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Front diff bearing is going, now what?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Red Razor, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Jul 26, 2009 at 1:14 PM
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    Red Razor

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    2006 AC 4X4, Bilsteins at 1.75" and wheelers AAL. Been lifted for about 15k miles. The past few weeks, I have developed a vibration at slow speeds, 0-15 mph. I can only describe the vibration as a grinding feeling. I feel this the most when making slow speed left turns. My drivers side output shaft front the diff has a fair amount of play, up and down, maybe 1/4" at most.

    I am convinced that the vibration is coming from the front differential. My wheels feel solid, to rule out wheel bearings. I dont want to go to the dealer. After I spend the time to remove my lift and go back to stock, they will just give me the runaround anyway.

    Is there anyway I can pull the CV's and drop out the diff myself, and still be able to drive the truck? I know the CV shafts pretty much hold the hubs on, but there must be an alternative. Prerunner hubs maybe?

    I dont know, maybe this is a crazy idea. I would just like to work on this thing myself. See what exactly is going on in there.
     
  2. Jul 26, 2009 at 1:42 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Could it maybe be your CV's?
     
  3. Jul 26, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    How do I check?
     
  4. Jul 26, 2009 at 3:50 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Well....If the drive shafts move around at the diff.....Odds are its the bearings. If they are "Loose" feeling, then it could be the joints. Id bet its the CV's, as opposed to the bearings.
     
  5. Jul 26, 2009 at 5:54 PM
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    Drivers side shaft has play at the diff. There is about 1/4" of play if I push on the shaft out near the boot. CV's feel ok. When I jack-up the truck, turn the shaft by hand, it seems ok to me.
     
  6. Jul 26, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    Ok, then....
     
  7. Jul 26, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    After talking with Will (Tacomaman06), I still belive its the CV's. He had the same issues, and it turned out to be the CV's. The front axels DO have some amount of play at the Diff, and that is normal. Its been a while since I was around a first gen, so it took a bit to figure this out.
     
  8. Jul 26, 2009 at 8:25 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    getting there....
    odds are, as far as im seeing it, that the cv's are the culprit. my truck had some horrible vibes, especially at higher speeds on the interstate, so after tire balances and such, i decided to replace my cv's. when i popped the old ones out....the knuckles in the cv's were shot, and caused alot of flop/movement, movement that couldnt be felt too much while they were still attached to the diff. when i put the new ones in...most of my vibes went away. i still have a lil vibes at speed, but its because one of my tires isnt balanced that good.

    alos meant to say that there is a lil play in the cv's......up and down, while still in the diff.
     
  9. Jul 26, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    The best thing to do is return it back to stock and take it in for warranty.

    I've seen differential go bad. There were a few on TN that had it replaced under warranty.

    It's expensive. So do it under warranty.

    In reality they cannot deny your issue because of your 1.75" lift. Because the suspension is still basically stock. other than shocks. But it is better to be safe and remove the AAL's and lower the billy's, and take it in.



    As for your earlier question? YES! you can run the Prerunner hubs and remove your CV shafts, and the differential. But why bother?
    Let the dealer fix it!;)
     
  10. Jul 26, 2009 at 10:03 PM
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    I have had a lot of movement on my CVs, but the dealer said that was normal.

    I have been driving with this excess movement for about 25k miles. Still no problems.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEjqtDg9gUs
     
  11. Jul 26, 2009 at 11:30 PM
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    wow that is alot of play i need to check mine out.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2009 at 12:30 AM
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    Wow! That is a lot of movement. Tell the dealer to show you a new truck that has that much movement? Mine barely moves.
     
  13. Jul 27, 2009 at 3:47 AM
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    My truck is a 2nd gen (2006).

    That's a good point and all, but I just fear that after I spend the time to remove the lift, make arrangements to leave my truck at the dealer, they are just going to give me a hard time about it anyway. Also, I have read on TN of a few which had the diff replaced, only to have these vibs come back. I plan to keep this truck for the long haul, and need to know how to maintain it myself.
     
  14. Dec 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM
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    Hey red razor,

    i have a 2007 tacoma 4x4 and have that same vibration/grinding feeling when turn left at low speed, there is also a good amount of play in my driver side CV at the Diff. Truck runs smooth after the turn when driving straight. What was the problem with your's? because mine is out of warranty and am hoping it is nothing to expensive.
     
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