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Pre Warrantee run-out inspections?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Janster, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Oct 3, 2009 at 3:10 PM
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    Janster

    Janster [OP] Old & Forgetful

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    I have an 07 and my warrantee is gonna run out in March. Although, at the current time, I've decided not to get an extended warrantee.

    So -I'm prepared to dive myself underneath the truck and do some inspecting of certain things before the warrantee is out. OR - I'll even pay the dealer to do some inspections also....I've quickly gone through the 18+ pages of *Defects thread* http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/1359-defects-issues.html and jotted down whatever seemed appropriate.

    This is where you guys come in...

    I'm mainly concerned with things I can check mechanically.

    Here's some things I've already jotted down to inspect with possible items to inspect:

    Composite bed noises - Inspect mounting hardware
    Engine Oil leak @ timing cover - Inspect engine for signs of leaks
    Power steering rack leak - Inspect rack for signs of leaks
    CV boots leaking - Inspect signs of leaks
    LSD failures - do some 8's and inspect LSD functionality
    Transmission Mount failures - check tranny mounts (TSB)
    Water leaks @ windshield - inspect windshield molding or hole in welding
    Motor mount & frame failure - check motor mounts/frame
    Inspect belts & pulleys
    Driveshaft recall? - check my VIN for it
    Inspect sliding glass window molding
    Inspect radiator for rust (at bottom paticularly)

    There are tons of other complaints of noises, vibrations, rattles, clunks, paint, etc that I'm not worried about or don't have the symptoms oe.

    If there's anything that you've experienced (mechanically - so to speak) that you think I should check....or pay the dealer to check prior to my warrantee running out....let me know!!

    Any thoughts are helpful!
    My truck has been worry free...my radiator cap was replaced due to leaking fluid. I had my transmission fluid checked about 3 weeks ago.
     
  2. Oct 4, 2009 at 1:35 AM
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    reg boulette

    reg boulette Well-Known Member

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    In Canada, the CAA has service centers which will do a comprehensive check of your vehicle specifically for end of warranty check or for checking out a used vehicle prior to purchase. Maybe the AAA has similar in your area?
     
  3. Oct 4, 2009 at 6:05 AM
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    bigmooze

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    Awesome idea to start this thread Janster, it will be very helpful. I'm nowhere near warranty expiration yet, but it will be helpful as a checklist for when the time comes.

    And the idea about the CAA is great too... an independent set of eyes is always nice.
     
  4. Oct 4, 2009 at 6:44 AM
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    george3

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    Seat belt beeper, Cabelas (Weathertech) floor liner gray, Covercraft Seat Savers in Taupe, Protecta Heavy Duty Rubber Truck Bed Mat, Pop n Lock PL5200, Pace Edwards Full Metal JackRabbit, Wolverine oil pan heater, Scangauge2, afe pro dry s filter, Remote Underbody 4 Piece LED Light Kit (White) used as Bed light, DIY Washable Cabin Air Filter, PA15-TOY, 4x4 Illuminated Switch, full synthetic, Redline Tuning Hood Support, Smittybilt Nerf Steps black powder-coated
    Good thread Janster. Will be following it. Thanks Curious George
     
  5. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:11 AM
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    mike s

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    I would also check:

    1. does engine start ok when hot/cold
    2. any abnormal noise from engine
    3. Rack and Pinion/Steering Linkage (Condition/Leaks/Boots)
    4. Power Steering Pump and Hoses (Leaks/Noise/Operation)
    5. Suspension System/Control Arms/Ball Joints/Bushings (Condition)
    6. Tie Rods and Idler Arm
    7. Sway Bars/Links/Bushings
    8. Struts/Shocks (Leakage/Bounce Test)
    9. Brake System Lines/Hydraulics/Hoses/Fittings (Condition/Wear/Leaks)
    10. Parking Brake (Operation/Adjustment/Condition)
    11. Master Cylinder and Booster (Operational/Leaks)
    12. Hoses for wear/cracking
    13. Wiring for chafing/heat damage
    14. Exhaust system for rust/mount failure
    15. drive shaft/u-joints
    16. Wheel bearings
    17. engine/transmission mounts
    18. Fuel lines
    19. Transmission shifting ok
    20. 4WD engages/disengages ok

    etc.....
     
  6. Oct 4, 2009 at 9:46 AM
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    aww1970

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    So far under warranty I have have the following done;

    -New blower motor. The original always squeeked, sounded like a cricket in the dash
    -New CV boots. The clamps let go on the originals and I had grease leaks. They changed the boots rather than just re-clamping?
     
  7. Oct 4, 2009 at 2:48 PM
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    Janster

    Janster [OP] Old & Forgetful

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    Keep the ideas coming...(sorry, short time to log in today)
     
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