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Toyota Tundra Maintenance and Repair



  • what other descriptors for your truck package SR5 LTD, GRADE, 5.7L or small V8?

    who is your dealership ? what is being done to resolve situation?
    would you recommend dealership? what other truck would you suggest besides
    Toyota with this experience in mind?

    What were you towing? how many miles? what was the Load towed?

    what did Toyota do about it?
  • recently experienced problem with tranny flush,

    ,dealership didnt fill transfer case with fluid,,

    seized took transfer case and tranny out>tranny shop local said transfer case bone dry>should have been watching the man down below,,

    asking for second check , how they do it,,process and all
  • is this 5.7L or small V8 ,,towing package?
    how many miles do you have on it,,

    what did they examine first time ,,,with results?
    what is diagnostic that third party trans shop has recommended checking?

    what is name of dealership,city location?
    are they doing good job on standing behind warranty?

    would you purchase toyota again? if not what other truck would you be looking at?

    have you been towing load,,how much , how many miles?

    what is progress tell ? time miles?
  • i just encountered the big clunk but it happened after a sudden deceleration and just before getting back on the power to make the turn, there was just revving and then the clunk like i had been rear ended, any more problems with yours? thanks
  • a8fana8fan Posts: 17
    Now I too am finding problems especially after carefully switching to 4HI.

    I often have to do this to get back up my driveway after the plow has been there.

    So I head down the street and around 20 MPH I swap to 4HI as I should..

    But when I go to turn around in the next street opening, just turning the wheel brings me to a halt!!!

    I can't understand it.

    This is a 2008 5.7 Tundra SR5 TRD with less than 3,000 miles on it.

    It's going in for its first service next week and I'm going to talk about this to them at that time.

    I also am not sure how you get yourself into 4LO which I need to get out of snowbanks when the plow leaves me there....

    4HI doesn't cut it.
  • hey cajohn54 ,, my 2008 5.7 tundra does that same clunk almost ALL THE TIME. I took it in and they told me that the transmission is designed with slack in it. That is the clunk you hear. It almost sounds like the transmission is slipping. It is normal, from what I was told. Annoying as it is, I have learned to live with it. I guess this is the down side to a motor that puts out a tremendous amount of torque. WHAT MAKES ME WONDER THE MOST, IS THAT IT NEVER DID THAT CLUNK NOISE WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT IT, IT STARTED MAKING THIS NOISE AT AROUND 5,000 MILES... good luck
  • this is not normal and is dangerous, it is like a hesitation in acceleration that is inconsistent, i would not want it happening when crossing a busy street, so i am documenting these per my attorney. thanks and remember per toyota treat tundra tenderly!
  • I have an 08 Double Cab 2wd with the 4.7 / 5speed auto. I've noticed the clunk too. It only happens intermittently. I am not sure that it is a transmission problem. It may be related to the stability control system pressurizing or something like that. There is a separate sound that I hear 100% of the time, and that is the ABS pressurizing. I hear a high pitch whine, then about 50 yards from my parking space I hear a clunk and the whine goes away. This sound is the ABS. If you get on a muddy road and hit the brakes, you'll hear the ABS activate and repressurize itself. (My 2000 Nissan Frontier 4wd had a similar sound when the ABS activated. I became very familiar with it off roading.)

    I've got 13k miles on the truck and it runs and shifts fine, so I am not terribly worried about it. If I find out something definite, I'll post it here.

    If you are really worried about it in the long run, and you don't have very many miles on your truck yet, you might try buying an extended warranty from your insurance company. Geico charges me about $5 a month for a 7 year / 100,000 mi warranty with a $250 deductible. I'll probably never need it but ...
  • a8fana8fan Posts: 17
    I do have the extended warranty and prepaid service...which was cheaper, for 5 years. But I don't want to break down.

    It's going in for its 5,000 even tho it's barely 3,000 but it's been 5 months now.
  • I removed the battery on my toyota tundra 2004 with 4.7 V8 for several hours while I did some work on my snowplow. Now it will crank but not start.
    Do I need to reprogram a security key or something?
    Is there some security immobilizer on this vehicle?

    Help, I need the truck. Note, all I have is a plain key with no chip on it that I can see.
  • normhnormh Posts: 31
    I'm a new Tundra owner ('06 Double Cab Ltd.) and I noticed that that 2 of the 3 homelink buttons are not illuminated when I turn my lights on. Can anyone help with bulb replacement?


  • normhnormh Posts: 31
    Don't worry about replying to this post; I figured it out myself after getting a bulb part # and tip off of a Tundra Solutions web post. Remove the 2 screws in the sunglass storage bin and pull that whole assembly straight down. You can then easily remove and replace the bulbs with a small screwdriver. The Toyota part # is 90011-11038 for the bulb.

