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Diff/driveshaft "slap" ?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by gtrotter, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Feb 11, 2011 at 11:56 PM
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    gtrotter

    gtrotter [OP] Well-Known Member

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    See original thread here:
    http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2114497#post2114497

    Having some issues here fellas, any help is appreciated. I don't want to start just throwing parts at it if I don't have to, ya know?;)

    For the clicky impaired:

    Hey guys, just a quick tech question here.
    Little info first, it is a 2009 tacoma regular cab 4x4, lockright rear locker, 5 speed

    After leaving work tonight, I heard a "slap," alomost like a flatspotted tire,coming from somewhere beneath/behind me. It goes away when either the clutch is in, trans in neutral, or coasting in gear. It is speed dependent, and the gear I am in doesn't matter. The slap seems to get faster, the faster I go, but goes away when I let off and coast, even in gear.

    When taking off it doesn't quite seem like it has that "engagement/grab" feel like when the locker engages. Is it possible that the springs or something are worn out or broken? I took it up a ramp on the way home and I could lift a wheel off without slipping a tire in 2wd. Could it be a u joint going bad? I thought I detected a minute amount of play in the front u joint of the driveshaft.

    I'm kind of stumped and I am going to park it until I figure it out and can get it fixed.
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  2. Feb 12, 2011 at 4:58 AM
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    bdd151

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    I would look at a U-joint first, that would be your cheapest route. I had the same sympton your describing on my jeep and it ended up being the u-joint. The needle bearings were worn down/non-existent on the one side of the cup.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM
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    gtrotter

    gtrotter [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well, this morning I went out for some investigative work. I checked the slop in the driveshaft, and it had a good inch and a half of rotational slop before you couldn't turn it anymore. Is that normal? I think the front u joint is bad, but couldn't drop the driveshaft to drive around in 4hi to check. Talk about overtightened bolts.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    gtrotter

    gtrotter [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well, I dropped the rear driveshaft to locate the proble fore or aft today. Drove around, and sure enough I couldn't get the noise to rear its' ugly head. So, I went ahead and replace the u joints and put the driveshaft back in. Took it for a drive, and guess what? Still had that damn noise.
     
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