2009 Scion tC Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Scion tC

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2009 Scion tC Problems

Excessive Oil Consumption

Drivers of the Scion tC may notice excessive oil consumption between oil changes, even to the extent of the engine oil warning light displayed on the multi-function display.

This issue is known to be caused by infrequent oil changes causing engine sludge, or worn piston rings. 

The engine should be cleaned of oil sludge, and if oil consumption remains excessive, the engine may need new piston rings, or other internal components replaced. 

To avoid this issue, change the engine oil and filter every 3,000 miles, and ensure the proper grade of oil is used. 

Rough Running Conditions and Smoke From Exhaust

The head gasket may fail due to a defect in manufacturing of the cylinder block.

On this vehicle, the head bolts are known to pull the threads out of the engine block, allowing the head to slightly lift, and causing head gasket failure. Symptoms may include:

  • Overheating
  • White smoke from exhaust
  • Rough running conditions and/or inability to start or idle
  • White or cream colored oil on dipstick
  • Check engine light 
  • OBD Trouble Codes P2181, P0300

When the head gasket fails, the bolt holes for the head bolts must be repaired before the cylinder head can be remounted. 

This issue is not always preventable, but to help avoid it, never run the engine if the engine temperature is ever above the normal range. 

Check Engine Light Due to Defective VVT-i Controller

An illuminated Check Engine Light could be caused by a defective VVT-i controller, which changes cam timing for optimal power.  Updated parts are available and the repair may be covered under the powertrain warranty.

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2009 Scion tC Questions

what is an SRS B1350 code mean? (1 answer)

My friend works for Toyota and he was able to read the srs code using the computer. Said it was B1350. What does that entail? I tried looking up on the net and got generic codes. Any help would be appreciated.

How would I go about replacing my AC compressor? (1 answer)

like the title said I'm just looking into replacing it, I know that the compressor is whats bad, I can get a used one with a year warranty and thats all I'd need. I know the lines are good and the condenser is good as well. I also know its good to flush the system. and replace the expansi...

WHY MY CAR WONT START? (2 answers)

MY 2009 SCION TC WONT START ....IT DOESNT SEEM LIKE ITS THE BATTERY,IT WONT TURN OVER... IT HAS BEN COLD OUT... I PUT SOME DRY GAS IN IT AND IT WONT START EITHER WHAT COULD THE PROBLEM BE?.

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2009 Scion tC Recalls

Load Carrying Modification Label Missing

These vehicle were sold without the required load carrying captivity modification label. Dealers will mail the corrected label to vehicle owners. Owners have the option of requesting that the dealer install the label. This recall is expected to begin on May 27, 2010.

Southeast Toyota Recalls 2005–2011 Vehicles Due to Incorrect Tire Labels

Southeast Toyota is recalling 2005–2011 models for failing to comply with federal safety standards on tire selection and rims. Affected models were sold without the proper load-carrying capacity modification labels, which may cause the driver to overload the vehicle, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will mail the correct labels to the customer or install the label free of charge.

Load Carrying Capacity Modification Labels Are Missing

The load carrying capacity modification label may be missing from the vehicle. This information provides maximum load carrying weights as well as information about required tires and wheels. If not present, an inappropriate load may be carried in the vehicle, increasing a safety risk. Toyota has supplied customers with a new label to affix to the vehicle. This recall began on August 18, 2009.

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