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Old 04-12-2013, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hello!

So this issue has been bugging me enough lately that i had to sign up today to look for some advice.

My 2011 Tacoma Double Cab has what seems to be a very weak climate control blower. The temperature of the air seems to be cool enough. I've certainly felt cooler A/C, but the main issue is the amount of air moved. I live in Sacramento and its only in the 80s right now and I already feel it's lacking. I noticed the issue almost right away when I purchased the truck, new, in 2011. I had traded in my 2007 FJ Cruiser and the A/C in that vehicle was great. I'm not saying it was amazing or above average, but it worked well enough that I never even thought about it. When I got the Tacoma, it was one of my first complaints. There's no comparison between the air conditioning between the FJ Cruiser and my Tacoma. I asked a toyota service manager about it at my first oil change and he just shrugged me off.

At this point, I have to close the two passenger vents just to get a decent air flow on the driver side with the fan at speed 3 or 4. This works ok if I'm the only person in the truck, but obviously not if i have a passenger.

ALSO - Occasionally, there is a squeak or a light squeal that comes from the blower. The squeal gets louder the higher the fan speed. It stops on it's own after about 5 or 10 minutes. Then comes back the next day after the car has been garaged over night.

I've replaced the cabin filter with a much thinner "cut-it-yourself" hvac filter material. I thought this might help to increase air flow. It didn't.

Any thoughts? I realize that how well your air conditioning works is kind of a subjective observation. Does anyone know if, in general, the blower in a Taco is much weaker than the blower in the FJ? Just seems crazy to me that I have to close other vents just to get acceptable air flow.

Should I pursue this with Toyota Service? I can easily see them saying that there is no issue, or it "feels fine". I wonder if this would fall into my extended Toyota Care warranty.

Thanks for any insight!
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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theres a tsb for the fan motor. start there
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:06 PM   #3
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The squeak drove me nuts, dealership replaced it under warranty with out giving it a second thought.
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Thanks guys for the fast response.

I took my truck in today for service at the toyota dealership I bought the vehicle from to have them look at this issue. They acknowledged the tsb and said they'd take a look.

So, I just got off of the phone and they said they couldn't find anything wrong. Unfortunately, the blower motor noise issue is intermittent and today of course is a day when it wasn't doing it. So, basically they did nothing at all and he more or less admitted to this.

I told him that it's just going to continue to have a problem on another day.

Regarding the blower force issue, they said they don't detect a problem. They gave me a little Corolla as a rental while mine was being worked on and even it had more force than my Tacoma. By my estimates, it seems that the Tacoma blower is 1 to 2 speed clicks behind other average vehicles. i.e a 1 in a corolla feels like a 3 in my truck.

This can't be correct...
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You should record it with a camera next time. (thats what I did)
I had the same problem and it plagued me for 6 months. There is a way to fix it doing it yourself but it will probably void your warranty. I took mine in and they replaced the whole blower motor and fan assembly once it got bad enough to where it squeaked all the time. Took them about an hour.
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