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front diff bearing replacement

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Silver_Taco, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Mar 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM
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    Silver_Taco

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    before anyone gets jumpy, yeah, I've read the 37 page post and all other related posts on all other sites.

    I have the noise from the drivers side tire area that sounds like a bad wheel bearing ... but goes away in 4WD -- indicating a diff bearing. Question is, has anyone installed one with success? I can get the part for 150 or so but don't want to tear into this damn thing without some encouragement. pissed. :mad:
     
  2. Mar 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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    Want to know also.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2010 at 1:52 PM
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    :popcorn:I have the exact same thing...
     
  4. Mar 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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    How long you been driving with it?
     
  5. Mar 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM
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    too long. I need to do cv's and the diff bearing.
     
  6. Mar 3, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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    I have for about 2 months.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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    are you out of warrenty?
     
  8. Mar 3, 2010 at 2:35 PM
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    I am, would have been at the dealer a long time ago if I did.

    And yes, I have read the really long post about in on TN as well. Obviously, I dont believe everything I hear, but this makes me a little less leary.

    "For me, the noise / vibe started right after putting the 5100 on (see my earlier posts in this thread). I noticed it on the drive home from the shop.
    That was almost two years and > 20K miles ago, and nothing has changed. The noise / vibe has not gotten any worse, and no better. I don't worry about it anymore. Most people would not even notice it, including most techs at the dealership."


    This sums mine up to a T, minus the timeframe and miles.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    I just went to the dealerships in my area today. They are all totally overwhelmed right now with the Camery gas pedal work. The soonest I could get in is Monday (5 days). Only one dealer was willing to accept that I had a brain and knew the issues I had and that they could be associated with known issues with Tacomas.
     
  10. Mar 3, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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    I've got an intermittent rattle coming from the front end, I want to say driver side. I thought it was a wire rattling off the drive side of the Y pipe but I cleared it and the rattle is still there. Seems to be between 500-1500 RPMs, speed irrelevant, I've gotten it with 1/4-1/2 throttle doing 65mph and very slightly while idling up my driveway with no skinny pedal. Couldn't get it in neutral.

    Speed not making a difference makes me think not a bearing. Any of you guys have similar symptoms or suggestions?
     
  11. Mar 3, 2010 at 4:14 PM
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    Yeah I'm not going back to the dealer ... ever.

    can't believe no one has a fix.:(

    I'll tear right into the damn diff soon.

    Also noticed it's sporadic. Just went out for dinner - not happening at all.... F*'d up.
     
  12. Mar 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM
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    Yeah I see that as well. I don't ever have it in 4Hi though so I am thinking its related.
     
  13. Mar 3, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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    well to all of u hope this helps.....

    i had a wheel bearing soind also coming from front driver side. dealer said it was the front diff. so they put a whole new one in. then they said my 4x4 was not working corectly so they gave me a new transfer case. i picked it up and no sooner then that night the noise is back. so i bring it back in. this time they changed the front driver side wheel bearing in the hub. been a week now and no noise. i thought i was the only one with this problem. wonder what causes it. i still get a rubbing feeliong once in a while when making left turns but my truck is stock i dont know what that is.
     
  14. Mar 3, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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    I just replaced my front axle half shafts and noticed I might have a slight leak coming from the right one. I am assuming I need a new gasket or something?
     
  15. Mar 5, 2010 at 5:39 AM
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    Anyone have any more info about this?
     
  16. Mar 5, 2010 at 6:22 AM
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    It is a $9 seal. Just had both of mine replaced.
     
  17. Mar 5, 2010 at 6:23 AM
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    $9 dollar part but how bad was labor to put that new $9 to work?
     
  18. Mar 5, 2010 at 6:26 AM
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    Extended warranty covered it and a bunch of other stuff that was leaking. I think it was a couple of hundred dollars for the labor on that since they were done separately.
     
  19. Mar 5, 2010 at 6:28 AM
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    So, the consensus is a wheel bearing? Its just hard to fathom that, since this started the day that my truck was lifted and that it goes away when 4x4 is engaged.
     
  20. Mar 5, 2010 at 6:28 AM
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    ahhh i see. I wish I knew whether it was a seal that could be replaced without taking apart the diff. while I'm in there doing cv's and wheel bearings.
     
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