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#1802 of 1986 Re: Mild vibration, 2005 Tundra [victor3]
Mar 07, 2006 (7:11 pm)
On one of the other forums I came across some info on vibration in the Tundra.
One of the checks was to take a piece of string and attach it to one of the flats on the front "vibration" joint aft of the transmission and then run it back to the rear "U" joint at the rear end. Tighten the string, then check for out-of-alignment of the split drive shaft. If the drive shaft is not in alignment from side to side within 1/8" it will cause a slight vibratrion.
Another item that came up was that some of the Toyota wheels would not grip the tire bead sufficiently and over time the tire would rotate on the wheel and cause an inbalance which will cause vibration.
It only took me five years to find all this out on my 2000 Tundra Extended Cab 4x4.
#1803 of 1986 Re: Tundra for Towing...5000# [bill_viverette]
Mar 07, 2006 (10:16 pm)
I own a 2004 Tundra Double Cab with 25K miles, and I tow a 6000# 27' travel trailer. With gear, kids, dog, full tank of gas, etc., I'm sure I'm very close to the towing capacity of the vehicle. I've easily put 8K miles on that trailer with the truck. Some notes:
- With that kind of weight on the truck, it must be driven with the overdrive off, otherwise the transmission is constantly trying to jump into 4th gear with marginal success. Overdrive off driving results in very poor gas mileage. Even in flat road situations, I have been as low as 6 mpg when heading into the wind. At best, you can expect 9 - 10 mpg when pulling big weight.
- Even at or near maximum towing capacity, the vehicle feels safe and stable. I do tow with an equalizer hitch, and there has yet to be a time when I felt at risk. In particular, I blew a tire on the trailer (double axle, so 4 wheels) on a rough track of I-15 between St. George, UT, and Mesquite, NV, and I was able to go several more miles to bring us to a safe spot to pull over with no difficulty.
- I lived in Salt Lake City, UT, for a couple of years, and I pulled that trailer all over the state...not exactly the flattest place on the planet. The bad news: I was routinely passed by larger Ford 250's, Chevy 2500's, and Ram 2500's. The good news: I made it up several nasty, 7%+ grades while doing 45 mph and I was NEVER passed by a 150 or 1500.
I shopped Chevy 1500 and Nissan Titan against the Toyota, and, given the same conditions as early 2004, I would make the Toyota purchase all over again. At the time, Titans were very new, and I don't buy first year vehicles as a rule. The Chevy was a nice truck, and I could get more towing capacity out of it, but the value (resale, in particular) was suspect at the time, and I think with GM's rebates and pricing models of late, my decision has borne out well for me.
Good luck in your decision!
#1804 of 1986 Help with a 2006 Tundra
Mar 15, 2006 (8:29 am)
I just bought a 2006 Tundra double cab with the TRD package and towing package.....so far, I LOVE IT.
However, I am feeling a weird sensation in the gas pedal while driving. How to describe it. It isn't a transmission grinding but more a roughness. Sort of like if you were to put two sets of gears with rough teeth together and make the gears spin. It isn't grinding but just feels like a small vibration. It usually happens under loads (i.e. starting out or around 50 MPH when I start up a hill).
I am curious to know if this is the way Toyotas feel or if I have a dud on my hands. It seems to be shifting well with no problems although that first gear is REALLY REALLY LOW!
Anyone else have this? Ideas what it could be?
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#1806 of 1986 Re: Tundra for Towing...5000# [bill_viverette]
Apr 08, 2006 (9:03 pm)
I met up with a guy down in Colorado Springs at Peterson AFB(elev 6500) with a Tundra and a good size 5th wheel camper. Asked him about the Tundra (cause I had one) and the guy would not stop talking about how he loved the truck and towing ability. Had better than 30K with the trailer in tow. Said he had been from CS to sea level and back half a dozen times with excellent response. I have a tendancy to believe a 70+ year old veteran.
#1807 of 1986 03 Toyota Tundra & Towing
Apr 16, 2006 (6:59 am)
We are evaluating and hoping to purchase a 6600# travel trailer. Love our Toyota, hoping it will tow OK for weekend trips through some (southwest) mountains. Just me & spouse.
I'm reading all kinds of thoughts & experiences - anyone have experience with this kind of weight? Or are we crazy and need to buy a bigger truck?
#1808 of 1986 Toyota Tundra tow wiring harness
Apr 16, 2006 (6:51 pm)
I have recently purchased a 2006 Tundra, and when I had a topper put on it by the dealer, was surprised to find that the light inside the topper only works when the ignition is in the "run" position.
It turns out the wiring harness on the tow package is wired through the ignition, rather than directly to power. Does anyone know if this is standard on these trucks, and if so, why on earth they did that, and if there is an easy work-around.
#1809 of 1986 performance exhaust
Apr 20, 2006 (5:25 am)
I have a Tundra 05 dbl cab V8, and was wondering if anyone has installed an after market exhaust. Have you seen any gains from the install? What does it sound like in the cab?
#1810 of 1986 Re: 03 Toyota Tundra & Towing [livinglarge]
Apr 25, 2006 (12:38 pm)
I just purchased a 06 Tundra to pull a boat, and that will weigh about 6500# also. I will let you know how it goes later this week.
#1811 of 1986 Re: MPG 2005/2006 TUNDRA [termigator]
May 27, 2006 (7:33 pm)
I have a 2005 V6 (4.0L) Access CAB SR5 with 5 Speed Automatic. I routinely get 19 MPG around suburbia. My best mileage was 23 MPG on a road trip where speed limit was 60MPH.
I towed a 3000 lb boat/trailer at 70 MPH on the freeway and got 17 mpg.
I drive conservatively.(not a lead foot anymore)
My previous truck was a 3.4 V6 T100 Extended Cab. The Tundra gets about 1 MPG less then the T100 around town, but the motor is much more powerful.
The 4.0 V6 seems to be very torquey for its size. On the freeway towing the boat, it very rarely down shifted out of 5th gear, even in the rolling hills of South Carolina.