Prado 90 series wheel bearings

Submitted: Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 21:30
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Hi All.

I'd appreciate advice on repacking / replacing front wheel bearings on my Prado. I've done a search on the forum but revealed nothing relevant.

How hard is the task to tackle at home?

I understand you have to completely remove the steering knuckle arm and then press the bearing out? From what I can gather it appears that this bearing is a sealed unit and not your standard cup style bearing.

It (repacking bearings) also doesn't appear to be an item on the Toyota maintenance schedule.

What have others done?


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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 21:53

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 21:53
Look at website this gives photographs and step by step instructions for changing/maintenance of wheelbearings for not only Fords but any type of vehicle.
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Reply By: ctaplin - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 22:27

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 22:27
My 90 series has done 125,000km with 60% of that on corrogated dirt tracks and also with numerous deep water crossings, as I've been out and about during the top end 'wet season' for a couple of years. I figured the wheel bearings might need attention but have asked several toyota dealers and other mechanics and they tell me that they are not a servicable item. They have sealed bearings and not a user servicable without special tools. This doesn't help much if one siezes up in a remote location and locks solid...
I've taken my 90 series virtually everywhere and it seems to be more reliable & robust than previous HJ47 & 75 series cruisers that I've had that leaked front diff oil into the wheel bearings and also pumped oil from between gearbox & transfer during highway driving.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 08:55

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 08:55
Yep, the fronts are non-serviceable. If there's a problem, you replace them. I know a lot of people who use their Prados offroad, and can't recall anyone with a bearing problem.

Rears are also non-serviceable (semi-floating rear axle).

I've gone back the other way to Chris. I had a few Landcruisers, then two Prados (and thought the reduced servicing was great), but went back to a 79series, and now go through the ritual every year or so of regreasing the bearings on the fully floating axles. Its the price we pay for a bigger payload.
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Reply By: Member - 120scruiser (NSW) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:27

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 20:27
22 years as a mechanic and never replaced a wheel bearing on a Prado.
I have gone backwards as well. Sold the 120 series Prado and bought an old 1996 80 series 1HD FT. Best thing I ever did and the first thing I did was the wheel bearings.
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