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.