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Rust on Frame with A/C drain mod fix

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by Uptown2k, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Jul 25, 2023 at 1:07 PM
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    cowfootball

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    The AC drain has had this design since the second gens. I'm sure in the last 15 years or so we might have heard of something more than surface rust if this was actually an issue. Or Toyota might have spent the extra $1 it would cost to resolve this.

    One of those "it's easy so you may as well do it, I guess" mods for people who detail their trucks.
     
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  2. Jul 25, 2023 at 3:47 PM
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    daveeasa FBC Harness Solutions Vendor

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    Yeah, because Toyota is very responsible with frames and frame rust specifically? That’s not a concern for old Toyotas at all.
     
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  3. Jul 25, 2023 at 3:51 PM
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    They are: they're so responsible that they've done a rust related frame recall since this issue has existed that didn't cover this issue.

    Probably because that issue has an actual demonstrated impact and not feels.
     
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  4. Jul 25, 2023 at 3:56 PM
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    daveeasa

    daveeasa FBC Harness Solutions Vendor

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    I mean, sure. Cool. You’re all set.

    Unless, wrong year or already treated with goop or rot is not to their liking or …

    I dunno man, it’s not that I’m concerned about this really but I also don’t think Toyota owns the frame problem. That’s clearly a weakness as demonstrated by the change to a fully boxed 4th gen.

    Hammer hangers, frame replacement, etc are all symptoms of Toyota giving sub optimal F’s about frames but yet building a truck which can outlive a human. It’s odd, really.

    TLDR: I don’t take this as a serious problem but I also don’t trust Toyota to cover my frame integrity for the life I expect my vehicles to have. I’m buying for 50-75 year lifetimes.
     
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  5. Jul 25, 2023 at 3:59 PM
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    Yeah, like I said, I don't think this is necessary but it's one of those low effort things and if it makes you feel good there's no harm, so send it.

    I just see a lot of "what should your first mod be" links to this thread as though it's some critical issue every new owner of a 2023 should rush out and do. I just don't think it's that.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2023 at 4:05 PM
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    No, definitely won’t save the frame. But neither will Toyota. Best bet would be brand new frame and box it then galvanize it then swap it. But for sure if anyone went that far, Lady Luck would ensure a collision.
     
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  7. Jul 30, 2023 at 11:58 AM
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    I have a "new to me" 2017 Tacoma SR 4cyl. This truck has had 3 previous owners
    and has always been driven in the deep south (A/C runs 7+ months per year).
    The condensate drains drips directly onto the frame, but there is no rust or staining.
    I'm wondering if because this truck was built in Texas and has a painted frame,
    it may not suffer this issue.
     
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  8. Jul 30, 2023 at 1:57 PM
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    It's because you're in Texas. Nothing rusts down there.
     
  9. Jul 31, 2023 at 1:19 PM
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    Great mod that gives you piece of mind. First thing I did the day I brought my truck home.
     
  10. Aug 8, 2023 at 6:56 AM
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    I really need to do this, never knew it was even an issue. Hopefully there isn't too much rust at this point. Thanks OP for this!
     
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  11. Aug 8, 2023 at 3:55 PM
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    I did this mod pretty early on. I need to pick up a can of the stop rust to touch up some spots.
     
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  12. Aug 9, 2023 at 9:01 AM
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    I had the new Tacoma for just over 24 hours and I noticed the AC drains directly on the frame. Then, this morning I saw this thread confirming my suspicions! I'll perform the mod as soon as I get home. I do not usually run AC but why not
     
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  13. Aug 20, 2023 at 12:59 PM
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    Nice, will be doing this mod.
     
  14. Aug 20, 2023 at 3:18 PM
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    I did this mod today. I used clear plastic hose from Home Depot, 5/8 ID, with 3/4 OD, and hose clamp to fit.
     
  15. Aug 23, 2023 at 5:13 AM
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    I ended up using a metal dryer lint trap that, so far, has been working okay. Time will tell if it will deter the smaller spiders.
    IMG_3766.jpg
     
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  16. Oct 4, 2023 at 7:26 PM
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    Thanks for the quickie fix.
    Gonna get it tomorrow on my 2020 Tacoma
     
  17. Oct 17, 2023 at 12:17 PM
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    $8 and 15 minutes, did it, just because now I can identify WHERE the water is coming from, lol.
     
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  18. Oct 17, 2023 at 12:21 PM
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    Good man. Me too
    Drained 1tsp of fluid from each
    Caliper, without pedal depressed,
    Cured the initial "hard braking"./
     
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  19. Oct 23, 2023 at 6:27 PM
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    Smart idea. What are the odds that a frame swapped Tacoma would have had this done by Toyota?
     
  20. Oct 24, 2023 at 6:20 PM
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    I removed this from my second gen and added it to my ‘23. The boxed frames in that area were changed over time, so it isn’t as bad as before. One of our 2008 4Runners was pretty bad on the passenger side frame. The one with this hose added was still intact.
     
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