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Fan Bracket Free Fix!!! Must Read!!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by pilotj, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Feb 16, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    pilotj

    pilotj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2001 Tacoma 3.4L and recently have been hearing bearing rumble near the waterpump. Truck has 210,000 miles on it. I listened to all parts with a screwdriver and found the fan bracket was rumbling like a bad bearing. The part at dealer cost is about $300. Checked online and found one for about $60. I went for the $60 part. After installing the new part, started the truck and the rumble was back with gusto!!! I could even feel the rough bearing with a screwdriver. So, I took off the new part, tapped it with a screwdriver and it went clunk.:eek: I tapped the old part with the screwdriver and it rang. The new part must be cast Chinese, including the bearing!!! :D:mad::D:mad:
    So here is the free fix:
    I have a hypodermic needle with a zerk fitting for a grease gun. Took the needle and slipped it between the seal and shaft on the back side of the fan bracket and pumped 5-6 pumps of grease into the bearing. Installed the fan bracket and started the truck. No noise, took the screwdriver and listened to the fan bracket and all I could hear was hmmmmmmm. Just like a new bearing!!!
    So, if you have your fan bracket off for any reason, at any mileage, grease the bearing and you will save hundreds!!! :):):):)
     
  2. Feb 16, 2011 at 4:50 PM
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    Supra TT

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    Nice work lol. Interesting.. Damn chinese!
     
  3. Feb 16, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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    I knew better when I ordered the part online. At that price, cheap is CHEAP CHINESE CRAP!!!:D
    At least they are taking the chinese part back and the factory part is like new again.:)
    I LOVE MY TOYOTA!!!! 500,000 miles, here I come! Almost 1/2 way there...
     
  4. Feb 17, 2011 at 12:04 AM
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    ok perhaps a dumb question but what do you mean you listened to it with a screwdriver? Do you just put it up against the part and the sound travels through the tool or what?
     
  5. Feb 17, 2011 at 3:23 AM
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    yes it works like a stethascope. you just put it on the part while the motor is runing and you cen hear what going on inside the motor
     
  6. Feb 17, 2011 at 4:09 AM
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    I like that trick. Thanks for the tip man. Glad you got it fixed cheap!
     
  7. Feb 25, 2011 at 8:48 PM
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    500 miles since greasing the fan bracket.
    Listening with the screwdriver, it still sounds like a new bearing!
    Guess I'll grease it again in another 100,000 - 200,000 miles....
     
  8. Feb 25, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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    You gotta pic of exactly where you put the grease?

    Great fix btw. Mine has been calling crickets every since I bought it.
     
  9. Feb 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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    I didn't think about taking a pic when I had it off.

    You need to remove the fan bracket first. Very easy, just slack the p/s and alt belts, remove the four nuts attaching the fan,
    Remove the fan and pulleys,
    Remove the 5 bolts attaching the fan bracket and remove the fan bracket,
    On the back side of the fan bracket you will see the shaft protruding from the seal.
    Carefully insert the grease needle between the shaft and the seal, then pump 5 or 6 pumps of grease behind the seal. This is a two person job, because you won't be able to get a good seal on the needle without two hands.
    Be sure you have the grease gun needle that is like the one pictured.
    After greasing, rotate the shaft, you should feel the resistance of tbe grease, if not, add more grease.
    Then reinstall and your done!

    IMG_20110226_100802.jpg
     
  10. Feb 26, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    Hey Jay, I have the same problem here with my 1998 v6 tacoma with 333 000 km on it. I'll sure try your trick before buying another over priced part.

    Thanks for your post!
     
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    Once the bearings have been run dry they have been damaged. Adding more grease may quiet things down, for a while.
    This is the proprietary bearing assembly, 1 row of ball bearings and 1 row of rollers. Just so you will know what your sticking a needle into.
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  13. Feb 28, 2016 at 12:44 PM
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    Thanks for the advice, I was looking for a short term repair. But I just started the engine and that was not the problem -_-'
     
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    after changing my timing belt and water pump last weekend I have a metal on metal sound that sounds like it's coming from my fan bracket. I had grayish black shadowing on the back side starting at the bearing and spreading out like the bearing puked it's grease. I sprayed it down with super clean and washed it down which I now regret. Think I got some degreaser or water in the bearing. Ordered another bracket online ($107) and I'll put it in when it arrives in a few days.
     

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