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Replace Rear End or Just Diferrential?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by tangigrl, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Apr 8, 2010 at 7:19 AM
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    tangigrl

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    Differential just blew in 2001 Tacoma. We have been told the part is no longer made and have found a used one for $350.00. We have also located a replacement rear end for $850.00. First question is which is the better way to go and which of the two would be harder to complete?

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  2. Apr 8, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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    What blew and what part did you find used?

    What other items got destroyed in the process? Ring & pinion? Bearings? etc

    Who told you the part is no longer being made? That sounds like BS to me.

    How many places did you call to try and locate the part?

    Without knowing further details - if the job only requires swapping in the used part and that's it....then obviously, that's your best option.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2010 at 7:30 AM
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    Setting up a "new" third member can be a pain. Changing the third member requires removing the axles, brakes, tires, etc. Installing a rear axle assembly is pretty much "plug-n-play".

    IMHO, changing the entire rear end is easier and can be done in about an hour or so.

    The most important thing to remember is (IF THIS IS A 4X4): THE REAR DIFF GEAR RATIO MUST MATCH THE FRONT DIFF GEAR RATIO.
     
  4. Apr 9, 2010 at 3:29 AM
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    Sadly the bearings blew into the casing ground up the pumpkin and the spider gear. By the way I am just a girl who is learning quickly about the mechanics of a truck. Anyhow if you were to ask me I would say the whole assembly is fried. I spent the day calling various Toyota dealers all of whom I have decided are on crack as each of them gave a different response. I had a junkyard quote me $950.00 for a used one while a replacement rear end with only 29,000 miles would be 850.00. I have now located several places where I may be able to get a used assembly but they are all out of state. Help! I was also told that my vin tag number B07A was not a good number for determining ratio yet I was able to locate the alpha numeric breakdown. Yep! This was from a dealer. Any advice would be appreciated. Hubby has never taken on a job this big and currently my garage is littered with a wide variety of pieces parts.

    " Mama said there would be days like this."
     
  5. Apr 9, 2010 at 4:53 AM
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    B07A is your gear code.

    B= 8" ring gear
    07 = 4.30
    A = 2 pinion open diff

    So basically you need to find a complete rear with a 4.30 ratio
     
  6. Apr 9, 2010 at 4:59 AM
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    With damage like that - definately replace the entire thing because it'll probably be cheaper in the long run. And - you never know what type of damages are inside the housing/tubes.

    A junkyard axle (or used) is probably your best bet - just finding exactly what you need might not be easy. KEEP LOOKING..... In fact, start cruising some of the offroading & toyota forums online. Those forums are awesome for finding stuff. And don't forget craigslist too.

    Swapping an axle isn't that hard if you've got the tools, the space, and the motivation to do it. Sounds like you & your husband have what it takes. Just use the internet as your knowledge base. Lots of info online.
    You gotta start somewhere and we've all been new to 'wrenchin' at one point in time.

    Good Luck!!

    Oh yeah,and you gotta change your profile. It says you're a GUY!!
     
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