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U-joint replacement for 1998 4wd tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 1998purplepickup, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Apr 7, 2018 at 12:45 PM
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    1998purplepickup

    1998purplepickup [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Im looking to replace my u-joints. hearing squeaking from the rear and vibrations under the cab area and sort of in the pedals. I am not a mechanic. I do research and do what i can or have my mechanic do fixes depending on costs.

    I have not greased my u-joints.

    Any recommended part #?

    I found these MOOG super-strength part #285 https://www.autozone.com/drivetrain/u-joint
    If there's a better cost-comparable part, I wanna know.

    thanks.
     
  2. Apr 7, 2018 at 1:26 PM
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    jammer

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    Interested as well because I’ll be doing this in the near future
     
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  3. Apr 7, 2018 at 4:24 PM
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    Wrote up the process when I just did my u-joints (which were toast). The part number you want if you want to go OEM (I like OEM) is 04371-60070 and the cost isn't all that much ($50 at the time I wrote this).
     
  4. Apr 7, 2018 at 4:31 PM
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    You can also order matsuba u joints from low range off-road. That's the OEM supplier to Toyota.
     
  5. Apr 7, 2018 at 5:35 PM
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    1998purplepickup [OP] Well-Known Member

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    ah, thanks!
    This part description says works for up to the 95. but i have a 98. http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/u-joint-matsuba.html
    is this going to make a difference or are the u joints the same for the 98?
     
  6. Apr 7, 2018 at 6:03 PM
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    I think they work on everything but the u joints on the CV. Give them a call to be sure before trusting that random dude on the net!!
     
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  7. Apr 8, 2018 at 12:32 PM
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  8. Apr 10, 2018 at 8:34 PM
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    warn vr 8-s winch welded rack and canopy LED bars front and rear Front and rear diff breather ext. lift
    so this part that the internet told me matched my vehicle did not. so now everyone else knows. the spicer 5-153X u joint does not fit to replace the rear driveshaft to diff u joint on a 1998 4wd 4cyl 2.7L standard cab tacoma.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2018 at 5:45 AM
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    Thanks OP. I did just install the OEM one I linked above, and it of course fits fine.
     
  10. Apr 11, 2018 at 6:19 PM
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    Thanks! i actually followed your link first, but the site said it wouldn't fit my 98 truck. Not sure why, but i found one at my oreillys today for $17.99 that worked out. thanks for the help!
     
  11. May 28, 2018 at 9:52 AM
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    the u-joint that worked out for my 98 tacoma rear u-joint replacement was PRE 387 $17.99 at oreilly's.
     
  12. May 28, 2018 at 1:50 PM
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    Not all u joints are for the same location. Be careful
     
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  14. May 28, 2018 at 3:19 PM
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    warn vr 8-s winch welded rack and canopy LED bars front and rear Front and rear diff breather ext. lift
    Always make sure the parts are the right fit. Definitely a good thing to keep in mind when replacing any one of them.
     
  15. May 28, 2018 at 4:03 PM
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    I went with the MOOG SuperStrengths. Feel much better than the old ones and look better too
     
  16. May 29, 2018 at 7:10 AM
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    You should be able to pull up Autozone or OReillys etc. online and see if the U Joint part numbers are different. Depending on location. Also you can look up how many years are covered by one part number.
     

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