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New rear end for 98 TRD

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by oldmanwinter, May 22, 2010.

  1. May 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    oldmanwinter [OP] New Member

    May 22, 2010
    98 Tacoma TRD

    I'm new to the forum. I'm hoping someone can give me some helpful info regarding my 98 V6 3.4L Tacoma TRD. I had some rear end troubles in Jan 09 and had my rear gear /carrier assembly / dif replaced (possible part # 41110-35860, according to invoice). The dealer said that it was due to a worn rear wheel bearing and the stress it put on the gear assembly.

    Driving home from work two weeks ago I heard a clunk and then lost all power to the rear. I made it to a Toyo dealer (a different dealer than the one that did the last rear end). They told me that my rear end was most likely blown again - said I had a rear e-brake sticking and it probably put stress on the gear assembly. They wanted more money to open up the case to be sure, and I couldn't afford it. They gave me an estimate of nearly $3,000 to replace the carrier - again, couldn't afford it,... I had the truck towed from the dealer.

    Okay, those are the facts I know. Here are my questions.

    Q#1. Is it possible that this brake issue really caused the rear end to fail? I mean, I just put $2,400 into a new assy last year. I feal like I should have some recourse with the dealer that installed it. Opinions?

    Q#2 As a back up plan, I'm looking for a used rear end and a friend may have found one for me. How do I know if this rear end is a match? I did some research on-line and found some unclear info about gearing codes. According to my sticker, my code is B03A/R150F. Also, does anyone know of a good source for a used rear end in case this one falls through? I did a bunch of searches and it seems like there are none out there.

    Q#3 As a back up to the back up, I'm considering saving up for and purchasing the assembly and attempting to install it myself (with gear head friends - though with no experience on this type of work). I have done other auto / truck work, but never anything like this. Is this something I could do? Is it recommended? Times are tight need to save money any way possible.

    Any helpful comments appreciated!


  2. May 22, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    May 8, 2008
    First Name:
    Tenoe, AZ
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Welcome to TW!

    Depending on how long ago the last repair was made, I would say to try to get it covered. A dragging rear brake isnt gonna cause that malfunction. It may weaken a seal, but unless you lost all fluid, it wouldnt cause the rear end to completely fail. If that doesnt work, I would look into getting an entire used rear axel. You should be able to find them for $500.00 to $1000.00 depending on the availability. Its an easy swap, and can be done in a day taking your time.
  3. May 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Peru Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    First Name:
    Redmond WA
    SR5 -- V6 -- 2005 -- 4X4
    As said above -- I was under the impression that all work done by dealers had at least 1 year warranty if not more on parts and labor.

    Check it out -- it should be listed on the invoice or just call up service. Don't tell them about your problem just ask like you are wanting to have them do a job. I wouldn't put it past some dealers to do anything to get out of a problem they created.

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