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Toyota Tundra Problems



  • Am giving some consideration to replacing my '95 F-150 which has been an "acceptable"truck,however,would like a truck that will last a little longer. Do any of you have Tundras with over 100,000 miles on them. If so, how much have you spent on maintenance? What,if anything,is about to need replacement on your vehicle. In short,does the legendary Toyota longevity apply to the Tundra. If I buy,it will be a V8 4WD with ABS and Limited Slip.Thanks.
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    COnsidering it was introduced 2 years ago I doubt there's too many out there with 100K yet.
  • Wondering if anyone has had any problems or dislikes with the smaller V-6 engine. For me the V-8 doesn't serve much purpose. I have nothing to tow and really no need to pay the extra money. I haven't seen many 6s out there though. Im also wondering, to the people who've had problems with their Tundras. Are these problems somewhat minor compared to other makes of trucks in your experience, or more moderate problems. Thanks
  • I just received a letter from the factory saying they were sending me a dip stick in a round container in a week or so. The letter was a "don't be afraid to open this unexpected package." Is this something about the discrepancy
    between what the owner's manual says the oil capacity is on the V8 versus the 7.8 quarts it actually takes to bring the oil up to the top mark on the dip stick? Oh boy, if Toyota can't get the dip stick right, we're all in trouble.
  • Problems with the V6:

    Vibration/shake problem: Fixed with michelin tires, alignment, and balancing the tires

    Turn signal recall: Never had a problem but got it fixed anyway.

    The V6 is a good deal for the money.
  • arkie6arkie6 Posts: 198

    The early model 2000 Tundras with the 4.7L V8 came with a dipstick that was about 1/4" too short. The owners manual is correct in that it takes 6.4 quarts of oil w/filter change to fill it up. Problem was that full was only about midway between the dimples on the dipstick. Many people, dealerships included, were putting in 7.0-7.5 qts of oil to bring it to the full dimple on the dipstick. While this was not likely to cause any engine problems, it did create quite a bit of confusion. The problem was corrected on later model 2000s and subsequent models. If you have an early model 2000 Tundra 4.7L V8, the incorrect dipstick will not have a part number stamped on it. The correct dipstick has a part number stamped on it. If my memory serves me correctly, it was something like "50101".

  • Am ordering the 2002 Tundra Access Cab, V8, Auto,
    4 x 4, Tow Package up to 5,000 LBS., Convenience package, All Weather Package, Limited Slip Differential, etc. I do plan to do some towing, either a 2500 lb boat or a trailer that weighs under 4000lbs. Does the ABS feature impact on towing at all?

    I need some FEEDBACK ON ABS brakes! Is this a desirable feature and what is the maintenance/reliability of the ABS.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    I would go w/o ABS. I like to modulate my own brakes. I never liked ABS and I race cars for a hobby.

    Also if you do not intend to go off road, then do not get a 4X4. Get a 4X2 with a limited slip. That is what I did and I need my truck for towing once a month and as a daily driver.

    The more complicated the truck becmomes the more stuff will breka on it. That is why I did not get the ABS and the 4X4. Why do I need more options that I do not use (4X4) and have not proved their effectivness (ABS)
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    If you live in cold climate weather that receives snow or ice, I definitely would get them. Amazing how they work on slippery road conditions. You cannot modulate non-ABS breaks to make them work the same. Saved my bacon more than once.
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    i'm curious, since you don't have the ABS feature, how do you state "and have not proved their effectivness(ABS)".......???
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    I would never buy a vehicle without ABS, and if I was towing I think that ABS is a must. On my '02 the ABS has already saved my butt once on a wet road!
  • Just wondering if any of you have every got Toyota to confirm the cause of "clunk" sound as described in earlier messages. Happens when you just take off in drive. Other post have mentioned it could be a normal ABS check. Thanks for any help.
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    Yeah, I asked the dealer about the "clunk" last week and he said it was normal for ABS trucks.
  • I have a late model 2000 V8 4x4 Tundra with 22K miles. It is lightly used as a pickup, no heavy loads no towing and short hops to work. It is taken on a variety of trips carrying a variety of stuff less frequently. I have been from NY to south Florida with it twice, maintaining 85 for long stretches on 95. This includes the morning after I picked the new truck up in 12/2000. I've never experienced the vibration problem that was frequently discussed with early Tundras. This one came with a bunch more options than I would have preferred but that's all that was available at the time. Re performance: this truck has never been back to the dealer for warranty service, nothing has required a repair. It has only had routine maintenance, oil changes and tire rotations. It's overall performance and quality is comparable to the Lexus I had a couple of years ago. It's not a heavy duty truck nor do I need one, but it snows a lot here so the 4WD is used daily in the winter. I decided on the Tundra over the F150 at the time because of the many reports of piston slap in the Ford 5.4 V8. I've been glad every day since. I know that when I get ready to sell this one and move on it will still treat me right.
  • My 2001 Tundra has a wind noise problem that sounds like flapping along the top of the windshield. It only happens at high speed and in cold weather.
    The dealer says that it is the design of the Toyota bug screen. They replaced it once. They have not been very helpful. They have suggested removing it. Has any one else had the same problem and had it resolved?
  • arkie6arkie6 Posts: 198
    That "clunk" right after you begin to move first thing in the morning is likely the ABS diagnostic test to verify that all is working properly. That is the way the system is designed. The ABS control unit is located on the right front fender inside the engine compartment.

