid, lifetime is just a bs word, doesn't mean a humans life time, just the lifetime of the fluid which could be 60k miles.
     
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    also spicer brand joint are what the driveline shop here sells. never had any problems with spicers
     
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    With normal highway driving what is the service life of a ujoint?
     
  8. Feb 10, 2017 at 5:33 AM
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    or at least what is the recomeded changeout interval on these u joints.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2017 at 7:25 AM
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    As with many components, there is no recommend changeout interval, but they should be inspected every service.
     
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    For good quality U Joints, the Spicer units with the grease zerk can't really be beat for the price. 05-11 4wd Tacoma part is Spicer part 5-213x. Just picked them up for About $22 each at Oreillys.

    Guess what I'm doing this weekend.
     
  12. Feb 10, 2017 at 4:51 PM
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    That is a serviceable drive shaft and spicer makes the ujoints for it. Also it has grease fittings so u can grease it during service
     
  13. Feb 10, 2017 at 10:49 PM
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    Had a horrible vibration in mine. Changed the hanger bearing and all 3 u joints and now smooth as can be.
     
  14. Feb 11, 2017 at 9:15 PM
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    OK WHO EVER SAID that rust stain is whats left of your needle bearings was spot on along with other comments. Picked up 3 USA made Spicer greasable units / Local Oreilys/ all the same pt#. at 24$ a piece and had them changed out this a.m WOW that was definately the problem. Its sooooo smoooth n quiet the way it should be. If you pointed me in the right direction...A SINCERE THANK YOU TO FELLOW FORUM MEMBERS. pictured are the worn and the newly installed u joints. the Chinese units were 16$ with lifetime but nah. buy once cry once. not just that but the Spicers just looked higher qaulity.

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