Wheel Bearings for 80 series Cruiser

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 07, 2002 at 00:00
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I have a 1992 80 series Land Cruiser with 120,000 km on the clock. We are leaving for the Kimberlies on the 17th. At 105,000 km I had the wheel bearings re-packed as per the Toyota service schedule, and since then have done the Simpson, including a wet and muddy trip back down the Birdsville Track including a number of shallow creek crossings, and a few other shorter "dry" bush trecks. Like everyone 3/4 of the driving however is on bitumen. My question is that the Toyota manual now recommends that the wheel bearings be done again and 120K, which on the 80 series is quite expensive. I have had mates not do bearings for anything between 100K to 200K without difficulty, but I obviously do not want to have problems in the Kimberlies. I would be interested in any comments, as it seems to me that the Toyota "recommendations" are a bit excessive. There is no rumbling or sign of anything wrong at present.
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Reply By: Derek Jarrett - Sunday, Jul 07, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Jul 07, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Kevin. I too have an 80 series Cruiser and agree that Toyota want the front wheel bearings serviced too frequently. As a former diesel fitter, I also had several of these cars to maintain. I serviced the wheel bearings and dropped all oils at 50,000 Ks and never had any trouble. I would advise you to ask a reputable and obliging mechanic to show you how to service the bearings PROPERLY and start doing them yourself. It's a messy job but not that difficult. Alternatively, email me personally and I can tell you how I service wheel bearings. Good luck and have a safe trip!
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Follow Up By: Gordon - Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00
Derek, I am interested in re-packing the bearings on my 80 Series which has just returned from the Kimberley. Mine has 150,000 km and they've never been done before. Can you copy me on the advice you sent to Kevin. My address is gordon.buck@originenergy.com.au.

Toyota recons I also need new front disc pads and tappet adjustment on the 1HDT motor. I suspect I could easily do the brakes myself as long as they don't need machining. How do you decide if they need machining?

The tappet adjustment sounds too difficult so I'll probably get Toyota to do it.

Also, I must be close to needing injectors done for the first time.
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Follow Up By: Kevin - Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks Derek for the advice. After listening to everyone, and talking to a few others + my mechanic, I have decided to run with what I have got, and service the wheel bearings immediately after my return. I may take a set with me in case of emergency. I would appreciate anything that either you or Goran can send me on how to go about the job. I have had a good look through the manual, and am hoping that the roadside option doesn't get a look in. My e-mail address is kmann@stratco.com.au I know its a messy job, having previously done the ones on my boat trailer many times.... somehow I just can't do it without getting dirty. Having said all that I will probably just forget about all that and enjoy the Kimberlies... let the trip start soon!
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Reply By: Goran - Sunday, Jul 07, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Jul 07, 2002 at 00:00
Kevin,the reason for such shedule from toyota is quiet simple.They don't know under what sort of conditions your bearings operate,and assume that you have exceded more than half life span of the bearings.Just because you had them repacked 15.000km ago doesn't mean they are ok.All you need is little bit of water in there.It is good practice to have them repacked once a year(under severe service...water,mud etc).If you are going to Kimberley i thing you should take them off and repack them anyway.Get your self workshop manual,it will pay off many times over and do it your self.It is not hard at all and you will know that the job has been done properly.I too will be happy to provide you with step by step instruction.
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Follow Up By: Kevin - Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00
Goran, Thanks for your response. I appreciate your time. Have a look at my reply to Derek. Kevin
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Reply By: Dazmit - Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 08, 2002 at 00:00

I owned a 100series cruiser for a short while & Toyota recommended 20K bearing repacks. Mine was an ex- fleet & by 50K the front axle seals were leaking. Toyota fixed them under warranty but stated that the bearings had never been repacked (even though the log book was stamped). Their theory was that if you don't repack the bearings every 20K the grease cavitatates away & ends up trying to suck the diff oil out therefore causing axle seal leaks. Interesting theory anyway.
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