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Faulty part prompts Toyota to recall 15,600 Tundras

Ryan Beene - Automotive News

December 14, 2007 - 12:35 pm ET

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling 15,600 2007 Toyota Tundra pickups because a transmission part could break.

Toyota says the rear propeller shaft on four-wheel-drive Tundras could separate at a joint. No accidents or injuries have been reported resulting from the faulty shaft.

“The front joint on the rear driveshaft may have been improperly heat treated by our supplier,” a Toyota spokesman said. “In the worst case, the shaft may separate at the joint.”

Toyota discovered the flaw after a customer complained of abnormal noises coming from the shaft.

Owners of the recalled trucks will receive a notification in the mail starting late this month, Toyota said in a statement today.

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl.....;/71214007/1197

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is this for real?

if it looks and smells like a pig and oinks like a pig?

this isn't even funny anymore. Do those dorks know what they are doing?

Can someone please update the list on this lemon now?

-tailgates crumpling

-weak frame

-camshafts exploding

-bed bounce

-'transmission part may break'

what else am i missing here?

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is this for real?

if it looks and smells like a pig and oinks like a pig?

this isn't even funny anymore. Do those dorks know what they are doing?

Can someone please update the list on this lemon now?

-tailgates crumpling

-weak frame

-camshafts exploding

-bed bounce

-'transmission part may break'

what else am i missing here?

Parking Brake that won't hold the truck when in drive but no throttle applied.

Well I guess that whole excuse Toyota used, "Vehicle Stability Control doesn't work in 4WD because then it would have needed a center differential and that's just another part to break", was probably accurate.

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wow. yet more recalls and faulty parts for Toyota's most important new product.

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The question posed on Toyota's website is:

It all comes down to one question. Does it have the guts?

Appears the answer is a resounding NO! [AutoBlog article nicely summaries the issues to date]

However, I do believe their tagline of "The truck that's changing it all" is truth in advertising, just likely not the way Toyota intended.

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YES! JUST WHAT THEY NEED PROBLEMS! I am so happy. (Isn't it sick!) I am sure these are all first year problems. My neighbor has an old Chevy and hasn't had one problem with it! And she has 200,000 miles on her.

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everyone deifies the Toyota production system as the worldwide standard, however, this stuff that is happening, are they NOT TESTING THE PRODUCTS or even doing QC checks?

This is exposing some serious issues with their process. How can you trust a manufacturer that has these fatal weaknesses?

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everyone deifies the Toyota production system as the worldwide standard, however, this stuff that is happening, are they NOT TESTING THE PRODUCTS or even doing QC checks?

This is exposing some serious issues with their process. How can you trust a manufacturer that has these fatal weaknesses?

Well, I don't know about that, but I think the point is that this is exposing people to the idea of core competencies. Toyota can have the greatest system for testing, but if they don't know what to look for when testing a truck, then it's not going to do a lot and they're going to end up with problems like this. Toyota gets so much credit because there are a ton of people who are driving Corollas and Camrys with 200,000 miles on them (rightfully so). But the domestics don't get that same credit for the drones of people who beat the crap out of their trucks on a daily basis for 200,000 miles and up. Why, because they had a relative weakness in quality with their cars. Previously, Toyota didn't have that weakness since the last Tundra didn't really have to stand up to the usage of a real fullsize pickup. Hopefully this will lead to the realization that the domestics don't suck at building vehicles, but rather focused on a much more difficult challange of building great trucks and just ignored their cars for a while - to their own detriment.

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Well, I don't know about that, but I think the point is that this is exposing people to the idea of core competencies. Toyota can have the greatest system for testing, but if they don't know what to look for when testing a truck, then it's not going to do a lot and they're going to end up with problems like this. Toyota gets so much credit because there are a ton of people who are driving Corollas and Camrys with 200,000 miles on them (rightfully so). But the domestics don't get that same credit for the drones of people who beat the crap out of their trucks on a daily basis for 200,000 miles and up. Why, because they had a relative weakness in quality with their cars. Previously, Toyota didn't have that weakness since the last Tundra didn't really have to stand up to the usage of a real fullsize pickup. Hopefully this will lead to the realization that the domestics don't suck at building vehicles, but rather focused on a much more difficult challange of building great trucks and just ignored their cars for a while - to their own detriment.

If this were Slashdot, I'd mod your post "Insightful"

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Actually, I would post that Toyota has been ignoring many of the principals of their own production system. I've studied lean, and the TPS does have a lot of things right, but it's only serves Toyota well if they actually follow the principals. In the last several years, we've seen Toyota become obsessed with becoming #1, shoving vehicles out the doors & down their dealers' throats (overproduction, big TPS & lean no-no), and in their push they've given incentives and demands of their plant managers that place quantity over quality.

reg, your emphasis on testing... is that testing new designs, or testing product as it is produced? I know there are big trust issues with companies that move away from testing every product that comes down/off the assembly line - is that the issue, or do you feel they didn't test a new design sufficiently enough? Personally, I'd say they didn't test the new design enough AND didn't do sufficient testing initially in their new plant to ensure that processes were creating a quality product. Manufacturers can move away from testing as their processes become more reliable, but you can't just not test something when it's new.

