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This came out of my Front Differential ????

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Taco93, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Feb 2, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    Taco93

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    I changed the front diff oil last week and in amongst all the metallic gook stuck on the magnet was this little piece.

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    I am getting a slight vibration/growling/shimmy feeling in my gas pedal when doing about 60 mph. I was thinking wheel bearings but someone had mentioned front differential. Does anyone know what the hell that little piece is and could my front differential be on its way out?

    Thanks
     
  2. Feb 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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    BlueT

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  3. Feb 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    That is from when the housing was machined. It's the little bit of metal leftover from when the drill broke through the housing.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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    Makes sense, Thanks
     
  5. Feb 2, 2010 at 10:21 AM
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    Been wheelin' in the ocean lately? Looks like a barnacle.:eek:
     
  6. Feb 2, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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    Is your truck lifted?
     
  7. Feb 2, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    haha, I thought the same thing...only I don't know of any metal barnacles.

    Nope
     
  8. Feb 2, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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    Okay so no lift... Good. Then I would do the obvious things first and have the tires inspected and balanced to see if your vibes go away. How many miles do you have on your truck?
     
  9. Feb 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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    Just over 60 thousand miles, I'll do the tire thing one day this week. What are some obvious signs that the front differential is failing?
     
  10. Feb 2, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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    I had the same thing come out of the rear diff on my 98, two of them actually.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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    The oil was black, the only metal was the glob at the end of the magnet. It looked like it was way past due for a change.

    I don't hear any grinding or crunching while driving, only a shimmy type growl that comes and goes and you can feel it in the gas pedal. It is starting to drive me nuts. It has to be either the tires, wheel bearings, or front diff but I'm hoping it's one of the first 2..I'd hate to replace the differential.
     
  12. Feb 2, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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    Nope
     
  13. Feb 2, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Will do, I gotta try something. Thanks for your help.
     
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    Just picked up an '06 Tacoma with 18,000 miles. In changing the rear diff fluid (it's actually still draining now) I got the EXACT same metal piece. I'm also experiencing a very low grumble at 60 mph or above, but only when the throttle is applied. You feel it more than hear it.

    I'm doing the front diff and transfer case this weekend too, as well as cleaning the throttle body, MAF sensor, and hopefully the IAC sensor. Plan to change out the manual trans fluid on monday once I receive the Redline MT-90 that I ordered.

    Hopefully all of these together will get the truck up to par on maintenance.
     
  15. Jan 29, 2011 at 6:56 AM
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    i work in a machine shop. thats exactly what it looks like.
     
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