Toyota Tacoma Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Toyota Tacoma

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Toyota Tacoma Problems

Water bypass pipe #1

This pipe is made of plastic failed and caused my engine to overheat replace my head gasket now he says no compression all because of this poor made part !!! Replacement is stainless steel thanx TOYota

Crankshaft Pulley Bolt May Come Loose

Some engines have had the problem of the crankshaft pulley bolt coming loose. This will make a rattling noise as the engine idles. Our technicians tell us that the pulley bolt should have a thread locker applied and then retorqued.

Loud Rattling or Slapping Noise from Engine

Loud rattling or loud slapping may be heard from the engine on the 1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma with the 2.7L I4 engine. 

These noises has two known causes: a failed balance shaft bearing, and a failed timing chain tensioner. 

The balance shaft, also known as the counter rotating assembly, is installed to reduce engine vibration, and counter the rotational force of the crankshaft and camshafts. When the bearing fails, it will rattle loudly, and the timing chain will produce a metallic slapping noise. The rattle has been described as shaking a can of marbles. 

The timing chain tensioner is also known to fail, allowing the timing chain to contact the timing chain housing. This produces a metallic slapping noise coming from the front of the engine, but there is no "can of marbles" sound associated. This would not indicate balance shaft failure, but the timing chain may need to be replaced.  

To repair these issues inspection of the entire timing chain system will be necessary, and replacement of the timing chain, timing chain guides, balance shafts, timing chain tensioner, and associated seals may be necessary. 

Avoiding these issues may be possible by early oil changes, and using the factory specified engine oil. 

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Toyota Tacoma Questions

Fault to 95C (1 answer)

Toyota Tacoma 2016 on reaching the working temperature 95C the vehicle is turned off, DTC P0300, when cooling turns back on without failure when arriving at the temperature regime goes off and thus cyclically, What is your opinion?

The horn is not working? What can i do to fix it? (1 answer)

When i press my steering wheel for the horn. It doesn't work. What could it be?

How to reset the air bag failure alert (1 answer)

I have disconnected the neg and pos cables and tied them together for 30 minutes . Didn't solve the problem.

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Toyota Tacoma Recalls

Seat Heater Wiring Shorts And Causes Fire

For vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters, the seat heater elements may short circuit when the seat cushion is compressed, and result in a fire hazard. Dealers will disconnect the seat heaters and refund the purchase price of the seat heaters free of charge to resolve the concern,

Front Driver's Knee Air Bag Fails To Operate Properly

Incorrect bolts were used to secure the driver's front knee air bag module to the body. Dealers will replace the bolts with proper ones free of charge to resolve the concern.

Tire Pressure Information Incorrect As Listed On Vehicle Information Label

The tire inflation pressure may be incorrect on the tire placard label. Dealers will send a revised tire placard to vehicle owners free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Toyota Tacoma Reviews

I purchased my 1995 Toyota Tacoma 2 Will Dr. in the year 2000 and had 146,000 miles on it somebody used to haul their hourly now I've been using it for work every day and travel often and it has 425,000 miles on it and the only thing I've ever had to replace was the brakes in the clutch like they say this is the best four-cylinder motor ever made
i have owned my this truck for 3 years when i bought it it had 68,000miles now has 100,000. it is also lifted 6 inches with 35in tires, also has upgraded bumpers and sound system truck has been great nothing has gone wrong with the motor and i have put it through some rough times only thing i have ever had to replace was breaks, and installed new ranch struts which factory ones just didn't give...
I have now owned 2 new Toyota products along with a newly purchased "Certified" Toyota Prius C. My purchase of the Prius came very, very prematurely. Right as Summer is upon us in the northeast my AC compressor decided to die at under 29,000 miles in my 2010 Tacoma. Of course 3 years has passed on my warranty but I was well under the 36,000 miles. It would have been at least $1900 ...

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