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OEM or aftermarket?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by paulmars, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Apr 20, 2017 at 8:07 AM
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    paulmars

    paulmars [OP] Well-Known Member

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    What are the best brands for:

    front disk brakes
    wheel bearing seals and grease

    2003 tacoma with 68k miles on it. 2wd, 5 speed. 2.3L engine. No options except the enhancement package (AC, allow wheels, painted bumpers, and 2 extra front speakers).

    No short trips under 5 miles. Rarely driven on the highway. No off roading, no mud. Although many of the roads here are packed shell rock and very old worn out asphalt. West central florida. 3 miles from the beach. Most times its just used like a car. very rarely anything heavy transported, although seven times since 2003 I loaded her up to and maybe even beyond the rated capacity.

    Finally I need new front brakes and will repack the front wheel bearings at the same time. Once in 14 years not too bad, huh? Should I go OEM or are there equal or better quality after market parts available.

    tks,
    pa
     
  2. Apr 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM
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    bowyer2002

    bowyer2002 always tinkering

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    Are your wheel bearings giving you any indication of needing replacement?
    I ask because I have over 245K miles on my truck that gets used like a truck 90% of the time and offroaded the remaining 10% and the wheel bearings are still fine.
     
  3. Apr 20, 2017 at 1:06 PM
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    Sicyota04

    Sicyota04 Slowly but surely.

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  4. Apr 20, 2017 at 1:12 PM
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    have u ever repacked yours? My toy service manual says to lubricate them ever 2 yr or 30k miles and I never have. Dealer told me that lubricate means repack. Now that im going to do the brakes I should just do those too. I hope they are fine. What prompted me to check my breaks is that truck is skweeking while moving. skweek changes whenever brakes are applied. However, I have about twice the wear limit of 0.04", so Im just hoping new breaks will stop the skweek.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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    As far as I knew they're sealed bearings. Maybe they're different between trucks. But I thought all 1st gens had to be pressed out & new ones back in. So you can't lube them
     
  6. Apr 20, 2017 at 1:21 PM
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    service manual tells how and yes need to be pressed in and out, although a few years ago I found a site listing how to do it at home.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2017 at 1:22 PM
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    and why they list 24mo or 30k? for service dept revenue? Service manual lists 3 service levels and all 3 say every 24mo or 30k.
     
  8. Apr 20, 2017 at 2:08 PM
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    bowyer2002

    bowyer2002 always tinkering

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    I also think they're sealed bearings that can only be replaced.
    I imagine the squeaks ARE from the brakes not the wheel bearings - but that is only my opinion.
    I hope it is only the brakes for you as those are EASY to do! Much more easy than bearings too!
    Good luck.
    "Recommended service" could just keep the stealer-ship in the $$$.
     

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