Exchanging rear axle on a Toyota Previa

Tiny
BOLDWITHOUTTHEB
  • 1992 TOYOTA PREVIA
  • 196,000 MILES

The rear axle on my Previa is grinding and I found 'metal' in the differential oil when exchanging that. Toyota tells me it would cost 1900 bucks for a new 'third member', plus labor cost. A friend tells me to find a used axle and exchange the old one myself. I found another entire axle, but am not a mechanic, so I asked around what some mechanics would charge for labor. I found vastly differing cost estimates, and looking 'under there' myself, I must say that things don't look all that difficult. However, I do have experience with things that don't look 'all that difficult', mostly in that they cost more in the end, had I let experts do them.
If this is something 'every gas station shop' can do, I'd let my neighborhood gasoline provider do it and thus support the 'mom and pop' kind of local business. Thanks for suggestions.

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 AT 12:09 AM

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Tiny
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JUST A "SWAP" IS NOT THAT HARD

YOU WILL NEED SOME "REAL TOOLS"......THE $9.99 HARDWARE STORE SOCKET SET JUST AIN'T GONNA CUT IT!

A REPAIR MANUAL WOULD BE A BIG BENEFIT TO HAVE FOR THE TASK, IT WILL BE HELPFUL LATER FOR "FIXES" LATER DOWN THE ROAD

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2007-ford-taurus-tune-up

I'M PRESENTLY, SORTA WAS PRESENTLY, ASSISTING A JEEP CJ WITH HIS RIG. HE HAS REALLY "JUMPED RIGHT IN WITH BOTH FEET" REBUILDING HIS REAR DIFFERENTIAL. HE'S REALLY "INTO IT" FOR SOMEONE WHO SEEMED VERY HESITANT AT FIRST. I THINK ALL HE NEEDED WAS A LITTLE "CONFIDENCE PUSH".

THIS IS THE ONGOING POST---TOWARDS THE VERY BOTTOM YOU WILL SEE HIM TACKLING THE REBUILD LIKE A........BETTER THAN A PRO!

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1985-jeep-cj7-inconsistent-curb-idle-low-power-hi-rpms

DON'T SELL YOURSELF SHORT!.....THIS AIN'T AN ENGINE REBUILD THAT YOU WANNA DO!

MECHANICALLY INCLINED BUDDIES, A MANUAL, AND DECENT TOOLS MIGHT GET YOU THRU THIS EZ

YOU CAN ALWAYS POST PICS AND REQUEST HELP/INFO FOR STUFF THAT MIGHT BE TROUBLING YOU WITH THE SWAP.

MAKE SURE THE ONE YOU WANNA PUT ON IS IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE----I SUSPECT THE BRAKES AND LINES/HOSES WILL BE THE MOST CHALLENGING PART

WE ARE HERE TO HELP....IF WE CAN

KEEP US INFORMED

THE MEDIC

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 AT 12:36 AM
Tiny
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Is this a 2 or 2WD?

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 AT 4:47 PM
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Is this a 2 or 4WD?

Sorry for the typo.

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