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Front half shaft play normal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by iroc409, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Dec 7, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    iroc409

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    I was underneath the truck doing some inspections recently--just checking boots, loose parts, that sort of thing. I reached up and grabbed the driver's side front half shaft and wiggled it, and it wiggled a fair amount. I had ahold of it near the front differential, and I think I had my hand on it between the differential and the universal joint.

    I was also rotating the tires, and tried to wiggle it with the front end off the ground. I was in kind of an odd position, but it didn't seem to want to wiggle when the suspension was fully relieved.

    Is this play normal? It didn't really seem like it was just play in the joint or whatever, which I'm not sure I'd expect anyway.

    I am just wondering if this is something I need to get looked at or not. Warranty is up at the end of December or January I think.

    I meant to go around and check the passenger side half shaft, but forgot to do it. I'm not near the truck now so I can't check at the moment.
     
  2. Dec 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    OK, whew.

    I was worried too because I found some oil on the bottom of the diff. I changed the drivetrain fluids a few months back. It's either leaking, or still left from the change. Buuut, I haven't driven it a lot really since then, and the rear diff and even the oil drain plug area still looks "wet" from the change--so I hope it was just I missed wiping off some residual fluids. Probably going to be putting a lot of miles on it over Christmas, possibly the 4WD.
     
  3. Dec 8, 2011 at 3:36 AM
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  4. Dec 8, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    Wow, with a video--nice! Yeah, that's exactly what I was seeing. Seems odd there's that much movement right at the differential, but glad to know it's normal.
     
  5. Dec 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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    Was concerned about this as well as I noticed it on my last oil change. Good stuff.
     
  6. Aug 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM
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    I just figured this out recently myself. I heard that half shaft jigling from the first time off road. May be normal but I think poor enginearing. Loose tolerance causes premature wear in my opinion and I have to hear this all the time. Not what you want to hear from a vehicle you want to feel good about. Heard there was an aftermarket bearing for the transfer case to tighten this up but not sure that makes sence. Sure would like to find out a solution. A dealer mechanic says I'm not the first to complain but toyota does not consider it an issue. The passenger side is more snug and there is less play when you pick the wheels of the ground. Mine even jiggles when in 4 wheel. Verry disapointed in Toyota's new engineering standards.
     
  7. Aug 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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    East Coast Gear Supply ( ECGS ) makes the bearing you are referring to

    This thread may interest you

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=152173
     
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