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3rd Gen Block Heater Recall

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Thumpr71, May 6, 2020.

  1. May 6, 2020 at 8:13 AM
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    Thumpr71

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    Don't know how many people got, or paid attention to, a recall regarding the block heater on the 3rd Gen Tacoma. If you get one, pay attention to it. This is what happened to my '17 TRD Off-Road. My '20 should be here in a week or so, and I can damn well guarantee it will never be plugged in... EVER!!Fire-6.jpg
     
  2. May 6, 2020 at 8:15 AM
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    Yikes!
     
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  3. May 6, 2020 at 8:15 AM
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    :eek: - I never heard nor received anything on the mail about a heater recall. Are you sure you didn't lid your truck to get the new 2020 model??o_O... JK:rofl:
     
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  4. May 6, 2020 at 8:18 AM
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    Fire investigator showed me the recall but when I plug my VIN into the Toyota website it doesn't show up. This is the third Tacoma fire he's worked that was caused by the block heater.Fire-9.jpg
     
  5. May 6, 2020 at 9:20 AM
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    They are supposed to give you a copy of it, did they? I called my local dealership and they have never heard of that either. Are you in good terms with your girlfriend/wife? Terrorist attack, maybe?
     
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  6. May 6, 2020 at 9:27 AM
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    Did you have it plugged in when the fire happened?
     
  7. May 6, 2020 at 9:32 AM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
  8. May 6, 2020 at 10:05 AM
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    Ya, I did....
     
  9. May 6, 2020 at 10:06 AM
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    Just waiting to hear back from the investigator with the recall number...
     
  10. May 6, 2020 at 10:23 AM
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    Are you in Canada? The Canadian Tacos come with a block heater stock, right? Or, was yours a Toyota part installed after delivery?

    I don't have a block heater, but we have a lot of Canadian friends here.
     
  11. May 6, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    Is the block heater an aftermarket unit or does it comes in all Tacoma’s? I heard that in Canada this is a very common mod. I saw this video and it seems like this guy is installing one.
    https://youtu.be/Ifj5YcSpeKc
     
  12. May 6, 2020 at 10:28 AM
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    Wow, had no idea this was a potential.....you must like a toasty truck to plug it in while inside. Hope you get taken care of with insurance!
     
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  13. May 6, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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    Ya, I'm in Canada. It's a mandatory add on here but still done at the dealership as part of their PDI.
     
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  14. May 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM
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    That makes more scenes now, that's the dealership fault instead of Tacoma issue. Good luck with the resolution op!
     
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  15. May 6, 2020 at 11:14 AM
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    So how cold was it that you were using a block heater?

    The after photo looks like a late spring day...
     
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  16. May 6, 2020 at 11:20 AM
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    I always plug it in when the night time temps drop below zero.
    I won't be doing that anymore though...
     
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  17. May 6, 2020 at 1:39 PM
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    Where do you live man...?? Taco's do not need block heaters unless you are in EXTREME cold. Like minus 40--50+

    Keep the battery well maintained and you should not have an issue. I'm talking from northern Ont. experience.

    :thumbsup:
     
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  18. May 6, 2020 at 1:47 PM
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    I'm a born and raised Winnipegger who lives in Alberta now. It's not so much about the extreme cold. It eases winter start-ups, and reduces warm up time. I pamper my vehicles... Speaking as a licensed mechanic btw... :cheers:
     
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    Block looks heated to me?
     
  20. May 6, 2020 at 1:55 PM
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    It'll buff out... :rofl:
     

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