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Dealer wants to replace entire driveshaft....

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by weingarb, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:47 AM
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    I took my 09 tacoma dc trd (70k miles) in for U-Joint replacements and they called me back saying the tech reccomends the whole driveshaft assembly be replaced bc its "rusty". Seems excessive but also want to get it fixed. Any thoughts would be appreciated
     
  2. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    See build thread.
    If its covered under warranty sure why not.
     
  3. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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    tacobo670 if you have to ask, u can't afford it

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    if its rusty n he's gotta replace one u-joint, most likely the others are going out as well. then next month u will find another u-joint has failed only to come back and complain y is this happening to ur truck n it shouldnt be like this n that u are being robbed n whine n complain. then there is talk of suing the dealership and toyota for making ur truck unsafe to drive because u've had to come in several times to replace parts on the same issue n it hasnt been fixed yet. ----trust me i get it.
    just replace the unit. its better in the long run IMO.
     
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    tacobo670 if you have to ask, u can't afford it

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    its not, warranty ended at 60k
     
  6. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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    both u-joints are bad.. just dont get how the driveshaft could be bad...
     
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    Jesus 60k on an 09?

    Props to you but I feel sorry for your butt.
     
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    if u wanted to save some bucks, just buy the shaft n install urself. not that hard at all
     
  9. Jan 18, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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    Replace the U-Joints. Sand-blast/wire-wheel & re-paint if the rust bothers you, then get it balanced, good to go :cool:

    Only reason I could see it needing replacement is if it's rusted through and now has a hole in it, which even then I would have a drive-shaft shop build a new one which would most likely be cheaper & stronger than an OEM one.
     
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    also, maybe he just dont wanna do the work of replacing the joints so just opting for whole new shaft.
     
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    thats what im thinking
     
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    Screw that, I'd go with a single piece and eliminate the carrier bearing before I let the stealership replace it. I'd imagine that's quite an expensive part from Toyota.
     
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    Ouch... is he saying that the 'rust' is a safety concern? I can't see how the driveshaft on a 2009 could be that bad unless you drive in the ocean.
     
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    Bingo! Call Tom woods for a 1 piece...
     
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    Can you tell me more about these single piece shafts?
     
  17. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:16 AM
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    I went with one after I lifted my truck to get rid of vibrations (which it did) - it also gets rid of the center carrier bearing - just over all cleaner setup and less stuff to break IMO
     
  19. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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    I know what I was looking at and the rust on the shaft wasnt much at all. The two ujoints were shot and ive replaced them before on a Chevy 1500 but wanted to be safe by having the dealer do it. they want 650 JUST to do the U-joints... my paranoia with dealerships is proving worthy im afraid
     
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    Here's another thread where they tried to get the member to replace the whole drive shaft for just u-bolts.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/183038-looking-new-drive-shaft.html

    It seems a lot of people go to the 1-piece drive shaft to eliminate vibrations that came about after installing a lift. If you're stock height, it would still benefit you because of the elimination of the carrier bearing (plus better quality parts than OEM and cheaper).
     
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