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Toyota Update
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Zenia    Posted 12-07-2004 at 16:21:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey I want to thank everyone here for responding to my Toyota Tacoma dilema! I probably would not have bargained with the dealership, and just gone somewhere else but with the advice here, I worked something out. Instead of $3,100.00, the Service Dept. manager said the job would be closer to $2,000.00, and Toyota will pay 1/2 UNLESS the bearing show abuse, which no way have I ever let my truck go low on oil so it should be OK. Just have to trust them... Anyway, I am going to wait until after Christmas before biting off that repair expense. I can live with $1,000.00, compared to $3,100.00.

Thanks again, you guys are great!

Bob    Posted 12-07-2004 at 22:11:57       [Reply]  [No Email]

A foreign "economy car" (truck) is only economical until it needs repairs. Then LOOK OUT!

Bob    Posted 12-07-2004 at 22:12:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make that "TOO"!

Bob/Ont    Posted 12-07-2004 at 16:25:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everyone gets a bad batch of bearings every once in a while. Chances are good you are not the only one with this problem.
Later Bob

Zenia    Posted 12-07-2004 at 16:29:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks! from searching a bit on-line, I think Toyota trucks do not have as good a reputation as the cars.

Bob/Ont    Posted 12-07-2004 at 16:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Zenia, lots of times things go wrong when they are making bearings and they don't know untill 1000's have gone through the system. On small engines they usually wait and see. Then when people have trouble like you did they help out a bit if you growel loud enough. They have a good name and they know it doesn't take too many problems like yours to ruin it. From the start it sounded to me like a serious problem you had.
Later Bob

Clod    Posted 12-07-2004 at 18:49:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Zeina.get all the info on your truck.Year ,model.Engine and things like that.Go to Google and ask a number of questions somewhat like this..95 Toyota pickup ---- --- Product recalls? --- Then defective main bearings? ---- lemon? . If they sent out some thousand defective bearings there could be product recalls that you dealer will not tell you about.You have to ask him on your own.Or you must tell him you know of one.You may learn something useful if you search a bit. As for guessing that main bearings/rod bearings are bad by the sound of the engine. Some mecs can do well at that,But it is still guessing.There could be a loose harmonic balancer or some problem that can make a simular noise. The truck did not make the noise when you got it at first.So now all the bearings are wide clearances? WHY? Did the beat out the slack?The clutch or torque converter bolts can be loose. If the pan could be removed in the truck an expert could apply oil pressure to the egine to look at the drip spots and rate of loss of engine oil,This tells which bearings are too much clearance. Three of five dripping at high rates is a meaning that those are too open and lets the oil out to cut the supply to other bearings.All the bearings restrict the volume of input. Did the mec trust the guage on the dash? Or connect an accurate guage?Does the dash guage read low oil pressure? They charge at rates of NASA rocket engineers but they work like monkeys.

Bob/Ont    Posted 12-07-2004 at 18:56:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Clod, we'r not just Monkeys, we'r Trained Monkeys.
Later Bob

Clod    Posted 12-07-2004 at 19:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
The disign engineers are out of favor now.Interior decorators have taken over. They jam all the metal together as if there will never be a need for repairs.Eye appeal is in.Simplicity and easy maintenance is out.

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