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FRONT WHEEL BEARING AND HUB SOLUTION - I've done the work, you save the money!

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tacoma Marketplace' started by BamaToy1997, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. BamaToy1997

    BamaToy1997 [OP] ASE Master Tech Vendor

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    Hopefully you will be fine. Even if you aren't, if you are under the 30k you will still be covered by warranty!
     
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    Sub'n for future reference
     
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    Not sure about your year, but the 2013 maintenance booklet has a required suspension inspection at 15k or 18 mo., at which point a shop mechanic would likely check the hub bearing for excess play.

    http://www.toyota.com/t3Portal/document/omms/T-MMS-13Tacoma/xhtml/T-MMS-13Tacoma_0001.html?locale=en

    Also, the booklet seems to indicate the wheel bearings are covered under the 5 yr / 60k powertrain warranty if you have a 4x4:
     
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    Highly unlikely. Most likely they just look for leaking struts and call it a day.
     
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    They are supposed to be inspected, yes. BlueT may disagree, but personally when I was at the dealership we would inspect everything. A failed part means more income. Why just skip over the potential to make money?

    It is not always necessary to replace the hub. However in the interest of making "bolt on kits" where there is no need to unbolt the old hub, take it to a shop, get them to press out the old bearing and press in the new bearing, hope that they didn't mess something up in the process, then drive home and reinstall..... I supply a ready to bolt on assembly. You unbolt yours, bolt in my new one, and go driving.

    Takes less than 15 minutes of work on each side in your own driveway versus up to 2-3 hours the other way....PLUS, not everyone has a ride to take them and the bearings to a shop and wait for them to get changed out. It is much more convenient this way. Plus, depending on how bad the bearing is worn, yes, it can cause hub damage. I've seen it about 20% of the time.
     
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    The few times I've been at dealers to do oil changes on a lift, I see them use a long screwdriver to pry the hub and balljoints to check for play.

    Beyond the 15k service, another opportunity to detect bad bearings is during brake service, where they remove the rotor to grind it. In any case, a bad bearing isn't instantly catastrophic. You will get noise and vibration alerting you to the defect, so you can replace the bearing yourself.
     
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    So youre telling me that all I have to do now to replace a worn out wheel bearing is take the old one off and bolt this bad boy on??? This is awesome.
     
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    Just getting the bearing assembly from most auto parts places is $130 or more. Then you have to either have access to a shop with a press and go to the trouble of cutting the old bearings off the hub, transferring seals and o-rings, and pressing the hub into the new assembly.

    Or paying NAPA to do all that, and hope they do it right.

    This is a great price, especially including shipping, to make it a 30 minute job. NICE. We'll be in touch when the time comes.
     
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    Helluva deal
     
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    I am now realizing this is second gen only :pout:

    I'm at 102K on my '03. I've got no warranty lol
     
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    Yes, that is all it will take with these units.

    Sorry man. If I could find a viable solution I would. Unfortunately building an entire knuckle is quite expensive. The best I could do is sell "bearing kits" with all of the parts to be pressed in at a local shop. Is there any interest in that I wonder?
     
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    No worries. I'd be interested if you ever offer a kit. In the mean time I'll just hope that my bearings stay fine :pray:
     
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    Reused o-rings and seals are probably one of the reasons so many bearings fail prematurely. Fortunately, Bill is saving people from themselves.
     
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    It depends on the condition. Before re-use I inspect thoroughly. If they're fucked, they get replaced.

    The reason most bearings fail amongst the crew I run with is because we're pushing oversized tires on locked axles through water, grit, and mud on a regular basis, with the vehicle loaded. No matter how good the seal job, stuff gets in and forces add up. Very frequently the bearings need replacement before the seals are even worn.
     
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    Not much can be done for that. Maybe Bill can source some magnetic bearings for tractor tire folks like you. :)
     
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    SWEET DEAL! I wish you had gotten this together a month ago. I switched out my DR side. Sub'd for pass side when that goes.
     
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    Nah. Nothin for it. You just end up replacing bearings every few years like a set of tires. Front are worse than rear typically.

    Price of offroading.
     
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    Sweet... might pick one of these up. At 98k and havnt had to change one yet. I know its coming.

    Does the 4x4 include the cv shaft seal(s)? Every time iv removed the spindle both seals were shot.
     
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