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wheel bearing problems

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by yota97, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Feb 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM
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    yota97

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    My 97 taco has a 6 inch fabtech lift im running 33s and my passenger side wheel bearing has gone 3 times. Any ideas what could be wrong? Is there a way to replace the hub instead of just the bearing?
     
  2. Feb 4, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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    Do you go in the mud at all? If so, how often? What is the the backspacing on your rims? Wheel spacers?
     
  3. Feb 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM
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    No mud up here Maine right now so thats a no. 1.5 inch spacers and my rim back spacing is 4 inches. I just dont get why its the same side
     
  4. Feb 5, 2012 at 4:41 AM
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    No mud up here Maine right now so thats a no. 1.5 inch spacers and my rim back spacing is 4 inches. I just dont get why its the same side
     
  5. Feb 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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    anyway you could be overtightening the hub/axle nut?
     
  6. Feb 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    this would be my guess... Hub nut should only be finger tight.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM
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    Thought that the axle nut should be torqued to 155-160 ft/lbs.?????? that's what it says in the manual i believe.... pretty sure about that, but then again I'm human and could be mistaken. But my truck is the 3.4L auto hub 4x4.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM
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    ok, the manual said to leave the hub nut on my 2wd 5 lug loose when i changed mine.

    It could be the wheel spacers coupled with a bad alignment and unbalanced tires...?
     
  9. Feb 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    Grey wire and keyless entry. I like stock.
    Wrong nut and wrong truck. His Taco has the inner lock nut that threads tightly around the hub rafters its pressed on the inner side of the wheel bearing. Those things are a bitch to get on at proper torque and are a real bitch to remove.

    I'm not one to preach, but with a 6" Fabtech lift, you're begging for problems with your suspension over time. I don't know why that side would blow more often than the other, but maybe it has something to do with the shop not properly aligning it on that one side.

    I though that lock nut torqued to somewhere around 200 lbs, but I haven't looked at the FSM in a long time.
     
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