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Old 05-15-2013, 01:16 AM   #31
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I was wondering if any one towing with Tacoma 2011 or older has had any issues with front wheel bearings and or front diff needle bearings making a growling noise that is felt on the gas petal and floor while driving on the road in the 60 to 110 km h. I hear this is a common problem with trucks with over 60,000k on them. In fact mine has just started making this noise / vibration at 114,000k. Has any one had a break down on the road from a bearing seizing.?
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:14 AM   #32
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I'm closing in on 75,000 miles on my '09 with no sign of this. I'll stay alert, I believe my next service is in 1,000 miles and will bring it up.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #33
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I had a front wheel bearing on my '06 Tacoma start heading south on me about a year ago 115000mi., just an indistinct soft buzzing from the front. Drove it that way for a couple of thousand miles, before I had it checked/diagnosed by the dealer and repaired. Ouch. Over a grand for all the bearings on both sides of the front. On the upside, the mechanic said the new bearings are "improved". For that much $, they'd better be.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:56 PM   #34
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Ya, I got the 06 going in for a look over on Tues. some things going on and expecting the worst. I need it in top shape for our trip to Inuvik in June, that's the last place to have a break down.
Bruce, did you have all 4 bearings replaced or just the bad one.?

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:51 PM   #35
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My 06 had to have left front bearings replaced last fall. I only had 35,000 miles on the truck so I was surprised and very unhappy. It started out with a low growl going around corners and gradually increased in volume all the time. We were on a long trip when it started and I was glad we made it home safely. The mechanic said it was not unusual. I thought it was not normal for wheel bearings to fail at such low mileage.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:16 PM   #36
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Mike - I went ahead and replaced all 4. My philosophy: better safe than stranded.

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:08 AM   #37
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I agree if one is fried out they all go. the factory sealed bearings are a pain and changing them is labour intensive. I was quoted $1500 plus parts.
I was going to trade up to 2014 this fall but it may have to wait.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:52 PM   #38
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Hi Devil Dog and anyone else interested, It is one thing to replace the bearings but the core issue is still there. Here are a couple threads to Tacoma world that address all this. It may be less of an issue if your truck is not lifted, but none the less I am more comfortable understanding what is going on.

OFFICIAL 2nd gen 4x4 front differential bearing vibration thread - Tacoma World Forums

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Old 05-18-2013, 10:34 PM   #39
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That's a very good video. I see that they remove a needle bearing and replace it with a bushing of some type. That's interesting, I wonder if Toyota does the same.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:03 PM   #40
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Well, I got the front brgs. done. The drivers side was fried and in fail mode. The passenger side was almost fried. This 06 Tacoma has a generation 2 front end. A good thing.Only 2 bearings to deal with. Total cost $1400.00 parts and labour . Also had oil and filter and break insp. done. So where good to go...and the truck is like new. .
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