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Front Suspension Wheel Bearing Problems of Toyota Tacoma



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 10 problems related to front suspension wheel bearing (under the suspension category).

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 10/11/2016

My 09 Tacoma vibrated at certain speeds and slightly swerved going down the highway causing instability and lack of control. Also heard some clanking in the rear end. Upon examination the rear leaf springs in both sides were broken. According to the mechanic one spring was actually rubbing the tire . Toyota had numerous recalls for Tacoma rear leaf springs because they were breaking. However, when I called Toyota they told me my vehicle came from a different plant and did not qualify. I never abused this vehicle no reason for this issue they should add this plant to the recall list to avoid accident and injury. I should disclose that I had two bad wheel bearings as well which may have resulted from the stress caused by the leaf springs. Just dont know. However, not just a coincidence that both springs broke on a Tacoma that is well known for this problem. Thank you.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 11/30/2015

On 11/23/15 I was able to take possession of the vehicle. On 11/24/15 I got into the vehicle to crank it up when the vehicle¿s warning lights of brake, abs warning to check the anti¿lock brake system and check brake system and the antiskid/traction lights came on at approximate 110 miles. I immediately called the dealership and was told that it would not hurt the vehicle to drive it and that it was safe. I was told that it was probably just a fuse by a salesperson, who allegedly talked to one of the master technicians about the situation. On 11/30/15 I also reported that the cruise control was also not working to the service department when I arrive at the dealership. The vehicle was diagnosed with a bad left rear speed sensor at 185 miles and again that the vehicle was safe to drive. On 12/04/15 at 334 miles the sensor was replaced. As I was going home on the interstate highway and less than 10 miles away, the same lights and warning readouts came back on. I immediately turned the vehicle around and proceeded back to the dealership. On my way back to the dealership while slowing down, a loud metallic banging/rattle could be heard coming from the rear end. When I got back to the dealership, I explained the same symptoms happened again as before and that now clanging/rattle in the rear end had developed to the service manager. At approximately 4:00p. M. , I received a call from the service department and was told that a rear wheel bearing was not installed correctly from the factory, that it had done some damage and that the parts were ordered. I expressed my concerns about possible other damage such as the brakes, tire, sensors or the rear housing and safety of the vehicle.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 06/06/2015

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 30 mph, the front passenger side wheel suddenly separated from the vehicle causing the vehicle to skid onto the road surface. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the passenger side front wheel bearing malfunctioned, which caused the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 12/01/2013

Tl - the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, an abnormal sound emitted from the wheels. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the wheel bearings were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred a total of six times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000. Pm.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 10/31/2012

At approximately 42000 miles I noticed a vibration in the front drivers side wheel. I had all four wheels replaced and the vibration continued so I took the vehicle to estabrook Toyota in pascagoula, ms (because that is where I was at the time). When I went to pick the vehicle up I was told the repair manager had personally checked the car out and determined it was the right front bearing so it was replaced and supposedly test driven. I left the store and immediately felt the vibration once again on the left front so I brought the car right back and they replaced the left front bearing as I had initially identified as the problem area and the problem went away. Now, two years later the left front wheel bearing has gone out once again and I am afraid to drive the vehicle.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

At 59,500 miles the left front wheel bearing started making a lot of noise and vibration and noticeably altered the steering. The wheel bearing was replaced under warranty. Now at 90,000 miles the bearing is faulty again and Toyota refuses to fix it again. I took it to my mechanic who told me that he sees a lot of failed wheel bearings on the Tacomas. A failed bearing can result in the wheel locking up or falling off at highway speeds.


car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 12/01/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 5 mph and making a right turn the contact heard a groaning noise in the front passenger side wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated that they could not diagnose the failure but the wheel bearing on the vehicle was tightened. After the vehicle was taken to the dealer the contact was driving 65 mph when the front passenger side tire came off of the vehicle. The wheel assembly broke as well. There were no injuries reported. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 24,000. Updated 2/23/11 the consumer stated the vehicle coasted to a stop on the shoulder of the highway. Updated 02/28/11.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 05/19/2010

2005 prerunner sr5 had grinding sound from right front at about 40mph when turning left. No sound when turning right. Dealer checked and determined left front wheel bearing was bad. Replaced left front wheel bearing ($516. 32). When leaving dealer lot after picking up the truck I noticed the sound still came from the right front wheel . Brought back to dealer who checked again and determined right front wheel bearing was bad. Also said left rear may be going bad. Cost to replace right front wheel bearing $337. 01 (dealer didn't charge labor this time). About 1 year after bearings replaced the grinding sound has returned. Vehicle now has about 107k miles. Reluctant to return to dealer and pay another $800-$1000 to repair wheel bearings that appear to be either poor quality or installed incorrectly. Dealer claims replacing wheel bearings at 80k miles is not abnormal.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 10/24/2005

Back in June 2005 I observed a significant "rubbing" noise coming from the front end of my 2005 Toyota Tacoma. Upon taking the vehicle to the dealership for warranty repair I was informed that the left front wheel bearing was bad. On October 24th 2005 I returned to the dealer experiencing a similar "rubbing" noise and was told on this occasion that both the left and right front bearings had failed. This vehicle only has 20 thousand miles on it. I was informed that they must be poorly manufactured bearings. I'm concerned that this may be an ongoing problem as well as a safety issue.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 08/08/1996

Wheel bearings over torqued in manufacturing, causing right front wheel to snap off at spindle.

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