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checkin out the frame rust

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by apex9r, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Nov 5, 2009 at 6:47 PM
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    apex9r

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    well i have an appointment on monday to have the dealer look at my frame. I was wondering if you guys could tell me if it sounds like it will qualify? I scraped some rather thick (1/4 inch) flakes off the top of the frame behind the rear wheel. there is no perforation of the frame but it is very rusty looking and pitted. Also i did a comparison to my wifes '95 pathfinder and its frame is nice and smooth and still black! and its 2 years older! Anyhoo, just wanting to know what to expect, thanks for any insight:thumbsup:

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  2. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    Put up some pics so we can see how bad. It sounds like a bad one...

     
  3. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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    here you go

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  4. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:11 PM
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    If you can poke through the frame it will fail. The tech is going to hit it with a ball peen hammer. Also, check the cross member that runs from the frame to the tire carrier.
     
  5. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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    My '03 frame just started along with shock joint holders...
     
  6. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:41 PM
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    bump:rolleyes:
     
  7. Nov 5, 2009 at 7:59 PM
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    Pic #3 is questionable IMO or probably will be a problem before long. A half hour with a wire brush and a rattle can every couple of months will eliminate 99% of that. Where are you located?
     
  8. Nov 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM
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    im in colorado, lots of snow, truck is from utah also lots of snow
     
  9. Nov 6, 2009 at 5:54 AM
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    bump
     
  10. Nov 6, 2009 at 5:55 AM
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    Yeah, that appears like it will pass with flying colors based on those four pics.
     
  11. Nov 6, 2009 at 6:00 AM
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    Here is what a failure will look like

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    ^^Cross member that goes to tire carrier
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    Snotty weld job to fill the hole
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    Opps! Missed a hole
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    Another crossmember pic
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    These are steel plates I welded over the previous holes.


    Mine was a 98. I started patching my frame in 2005. Well before any buyback.
     
  12. Nov 6, 2009 at 6:07 AM
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    when you say pass do you mean it will qualify for the buy back or its not bad?
     
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    Pass the inspection as it won't qualify for the buyback. Fail = buyback. But that is only based on those pics. They inspect the entire frame. The tech will have a drawing of the frame where he will highlight the bad spots. He pretty much circle the paper when mine was inspected.
     
  14. Nov 6, 2009 at 6:13 AM
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    oh ok, well i read about how they offer a re-coating of the frame to prevent future problems if its not bad enough yet so maybe i can get that done at least....thanks:thumbsup:
     
  15. Nov 6, 2009 at 6:14 AM
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    Yeah, you should get the frame coating. When do you get yours inspected?
     
  16. Nov 6, 2009 at 6:18 AM
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    monday at three, i assume they will need to keep it a few days for that coating so maybe a loaner car for me..........
     
  17. Nov 6, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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    They will likely set-up another appointment for you to come back. It all depends though.
     
  18. Nov 6, 2009 at 6:23 AM
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    well at least they will do something, thats reassuring. gotta love toyota
     
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    i assume all these frame rust problems are from vehicles in very cold snowy climates with a lot of road salt right? my 2003 tacoma has zero rust (except for surface rust on the muffler). it was previously owned in florida.
     
  20. Nov 9, 2009 at 4:10 PM
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    Yes, they refer to it as the "Salt Belt"
     
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