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Unread 07-09-2009, 07:17 AM   #1
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Bad news, been having a bad humming noise and vibrations so i did some tinkering and the front left bearing is shot, got some on order, I'll let yall know how it goes, BTW I'm a T4R.org convertee
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That sucks. Wheel spacers increase the load on the wheel bearings.
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I just had my front passenger side replaced. I got it done for $330. It is not genuine toyota parts but some other Japanese brand.
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yeah i just ordered two temkin bearings in housing for $236 including overnight shipping, i"ll be installing this weekend, but until then the ole runner is out of commision
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Pictures and a writeup would be great!
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I just had my front passenger side replaced. I got it done for $330. It is not genuine toyota parts but some other Japanese brand.
At what milage did you have urs crap out on you? Toyota cant give me a real average on when they wear out
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Pictures and a writeup would be great!

I'll try my hardest man, if i can keep my hands clean enough to take pictures lol
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Assistant with clean hands, camera & beer.
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Assistant with clean hands, camera & beer.
Funny. . .I just turned 21 Monday the 6th lol, might be a good option lol
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At what milage did you have urs crap out on you? Toyota cant give me a real average on when they wear out
at 145,000km.
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at 145,000km.

AKA 90,000 miles for us Americans
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Well I'm gunna curse myself here but I think my driver side is starting to go bad too. Ugggg!
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Well I'm gunna curse myself here but I think my driver side is starting to go bad too. Ugggg!
well heres the symptoms i have, steering wheel shake while braking, shake at 40 through around 55 MPH the any spped higher i get a noticeable HHuuuummmmm.
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well heres the symptoms i have, steering wheel shake while braking, shake at 40 through around 55 MPH the any spped higher i get a noticeable HHuuuummmmm.
I didnt have any shakes, but the humms, were more like a HUUUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!! at 50mph+ after 60mph+ you couldnt hear anyone in the car.
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well heres the symptoms i have, steering wheel shake while braking, shake at 40 through around 55 MPH the any spped higher i get a noticeable HHuuuummmmm.
My shaking went away by correcting my alignment. went up another 1.5 inches in lift to get my front wheels strait up and down. I have regained stability as well as the shaking going away.
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Have you done the replacement yet? As said previously, a write-up would be super cool! Thx
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Have you done the replacement yet? As said previously, a write-up would be super cool! Thx
yes the replacement is complete (sorry it took so long to get back , been on a diving trip in Florida) yes a write is on the way and i have some pictures too. Although it was a PITA it was a great learning project, but I do not suggest just anyone doing this task.

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I ordered the bearings and they came with a white grease in them but seemed like it wasn't enough, so my uncle got me some very high temp. full synthetic bearing grease, ($55 a tube. . . Freebie for me)
Put the bearing in the parts washer and got the white grease out and repacked them with the better high temp grease

Come to find out that only my driver side bearing was burnt and the passenger was still good but i went ahead and replaced both of them for good measures.

the driver side was solid brown/black inside and had metal shavings inside of it aka there was part of my steering wheel shake problem.

I do have some pictures of the tear down but not many of the replacement and seating the bearings (my uncle and i both had our hands full) i will post the pics and a step by step of how to do it, but once again if you do not have many mechanical skills ( im a ME major) or the right tools i do not suggest a self install, pics and write up to come soon
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the fun begins



remove the dust cover gently or u will bend the thin metal



then remove the adjuster nut and then the spindle nut



I used a three jaw bearing puller to get bearing housing and hub off of the axel



after i got the assymbly off i pressed the old bearing off of the hub and put the hub in the parts washer and left it in the freezer over night to get ready for the new bearing the next day



ready for the new to go on, this is all the photos i had time for due to greasy hands and we had to hurry when we heated the bearing to make it seat on the frozen hub, went on pretty well

after the bearing was set the install went fairly well, make sure not to press the new two piece bearing on all the way together because it needs proper tolerances, about .005 in,

when putting the new assymbly back on make sure to re-install the brake dust shield, i didnt because i forgot but i weighed the odds and convinced myself that id leave them off and tell err one it helps keep my brakes cooler. . .. sounded like a good theory

when re installing the axel nut its best to use a dial indicator and leave about .005 of play according to my uncle who specializes in bearings

after that re install the adjuster nut and codder pin then the dust cover and then the rotor and caliper, bolt on wheel and your done.

i rate this install a 8 out of ten and if you have the balls and skills to do it go right ahead, any questions just let me know
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Bump, all that talk about pictures and no feedback?
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I read through it with great interest.

That was quite a project.!

Did it solve the vibes and humming noises?

Did you find any parts that were in bad shape?
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