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Newbie Question: Grinding noise from hub?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by ATZ, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. ATZ

    ATZ [OP] New Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    2000 Base Model Tacoma
    Hey there everyone I'm new to this forum and to the world of Toyotas. I recently purchased (in January) a 2000 Toyota Tacoma, 4 cylinder, 4X4 regular cab, with manual lock out hubs. I ran into my first problem when coming back from my parents house up in Eau Claire, WI down to my house in Madison. I was about 180-190 miles into my trip on Interstate 94 when I started to hear a grinding sound coming from the front left side of the vehicle. I knew it was somewhere near the front wheel. I pulled off the road after I discovered it wasn't going to go away and I did some investigation. I found out that I had accidentally unlocked one hub (the passenger side hub that was making the noise) and left the right side hub locked. Unsure what to do next I locked both hubs and the sound seemed to go away. I figured I'd free them up the next day and see if the noise came back. It did.

    Here is what I know so far.

    It's not a constant noise.
    It seems to kinda start and stop if I hit a bump or I am on a rough road.
    If the hubs are locked it stops. but still in 2wd

    Sorry for the long post I thought the back story might help narrow it down. What do you guys think? I thought about replacing the problem wheel with my spare and see if that changes anything, that way I will know if its just in the hub or if its something else.

  2. bellassaiw10

    bellassaiw10 Formally afroman5015

    Jun 16, 2010
    Currituck NC
    00 4WD Prerunner
    Sounds like you need to rebuild the hubs, and check your wheel bearings
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