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U-Joint Replacement

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by fixedforbroke, May 4, 2010.

  1. May 4, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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    fixedforbroke

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    Has anyone had their U-Joints replaced and how much was the total repair bill? I'm currently looking at replacing both U-joints and the carrier bearing. Also, I'm at 79,000 miles and consider myself to be an average driver. I feel like these wore out prematurely but, I'll admit I'm not that good with these things so I could be wrong.

    Any advice, comments, experiences, stories, jokes or otherwise will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. May 4, 2010 at 4:08 PM
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    rokjaxon

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    My tacoma is at the dealer now getting the U-joints replaced. I am at app. 55,000 miles and noticed a little vibration while shifting gears about 20 mph. I have an automatic so my symptoms may differ. I just called to get an update and mine is covered under the 60,000 powertrain warranty so I'm good. I am a normal driver also and I believe they did go bad prematurely.
     
  3. May 5, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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    fixedforbroke

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    I guess "it just happens" as the saying goes :rolleyes:
     
  4. May 5, 2010 at 6:20 AM
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    Do you grease them regularly?
     
  5. May 5, 2010 at 6:30 AM
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    Honestly no i never have. I made the false assumption that the dealer would when they did their "127 point inspection". I should of asked I guess.
     
  6. May 5, 2010 at 6:46 AM
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    If he has a prerunner, you can't grease them.

    fixedforbroke do you have a prerunner or 4x4?

    **edit nevermind I see you have a prerunner**
     
  7. May 5, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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    I think they do grease but not enough to satisfy. If you do decide to start make sure that the grease comes out all four caps otherwise you will still not really be helping it any more.
     
  8. May 5, 2010 at 6:51 AM
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    There aren't any zerks to add grease to the prerunner U-joints
     
  9. May 5, 2010 at 6:52 AM
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    i was just told that one of three u joints is making noise....quote was 80 for part and 150 labor is that decent price for one... out of warranty and at 92000 miles
     
  11. Feb 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM
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    U-joint replacements are comparatively easy on the wallet (IME w/ Nissan pickup & '64 Volvo).

    That's another reason rear wheel drive rocks over front wheel drive IMHO. :burnrubber:
     
  12. Feb 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM
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    That labor rate is high... (3) u-joints at $80 isn't outlandish, but I've not priced them for the Tacoma.

    Not a hard job to do, in fact you can install them yourself with little effort and basic hand tools.

    Edit: Just noticed that the $80 was for one drive shaft u-joint? Good grief... that's nuts.
     
  13. Feb 28, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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    I had the U-joints after the transfer case replaced at 213k. The rear U joint is still going strong at 226k. The carrier bearing is still original as well.
     
  14. Mar 2, 2011 at 3:18 AM
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    welll mine is in the shop today, let yall know what the damage is lol
     
  15. Mar 20, 2011 at 11:35 PM
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    I had a U-joint replaced at 110,000 miles I think. I had Goodyear do it & I think I paid $79 or $109, I don't remember the exact cost.
    Yeah no zerk fittings on the Pre-runner. Can't lube the U-Joints.

    Now at 171,000 miles, I think I have a wheel bearing going bad.
     
  16. Mar 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM
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    I paid $12 for each U-joint on my prerunner. I got greasable ones so I could keep them greased. $80 is INSANE! I did the work myself, it was a pain in the butt, but well worth the money saved.
     
  17. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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    What sound do they make when going bad? I made another thread this morning saying it sounded like nubby tires on the road?
    Would tht be U joints?
     
  18. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    When mine went out I had a vibration in the floorboard. Then at slow speeds it felt like my wheels were egg shaped, it was lunging. Nubby tire is a good explanation.
     
  20. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:05 PM
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    I'm not sure what it could be, hopefully U joint. Starts around 40 mph, and sounds like nubby tires (road noise) when its in around 3rd gear.

    But when I let off the gas the noise stops... what else could it be?
     
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