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#1 Kit M

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 01:49 PM

My 02 D4D Rav 4 has developed an intermittent
(chunka-chunka-chunka?!?) noise and vibration from the rear when you are
going around 50mph.

A friend suggested it could be the universal joint on the propshaft so I had a look and it is very stiff and notchy.

He said they were about a fiver for his Defender but I cant find them anywhere for a Rav 4


Anybody know where I can get one?



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#2 Tech01


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 02:27 PM

It doesn't look as if Toyota supply the UJ's for the (two) prop shafts as separate spares - only the complete shafts (and many other associated bits), which are expensive.


The shaft UJ's don't get reported often as failing, but if you do have a pooped one, you may have to look around for a specialist workshop who can "recondition" your shaft with a new (pattern) part.


Do also check out the rubber mounting at the rear face of the rear diff ("Support - rear diff"). The rubber in this item can come adrift from the steel frame it should be attached to, and cause excessive rear diff movement. Might/might not explain your noise.



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