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#233 of 598 Power Steer Fluid Leak ('01 Tundra ACab V8)
Nov 08, 2004 (5:10 am)
About a month ago I left was on my way into the workplace and when I exited the highway a loud squeaking commenced. It occurred mostly and most loudly when attempting to steer the wheel in any direction, but made 'some' sound while not even moving.
I was within a mile of Pep Boys and so I pulled in and started checking fluids. No leak was spotted when I climbed under the truck, but after checling motor, AT, and power steering fluid I chalked it up to low resevior for the power steering.
I checked the owner's manual and it specified what I needed to use and I picked up a quart of Dextron Type III ATF fluid. Since I had driven +30 miles on the highway before I exited, I presumed this met Toyota's definition of heated PS fluid. I was only a half-mile from the workplace, so I parked the truck and decided to fill the PS resevior before leaving to go home.
Nine hours later the fluid had to have been cold (was like 54ºF outside), so I noted the resevoir markers for cold fluid and the amount of fluid in the resevoir was well below the minimu. I added fluid to bring it up and in 30-seconds of starting the 2001 Tundra AccessCabe V8 SR5 the noise went away completely.
This seemed to have 'fixed' the problem and when I got home I notced nothing on my otherwise clean driveway. Then, this past Saturday morning I got up (again temps in the 50's) and upon starting the Tundra the noise returned. I turned the truck off immediately and cheacked the PS fluid resevoir and sure enough it was low again.
I checked the driveway again and still no sign of a leak. I topped off the PS fluid and went about my weekend until I drove home yeaterday afternoon and noticed something dripping onto the driveway. I crawled under the driver's side of the truck, just behind the front wheel, and could see something dripping off of the front-left CV(?) boot.
Unfortunately, I could not see from where it was dripping onto the boot in the first place. I lifted the hood and could see no sign of anything leaking down, and as such am puzzled. Now PS/ATF fluid is pinkish in color, but what was leaking onto the ground was more like used motor oil.
I checked the valve covers and they are clean and dry. Checking the resevoir shows deminishing fluid--so I strongly suspect that is what is hitting my driveway. Ok, this truck is three years old (original owner), 56-57K miles, of which >90% of them highway miles going against the main flow of traffic.
This is my daily driver, and I am a desk jockey, not someone that really needs a pickup. So, I am very surprised my usage is producing such a failing condition. Anyone else have or heard of this problem before?
#234 of 598 Re: 2002 tundra vibration [jeffrey18]
Nov 08, 2004 (12:11 pm)
Yes jeffrey18! And so have many others if you check around. I assume you have the 4WD Tundra. I have a 2002 SR5 TRD 4WD Access Cab. The vibration is loudest at ~35 mph, intermittent, usually quite loud when it is cold, and goes away when 4WD is engaged. It is not road and/or tire noise, but your dealer will tell you it is.
While I've read several good descriptions from others, no dealer has acknowledged the problem except to say "it is normal" and "Toyota knows about it." But they don't say what "it" is.
I (and others) think it is the front differential. It took me awhile to sort it out from road & tire noise, but it was there almost from the get go with ~400 miles. I now have 20K and there has been no change.
My first visit to the dealer: The technician described it perfectly before we test drove it, saying it is common in Sequoias, less so in Tundras. Just 2 minutes into the drive he said, "Yep, that's it." That was in February 2004. I just returned (Nov '04) and now they are trying to blame the tires, so I am documenting these complaints and going back to keep them focused on the real problem.
Good Luck! I may sell/trade mine before the warranty expires.
Nov 12, 2004 (5:48 am)
Took the Tundra into the dealership's service deapertment only to be told that the power steering fluid leak is coming from the steering rack itself. Conveniently, they stated they have never seen a rack leak before. Nice.
Repair runs from $825 to about 1150 depending on use of a remanufactured rack vs. a new rack, and neither include the necessary front-end alignment that will be needed post-repair.
I've owned about 15-20 vehciles in the past 20-years and this includes $50 vehicles ready for the recycler and none of them ever had a failing steering rack.
So much for driving this so-called 'pick-up' on the highway as a daily driver against the flow of traffic. i would hate to have bought it under the presumption of using it as a real pickup (for work), or even taking it off-road (not my scene).
And its really appealing in a negative aspect that a 56K mile, 3-year old daily-driver isn't 'tough enough' in the steering rack. Jeez. And the best that the regional Toyota rep is willing to do is paying half on a new rack (half of $839) so I am looking at $800 no matter what.
Sorry, but this just wrote Toyota off my list. While I am happy there are others getting 150K to 250K miles out of their Toyota's, I can't even make 60K before major failures. It would have been cheaper on me had the V8 or transmission had failed since the drivetrain is still under warranty.
