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does my truck have tow package???

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by fishcommander, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Mar 18, 2017 at 2:51 PM
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    how can I determine if my truck has tow package?? may be a dumb question... I know it does have a receiver for ball hitch, but not sure on trans cooler etc. can I find out thru the vin?? thanx
     
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    Should be on the sticker. ;)
     
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  4. Mar 18, 2017 at 2:53 PM
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    You can check by vin, but the trans cooler should be located in front of the a/c condenser, just behind the grille. It will look like a small radiator. That's where I'd check first.
     
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    You should have a 27F battery if tow package, as well as upgraded alternator and trans cooler I believe

    Normal packages have 24F's

    Matt
     
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    the sticker was not that comprehensive, I bought it used with 10 k miles on her
     
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    thanx to all. great info!!!!
     
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    If you are still unsure, the parts dept can look it up for you, they will need the last 8 of the vin and they can tell you what all factory stuff your truck has
     
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    checking the vin #? how exactly do I do that??? on-line?
     
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    thanx again
     
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    If it has the coolers up front, it should have the tow package.
     
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    this is not correct. tow packages don't upgrade the battery. the alternator yes, and the Trans cooler for automatics.

     
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    No, online info will provide general info. The dealer has a more extensive database to look up info. As has been noted the main components provided by Toyota in a tow package include a transmission cooler; hitch; higher amp alternator, and, probably, a larger battery. The trans cooler is probably the most tell tale sign. Look over the hitch and see if you can spot a part # or other marking. Also, see if you can spot the alternator part#; it's on a metallic sticker about 2 inches inward of where the alternator 4-prong connector snaps in.
     
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    That was 2nd Gens.
     
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    maybe this:
    myhood.jpg
    under my hood-
    threadhood.jpg
    under the hood from this thread:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/imminent-cooling-failure.476201/
    this thread also points out that there may be an issue with a cooling hose rubbing a steel support- something anyone might want to check also. I believe that since my truck does not have the towing package, no problem for me- never definatively answered, but it seems like the cooling hose in question is part of the towing package- hope this helps
     
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    Post a pic of the front of the radiator for confirmation.
     
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    Does it have the 4 and 7 pin trailer connectors next to the licence plate?
     
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    it has a 4 & also a 7 pin trailer connector
     
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    I would generally say you have a factory tow package.
     
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    The 4 & 7 pin connector comes with the tow package. Also if the dealer had added a trailer hitch it should be a aftermarket and would have a manufacturers name on it.
     

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