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2002 tacoma driveshaft

02-03-2005, 03:37 PM
i was told by my toyota dealer that i need a new rear driveshaft. i had a sqeaking noise from the driveshaft. they can not expain why i need a drive shaft. i asked if it was cracked, broken or bent and they said no, but when it starts making that noise it needs to be replaced. is there something about the axle that makes it not serviceable? arent the u joints replaceable? it's a 2002 tacoma 4x4 extra cab i4 2.7l

02-04-2005, 05:22 AM
If the double carden joint is causing the squeak, those joints aren't serviceable. U-joints are replaceable. There are some grease fittings on the U-joints, double carden joint (2 fittings) and the slip joint. These fittings should be lubricated when your truck has the oil changed.


02-04-2005, 08:02 AM
i was under the truck last night, it looks to me like the u joints in the center should be replaceable because they are held in with snap rings like a normal u joint. is the center support bearing replaceable without repacing the whole driveshaft? i also don't understand why the whole driveshaft needs to be replaced because the driveshaft is in 2 peices, bolted together in the middle, why wouldn't you just replace the half thats bad. they lubed all the u joints but that did nothing, which to me would point to the center support bearing, am i off base? plus i've brought it to them for all scheduled service so the u joint should have been greased.

02-04-2005, 12:05 PM
I have to agree with you, they should be able to replace the end of the driveshaft that has the problem. Also the center bearing can be replaced without replacing the driveshaft, all this information is in the shop manual. I don't think the center bearing has grease fittings, the shop manual doesn't show grease fittings for it. If you live near a big city you may want to check with a shop that specialises in drive line repair, look for a place that does trucks. They usually know what they are doing and should be able to get the parts needed. Of course if your truck is still under warranty you will want to stick with a Toyota dealer. Good luck.


02-04-2005, 12:09 PM
Thanks Flash, the truck is not under waranty, it has 70,000 miles on it and the dealer wants $1800 to replace the shaft!! i will bring it to a driveline shop and see want they say.

02-04-2005, 01:41 PM
And they wonder why people try to do their own repairs. I realize there would be more labor for them to repair as necessary but not $1800 worth. I know they say use the special Toyota tools but the tools look like basic pullers you can buy or perhaps borrow at a discount parts place. Another thought, I don't know your mechanical capability but you may want to consider removing the driveshaft and center bearing assembly and take it to a drive line shop. Removing and replacing it isn't rocket sceince but the driveshaft is a safety related item. BTW, the shop manual does say if the double carden joint is bad the drive-shaft should be replaced, but that should be necessary for only the section with the bad carden joint.


02-09-2005, 08:18 PM
I had a squeaking chirping noise coming from the driveshaft of my 2001 Tacoma. Took it to the dealer but they could not pinpoint the noise. I just greased the zerk fittings. Noise went away and there do not seem to be any ill effects. Cost about $18 total for the grease gun and the Mobil 1. Might be worth trying first. I'm pretty sure my dealer never greased the joints based on the way they looked. Good luck.

02-10-2005, 11:52 AM
UPDATE: The dealer greased the fittings when it was in there and the noise has gone away after three days. From talking to some trade school teachers the double cardan joint has a centering bearing in the middle and that might have been the cause and is not serviceable, if it goes bad you have to replace the drive shaft. I think i've brought it to the dealer for the last time for service, the only reason I was bringing it to them and paying the $85 for an oil change was I thought they were greasing all the fittings in the driveshaft, now I don't think they were.

02-10-2005, 02:10 PM
It's good to hear you got the noise cleared up without haveg to replace the drive shaft. I recall a post several months ago about the same subject. As I recall the poster indicated he needed to lube the driveshaft every 35k miles to eliminate the squeak. Maybe yours had never been lubed until now. It's amazing what a little grease will do.


04-27-2005, 09:56 AM
I know this thread is a older, but I have a Tacoma, it recently started making the squeaking sound, at first it would only make the sound when I was in 1st gear and below 2000 RPM's when I went below 2000 RPM the squeaking started and was really loud. When I put the clutch in, or put the tranny in neutral, it would stop.

It got worse, so I decided to get under and start greasing. I greased the joints as is outlined on the 4x4 website. Recently it started doing it again, any suggestions to remedy this? Or should I take it to the dealer?

04-27-2005, 04:39 PM
If the truck has been run 4-5k miles or has seen lots of off roading since lubricating the driveshaft components I would try lubricationg again. My truck is 2 wheel driveand doesn't have grease fittings but my 2004 maintenance guide suggests lubrication of 4 X 4 driveshaft components every 5 k miles.


04-28-2005, 07:37 AM
As a general rule, you should lube up your driveshaft while you are changing your oil. You are already under the truck - might as well. That should be every 3-5K.

05-16-2005, 09:50 AM
at 41k miles my V6 02 2WD had a vibration that the dealer said was the driveshaft....they replaced FREE under warranty and the problem was solved.....thank god for the 5 year 60,000 powertrain warranty!

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