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Front differential problem, disconnect axle to 4x2?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by paullytime, Mar 15, 2019 at 5:28 PM.

  1. Mar 15, 2019 at 5:28 PM
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    paullytime

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    Front diff binding and lurching in 4x4 and 4x2 also. disconnected front drive shaft, still bad ratcheting motion. Debating whether to pull axels to get back on road til more time and $ arrives for complete diff repair/replace. Full repair gonna cost bigly . Concerned to remove axle/ outer retaining nut as l think that just leaves press fit holding wheel in place( plus bolted rotor in caliper). Even thought of running a heavy bolt/ washer/ nut through splined hole to draw tight together in place of axle. Anyone ever make a 4x4 to 4x2? Just looking for safe driver til resources come together.
    Thanks!
     
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    mechanicjon They call me "Jonny Stubs"

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    axle holds the bearing together. You wold have to have 2 outer cv joints to put back in it to drive.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:21 AM
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    hey thx, makes sense. loosened outer cv boot but doesn't appear knuckle will separate w/o ruining it.( shafts aren't worn out either) .think like a solid 3/4" bolt slipped through and torqued could hold together? l have Plexiglas blanks cut to install on inside to keep water/ dirt out of bearing also. thx!
     
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    It may take a washer on the back side to catch the edge of the bearing.
    Disclaimer: do this at your own risk. In no way I'm I suggesting you do this.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2019 at 8:59 AM
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    Agreed, gotta be 100% no risk. I have access to full machine shop at work, may get a friend to turn a threaded stub shaft to get solid job. pretty easy job for a full timer. Or just bite the bullet for the diff rebuild. thanks again for your input.
     
  6. Mar 16, 2019 at 10:41 AM
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    Can you buy 2 super cheap CV axles from auto zone and cut them apart? Gotta be cheaper than trying to make a blank even with free machine time.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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    maybe, super cheap is still $100+ per pair vs free machine time. gonna explore options.. I'll let u know what happens.. thx!
     

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