Oh well, time to eat $800+ and then trade this thing in on something non-Toyota. Thanks for tolerating me ranting this morning and best of luck on your Toyotas.
Nov 14, 2004 (6:27 am)
Toyota of America picked up half of the bill for the new rack, for which my half cost about $578. I then paid for the alignment ($60). Since I am about $3K miles from the drivetrain going out of warranty, I wonder what my next 'fluke' failure will be. Something tells me I should trade this thing in and get rid of it asap.
#237 of 598 Re: 04 tundra oil filter change [garyanders]
Nov 15, 2004 (2:30 pm)
I'm assuming that the lower engine cover is the same as my 2000 which I leave on a small amount of oil drips on it when changing the filter and runs into the waiting catch pan then wipe of the cover change filter from top leaning over radiator.
#238 of 598 Re: Exhaust manifold [tomdme]
Nov 24, 2004 (9:00 pm)
I also had this problem with my 2000 Tundra. I notice the ticking sound long before it was noticed by a mechanic at the dealer. By then I had approx. 48K and of course out of warranty. It was recommended by the service writer for me to contact Toyota and plead my case which I did. They in turn contacted the dealer. Dealer called me back 7 days later, told me to bring my truck in, and they repaired everything at "their" cost. I couldn't believe it. This was the second major problem with this truck. First problem was the whole rearend assy going out at 35K. Although I think that my have worked in my favor when pleading the case with the exhaust manifold cracks. My whole objective in buying a Toyta truck was to avoid such problems.
#239 of 598 Front drive train noise
Nov 27, 2004 (4:47 pm)
I have a noise coming from the front drive train of my Tundra truck. The noise sounds like a bad bearing and is associated with the rotation of the drivetrain or wheels. The noise normally only occurs when the temperatures are below 40 degree F and the truck is cold or has set several days. The noise occurs at low speeds up to 40 mph. After the truck is operated for 5 miles it normally stops. If you put it in 4 wheel drive it will stop. I have checked the brakes and they are all in good shape ( except for some rotor warpage),and calipers are free. I have tried placing the truck on jack stands and operated the transmission in drive and reverse both in and out of 4 wheel drive and it makes no noise. If you spin the wheels by hand while on the jack stands, it makes no noise. The universal joints on the drive shafts are all lubricated including the slide portion of the drive shaft and they don't show any signs of wear. I have checked the fluids in the transfer case, differentials, and automatic transmission and all are good. The truck only has 27,000 miles on it. I remember reading about others having the same problem with the same year and model of truck about 6 months ago, but I can't locate the comments to see if they resolved the problem. None of the inquiries had a solution at the time. I have returned the truck to the dealer twice and once they had it for a week. Does anyone have a solution to this problem?
#240 of 598 04 Tundra DC 4x4 limited edition
Nov 28, 2004 (8:45 pm)
New to this forum, We just purchased the Tundra double cab 4x4 limited edition 3 months ago. Sweet truck But..... I hate the braking system. If lightly engaged it sounds like a loud windshield washer motor running, if I really have to put pressure on the brakes it sounds like something is falling out from under the truck, really loud banging and grinding noise, (I really thought something was broken) took it back to the dealer when it happened and he told me it was normal. Anyone else have this loud noise? Also today my 6 disc cd player came up with an error 3 code,Anyone know what this means? time for some warranty!
#241 of 598 Re: 04 Tundra DC 4x4 limited edition [skyline39]
Dec 06, 2004 (10:28 am)
Your brakes should not being doing this. I purchased a 2004 DC back in 7/04 and the more I drive it the more I like it. Super quiet with excellent build quality. My truck is 2 wheel drive. My disc changer has not given me any problems. Take it back to the dealership and get them to test drive it with you. Just stay on top of them. Gary
#242 of 598 Failed Throttle Body - Tundra
Dec 20, 2004 (2:36 pm)
I have a 2000 (bought new) Tundra Limited with a 4.7-liter V8 . The OD shows 38.8K miles. The truck has been flawless except for several O2 sensor replacements & the recall on the hitch wiring harness.
I recently experienced problems when starting during cold weather. I had difficulty getting it to start & when it did, the accelerator did not function, only idle speed, plus the Check Engine light would come on.
The first time it happened, I was on a trip back to Texas from Colorado several weeks ago. In the morning, the temp was about 10F. After it warmed up at idle, I restarted & the accelerator worked but the Check Engine light remained illuminated. The next time I stopped for gas and restarted, the light was off. Then on 14 Dec., same problem. The service adviser at Toyota of Richardson revealed that the Throttle Body Assy was intermittently inop at startup. Since I needed the truck & couldn't afford to have the throttle fail during driving, I had to get it fixed. The service adviser said a new throttle was necessary (said it couldn't be repaired).
The total repair cost was: $1309.87 (throttle body part was $976.38) (Out of Warranty)
Anyone else have this problem?