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This is a short video describing how to replace both bearings on the viscous couple in the rear differential of a Pontiac Vibe / Toyota Matrix AWD. This is very common with these cars and usually goes miss diagnosed as a bad rear wheel bearing or a bad differential bearing. Make sure if you are not comfortable with this procedure to take your vehicle to a professional local shop to have it repaired.
Parts Needed:
Bearing: http://www.toyotapart.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=toyoto_parts&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=90363-65004&Affiliate=eric
Bearing: http://www.toyotapart.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=toyoto_parts&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=90363-95007&Affiliate=eric
Dust Deflector: http://www.toyotapart.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=toyoto_parts&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=41252-33010&Affiliate=eric
Seal: http://www.toyotapart.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=toyoto_parts&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=90310-54001&Affiliate=eric

48 thoughts on “Repair rear differential noise pontiac vibe / toyota matrix awd”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Austin Denney says:

    You help me with that it would be greatly appreciated

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Austin Denney says:

    Where did you get the bearings and seal? There like impossible to find

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cumminsturbo98 says:

    Fixed my problem but ended up breaking of the bolts of the top two for the housing :/

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Will says:

    Part number again?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Buster Green says:

    Do you know what the bearing numbers are or part number

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Auggy Bendoggy says:

    How do we get the shaft out?

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Auggy Bendoggy says:

    The links are dead – any cbhance you can call out the bearing numbers?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ally said says:

    bngap mr good job

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Great informative Video Dr. O AKA Eric O simple repair on the Viscous coupler @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steveo66 says:

    Like all great shows, I've seen all the episodes of SMA and now I'm starting back from the beginning to watch all the "repeats"…. Its awesome watching the quiet and reserved Dr. O gradually become the confident and gregarious Eric O that we know and love today…..

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dj Mystery says:

    I always wondered why my 4WD matrix never chirped tires at low speeds I guess this is why. Cool, learn something new every day, didn’t even know diffs had viscous couplers

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars STEVEN BELLEVILLE says:

    Great video….I am just about to buy a 2011 Matrix AWD 2.4l . Any advice on this system in the 2011 compared to the one you show in this video? I have been told by a mechanic that the key to keeping the seals from leaking is to make sure the breather stays clean and opened. What is your opinion? thank you again.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Louis Bilodeau says:

    Link is not working anymore , i think parts are discontinued , did somebody can give me the bearing spec so i coul buy it straight from a bearing distributor ? thank you !

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Adler says:

    Great video. Just finished this fix and it worked. I'd tell you the part numbers and where to get them but Youtube keeps deleting my comment if I try.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gfd165 says:

    Just found this video and link doesn’t direct me to parts anymore. Does anyone know part numbers?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MID🔧LIFA says:

    I have a 2009 matrix with no awd, the awd light is on, don't hear any noise though, bearing replacement time?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Advanced Wild Animal Training - ACE in the WILD says:

    Front bearing the size is 95*120*17mm. the item number is NSK 95DSF01

    Rear bearing in the coupler that product number is NSK 61911

    Just searching now….I think these are correct

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Advanced Wild Animal Training - ACE in the WILD says:

    I thinks these are the part numbers for 2009 AWD…..I am now searching Ebay – 19205423 19205171 41330-12040

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 3 Sons Auto says:

    A customer has this issue on his 2011 Sienna and of course South Main Auto has an old school video about this!!

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars stgreen78 says:

    You look so not YouTube jaded😂🤣

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jim panther driver vickers says:

    Dr. O ? hehehe

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars animal16365 says:

    How much he has changed in the way he starts his videos.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Tiberend says:

    So, this will only apply to an AWD Pontic Vibe?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael says:

    Can you do that on a Ford Escape?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gyro Onesix says:

    I used an ABS pipe that fit perfectly on the inner race. Worked perfect. I made. A similar tool for the larger bearing using a plastic bowl.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edward Acosta says:

    Would that part fit on a 2006 matrix awd driver .. my car has front wheel drive

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Maltais Desjardins says:

    Thank you, just got my old Matrix repaired after my mechanician saw this video. Said that people at Toyota were surprised to have these bearings ordered!

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jordan Carlson says:

    I have an '09 vibe AWD and its making a noise as well. The description is as follows:
    Only happens at speeds between 30-50mph
    only happens on light acceleration; when applying more throttle the noise stops completely, when off the throttle it doesn't happen
    things to note: 4-speed transmission shifts smoothly into all gears, including overdrive as I continue to accelerate; the noise only occurs shortly after a gear change happens when i let off throttle and reapply throttle.
    I'm sure it isnt the rear wheel bearings, because the noise would occur more regularly
    I'm sure it isnt the transmission itself, because it shifts fine into all gears, as i mentioned before
    there is nothing else wrong with the car (other than it has the 2AZ-FE, fix it free toyota pls)

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dufus says:

    thought those had to be replaced as a unit. read that somewhere.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sorin Nicu says:

    This procedure works for newer Toyota rear couplers that are not viscous anymore, just electrical controlled couplers (friction pack).

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brandy Myers says:

    We run a repair shop and have a 2009 Matrix doing this. I called Toyota about getting the bearings they tell me it is a whole unit and we can not get the bearings separate from the coupler assembly. Any thoughts?

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steven Ibanez says:

    So, I screwed up and ended up hitting the transmission coupler with a hammer, instead of the brass drift. It was only once, but it left a good mark where the drive shaft bolts to the transmission coupler. Does anyone think this will be a problem? I had 2x4s set up like in the video, and when I hit the brass drift, the 2×4 on one side gave away, and POW. Nothing cracked, but there's a good outline where the hammer hit.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kimberly Carew says:

    I can not seem to find these bearings. I have a 2013 Sienna AWD and the viscous coupler is grinding bad.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars will f says:

    How many miles were on the car at the ti e of the bearing failure.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Johnson says:

    part numbers for bearings? local gm dealer says they're discontinued

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steven Grimes says:

    I was quoted over 3000 to replace the rear differential in our 2006 Matrix. I followed your lead and replaced the bearings. It ended up costing around 300.00. Worked like a charm. Parts were hard to find. It saved us thousands and I did it myself. I could only find the parts on eBay. Toyota wanted to sell me a whole differential. Thank you.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars scott price says:

    I know this is a older video but i have a 03 Pontiac aztek awd i think the bearing in the same area i was wondering if you thought it would use the same part numbers that you used and thank you for your videos they are very helpful and interesting

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Latham says:

    Bought my 03 vibe with this problem 123k miles took to over 4 places before they finally understood this had no direct correlation between repairing the BEARINGS and not the rear differential or the viscous couple ! Make sure they know you know what you're talking about ! Cheers

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars apritchard171 says:

    I'm experiencing the same problem with my 2009 toyota rav4 limited AWD. Does it have the same bearing that i can replace?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Warren Stahl says:

    The links in the description are broken. Need bearing numbers.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Z says:

    People, if you're looking for info on the parts look in the description part of this, then click the "show more", he has provided those for us. Also if you do a search for Technical Service Bulliten (TSB) DL002-07 dated 23 Aug, 2007 you will find the Toypta info for this repair.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cashbros says:

    Is there a certain parts kit I need, Or do you buy the bearings individually ?

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars remarinero says:

    is the same process for pontiac vibe 2009?