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How to see if front bearing are bad?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by houndsmen, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Aug 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    houndsmen

    houndsmen [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a funky noise coming from the front of my 01 tacoma 4x4 crew cab. I was thinking maybe its my bearings but is there a way i can check them before replacing them?
     
  2. Aug 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    1337Taco

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    Jack up the front of your truck. Does the wheel have a lot of play in it?
     
  3. Aug 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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    it had some play in it but it was the lower and upper ball joint??? would it make a noise if i spin the wheel while its jacked up?
     
  4. Aug 22, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    A little lift & some extra steel....
    Grab wheel on the top & bottom while it is on a jackstand & see if it has any play.....top to bottom...not side to side. Bearings can "howl" and sound like a knobby tire rolling down the road.....the pitch of the noise can change when you swerve the vehicle from side to side around 40 mph or more & the overall noise level will increase with vehicle speed.
     
  5. Aug 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM
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    oh ok! yea mine just has like a vibrating sound almost like if something is touching. as for the humming well i have super swampers so i really cant tell lol they are loud i think im going to go with radial tires
     
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