Front Wheel Bearings??

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

  1. Quarterhorsepower

    Quarterhorsepower Well-Known Member

    So, I've owned my 05 Tacoma for a week and today, I stopped by the tire shop (Les Schwab) and had them take it for a ride. I have what I thought was excessive tire noise, but it turns out it's the front left wheel bearing. I knew when I bought it, the front right was replaced at Toyota @ 110k miles. Now, @ 134k the front left needs it. At least it isn't a big expense as I see it. They actually said it really wasn't bad enough to worry, but I said make me an appointment and I'll drop it off. Anyone else have bearing issues and at what mileage? :whistling2: FYI, Schwab is $200 less than the "Stealership" next door!
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  3. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Mine have been screaming since about 60K miles but due to wheeling. I'm at 70K now so I'll change them both soon.
  4. OP

    Quarterhorsepower Well-Known Member

    I must say, after 2 weeks of new wheel bearings, it sure is nice hearing the stereo and not the howling.. :)
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  5. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    I still haven't done mine. Idk where to get them pressed.
  6. byrd

    byrd Moderator Moderator

    When I did my front ones on my Chevelle years ago I used a chisel to take out the old race and then a huge socket to pound in the new one, not sure if it would work for a Yoda, haven't had the issue and haven't looked at the procedure to do them yet.
  7. KennyF

    KennyF Well-Known Member

    Someone like NAPA or a local shop should be able to press them back in for you.
  8. OP

    Quarterhorsepower Well-Known Member

    I had my done at the local Tire shop.. It was so easy, I only had to hand them the credit card.. :)
  9. recklesstaco

    recklesstaco livin and loven

    Almost 200, 000 miles on my 08' and they have never been replaced. Gonna replace them soon though, but ill be doing them myself at home in the garage.
  10. in2nit

    in2nit Well-Known Member

    I replaced them at 60,000.
  11. nj636

    nj636 Member

    I did both of mine @ 135k, the right front let go with no warning so I did both.

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  12. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    Replaced my driver side front wheel bearing. They are easy to replace. Just the part can be $$$
  13. TacomaBob

    TacomaBob New Member

    I have a 2007 Double Cab 4x4 Tacoma and had to replace both from wheel bearings at about 75,000 & 7.5 years old. Both went out within 4 months of each other. Initial symptom was a new vibration that I thought was a bolt or rock in the tire tread. The sound and vibration was worse at specific speed ranges (harmonics), was associated with speed, but not RPM. My local private Toyota shop pulled them out ( on separate visits ) and the bad spot/divot/crater was obvious to the eye. New bearings made the ride smooth and prevented psychiatric counseling. My annoyance with the whole thing is that while I expect this from old-school bearings that need re-packing, I don't expect this after 75,000 miles of normal driving. My mechanic said his inquiry when ordering the bearings was that many are in stock with suppliers - this means they're selling them - and that means it's common. grrrrr.
  14. nj636

    nj636 Member

  15. Demo Man

    Demo Man Well-Known Member

    What was the vibration like. I've noticed a vibration but it's not constant. It pulsating. Weird. I tell myself it's the tires being cold. Dealership said its normal.
  16. TacomaBob

    TacomaBob New Member

    The vibration can be heard and felt (in the pedals and steering column) at various speed ranges, depending on the size and nature of the damaged spot inside the sealed bearing surface. I was used to my smooth ride, even with OEM BFG tires. I noticed the change quickly. The first bearing presented the vibration starting at about 40 MPH, the second bearing presented at 55 MPH and remained present during freeway speeds - which drove me nuts!!!. Wish I could give you a sound bite, but it's spelled bbrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRR!~!!!!!!Q!#@$#%@$#%$^!! HAH! trying to make this somewhat funny, though sincere. If you have a long straight road and can swerve back and forth without hitting another car - or getting pulled over by the cops - the sound will start and stop as you swerve back and forth. This is from the weight/pressure being taken on and off each side of the front suspension. I got the original part from my private Toyota shop and the bearing damage was obvious. About $600 per bearing total cost parts and labor. Ouch.
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  17. nj636

    nj636 Member

  18. Demo Man

    Demo Man Well-Known Member

  19. Demo Man

    Demo Man Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. I can feel it in the gas pedal and steering wheel. I'll get it on the hwy and warm the tires up and see if it does it around town. I only have 44k on my truck. It's a 2012. So I'm hoping it's not the bearings. I do have the extended warranty. I'll have to see if that's covered.
  20. nj636

    nj636 Member

    Yes basic tools plus a 35mm socket for the axle nut & a torque wrench capable of 173 ft/lb's to torque that nut on installation.
  21. Demo Man

    Demo Man Well-Known Member

    Ok. Thanks. I think I can handle that.

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