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Vibration over 40mph

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by lupy1234, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Jan 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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    lupy1234

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    Have a 1996 4x4 Tacoma, 4 cyclinder, 5 speed manual and currently having a problem. When I go over 40 mph the truck vibrates pretty bad. It is not coming from the engine, cause...when I push the clutch in, it still vibrates. Any thoughts? The frame is not rusting. It passed the recall notice.
     
  2. Jan 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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    wheels might not be balanced
     
  3. Jan 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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    Check the inside of the wheels. You could have a dried chunk of mud stuck in the wheel acting as a tire weight and throwing it out of balance. That happened to my moms 4 runner and it only vibrated at highway speeds (about 50 plus mph)
     
  4. Jan 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    ^^^^^^^ Like he said, clean out the rims good. If that does not work, get them balanced. Try and find a shop where they "roadforce" balance them. I had a similar issue with the wifes CRV, no balance was good enough until I got a roadforce balance, then smooth as silk.
     
  5. Jan 23, 2012 at 6:22 AM
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    Thanks for the response and will do!!!
     
  6. Jan 23, 2012 at 6:50 AM
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    Could be universal joint
     
  7. Jan 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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    x2 on the U joint. My boss just had this problem on his 99 xcab 2 weeks ago. 120 bucks for 2 new joints parts and labor. He said the vibration vanished completely.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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    Just got mine roadforce balanced for $40 (all 4 wheels). This should give you an idea of the price range.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2012 at 5:49 AM
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    Again, thanks and appreciated. Will get the tires done first and then go from there. Lucky for me, the wife (ER RN) has a co-worker that does mechanical stuff on the side, so if it is more than the tires, I will not get the shaft from the dealerships.
     
  10. Feb 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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    *bump*. Just curious, did u ever get it figured out?
     
  11. Feb 28, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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    ^^ THIS ^^ I have the same issue and I've done the roadforce balance and had a mechanic go through the front and rear for issues... none found... and still I vibrate from 50 - 67ish...


    PLEASE Tell us what it is!!!! if you fixed it...
     
  12. Feb 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM
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    Same thing with mine from 60 to about 68 mph let us know!!
     
  13. May 31, 2012 at 4:47 AM
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    I'm bumping this up again because I am having the same issues that are getting progressively worse between 45 and 65 it feels like my truck is going to fall apart!!
     
  14. May 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    I am curious as well. I have same issue and here is what I have done so far to no avail:
    -Two different sets of wheels and tires both balanced twice
    -new steering rack
    -complete new OME suspension
    -front end aligned

    After doing some research between here, TTORA, and ih8mud, i think it has to be the driveline. my next step is to replace the u-joints and the carrier bearing. Can anyone confirm this to be the next logical step?

    Any other suggestions/solutions?
     
  15. Jun 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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    No suggestion, no solutions, just a comment...

    I had the same problem with my new TRD back in 1998. Tried 2 different sets of tires before I drove it off the lot. Both vibrated between 40 to 50 mph.

    Had dealer rebalance tires. No help. Got them spin-balanced on the truck. No help.

    Figured it was related to the combination of the tires and the suspension specs, so I lived with it for 30,000 miles, then bought some Bridgestone Revos. Voila!! Smooth as a baby's ass from 0 to all-out.

    Replace Revos at 60,000 miles. No change. Silk-smooth.

    Like I said, just a couple comments. Hope you find the problem.
     
  16. Jun 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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    Sorry for the delay...it turned out to be the u-joints and had the three replaced on the rear axle. 200,000 miles...pretty good.
     
  17. Jul 11, 2012 at 4:39 AM
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    Mine was bad u-joints also. Replaced and all is well.
     
  18. Feb 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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    A long delay in response for the outcome. The problem ended up being the rear drive shaft center bearing went. It failed because my rear leaf springs and shocks were shot. Lets say I went about 180,000 miles on the original shock and springs. Replaced shocks, springs, and drive shaft (got that off of ebay) and all is good.
     
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