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Old 01-14-2009, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Right front wheel covered in black grease?

I noticed today that my right front wheel is covered in a thin layer of black grease. It is not brake dust. I don't know how long it's been like this, as I haven't washed it in a couple of weeks. It is only the outside of the wheel. The inside of the wheel doesn't have any grease on it. The grease is covering the center cap and the aluminum wheel and only on my right front. All other wheels are clean. I wiped some of it off before I took this picture, and it just looks like a thin layer of black grease. I only have 22,000 miles on the truck. 2005 DCSB 4x4 SR5 V6.



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Old 01-14-2009, 06:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it is a 4wd check your cv boots on that side!
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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im pretty sure your axle boot is shot.
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Axle boot? Sorry guys, what is that? It is a 4x4. What should I do? Should I not drive it?

Is this an expensive repair? I have a 10 year 100,000 mile drive train and engine warranty. Would that cover it?
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Warranty should cover it. It is a rubber boot (looks like an accordian) that covers the CV joint in the front axle. It is filled with grease to keep the joints in good condition. You can drive it, but I would get it in as soon as you can. DIY you can get the parts for about $60 if I remember right.
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wow thats a wicked angle for that CV
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No kidding. I went to look specifically for that picture because I knew it showed the cv's "well" I think he is running something like 9" of lift...
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I only see grease on the outside of the wheel as shown in the first picture I posted. I wiped of a little of the grease in that photo investigating. The wheel was basically all black - even the center cap is covered in a thin layer. It looked like oily black soot when I wiped it. Almost no grease, on the inside of the wheel. You can see a few spots in the upper right part of the wheel and near the balancing weights in the first photo where it has a more oily appearance.

Here are pictures I just took from the inside of the same wheel.


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Old 01-14-2009, 07:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Your front axle hub grease cap is loose & leaking. If you're within 36 months it should be covered. I'd get it fixed pretty quick regardless.

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I think KSJ nailed it, as your boots look fine, not to mention if they were bad you would see grease all over the inside of your tire, not the outside, like you currently have.

Just pull the rim off the truck and see what the center cap looks like, might be as easy as just tapping it back on with a screwdriver/chisel and a hammer.
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Your front axle hub grease cap is loose & leaking. If you're within 36 months it should be covered. I'd get it fixed pretty quick regardless.

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So do you think I can drive it 10 miles to the dealership? I would hate to have it towed. I don't trust anyone else working on my pickup - with the exception of getting new tires- other than myself and my Toyota dealer, and I only have time to do oil changes.

I will have to have them top off the front axle grease, correct?

Unfortunately, I have 41 months on my truck and only 20,000 miles. Hopefully the repair won't be too costly.
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So do you think I can drive it 10 miles to the dealership?
Yes, I think you can. If there has been any damage it's probably already occured. It's probably a 1 - 1 hours of work or so to tear it apart to check everything & put it back together, so if there's no damage already it shouldn't be too bad.

Yes, you should have them repack the grease.
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So do you think I can drive it 10 miles to the dealership? I would hate to have it towed. I don't trust anyone else working on my pickup - with the exception of getting new tires- other than myself and my Toyota dealer, and I only have time to do oil changes.

I will have to have them top off the front axle grease, correct?

Unfortunately, I have 41 months on my truck and only 20,000 miles. Hopefully the repair won't be too costly.
1st of all, it's not that much grease.
2nd, are you capable of removing the front tire yourself and looking?
If you can do #2, I would go that route. Once you remove the tire, you will see a metal cap on the end of the axle, if it is not sitting flush with the axle flange, then lightly tap it back into place. Do not hit the center of cap, but rather the lip of the cap, hence the screwdriver/chisel.

If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, then by all means take it into the dealer. They pack soo much grease into those bearing caps and axle boots that you would have a much bigger mess than you do, and what little grease has seeped out will not cause any damage.

Hope that helps...personally, I hate dealing with the dealership. "Drop it off by 8am we will have it back to you by 5pm". No thanks!
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Alright everyone, I took it to the dealership this morning and they found nothing wrong with it. They told me it didn't come from my truck. They didn't charge me anything and I needed to pick up some OEM oil filters anyway so..........

I have been trying to figure out where the grease had came from because it seemed to start at the center cap and spread out, probably from the wheel spinning while driving. Then it came to me.

I have been parking next to a guy at work that drives and old 80 something dodge that burns oil, smokes etc. He backs his truck in at work so my right front wheel is centered right where his exhaust pipe is. I have come to the conclusion that his exhaust pipe was spraying my wheel when he starts it and gases it to keep it running since it is so cold. Doh! Oh well better safe than sorry, and like I said it didn't cost me a dime. I won't be parking near him from now on....LOL!

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