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2011 DC Feels Squishy and Squeaks?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by siskiyou blues, May 11, 2011.

  1. May 11, 2011 at 5:34 PM
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    Hi everyone, just trying to get some ideas about why my new Tacoma does not feel like it's going to hold up.
    I have under 10k miles on the truck and it has been used but not abused.
    I have loaded the bed completely up with firewood on numerous occasions.
    Recently I have noticed that the truck sags and squeaks the minute you put any weight in it. It's squeaking with just the dog moving around back there.

    I apologize for not doing a more technical job of explaining this. I am not really sure how. My 10 year old ranger doesn't sag like this and it certainly has been abused. What's going on here! Can someone give me some insight!?
    I am using it like a truck, that is why I got it! but this has me caught off guard.
     
  2. May 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM
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    Go back to the dealer and tell them you better give me the 4 pack leaf not 3. And at the same time tell them not to fuck with you! Problem solve.

    P.S I'm alittle buzz right now. But yea you need a 4 leaf. There is a tsb for it. At the same time you might get hate on here thinking you are making an excuse to get a free lift because the 4 leaf will raise your rear end an inch and a half. Good luck!
     
  3. May 11, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    Don't need a lift. Just don't want to be bitter about spending too much on a truck that feels like it was made completely out of plastic. I will call the dealer tomorrow.
     
  4. May 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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    Get the leaf spring TSB done .
     
  5. May 11, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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    It will give a inch and a half lift with the extra leaf. I had to raise my front to level out a bit but my family owns a farm so on many occasion I have to personally deliver the goodies to local stores with my truck.
     
  6. May 11, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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    Alright seems like the TSB is the answer.

    All I have to do is lean on my truck and it dips and creaks.
    Why is it like this?! Could I have done something without knowing it?
    It is a short bed truck, so even loaded up with hardwood shouldn't be exceeding the hauling limit? I am trying to see if this is a shared problem via google. I see a theme of rear suspension squeak?
     
  7. May 11, 2011 at 7:46 PM
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    Have a friend bounce on the truck while you try to pinpoint the location of the creaks. Could be leafs rubbing against each other, worn bushing, etc.
     
  8. May 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    It will settle to 3/4"
     
  9. May 11, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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    Make sure you don't have any gravel fines between your leaves , spray them well at a car wash .
     
  10. Jul 26, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    Just wanted to follow up on this,
    Lithia Toyota in Redding performed my rear spring without giving me even the slightest bit of grief. Since then the problem has been solved and the improvements are obvious.

    thanks guys.
     
  11. Jul 26, 2011 at 11:19 PM
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    Glad to hear it worked out. Now I get to hyjack: What does TSB mean? From the context It seems it is a known problem at Toyota and they will fix it for free if you bug them about it? Kinda like a recall but not really. Is this true?
     
  12. Jul 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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    Well, not exactly. Toyota sells their trucks with a 3 leaf pack and unless you are using it for haulin heavy loads that 3 leaf works fine. If you are indeed using the truck as a truck then chances are you will need the upgraded spring pack. It seems that if you genuinely are in the catagory of people that need the tsb they will do it for you without a hitch.
     
  13. Jul 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    The 4 leaf pack is standard on the Canadian trucks
     
  14. Jul 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    Yeah...that's not really fair. But at the end of the day I am just glad that I love my truck again.
     
  15. Jul 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM
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    I just purchased a 2011 and just hauled my first load of wood and thought the same thing. Here is a pic of my leaf springs. I obviously have only three. What did everyone say to the dealer when they called? Does anyone have the TSB Number?

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  16. Jul 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    I called with my issues, then said I was doing some research and found the TSB information. They told me over the phone that they didn't stock the parts and I would have to bring my truck down to be evaluated.
    About 20 minutes into the evaluation they called me and told me that it turned out they had the parts in stock (ordered wrong parts for a 2wd taco that was having the tsb done) so I told them that I wouldn't mind waiting. (Dealership is an hour away and I didn't mind not having to come down again).
    Took about 3 hours or so (I think), picked it up, truck all better.
     
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    Again, this was for free?
     
  18. Jul 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM
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    Any TSB that is done before 36,000 miles is free. Only after 36,000 miles would the dealership try and sell it to you if you need/want it done.

    NOTE: a TSB is different from a RECALL which are free to the owner whenever no matter how many miles
     
  19. Jul 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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    Yes, for me it was. I only have about 11k miles on the truck.
     
  20. Jul 27, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    Thanks for the info!
     
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