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Old 07-10-2009, 10:16 AM   #1
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Used Tacoma - oil pump replaced?

Hi all,

I'm looking at a used 2003 Tacoma with 55k miles on it. I did a carfax report and it shows that the oil pump and power steering pump were both replaced at ~34k miles.

That's a bit bothersome to me. The guy is asking $12k for the truck, which I think is a good deal (xtra cab, prerunner, etc.) but any potential damage from lost oil pressure at one point sort of worries me...

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Barry
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:25 AM   #2
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Hard to tell ... Assuming it's a V6 ... Both the power steering pump and the oil pump are mounted in the same area. It's conceivable both may have had to be replaced because of a fairly minor problem (not involving loss of engine oil, etc.). On the other hand ...

If it were me this might be enough to motivate me to have a third party mechanic check it out thoroughly if I really wanted this particular Taco ...

Just my .02 ...
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Your $.02 is much appreciated.

I'm not sure what to think. The seller was not even aware of this. The carfax report shows that he purchased it at 44k miles and the replacement was done at $34.

I test rode it and if felt (and sounded) fine. Would a mechanic be able to spot the sort of damage that would occur from this sort of thing? Given the distances, and both our work schedules (one military, one LE) getting a mechanic visit scheduled will be difficult.

Still, it's a damn good idea.
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That would have been done under warranty, at 34K, and I can't think of why the oil pump would have needed to be replaced at such low mileage.

The truck could have had low oil pressure, and the light stayed on, or some one could have mis-diagnosed something. You could try and contact the dealer listed on the car fax, and see if they'll tell you why it was replaced, and if it was under warranty or not.

One thing about car fax, their not always correct in their descriptions on the repair done. We had a car coe in the other day, that showed the trans was replaced. Car was from back east, and the tranny had obviously not been replaced. Turns out a minor servince had been done, and somebody messed up when they typed it ion.
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One thing about car fax, their not always correct in their descriptions on the repair done.
That's a great point. Still, this truck appears to have had full service about 6 or 7 weeks before the apparent replacements. Here's how it looked in carfax:

Quote:
04/02/2007 30,804 miles
-Steering/suspension checked
-Automatic transmission checked
-Differential/axle fluid checked
-Differential checked
-Cooling system checked
-Maintenance inspection completed
-Air filter replaced
-Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
-Tires rotated
-Driveshaft checked
-Parts ordered
-Spark plugs replaced
-Exhaust system checked
-Brakes checked
-Fuel system cleaned/serviced
-Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
-Manufacturer's recommended maintenance performed

05/25/2007 34,755 Miles
-Power steering pump replaced
-Steering/suspension checked
-Engine oil pump replaced
It talks about the parts ordered on 4/2 (but that seems a bit long).

Interesting that the pumps were replaced at the same time as the steering/suspension was "checked". Any clues there?

If nothing else, it's good to keep in mind that carfax should not be taken at face value. In this case I'm not sure how else to interpret it.

Thanks for your input.

Edit: By the way, I did call the dealer that did the service. Not too helpful, though it appears they tried (spent plenty of time on the phone with me).
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That's weird. I don't know why they'd replace the oil pump, they rarely, if ever go bad.
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I would think the only way you could check for wear, would be pull the main and rods caps=$$, what about getting ahold of the original owner and asking questions?
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