2011 Tacoma SR5, 4 cyl, 4x4, 6K miles - runs fine except for the following:
I start it up and when I drive less than 10 feet or so, I hear a tic-tic in the cabin. It only happens each time I turn the truck on and start driving and has been that way since I bought it. If the headlights are on, I notice that they flicker once at the same time I hear the sound. I'm partly deaf and can hear the sound.
I took it to the dealer for the 5K Toyotacare maintenance and was told it was a "startup sound". I have a hard time believing that since there's no answer as to where it's coming from or why.
Some friends who have recent year Tacomas don't hear it in their trucks. My 2000 Tacoma Prerunner (now my Dad's) doesn't make the sound.
I'm planning on taking it to a different dealer for the 10K maintenance, but, in the meantime, any suggestions on what might be happening? Or, should I be convinced that it really is a "startup sound"?
I have a hard time trusting dealers when my gut feeling says otherwise - for example, the coolant on the Prerunner kept on going down, even after being refilled, for a few months after I bought it and I was told everything from it expands/contracts, that the pink seen on parts under the truck were a "coating", etc; after going to a fourth dealer, it turned out the clamp on one of the hoses was never tightened in the factory, hence the leak.