Front Wheel Bearings??

Discussion in 'Maintenance' started by Quarterhorsepower, May 14, 2013.

  1. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Demo Man...

    It's an easy fix. You can find this info on youtube and it can be done with basic hand tools and a 35 mm socket. I just purchased a bearing hub unit and installed it!!
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  3. Demo Man

    Demo Man Well-Known Member

    Thank you sir. Is it common for the bearings to go out with just 44k miles on the truck? I had an 09' taco sport edition and traded it in on my 12'. It had 53k miles and never had any problems.
  4. Wyatt07tacoma

    Wyatt07tacoma New Member

    My 2007 double cab tacoma is doing the same thing. I took it the shop twice and they kept telling me the vibration and noise I heard was from the tires as I drove.
  5. Demo Man

    Demo Man Well-Known Member

    I know the feeling. They told me everything feels normal. I just got back from vaca. Drive about 1600 miles. Felt a little vibration. It might be in my head. Who knows. If it gets worse I'll take it back.
  6. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    I believe this is a common problem with fj cruisers, 4runners and tacoma. I found information on swapping out new hubs on youtube. Also links to cheap replacement parts.... It's an easy fix to just replace the hub unit. I just replaced wheel bearings/hubs on my fishing buddies 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. It's basically the same job (with the addition of ABS sensor hook-up). Both the trailblazer and tacoma made a humming sound and vibration that could be heard and felt at speeds above 40 mph.
  7. Carl R.Koontz

    Carl R.Koontz New Member

    Had front drivers bearing on pre-runner replaced at dealership 12/2010 with 105,547 miles and after listening to the screaming and thinking there was tire issues. At 169,300 miles I replaced the passenger front on 1/2014 at local garage. Now at 191,500 I have to replace (again) the front drivers bearing. A journeyman machinist at my work place examined the old OEM bearing and feels the failure is due to lack of lubrication. In other words, the oil vaporized in the grease and the lubricating properties were lost.
    There is no reason why these bearing don't last 300,00 miles and I personally feel Toyota should own up to this problem. I do not take my truck off road or launch boats just highway driving.
    Speak up and let the corporate Toyota how you feel!
  8. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Hey Carl...
    I agree!! Just had my Tacoma to the dealer for a leaf spring recall. They are aware of the problem... However, don't have a part for replacement and will only replace the springs if they break??? The replacements are the same part currently on my truck??? From the information that I have seen from this forum... lots of Toyota dealers are handling recalls differently. I'm not happy with mine and will look for another dealer when I decide to purchase another truck.

    If the leaf springs were not such a big job..... I'd replace them myself. Just like the wheel bearing.
  9. WiskyT

    WiskyT Well-Known Member

    Just a warning about bearings. A couple of posts in here said things to the effect of "it's a little noisy, I'll change it one of these days". Don't mess around with noisy bearings. If your bearing is noisy, it can fail at any moment. If it fails on the highway, you'll be going 75mph on three wheels. Every day I see modified hoopdies, landscape and boat trailers, etc on the shoulder with a wheel missing and the axle ground into the pavement. That wheel and tire can often be seen down the road after it comes to rest. Launching a 50 pound missile at 75mph on the motoring public is dangerous. Trashing your axle and maybe your truck is stupid and expensive.

    Bearings of any kind don't fail in a progressive way. They are like new for thousands of miles, sometimes literally forever. When they compromised, especially to the point of making audible noise, they will literally disappear in short order. If this is a wheel bearing, you are risking lives and property.

    Diagnosing noises and vibrations can be difficult, and not all of these noises are wheel bearing related, but if it is a wheel bearing issue, take care of it now.
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  10. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Good point.... That's why I replaced mine ASAP.
  11. WiskyT

    WiskyT Well-Known Member

  12. supersports10

    supersports10 New Member

    Ok looking at your post do you have a hub for 2004 Taco PreRunner?
  13. nj636

    nj636 Member

    2004 is a completely different design. It is not a bolt on. The bearing is pressed into the spindle.
  14. Hotdog

    Hotdog Member

    Just a word of caution on wheel bearings. On my previous truck (colorado) my left front hub bearing seized up on me causing my wheel to sheer the end of the spindle straight off! My caliper was the only think holding my wheel on while I dragged it sideways to the side of the road lol.
    so if you have a bad bearing I wouldn't mess around with it I would change it quick.
  15. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Well... My son's Subaru Legacy GT just started to make wheel bearing noise....

    Told him to order new bearings ASAP!!
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  16. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Son's Subaru was very rusty around the bearing took a good soaking (ATF/acetone), heat and hammering to remove them. The install was quite easy:)
    I told him he should of purchased a Tacoma!!!
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  17. Krissy

    Krissy New Member

    My 05 Tacoma with 110k miles is getting the left front bearing done today. Major shimmy over 65mph. I spent the day at Mavis Tire yesterday while they TRIED to get the old one out. Hopefully they'll have what they need to get it done today. They also discovered that the ABS sensor needed to be replaced while they were at it. There weren't any warning lights on the dash, but, have to trust the mechanics...
  18. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Abs sensor is in the bearing assembly. The bolts holding the bearing can be a rusty mess. Had to use a breaker bar and PB blaster to free mine :(
  19. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Correction. I believe you can get to the abs sensor easily after you remove the wheel bearing/hub?? In most vehicles, the sensor is built into the hub assembly. I'm thinking it's between the axle shaft and the bearing hub assembly??

    I replaced the hub assembly on a Ford F-150 and Chevy Trailblazer. Both have the sensors in the hub.
  20. nj636

    nj636 Member

    The abs sensor is attached at the spindle. Easily accessed. The hub assembly can be a pain to remove, soak it with PB blaster and try to loosen it with hammer strikes.
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  21. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Yes nj638!! You are correct!! The sensors are connected to the spindle (easy access). It been a few years.. I think I got my replacement hub/bearing from that place? Thanks for adding that link to this thread.

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