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If I read this right, it's just a "U"-joint we are talking about here, a part that should never have problems when a vehicle is new.

Don't forget the more serious torque converter issue - that one actually has something to do with the transmission. A u-joint is not part of a trans., but is a critical driveline component. If this were to fail at even low speeds, the potential exists that the truck could flip when the driveshaft drops to the road surface and digs in. It can essentially "pole vault" the truck into the air.

Not good, Toyota.

I hope every one of these trucks gets in for service before something nasty happens.

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Actually, I would post that Toyota has been ignoring many of the principals of their own production system. I've studied lean, and the TPS does have a lot of things right, but it's only serves Toyota well if they actually follow the principals. In the last several years, we've seen Toyota become obsessed with becoming #1, shoving vehicles out the doors & down their dealers' throats (overproduction, big TPS & lean no-no), and in their push they've given incentives and demands of their plant managers that place quantity over quality.

reg, your emphasis on testing... is that testing new designs, or testing product as it is produced? I know there are big trust issues with companies that move away from testing every product that comes down/off the assembly line - is that the issue, or do you feel they didn't test a new design sufficiently enough? Personally, I'd say they didn't test the new design enough AND didn't do sufficient testing initially in their new plant to ensure that processes were creating a quality product. Manufacturers can move away from testing as their processes become more reliable, but you can't just not test something when it's new.

windy might be right. they simply have no idea what they are building and what standard to build it to.

couple that with inadequate testing of prototype parts.......and in general, a tendency for japanese companies to design things to the bone in the interest of some sort of sick thrill of the mind......

I hope this stuff KILLS their reputation. its right. you can drive an old beater accord on good weather city streets 200k miles no prob, but i want to see some construction worker or rancher beat the CRAP out of a turd for 200k miles and see what's left.

the FJ cruisers are not fairing much better.

imagine buying a house, only to find the foundation was starting to collapse. "Oh sorry, i guess we should have made the walls 10 inches wide and put rebar in it. We didn't think you needed that".

Go to a used car lot and find an 06-07 RAV4 and then open up that flimsy back door real wide and shut it quickly with some force. Oh yeah, real sturdy.

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Oy....in 31 years of service, my truck has only needed the U-joints replaced once. We're talking about a new truck with relatively low miles already needing U-joints replaced. You've got to be kidding me?!

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I love Autoblog's article title: "Aw Snap!" :lol:

Considering I was in the middle of writing a final paper when I read that headline, it absolutely made my day. :lol:

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Okay, so I bought a new GMT so hear me out... we should give Toyota a bit of a break. GM did have rather bonehead problems with the T800's:

-Sealed front bearing packs that weren't well sealed so they would score the spindle; (no recall just a part redesign and a TSB)

-Tailgate supports;

-The emphamis "piston slap;"

I am sure that I could think of more but, the truth is Toyota has NEVER produced a full size truck this size or complex. New drivetrain, suspension, plant and all... now that aside, I would expect it from early to mid 90's GM but not "Jesus drove a Camry" Toyota. Hope they can build something else in the San Antonio plant when they stop building so many Tundra's.

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Oy....in 31 years of service, my truck has only needed the U-joints replaced once. We're talking about a new truck with relatively low miles already needing U-joints replaced. You've got to be kidding me?!

ah but do you have low gloss plastics??????

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Okay, so I bought a new GMT so hear me out... we should give Toyota a bit of a break. GM did have rather bonehead problems with the T800's:

-Sealed front bearing packs that weren't well sealed so they would score the spindle; (no recall just a part redesign and a TSB)

-Tailgate supports;

-The emphamis "piston slap;"

I am sure that I could think of more but, the truth is Toyota has NEVER produced a full size truck this size or complex. New drivetrain, suspension, plant and all... now that aside, I would expect it from early to mid 90's GM but not "Jesus drove a Camry" Toyota. Hope they can build something else in the San Antonio plant when they stop building so many Tundra's.

I thought he drove a Prius?

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Who cares most Turds are 4wd. I am glad it happend. And also it got on the news that is EVEN better.

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“The front joint on the rear driveshaft may have been improperly heat treated by our supplier,”

It's always the suppliers fault with anything that happens to Toyota's. Toyota lovers will tell you that the reason they're starting to have some quality problems is because they're getting parts from US based suppliers. Ya right. Where are your quality checks, Toyota?

Toyota gets so much credit because there are a ton of people who are driving Corollas and Camrys with 200,000 miles on them (rightfully so).

You're rignt and why do you think that is? I know lots of people that put 300K miles on Buicks and Oldsmobiles, yet GM never gets credit for having reliable vehicles. Does this not happen in other parts of the country? Camry has been the best selling car for 10 years, but there aren't many 10+ year old ones around. There are many old GM and Ford cars around, where I live anyway.

Toyota buy their reputation?

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Camry has been the best selling car for 10 years, but there aren't many 10+ year old ones around. There are many old GM and Ford cars around, where I live anyway.

Actually, there are a lot of 10+ yr old ones around. 10 years would only be a '97. I see early 90's Camry's around all the time. Of course, I see early 90's GM product around all the time too. And Fords, and...

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I dont see many 10 year old Camrys around. I see mostly older GM cars and Fords.

As for the Tundra, this is just another recall that can marked on GM's bedpost.

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