Front axle replacement on Toyota Tacoma 4x4

Old 10-18-13, 10:42 AM
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Front axle replacement on Toyota Tacoma 4x4

How long does it take to replace a front axle on a Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and does it take any special tools?
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Flat rate time is about 3.5 hours for a shop for a 1997 Tacoma base model. Depends on whether the inner axle has to be replaced as well. Also, it depends on what you refer to as "special" in terms of tools. I don't believe anything "exotic" would be needed other than standard metric socket set and wrenches, etc. A Chiltons or Haynes manual from Autozone or NAPA would be a good idea. Good luck. Cheers.
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Lynn, welcome to the forums! Shop time is miniscule compared to DIY time, so be ready for probably double that.

I had an injector pump go out on my Cummins Diesel. Part ran about $1k. I watched all the installation videos, and was "ready" to tackle this myself. I can do it!! It was February, drizzling sleet, cold.........not ideal.

I called my local diesel mechanic and asked what he would charge to do an R&R. Cost $250. I buy the part. BINGO!! No more calls. Winner. No way would I attempt to tie my time up in the sleet for $250. In addition I got a guaranteed running truck back.

A lot of things are DIY, some are not. Be sure to read all you can on it before you tackle it just to make sure you are up to it. You can do it.
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I've never replaced an axle on a toyota but have on ford and jeep. It's not an overly difficult job but a lot depends on how stubborn it is to come apart. I've been lucky and done the whole job in a few hours ..... and at other times, I've spent all day just getting it apart

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