  • osellrosellr Posts: 6
    I just bought an 08 tundra crew cab recently and I was wondering what any of you guys recommend when it comes to synthetic motor oil. Thanks for your help.

    - Reed
  • tymtotrntymtotrn Posts: 10
    I have 22,000 miles on my 08 5.7 Tundra crew max, and have had every single oil change done using CASTROL FULL SYNTHETIC 5/20.. Usually change it every 4,000. Could probably make it to 5,000. I recommend it for your tundra.
  • osellrosellr Posts: 6
    Thank you for your help, I will
    keep that in mind next time I change my oil
  • I have this noise sometimes, and you can buy a spray, and spray the belt. That should take care of it.
  • jeff618jeff618 Posts: 29
    I tried something new - they're called Trico Tech Beam Blades (I guess they came out in oct or nov 09) and they fit the Toyota Tundra. I've been a Trico NeoForm guy for a while, but I tried the new Techs because they have a new mounting system that allows the wiper arm to sit slightly lower than in the past. The Techs are beefy as hell and look great with the new, lower side mount. They came with complete removal and installation instructions - very easy. Got them online. I like to change the entire wiper blade vs. just changing the rubber blade refills because of the abuse the ice and snow put them through - I figure better safe than sorry (plus much less hassel than dealing with those refills).
  • a8fana8fan Posts: 17
    Hey guys, what about these recalls??? :-(

    Thanks for the info on the wipers.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    We've set up a discussion expressly for the Toyota recalls:

    Toyota Halts Sales of Popular Models - Accelerator Stuck Problem Recall

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • a8fana8fan Posts: 17
    The link did not work, but I'll check the board.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Sorry ''bout that... link repaired:
    Toyota Halts Sales of Popular Models - Accelerator Stuck Problem Recall

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • chydechyde Posts: 1
    Has anyone experienced a rotational noise in the front end? It seems to get loudest around 35mph and during colder weather. I have had it in to Dealer 4 times and they even replaced right drive shaft. Didn't solve anythng. Very frustrated and just seemed to have started between 35 and 40 thousand miles.
  • hhugheshhughes Posts: 5
    Hi there,I have an 2006 Tundra ,4.7,4X4.What is the life expectancy of my timing belt?Also ,what does the manufacture recommend? What is the belt made of ? Thanks Harry...
  • tymtotrntymtotrn Posts: 10
    as far as I know, the tundra doesnt have a belt, it has a chain, good for the life of the vehicle. older models had belts, but they were converted to chain, with zero maintanance reguired. good luck
  • bbc123bbc123 Posts: 5
    I have a 2008 Tundra Crew Max, 4WD, with 5.7 engine. It has 54,000 miles, and I was planning to change oil in both differentials, transfer case, and possibly tranny. First vehicle I've owned without a tranny dip stick/fill tube. I have been using Amsoil fluids in EVERYTHING for many years, and am more than satisfied with their products. I was just seeking help/advice on procedures. This truck has always gotten very poor gas mileage. Any advice for that?
    Thanks so much, for any help!
    Bob :confuse:
  • tymtotrntymtotrn Posts: 10
    as far as I understood, the fluids are good till 100,000. I put an AFE cold air intake on my 5.7, 2008. Along with a Unichip computer chip. about 30-42 extra hp, and if you keep it on the less aggressive timing setting, ur gas mileage should go up at 1.5 mpg more.... good luck
  • bbc123bbc123 Posts: 5
    OK, sounds like those remedies could help, but what about the cost? In the past, with other vehicles, the cost of chips, and other performance-enhancing products, pretty much offset the benefits. I mean, how many miles would I need to drive, with 1-2 mpg improvement, to pay for these items? This truck will already just about outrun any other pickup, that I commonly come against. I must admit, even though I am not a racer, I do not like getting outrun! LOL!
    About the tranny, I have read (a little) saying that one must "purge" the tranny and all lines. I assume that this removes the need to remove the pan? I have purged transmissions, years ago, like the GM Turbo 350, but it took 2 people, and one could ruin a tranny, if done wrong (I was told). Is this "purging" similar?
  • bbc123bbc123 Posts: 5
    I need to go dig out my owners manual, but it seems like the recommended mileage, for changing the tranny fluid, is about 60,000 miles. (maybe that's for severe or dusty conditions, don't remember for sure). I live in West Texas, work in the oilfields, and am in extreme dusty conditions all the time, plus I pull a trailer part of the time too. Since I do not know how to actually check the fluid, I thought maybe I should change it, even if it's a little early. Any advice?
  • normhnormh Posts: 31
    The maintenance manual for the 2006 Tundra with the 4.7 liter, 2UZ-FE engine states that the timing belt should be replaced at 90K miles. It is made of a rubber and stranded fibers.

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