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Check Your U-Joints

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by splitbolt, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. May 8, 2019 at 2:50 PM
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    scifidelity

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    Toyota claims these are "lifetime lubes" which we all know if BS. Soooo I think things will get interested in 10 years when many slip yokes cease up. Pretty thrilled with my 2016 right now that has zerks all over the place.
     
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  2. May 8, 2019 at 5:14 PM
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    Yes, you gave two on the front shaft, and none on the rear shaft assembly.
     
  3. May 8, 2019 at 5:25 PM
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    Just regreased my 5 this weekend
     
  4. May 8, 2019 at 5:35 PM
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    Just checked my 2018s two greasable Us, Both required about 4 pumps before any grease began purging from the seals. There was very little in there..
     
  5. May 8, 2019 at 11:32 PM
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  6. May 9, 2019 at 3:55 AM
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  7. May 9, 2019 at 4:03 AM
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  8. May 9, 2019 at 7:53 AM
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    I am very new to this so please pardon any stupid questions. Do we pump until purge everywhere or are there places where we need to worry about hydrolocking?
     
  9. May 9, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    Pump till you see the fresh NEW grease coming out all 4 bearings....:thumbsup:
     
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  10. May 9, 2019 at 1:50 PM
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    splitbolt

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    You only need to worry if you are met with resistance trying to pump grease or one or more of the seals doesn't purge.
    The former is likely a bad zerk. The latter can be a bound up seal. Rotating the shaft will usually allow it to purge. If it still persists in not purging, it's a possible indicator something's wrong. Up to the individual at that point if they want to replace or run it until it becomes a nuisance.
     
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  11. May 12, 2019 at 1:02 PM
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    My '93 4x4 actually had a greasing diagram on the back of the driver's side sun visor. I drove that one 300,000 miles on the original u-joints without a single problem before I sold it. I greased them every couple of years with whatever grease was in the gun, usually Mobil 1. I got under my 2018 OR DCLB AT yesterday (build date June 21, 2018 in Tijuana) and there was a grand total of exactly one zerk at the front of the front driveshaft. Nothing anywhere else. I went back and triple checked every joint to be sure I wasn't missing anything, hand rotating each joint while looking. And for those who don't know already, all you have to do to be able to rotate the rear driveshaft by hand (and mine has a Spicer Balanced Driveshaft label on it) is to jack up only one rear wheel so it just clears the ground while you shut the engine off with the transmission in neutral. Then, when you turn the driveshaft, that wheel will turn as you rotate the shaft.

    It seems like, after slogging through this entire thread that there are quite a few assembly variations over the last few years so the only way to really know is to get underneath and carefully inspect.
     
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  12. May 12, 2019 at 1:55 PM
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    You missed 1…. At the rear of the front shaft.... Remove the shield and there it is....!!:thumbsup:
     
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  13. May 12, 2019 at 2:55 PM
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    Sorry guys. No I did not miss one. I took the shield off and turned that sucker 360 a couple of times. Nada.
     
  14. May 12, 2019 at 4:11 PM
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    what year is yer truck..??

    Helps a lot if you put that info in your signature.

    OOOpppS.. sorry I now see its a 2018......WTF.
     
  15. May 12, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    Well, I did put the exact date it was built in my original post this morning. And I know that because it was special ordered and they notified us the actual day it was built - June 21, 2018. So maybe this is a summer solstice thing, I don't know, but I've been greasing zerks for something like fifty years now and I do know what they look and feel like.
     
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  16. May 12, 2019 at 5:35 PM
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    LOL, I told my wife the same thing! :)
     
  17. May 12, 2019 at 11:18 PM
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    It seems that there was at least one person here several pages back who reported having only one zerk as well. This is not something I'm going to spend much time thinking about.
     
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  18. Jun 20, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    I think its there just painted black so hard to see.
     
  19. Jun 20, 2019 at 12:33 PM
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    Then I would have been able to feel them with my fingers, which I also stuck in there, while looking with a strong flashlight. Nada.
     
  20. Jun 20, 2019 at 1:06 PM
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    Maybe 1 got broken off.
     

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