  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    My '02 SR5 4X4 (w/TRD) is a month old now and I really love this truck! My only negative comment would be on a vibration I feel in the center console arm rest (I have the front bench) at approx. 70mph. Anyone else had a similar problem?
    I've had the tires rebalanced and am going to have the dealer check the alignment. The wheel doesn't shimmy at all.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    Toyota recommends 26 psi front and 29 rear. That psi has been found to cause vibrations. Inflate your front tires to 33 psi and the rears to 31. I had a slight steering wheel vib with low tire pressure. I increased the pressure and it is gone.

    If that does not work go to and read the FAQ, specifically the alignment section. The get an alignment to those specs in the FAQ.

    Good luck
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Regarding the tire rebalancing that you had done, was the tires balanced on a Hunter GSP 9700. This system is highly recommended for any vibration that may be tire related as it is able to diagnose almost all sources of tire/rim related vibrations. If there is a vibration related to the rim or the tires, this machine will find it. Good luck!!
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    I'm not sure what the dealership used to re-balance the tires. I'm taking it in next week to have a scratch removed that was put in the tailgate when they removed the dealer decal. I'll ask then. I have inflated my tires to 31F 30R maybe I'll up the front a couple of PSI. Thanks for the input. That "other" website ndahil2 mentioned is starting to charge a fee... so I'm not sure I'll be visiting there much anymore!
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    Tundra solutions is charging a VOLUNTARY fee. I am still a TS member but I did not pay the fee. I can still post anywhere on the site.
  • nukesnukes Posts: 8
    Just got a 2002 Tundra. Great truck. My only beef is that there is too much non-adjustable Lumbar Support. Did anyone else have this problem? Did your seat break in a bit?

  • rcoosrcoos Posts: 167
    Heated mirrors, heated leather seats and a rear window defroster instead of that useless sliding rear window!
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    I have Captian Chairs and I love the lumbar adjustment. I always have back pain from cars/trucks w/o such support. I only had my truck for 1200 smiles :-)
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    I have a 2000 Tundra I purchase new in 9/00. I took it in for a brake vibration at around 10k miles. I have almost 30k on it now and haven't had it in the shop since for anything other than oil changes-no more brake problems yet. Oil changes every 5k miles-the oil is still amber in color between changes at 5k.

    V8, SR5, extended cab. It's as smooth, powerful and as comfortable as the day I bought it.
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    It's funny how people come to rely on ABS. I've owned and driven so many cars without ABS that when I finally got one with ABS I worried that I wouldn't react properly when driving it. Then when I bought my Tundra (non-ABS) I worried a bit about that. It's really not that big a deal. I've towed many times with trucks without ABS (towing in excess of 4000 lbs) and on occasion I've had to make panick stops with them. If your truck is set up properly and you don't do anything stupid you won't have a problem. If you get into a situation like black ice though, forgetaboutit, ABS won't do you any good anyway.
  • I have had my Tundra for about 4 months now. It does not have ABS. (TRD Limited '02) I still hear the "Clunk". I have come to presume that this is normal. Everything else is great. I have seen several posts about this. Does anyone know for 100% sure what this is?
  • I also have the clunk when you first start the engine and take off. It only happens one time per start. I was told it was the blend air door whatever that is. I believe it has sometning to do with the breaks.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    Okay, I don't own a Tundra, but we do have a 1999 Avalon that does the same thing as most of you have described. It has become especially noticeable in warm weather when you have the windows down.

    I am very, very sure that the sound is being caused by the rear brakes. It happens every time the vehicle is stopped, then moved in the opposite direction. If i just slightly apply the parking brake, it won't do it.

    Since the Tundra has rear disc brakes (I think) and the design is similar, I thought maybe it might be worth mentioning.

    My theory is that the pads are shifting inside the caliper or the caliper itself is pivoting slightly. When the brakes are applied in one direction to stop, then move the vehicle in the opposite direction, the pads or caliper shifts position causing this noise.

    Good Luck.


    P.S. I'd never have another car with ABS brakes!
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