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Toyota Tacoma Wheel Bearing Replacement How To


2003 toyota tacoma wheel bearing replacement how to

Bad wheel bearings are a pretty common problem on late model Toyota trucks especially if the truck has over size tires  and wheels on it.

The bad news is it ain’t no walk in the park to change them. Getting the steering knuckle off is the easy part. Installing the new bearing is a whole different animal. Usually I don’t mind doing this type of work, but so far I’m not really liking these at all.

Update Nov. 2011- I’ve bought the OTC Hub Grappler and it is the solution. Still not a walk in the park, but it will get the job done. See it in the video below.

If you plan on doing this yourself at home, plan on removing the knuckle with the hub and bearing assembly and taking it to your local machine shop to have them press in the new bearing for you.

I am going to buy the OTCHub Grappler. I’ll let you guys know how it works out. From the looks of it, it’s going to work great. It looks just like the factory Toyota tool, except a whole lot less money.

This is the tool I used in the above video. OTC Tools (OTC6575) Hub Grappler This is great all around tool. Since getting it I’ve used it on a lot of front wheel drive wheel bearings.

About Joe Trent

Joe started out as a tire buster in 1979. He is ASE Certified in suspension & brakes with over 35 years experience.


  1. Did that end up doing the trick?

  2. Joe Trent says:

    I haven’t bought the tool yet.

  3. Ryan Cramer says:

    I think my bearings are bad along with other things in my suspension causing a bad vide at all speeds. I have a 95 Tacoma 4×4 with 230k miles on it and I know they haven’t been changed before. I guess I just need some advise because I hate paying for something I can or can potentially do myself. CV boots are also torn so that needs to be replace but I’m just clueless to this vibe. I checked the engine mounts and they looked fine. At all speeds I also have this WHA WHA WHA WHA sound and my tires are balanced and don’t have any flat spots. Could that also be the bearings? Thanks!!

  4. Joe Trent says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Please see this page. http://www.tire-review-expert.com/ask/

  5. Okay. The white and black part diagram is a 2003 taco, I have one and am trying to do this any info onthis page doesn’t help. The whole arm has to come off. No grappler will help a ‘ 03. Just to let you know

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