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#130 of 598 2003 Tundra Engine Noise
Jan 21, 2004 (8:20 am)
I have a 2003 V 8 Tundra with 10,000 miles and experiencing the same Engine Noise on cold starts. I spoke to a Sequoia owner with the same problem. I guess it has to do with the lifters and oil viscosity on cold days. Although I am using the manufacturer’s oil recommendation, I am going to switch to synthetic and see if it fixes the problem. I bought a Toyota for the reliability and craftsmanship and I am disappointed.
#131 of 598 2003 Tundra Brake Pumping
Jan 21, 2004 (8:29 am)
I have a 2003 V 8 Tundra with 10,000 and I am able to brake with the first step on the brakes, but the pedal travel is too long. On the second pump it is fine. Does anybody have the same problem? Could be air in the system or the self-adjusting mechanism be malfunctioning?
#132 of 598 Brake fade/pumping
Jan 23, 2004 (7:09 am)
NealK, I have a 04 Tundra DC and have spoken to the dealer about the brake fade I think you are referring to. My initial pressure on the pedal seems to feel weak. However if I apply two pushes the brakes firm up. I test drove 4 other Tundras, 2 DCs, one access cab, and a V6. All except the V6 felt the same. I posted over at Tundra solutions about the problem and was told that due the rear drum step up, sometimes the rear brakes don't seat properly or need to be adjusted. Others reported bleeding the brakes as well. But getting the dealer to do it will take patience. The test drove mine and thought it was fine. "It's alot of truck to stop", were the svc mgr and salesguy words. Well, I'm sorry, I had 2002 Explorer that stopped on a dime. I don't buy it. Don't know if this helps at all.
#133 of 598 Looking for some info
Jan 27, 2004 (2:09 pm)
Is there a difference in the street ride of a Tundra w/ the TRD off road option and the ride of one without? I would assume an "off-road tuned suspension" would translate into a rougher street ride. My not so knowledgeable dealer said I would not notice a difference between a double cab with TRD and without. I test drove a DC last weekend with TRD and wondered if the ride would be smoother without. Thanks in advance!
#134 of 598 Out of state
Jan 28, 2004 (2:18 pm)
Anyone know in general if Toyotas (or specifically the Tundra) are 50 state compliant?
Part 2: any challenges buying in Nevada/Arizona, and registering in California?
Post #9325 in the 4Runner board got me thinking, and NV/AZ have better incentives at the moment.
Jan 28, 2004 (10:50 pm)
What do you mean by "rear drum step up"?
#136 of 598 re: tundra smoke at startup
Jan 29, 2004 (5:58 am)
experienced this recently with my 2003 v-8 2wd w/18,000 miles. made a 13 hr road trip to Fla., parked truck for 3 days. when started next, excessive valve train noise for about a second on starting and belched a large cloud of blue smoke. also had to add a quart of oil between changes. after owning 2 toyota trucks w/bulletproof 4 cyl engines, very disappointed with tundra v-8.
Jan 29, 2004 (4:51 pm)
On my 1993 Toyota 2wd pickup the belts last approximately 100,000 miles. At that point, even though far from worn out, I replace them on general principles and keep the old ones as spares. You may want to check the performance of your belt-driven devices (bearings and pulleys for A/C, P/S, water pump) if your belts won't last more than 40k miles. Had a friend's 1968 Cadiallac pulley that warped at the spring 1984 Carlisle auto show, and we were stranded overnight.
I changed my original Toyota belts at 101,000 and am now at 189,000 - so I'll change them again this summer. They are not serpentine - they are small, cheap, and there's three of them. Total cost of replacement doing it myself is under $20. with parts from Autozone. I'm almost sure the Toyota belts would be better quality, but these are cheap and last 100k. Besides once you change them, you have spares you can carry with you under the seat in case one breaks. Just don't forget to also carry your wrenches!
#138 of 598 Mobil 1 Stynthetic
Jan 30, 2004 (8:49 am)
Do you guys with cold engine noises use Mobil 1? I just bought a 2003 4WD 4.7 liter and have used Mobil 1 in the engine, differentials and transfer case since the 1,000 miles break-in period and experience no problems. The gear oil works without an additive in my LSD.
#139 of 598 Serpentine Belt
Jan 30, 2004 (8:58 am)
My wife's Matrix had a serpentine belt problem related to the tensioner and it sounded a lot like the noise you are describing. Toyota fixed in under warranty.
When the time comes for my Tundra and RAV4, I will do the serpentine belt change myself. The dealers prices are exorbitant. I saw the timing belt replacement price at the dealer for the V8 Tundra at $525. I asked them if people really pay that. The service writer said yes, and even pay 79.95 for a 'differential service' which is just a drain and refill.