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Prop Shaft Lube

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tacoma Fury, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Feb 10, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    Tacoma Fury

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    Hey all,

    I am pretty new to the Taco world and I want to know if my prop shaft needs lube. I had 2 oil changes done at 2 differnet dealers and 1 said it needed it and 1 said it was sealed. I see zerk fittings, so I am assuming it needs it.

    Also, I tow a boat in the summer periodically. Do I need to do the lube at every interval OR just during the summer when I am towing? I am driving a 4x4 4cyl. reg. cab Taco from the year 2009.
     
  2. Feb 10, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    i would grease the driveshaft every oil change.....just to keep it in good shape. thats just me tho.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2010 at 3:40 PM
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    Kewl and thanx man.

    1 question, what type of grease do you / would you use? I have water proof grease for my boat that I use for tune ups on it. Would that be safe, or would you go with something else?
     
  4. Feb 10, 2010 at 3:46 PM
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    As long as it says NLGI #2you should be fine. I like lithium complex. Spicer u joints are built to "purge" completely so pump the crap out of them the first time around until you have completely replaced the grease and then you shouldn't have to worry about compatibility. It will take about 1000 paper towels to clean up the mess, but best to get as much cleaned up as you can before you run it.

    After that, as long as you are not off roading, you can probably get away with just a couple of pumps each time around. I do mine every 5,000 Mi.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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    Where do you get your grease and do you have a specific brand?

    Where would one get Mobile grease?
     
  6. Feb 10, 2010 at 4:33 PM
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    I grease mine every second/third oil change. I use Pennzoil Pennlith Ultra EP-2 and squirt as much in each zerk fitting to displace all the old grease, i.e. until I see clean grease squirting out of the seals.
     
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    for my driveshafts......i've been using mobil1 grease and lucas red and tacky #2..........and also some synthetic grease.
     
  8. Feb 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM
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    On my 2009 4x4 Taco, how many zerk fittings are there that you grease. I could find 7 on the prop / transfer case shafts. Are there anymore I should do? I am in the process of getting a Haynes or Chilton repair manual, but due to Toyota's recalls, they are all out of stock or under revisement. Any comments on which manual is better?

    :)
     
  9. Feb 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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    I could only find 5 zerks... three on the rear shaft shaft and two on the front on. Each U-joint has it's own zerk. And the slip yoke doesn't have any :(

    As for manuals, I have the Haynes one. It's OK, but I don't know how it compares to the Chilton one.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM
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    Could someone post the location of all the zerks?
     
  11. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    2 zerks on the front drive-shaft, 3 zerks on the rear drive shaft - All zerks located at a universal joint.

    I usually grease every 2500 miles (every oil change and half way through).
     
  12. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:32 PM
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  13. Feb 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    The 2010 does not have the grease fittings. I think that is a bad move on Toyota's part my '02 had like 7 of them and I never had a u-joint issue in 125k miles. I don't think the '10 will make it that long with no greasing.
     
  14. Feb 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    my 2010 has em
     
  15. Feb 21, 2010 at 7:52 PM
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    2wd don't have 'em. Only 4x4's have grease nipples (nipples sound better than zerks).:D
     
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