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Third bad center support bearing. Replace whole drive shaft?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by gnomesteel, May 11, 2019.

  1. May 11, 2019 at 1:17 PM
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    gnomesteel

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    Third time my center support bearing has gone bad. Toyota paid for the last two, but said no this go around. Driveshaft was rebalanced last time. I’m considering buying a whole new driveshaft with the CSB. Seems easier than trying to salvage the current one.

    How hard is replacing the driveshaft? I’d likely buy a driveshaft assembly from Rock Auto. I’m handy, but haven’t done a driveshaft replacement before.

    Anybody done this before? Suggestions?

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  2. May 11, 2019 at 8:12 PM
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    perhaps they used the wrong P/N on the replacement, do you have the truck lifted? That could be causing off angles at the rear driveshaft.

    To replace the whole thing is simple, 4 bolts at the differential flange, two bolts for the pillow block bearing and it will slide out of the transmission.
     
  3. May 11, 2019 at 8:16 PM
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    Yeah what he said, those go bad, but normally never that fast. Find out what caused it before you just replace it and end up with the same issue soon.
     
  4. May 11, 2019 at 8:17 PM
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    there was a recall on early 2nd gen drive shafts I think.
    Anyone??
     
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    edit I see you have a prerunner It won't fit mine
     
  6. May 11, 2019 at 8:34 PM
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    Truck isn’t lifted.

    I’ll have to check the P/N. It is odd that it’s happened again. My assumption is that rebuilding the driveshaft was a bad call last time.
     
  7. May 12, 2019 at 3:11 AM
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    Stock rear springs are too soft and cause the rear to wrap and change the driveshaft angle probably causing the junky Toyota 2 piece shaft center bearing to go bad. You can buy a new 1 piece shaft for under $500 and be done with that Toyota junk shaft. Many posts on this. Do a search and you will see many online manufacturers for a 1 piece and a simple measurement under the truck and they will make and send you one. I talked to Tom Woods and got mine years ago and Dakar springs and never a problem again - no vibration, no rear sag towing, no worries.
     
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  8. May 12, 2019 at 3:18 AM
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    Just changed my support bearing trying to chase a noise and minor vibration I'm having as well. It was no where near as bad as this bearing looks. The rubber was still intact, just a little soft. Put and SKF bearing in so we'll see how it does bit seeing this gives me little faith. Wish I'd read about the single piece shaft first as well. Probably the way I'll go if I end up with problems.
     
  9. May 12, 2019 at 6:38 AM
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    Huh, I had read about using a single piece shaft but assumed I’d need a lifted truck. Figured that the one piece would reduce ground clearance. I’ll look into it.
     
  10. May 12, 2019 at 6:41 AM
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    There was a TSB and Toyota already has replaced the CSB about two years ago. The new one is now bad.
     
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    A thing or two...
    Did you find the P/N for the bearing that they installed? The prerunner CSB is softer to allow the driveshaft to move since the slip joint is at the transmission. The 4x4 CSB is stiffer because the slip joint is after the CSB.

    Prerunner CSB: 372300K040
    4x4 CSB: 372300K030

    Tom Wood won't do a prerunner 1-piece driveshaft. He'd have to find someone else to build one.
     
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    Doing some more research this morning. Will go out and measure my truck later, but I'm pretty sure this is the one I'll get. Dorman 936728 Need to find a repair manual, but I'm fairly certain installing the new driveshaft assembly is something I can do myself.

    Swapping to a one piece sounds like overkill to me. I don't have a lift, and haven't had issues with vibrations. Just shitty center support bearings.
     
  13. May 12, 2019 at 11:13 AM
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    A thing or two...
    That Dorman driveshaft won't work. That's for a 4x4 truck. You need a slip yoke on the transmission end.
     
  14. May 12, 2019 at 1:32 PM
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    Son of a...

    Just noticed that after crawling under the truck to measure things. Having a hard time finding one for a PreRunner / V6 / Manual Trans / Ext Cab. Let the hunt begin.
     
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    just rebuild with a new CB. take the driveshaft to a driveshaft shop to have balanced and a new CSB put in and call it good. Better yet, get your stock 2 piece setup with a slip joint after the CSB, and switch to a ford ranger CSB.
     
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    Guess I'll be calling around to driveshaft shops tomorrow. Anyone know a good one in Fort Worth, TX?
     
  17. May 12, 2019 at 2:38 PM
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    A thing or two...
    This looks like the correct one from Cardone. https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=10615584&cc=1431544&jsn=407 It looks like it's out of stock everywhere, though.

    No reason for him to go all that trouble being on the stock suspension.
     
  18. May 12, 2019 at 3:27 PM
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    Super easy to replace.
     
  19. May 12, 2019 at 3:28 PM
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    This ^ and they will warranty the work.
     

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