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Front bearings/spindle noise question.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Matic, May 24, 2010.

  1. May 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM
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    Matic

    Matic [OP] Locked and Lifted "02" DC TRD.

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    Recently after my trip from indiana I started noticing some noise in the front end of my truck. Since it is a 2002 and the brakes had never been changed, I attributed the noise (a very,very slight rubbing or grinding) to the brakes needing changing. (70k).
    After swapping the front brake pads out unfortunately the noise was still there. I asked my buddy to drive it and he couldn't even hear it or feel it in the steering or brakes until I pointed it out. I have a very keen ear and it is my truck so I guess I pay attention more.
    He pointed out that it was in fact the front bearings but not to worry that I had the entire summer left before I needed to replace them.
    I went to have a second opinion at the goodyear shop and they confirmed the same.
    It has the 3 inch leveling kit with the OME coils up front and is showing a bit of wear on both outer front tires. I never had it alligned after installing the lift because it drove strait and true afterwards.

    After looking under the front end, it looks to me like the bearings are pressed into the spindles and not the rotors. Looks like the entire spindle has to come off and the bearings pressed in and then reenstalled.
    Would this be correct?
    I can get the bearings from advanced and the goodyear guy said he would hit me up for about $200 and in fact told me and showed me on the schematics/repair fiche that they just remove the entire spindle and send the bearings and spindle over to the machine shop to have it pressed. Maybe 4 hours of work.

    If this seams to be true, cant I just remove the spindles myself and take my bearings over to a machine shop and have them pressed then re-enstall myself? And then have an allignment done?

    Thanks in advance.

    2002 toyota tacoma, TRD, SR5, prerunner, quadcab.
    3 inch leveling kit.
    OME coils and spacer up front.
    rear AAL
     
  2. May 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM
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    Matic

    Matic [OP] Locked and Lifted "02" DC TRD.

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    OME 881 coils with OME nitrochargers shocks up front. TC UCA's OME Dakars with extra leaf in the rear. Warn 8000 winch with 80ft custom braided synth line. Custom 60ft synth extension. All pro tube bumper, Hi-lift jack, Safari Snorkel, Wilco tiregate.
    BTW.
    The noise (rubbing or grinding) is getting a bit worse. Especially at low mph tight turns.

    Thx.
     
  3. May 24, 2010 at 5:26 PM
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    ETaco23

    ETaco23 Marshall offroad Fabrication

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    I would get it fixed and then get an allignment done asap! Anytime you lift, you should always get it alligned. Even if it drives straight.
     
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