Question about 2003 Toyota Tacoma
Wheel bearings are mostly all blown off. We removed the wheel to see what we could see...
Break caliper a little worn, but everything seems to be ok.
What should we look for in spindle wear??
Lady_chaos has the right idea going but you should also look for any bluing in the metal indicating the spindle got hot
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
If you have had any damage done to the spindle from the wheel bearings blowing...you would definitely be able to tell. Anytime I have ever seen damaged spindles, it has looked like marks that remind me of an animal chewing on a rawhide bone a while. there would be scrapes around it and gouges in the metal as if sharp metal slid across it or something that looks like you ran a tough saw blade across the metal...its the easiest way I can describe it. Of course look for cracks or pits because it could be a weak spot in the metal and make sure the metal's integrity is good (spindle doesn't look twisted or bent). Hope this helps and I apologize for my silly explanation of it's appearance but it's something people can easily picture.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The wheel bearing is installed in the wheel hub assembly and is serviced by replacement only.
You may need Torx sockets to remove the bearing assembly bolts.
Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely using jackstands.
Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
At the wheel hub, remove the cotter pin and retainer, then loosen and remove the castle nut and the thrust washer. In order to hold the hub from turning when loosening the nut, insert a drift through the caliper and into the rotor vanes. Remove the brake caliper and support it aside using wire or a coat hanger. Make sure the brake line is not stretched or damaged.
Remove the brake rotor from the wheel hub.
Remove the bolts retaining the hub/bearing assembly to the knuckle, then carefully pull the assembly from the splined end of the halfshaft. If available, use J-28733-A or B, or an equivalent spindle remover to prevent damage to the shaft or hub/bearing assembly.
Remove the cotter pin from the drive axle end nut and retainer
Remove the retainer for access to the end nut
Loosen the drive axle nut-here the caliper is installed so a drift could be inserted to keep the disc from spinning
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