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3rd gens BEWARE of your dealer mechanic/technician!!

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by GQ7227, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:11 PM
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    GQ7227

    GQ7227 [OP] NYY 99-54

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    borla catBack custom Line-X PC drums, rope hooks dammit ... pending (dashCAM)
    ... recently had 4wd & MT service for the 4th time on my 1st gen ...
    I found an independent, well-certified Toyota/Lexus only mechanic to do this work because all of the local dealers have been pushing the flush-your-wallet services which I finally had enough of.

    The mechanic told me he had quite a difficult time removing the front diff drain plug due to its having been stripped and rounded out. He had to employ some crafty engineering to get it out, drain my fluid and install a new plug

    NOBODY but the dealer mechanics have ever been underneath my truck in this area :mad:

    why would they not see fit, when I last had this service done, to give it a new plug instead of just rounding the old one to give the next mechanic a headache

    makes no sense to me
    just giving you and your newer trucks a heads up!

    97 stripped front diff plug   notch out.jpg
     
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  2. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    LivinOnEdge

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    In this scenario I would ask for documentation, pictures and even the drain plug itself once removed to bring it to the dealership that originally worked on my truck. However, if you take your truck to multiple dealerships, my advice is nil.
     
  3. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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    AxisCab

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  4. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:18 PM
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    GQ7227

    GQ7227 [OP] NYY 99-54

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    borla catBack custom Line-X PC drums, rope hooks dammit ... pending (dashCAM)
    it had been a number of years since I had it done when I had timing belt done at 92k
    now that I think about it I should've asked if that fluid that came out looks like it only had 23k miles onit.
    Could be they never changed it the time before, just gave up on getting the plug out from the last dealer mechanic that did it
    good grief@!
     
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  5. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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  6. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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    I asked the guy at the service dpt to install a K&N oil filter I took in. They told me they had to use their own toyota ones. Ok, I took my truck to my friends shop right after and asked them to do it. Well the cap had been tightedn about half an inch too much so they didnt want to try and force it open and cracking it. Next oil change Ill see what they say.
     
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  7. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:22 PM
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    I am still working on getting back to the dealership for the halfass valve cover gasket job they did and charged, its a Warren Buffet owned dealership too
     
  8. Apr 4, 2019 at 1:41 PM
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    This is not something that is unique to dealers, any place that pays there techs on flat rate is a invitation for techs to cut corners
     
  10. Apr 4, 2019 at 4:21 PM
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    borla catBack custom Line-X PC drums, rope hooks dammit ... pending (dashCAM)
    one would think they would take pride in their friggn work
    that's how I was raised anyways
    could be heck to pay if they cut corners on my VCG job
     
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    If look around you some people don't even have pride in their appearance anymore, so what makes you think they have pride in work? I honestly think 60% of America is just trying to survive the work day to get home to watch Swamp People and my 600# life while swigging down for Bud Lights.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2019 at 4:27 PM
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    The dealer doesn’t employ mechanics because they are pay by the hour. What they employ are called technicians which means they spent 50k on fucking education from non-accredited school so their degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and their work reflects that.
     
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    1 year for a worthless piece of paper
     
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    With a 3 foot pipe on the end for.. leverage
     
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    C'mon, don't bunch all of us up in the same group....some of us prefer Coors Light.
     
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    Am I reading this right? All this fuss because a $3 drain plug had to be replaced on a 22 year old vehicle?

    yawn.
     
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    nothing on the runner yet
    my stripped plug was no big deal... a hammer and chisel than weld a nut to the stripped plug... you're not stripping a 19mm nut

    but there was a mechanic who did my head gasket put my passenger side intake cam off timing... now thats a bit of a bigger deal
     
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    Lol yeah I love silver bullets. Easy there.
     
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    Nothing new... dealerships service depts have been horrible for decades now. Some good some bad.

    What I don't get is why outside of getting your recall work done why people depend so much on dealerships to get their vehicles fixed & upgraded???
     
  20. Apr 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM
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    borla catBack custom Line-X PC drums, rope hooks dammit ... pending (dashCAM)
    i know! i know!
    my point is that I had entrusted the certified trained professionals to keep my $29k 'investment' in tipTop working order. I don't think I should have to get my half-crippled arse underneath to make sure everything is kosher! You guys have probably $40k to 50K? in your trucks and those that choose not to service it yourself, are you expected to double check what they are doing behind the 'big curtain' for safety reasons I don't believe customers are allowed back there!?
     
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