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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rtg34, May 28, 2010.

  1. May 28, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    rtg34

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    I need the knowledge of TacomaWorld to translate what the dealership mechanics stated is wrong with my truck.

    A little background:
    2005 Tacoma, 2.7, 2wd, Auto, 66K, No Mods.

    Problem:
    Vibration from 15mph-70mph, a lull from 70-75mph, vibration continues.

    Trouble shooting:
    Checked tires, cleaned throttle body, changed plugs and filter.

    Nothing changed so I took it to the dealer. Their diagnosis, on paper.

    Replace drive shaft, and 2 spider gears. $1085.

    I'm asking for help because the dealerships love $$$. So my questions are.

    Has anyone else had this problem?
    Which driveshaft could cause this? I see 2.
    Could it be u-Joints? It doesn't slam into gear though.
    Are spider joints in 2wd? My transmition is not slipping
    Could I have the shaft rebalanced?

    Thanks for any advice!

    oh yeah, the rubber piece that holds my transmition (wher it meets the shaft) is a little Jiggly
     
  2. May 28, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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    That sucks, sorry to hear about that!
    I couldn't tell you what it could be, but I could make some suggestions.

    Get under the truck and start checking stuff out, could be something simple.
    Check and re-torque bolts everywhere along the drive train. Engine bolts, Trans bolts, anything and everything. Move and shake items to see if there is a lot of movement, etc.
    That's all I could think of at the moment, hopefully someone else can give more suggestions.
     
  3. May 28, 2010 at 6:13 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Where do you feel the vibes? Floor? Seat? Steering?
     
  4. May 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM
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    I get the vibes in mainly in the floor and seat, and I can feel it (although not as prominant) in the wheel. When I look in the rearview mirror at night, the 2 headlights on the cars behind me morph into one because of the vibration.
     
  5. May 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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    That would most likely mean it was an issue in the rear. Have you had the tires balanced?
     
  6. May 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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    chris4x4

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    You can feel a U joint being bad, by putting the truck in neutral, and twisting the drive shaft. Note any play near the U joint.
     
  7. May 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM
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    No play on the u-joint, and the tires are about 3 months old.
     
  8. May 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM
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    Get them balanced.
     
  9. May 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    Have you done anything to the truck recently? Did the problem just occur overnight?
     
  10. May 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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    The poblem started a couple of months ago. It was not perm. in the begining, (once every couple weeks) but gradually the vibration got worse, and it has not gone away. I do get some minor power loss from this.
     
  11. May 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM
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    I did nothing to the truck. No curb hopping or mods.
     
  12. May 28, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    Honestly you have two wheel drive with 66k on it and u-joints that never where greased. How much you want to bet its u-joints and dealer is being a d..c by replacing drive shaft they want to make money. Can you replace u-joints by yourself ? or better yet go to another dealer and ask them to replace u-joints they much cheaper to replace then whole drive shaft.
    EDIT $1000 for driveshaft it better be made out of titanium. Go to junkyard and get one for under $200 There is one in MA for $125
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    Toyota Tacoma A41034$125Linder's Inc. USA-MA(Worcester) E-mail 1-800-521-8000
     
  13. May 28, 2010 at 7:02 PM
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    The dealer is basically saying you have to replace the driveshaft and two u-joints, personally I would just replace the u-joints.
     
  14. May 28, 2010 at 7:33 PM
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    I know the dealer is a drag, but I was tired of troubleshooting. It really got me nowhere. I'm sure they took it for a drive, and just wrote up the slip.

    U joints I can do. I will probably do them this weekend. I'll let you all know how it goes.

    BLUE T, thanks for the heads up on the drive shaft.
     
  15. May 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM
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    can you take pics and such :) oo and maybe if you end up replacing them with some greasable zerk u joints take pics and install instructions...if that not to much to ask
     
  16. May 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM
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    No problem go to car part webiste and look for one near you

    http://www.car-part.com/
    But I doubt you need one, unless you slammed original one on the rock.
    Remember to mark drive shaft before pulling the u-joints out, also make sure all the spacers on u-joints go to the same spots.
     
  17. May 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM
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    rtg34,
    Did you have this "Vibration from 15mph-70mph, a lull from 70-75mph, vibration continues" before you got the new tires three months ago?

    Drive shaft/u joints would have to be in very bad shape to vibrate at 15mph.

    I'm betting you have a out of round tire. How about having the tires checked?
     
  18. May 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM
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    The vibration started about 1.5 months after the tires. I'm doubting it's the tires because the vibration stops as soon as I let off the gas pedal.

    One other thing I noticed. Two of my fuel injectors are not the same color as the other two. 2 beige & 2 grey. I'm guessing 2 were replaced, and I'm hoping the other 2 aren't clogged, and need to be replaced
     
  19. May 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM
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  20. May 28, 2010 at 7:59 PM
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    i noticed my vibs decrease significantly after the weather got warmer. shook like crazy in the cold
     
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