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Old 10-12-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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How do you tell if your Tacoma has the towing package?

It has been brought to my attention that the towing package nearly doubles the towing capacity of I4 5-speeds. We brought our Tacoma used and there is no written record of a towing package except that when you run the VIN, it comes back as being able to tow 6,500lbs. So, before I blow my engine trying to do something I may not be able to do, how/where/what can I check to see if I have the towing package?

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I believe the 6,500 pound was for the v6 with the towing package, not the I4
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http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car-...number=7746527 Take a look down at the bottom. I may be reading this wrong, but it sure sounds like they're talking about mine. I also checked the online PDF manual from Toyota and it says on "page 465" http://www.toyota.com/t3Portal/docum...df/sec_6-1.pdf
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http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car-...number=7746527 Take a look down at the bottom. I may be reading this wrong, but it sure sounds like they're talking about mine. I also checked the online PDF manual from Toyota and it says on "page 465" http://www.toyota.com/t3Portal/docum...df/sec_6-1.pdf

I see what you are reading there but it just doesn't seem right for the I4

On my truck it came with the receiver, wiring and on the fan clutch is pink on mine, that is really all I can think of, mines an '08 with a V6.
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It doesn't. When we bought, I even stopped the sales guy and asked "really.....really??"

I don't understand how they COULD double the towing capacity from a 1st gen to 2nd while still keeping a 2.7 and similar torque etc.

That's why I'm thinking there has to be a physical way I can check this, besides hooking it up to a 16' and going up a hill :P
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No expert here; just trying to help. My manual has you at 3500 lbs pg. 487, of the attached file.

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No tow package for the 4 bangers.
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From the mouth of Toyota Dealership Service Desk: 4-Cyl can have a towing package and that can boost the capacity to 6,500lbs. HOWEVER, they searched my VIN in their database and no, I do not have a towing package. Despite some jerkwad putting a trailer hitch on and giving me false info. BITCHES!!

Edit: not you guys being the bitches....the sale sheet that gave me faulty info!
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From the mouth of Toyota Dealership Service Desk: 4-Cyl can have a towing package and that can boost the capacity to 6,500lbs. HOWEVER, they searched my VIN in their database and no, I do not have a towing package. Despite some jerkwad putting a trailer hitch on and giving me false info. BITCHES!!
It really can't and dealerships have been proven to be morons. It can move the weight but that isn't towing.
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scratch that. read the manual wrong.
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It really can't and dealerships have been proven to be morons. It can move the weight but that isn't towing.
Again, I asked, and I clarified, and I asked again just now, on the phone. They swore up and down that 4-cyls can have them. Going through the manual, though, there is NO MENTION of a 4-cyl with tow, so, forgive me, but I really do believe you now
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i know i would never tow over 3000lbs with my 4 banger!
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Tow package on my V6 added engine oil cooler, auto transmission oil cooler, high-capacity alternator and battery, wiring for brake controller and connector for it and trailer lights at rear bumper, and, of course, the hitch receiver bar. That's all I can find different; I don't even think there was a higher capacity radiator added. Nothing different with springs or shocks which are the same as the 4 banger.

I see no reason why someone couldn't tow 6500 lbs with a 4 banger if they wanted to... with the right hitch of course. It will just be a dog doing it so they should slow down and save the engine.

There are after-market oil coolers you can get for oil and tranny to keep lubricants from breaking down early and adding to engine and tranny wear. The only need I see for the alternator and battery are to aid with trailer batteries for brakes and accessories, let your trailer's needs guide you there.
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This.
However note that the ABILITY to do the work doesn't make the work fall within the vehicle's specifications. Have a look at the vehicle's GCWR rating. Basically, the hauling limit is GCWR MINUS TOTAL TRUCK WEIGHT.....
Understood. But what goes in to setting that number?

See your point about the corvette... a unibody vehicle should never be used to tow more than a bicycle trailer. But a Tacoma frame, body and suspension is the same whether it's 4 banger or V6.

The weight differential, though, is worth thinking about even on a V6. The way the semi's do it is to have the (relatively) flyweight tractor carry 1/2 the load directly over the rear axles with a 5th wheel. Tacoma 5th wheel's are kinda theoretical, but an appropriate equalizing hitch should do much the same thing and go a long way to keeping even a 6500lb load under control. IME, highly recommended regardless of whether it's 4 or 6 banger.
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