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Steering Rack play

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Dragracingdan, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. Jul 10, 2018 at 1:41 PM
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    Also I was reading this thread and someone mentioned carrier bearing. So while I was under there I shook the drive shaft center support bearing and there was quite a bit of play. Also the rubber was split in a few spots. The drive shaft also seemed to be sagging in the support bearing. Here is a picture below. Your thoughts?

    20180710_161816~01.jpg 20180710_161820~01.jpg

    Thanks,
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  2. Jul 10, 2018 at 2:27 PM
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    Yeah buddy. Grease those zerks. The carrier bearing is ok unless it starts wobbling and vibrating. When that happens change out your yokes and u-joints with new. In the meantime, grease the zerks. Should be 5.
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2018 at 3:17 PM
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    Anyone know the factory specs on allowable ‘play’ on these carrier bearing housings?
     
  4. Jul 10, 2018 at 3:55 PM
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    Thanks for the reply. I could easily shake the drive shaft at the carrier bearing. After looking some more, this may be where all the vibration and shaking is coming from?

    Didn't see any zerks while down there (wasn't really looking) Man, I really hope this is the issue I've been chasing! Seems like an easy enough project for a Saturday or Sunday.

    I can't find a good diagram of the drive shaft. There are 3 U-joints and @Professional Hand Model said yokes (...?) Is there anything else I should replace while I have the drive shaft apart?

    Thanks alot,
    Dan
     
  5. Jul 10, 2018 at 3:58 PM
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    Youtube is your friend.
     
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    Just change the carrier bearing and u-joints with zerk-able replacements. You can remove the drive shaft and take it up to a place that specializes in propeller shafts and they will put your parts on as they have a special press for the joints. Do not go cheapie on the carrier bearing and buy the Toyota OEM. Watch youtube about it.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2018 at 4:09 PM
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  9. Jul 11, 2018 at 4:25 PM
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    Parts ordered. Went with all OEM parts. Got the carrier bushing and new U joints.

    Thanks to all for the assistance

    Dan
     
  10. Jul 11, 2018 at 4:55 PM
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    Let us know if you find out the factory play in that new bushing. Mine has some play at 157k, but no problems with vibration.
     
  11. Jul 12, 2018 at 1:55 PM
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    When you replaced the steering rack bushings did you tourqe everything to spec? They need to be much tighter than I originally thought and tightening it all tightened my steering up a lot.
     
  12. Jul 12, 2018 at 4:48 PM
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    When I replaced the bushings things definitely got better. I will go back and double check the torques though

    Thanks,
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  13. Jul 12, 2018 at 4:57 PM
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    Ahh, found the page with the torque specs for those rack bolts. Thanks again
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  14. Jul 13, 2018 at 7:36 AM
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    123 ft lbs on that top bolt isn't easy but I finally got the wrench to click. Just enough clearance under the tranny pan to clear the torque wrench handle .
     

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