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Rusting Tundra's and will Dano smell the rust?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by grandview, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Toyota to recall 110,000 Tundras over rust

    By KEN THOMAS (AP) – 1 day ago

    WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 110,000 Tundra trucks from the 2000-2003 model years to address excessive rust on the vehicle's frame. The government urged owners to remove the spare tire from the frame, concerned it could fall onto the road and create a hazard for other vehicles.

    The recall announced Tuesday involves 2000-2003 model year Tundras registered in 20 "cold weather" states and the District of Columbia. The states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into excessive rust on Tundra frames in October after receiving 20 complaints of "severe frame corrosion." NHTSA said then it had received 15 reports alleging the spare tire, stowed under the truck bed, separated from the frame. Five other reports alleged broken brake lines because of the rust.

    Toyota said Tuesday it was recalling the trucks in the cold weather states because road salts and chemical deicers are typically used to treat roads during the winter and could cause additional corrosion in the trucks.

    Beginning in December, Toyota said it will notify owners and ask them to take their trucks to a Toyota dealer for an inspection of the frame's rear cross-member. Toyota said if the inspection finds that it can no longer safely support the spare tire, the cross-member assembly will be replaced.

    If replacement parts aren't available, the dealer will find a temporary solution, such as removing the spare tire and securing it to the truck bed.

    Toyota said if no significant rust is found, owners will have a corrosion-resistant compound applied to the frame. Toyota said the inspections and repairs will be done at no charge to owners.

    NHTSA said owners of 2000-2003 Tundras registered outside the cold weather states will also be notified and have their vehicles inspected and repaired if the owners desire.

    Toyota said owners could "minimize the risk of the spare tire separating from the rear cross-member by removing it. If you choose to do so, please be sure not to be under the rear cross-member or spare tire carrier during the lowering process." The automaker also urged owners to secure the spare tire in the truck bed or other areas of the vehicle.

    For more information, owners may call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 800-331-4331.

    I wonder if Dano smells all that rust?
  2. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,539

    I'm gonna stick a tunra badge on my truck and drop the spare a little so she "dangles". That should take care of them tailgaters...
  3. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    Guy I used to work with had a 2000 tacoma, toyota recalled the whole truck because of rust on the frame, wrote him a check for the difference and told him too bad, the truck ended up being crushed. Toyota couldnt seem to figure out that salt makes steel rust until it is too late.
  4. ajman21

    ajman21 Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    I know a guy with a dodge ram the cable rusted out and broke when he hit a bump on the interstate... the tire wedged between the concreat and rear axle and ripped it half way out the truck. the truck was totaled to say the least! wish I could have seen it; I love the look of showers of sparks dragging behind a peice of crap truck!
  5. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,641

    a guy at work lost one on his 88 f-150 going down the highway, he said it lifted up and came back down at 65mph lol didnt do any damage..best part was on his way back home he stopped and picked it up and it was unhamed also haha