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Bed cover hinges melting?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by axisofoil, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. Dec 20, 2019 at 9:17 PM
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    axisofoil

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    The ends of the hinge-seals or whatever these are called on my factory tonneau are degrading/melting.

    Any idea what it takes to repair or replace these?

    2016 doublecab shortbed.

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  2. Dec 20, 2019 at 9:44 PM
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    Beerpayzdabillz

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    full disclosure - I don't. But, maybe looking at them from the bottom side will shed some light.
    I have the same tonneau. Aerospace 303 has kept mine in good shape. Also a 2016.
     
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  3. Dec 20, 2019 at 9:46 PM
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    JaCado

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    I'd say that hot arizona summers and that seam gets used a lot. But mainly the heat and direct sunlight will do that kind of damage.
     
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  4. Dec 21, 2019 at 3:01 AM
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    These get doused in 303 monthly.

    AZ Sunlight is a monster.

    For what it's worth, I was more hoping to find a part number than a guide - the things got a bajillion screws and if I remove enough of them it should become clear - but that doesn't do me much good if I can't get reppacement parts.
     
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  5. Dec 21, 2019 at 3:04 AM
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    Heat and direct sunlight, yes.

    I've probably opened the 2nd seam 50 times in the last 3 years, so 'a lot' is definitely not the case.
     
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  6. Dec 21, 2019 at 5:35 AM
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    Maybe gas vapours from a gas can that you store in the bed near the damage??
     
  7. Dec 21, 2019 at 5:46 AM
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    Go to the stealership. I was looking at a piece for mine 2 weeks ago.
     
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  8. Dec 21, 2019 at 8:50 AM
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    please keep us posted, we're all gonna have that problem at some point.
     
  9. Dec 21, 2019 at 11:05 AM
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    Nope. This happened to ALL of them at about the same time.
     
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  10. Dec 21, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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    I have experienced the same issue except that mine have further degraded to the point of cracking the entire length of the seal. Mine is also in Arizona and also received regular 303 treatments. The dealership just quoted $1700 to fix. The cover was a $650 option at time of purchase (2016). I am interested in learning if anyone has found a fix other than replacing with an aftermarket cover.
     
  13. Sep 30, 2020 at 8:12 AM
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    The dealer said the seals are available as separate parts...I didn't order them yet. Life got in the way.
     
  14. Sep 30, 2020 at 10:11 AM
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    Please post the part number(s) if you get them.
     
  15. Sep 30, 2020 at 10:28 AM
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    Try some inner tube repair patch and the flex seal!
     
  16. Nov 13, 2020 at 11:42 AM
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    Eek! That looks gnarly!
     
  18. Nov 13, 2020 at 1:45 PM
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    WTF????????????? Something had to be spilled on that. Nasty.
     
  19. Nov 13, 2020 at 1:50 PM
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    That's sun and heat damage in Arizona.
     
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    One of mine is heading in that direction, although currently no where near as bad as the one in the picture. Southeast Louisiana sun, heat, rain, humidity does a number on most anything..
     

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