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2010 Toyota Highlander Wheel Bearings Replacement


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karinjt
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Jul 16, 2014, 5:27 AM

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  post locked   2010 Toyota Highlander Wheel Bearings Replacement  

Hello,
I have a 2010 Toyota Highanlder with roughly 78k miles. It recently has been making a rumbling noise. The noise is not associated with stepping on the gas and isn't present when the car is idle. The noise doesn't speed up or slow down depending on how fast I am going. One mechanic told me it was a transmission issue and I needed to bring it to the dealer. I brought it to the dealer and they said both my rear wheel bearings need replacing. They also said they have to replace the hub with the bearings which greatly increases the cost. My question is does it make sense that on a car with roughly 78k that both rear wheel bearings would need replacing and do I really have to replace the hubs along with the bearings? And does that coincide with the described noise? Both diagnoses were based on where the sound was coming from, not from seeing anything or at least that was the take I got from both places.
Thank you for your help!


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 16, 2014, 6:15 AM

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What drivetrain does this have? Engine and if 4X4 or not?


2WD bearings are just sold as a hub assembly if that does show not so expensive really?

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What two places said these instead of something else? IDK about this as a wheel bearing would make more noise or change with speed. ?? Both?? Possible if same something happened to cause that but IMO not so likely. I'd seek another opinion,


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karinjt
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Jul 16, 2014, 6:32 AM

Post #3 of 8 (6535 views)
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Thanks for responding!
It's a 3.5L V6 AWD Toyota Highlander Limited.
I took it to a local mechanic that told me it's a transmission issue and then I took it to the Toyota Dealership and they are the ones that are telling me that both rear wheel bearings need to be replaced. He is quoting me a price of 437 each side for parts so a total of almost 900 for parts. Looking quickly on line, this seems high.

The sound definitely stays constant while the car is moving regardless of whether I step on the gas or I slow down. By the time I am going about 5 miles an hour the sound pretty quickly stops and you don't hear anything when I'm idle.

I'm going to take it to get another opinion.
Thanks


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 16, 2014, 6:41 AM

Post #4 of 8 (6532 views)
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My parts look up could be wrong but showed same hub for either 4X4 or not. Dealer part would be more. The problem is IDK how a bad wheel bearing DOESN'T make more noise with speed as it's turning faster? You don't need to be a tech to understand that I hope.


That or your description had a typo in it.


Either way what I'm looking at for those bearings they are about a while you wait job but really doubt the diagnosis so far.


Try an independent. Remember the parts prices will be the parts they should choose not what deal you might find out there unless you were doing this yourself. Kinda like bringing a steak to a restaurant, ask them to cook it, then complaining about it's quality type thing,


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karinjt
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Jul 17, 2014, 12:32 AM

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Thank you! I brought it for a second opinion and had someone else in the car with me. When we listened, we were able to hear the noise change with the speed, which I didn't hear before. The second opinion confirmed wheel bearings. I had them replaced and the noise is now gone. Thank you very much for your help!


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 17, 2014, 12:58 AM

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Glad to hear it and thanks for sharing your results. It WAS that noise didn't change with speed that made me dismiss wheel bearing problems really and you found differently so great. Better to know than not.


I wonder why both? Suggests something happened or type of use is a root cause? If submerged in water (even launching some boats about requires vehicle getting into water all depending) that would do it. Wrong wheels from OE could put forces on them they didn't like.


Plain bad luck in the cards too. The best of the best bearing makers seem to have caved in to the low prices but would be surprised if Toyota would use the cheapest OE or set specs and quality control higher no matter who made them.


Somewhat new for this so save your receipts for any current or future recall. I don't make the rules but that's too early if happening to others as well but don't know of that?


Good luck,
Tom



karinjt
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Jul 17, 2014, 4:11 AM

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The other mechanic we brought it to said that he has seen these needing replacement as early as 60k miles. Unfortunately we don't have a boat, so haven't been submerging wheels. The mechanic thought that one probably had been going for a while, but wasn't really loud until the second one started going. Not sure if that could be it, or just bad news, but now that I read your reply, I realized that I got four new tires in April. Maybe something is wrong with them or the way they were mounted??


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 17, 2014, 5:00 AM

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Tires and they matter: What happens more often is the wheel bearing(s) were bad and old tires could have "worn" into a pattern somewhat hiding the issue. When new tires go on they are/should be perfect and then you notice. If somehow they were mounted wrong you should have had some wild problems right then I would think?


Do carefully look at your tires and do rotate them by the manual's suggestions. Tires suk (some) if not rotated and make obnoxious noises themselves that could be avoided. More of an issue with FWD and 4X4 vehicle IMO.


I'll lock up thread as solved. YOU can ask any moderator to reopen it if you wish. It keeps spammers and hijackers hitting this for eternity,


Tom



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Jul 17, 2014, 5:02 AM)






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