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Wear Gouges on Spare Tire? Check Yours.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacomtn, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Apr 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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    tacomtn

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    Whilst checking my spare tire for presssure as I occassionally do, I noticed there are areas of wear right where the tire contacts the steel portions under the bed. There are four patches and it seems to be just from constant rubbing while the truck is in motion. I'd say it's about 1/8" deep, enough be concerned that eventually it will wear through the casing and render the spare unsafe to use.

    My truck only has 12k miles and there's only so much tension you can put on this with the cable and pulley system on the spare. I need to show the dealer for them to correct this before it gets worse.

    Anyone seen this problem?
     
  2. Apr 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM
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    myth01

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    You need to tighten your spare tire carrier. Mine was bouncing around once
     
  3. Apr 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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    tacomtn

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    It has always been tight. There's only so much tension you can put on there with the poorly designed pulley system these have.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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    SnowroxKT

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    I have seen it on other cars as well, maybe put something in between the tire and the support?

    Or get a tire carrier or swingout on a bumper! (safety first :cool: )
     
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  5. Apr 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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    S.B.

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    tighten the dang thing.
     
  6. Apr 22, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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    maxamillion2345

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    Too many
    Toyota has been using the same setup forever.

    Put some barrier between the tire and metal if you don't like it.
     
  7. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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    spithead051

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    I put some 3M caulk strips on the steel bars mine rubs against. I noticed the wear and just put that there to stop it. Overall, I'm not too concerned with it
     
  8. Apr 23, 2012 at 9:06 AM
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    tighten it up a little. mine is fine
     
  9. Apr 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM
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    I don't have wear marks so to speak on mine, I have like, indentations on mine. OP, that shouldn't be moving around, so maybe the dealer can tighten something up so thats not moving around.
     
  10. Oct 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM
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    Interested in this post! I just dropped my spare tire on my 2010 Tacoma... and notice the gouges... six bars that had worn right into the rubber sidewall. I brought it back to my dealer, and after some discussions with the area rep, the tire was replaced. Poor design of the spare tire holder!
     
  11. Dec 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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    I just pulled my spare out for the first time in four years that I've owned the truck (bought new) and experience the same thing. I've been to the dealership multiples times for other things and they have always put air back in it to turn off my light. I don't think the marks are becuase it's loose. It fits snug up against the bars (not loose) but wiggles a bit side to side due to lack of lateral stability. There are, infact, indentations from being up tight against the bars. Also, the spare sits with the outside of the rim up so road debri shouldn't be a problem with an OR rim (non steelie).
     
  12. Dec 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    My boss told me she heard there was a recall for the spare. I didn't think much of it since I haven't heard anything personally. Plus she doesn't know the difference between a Taco, Frontier, Tundra etc.... But maybe shes not so far off after all. hmmmm?
     
  13. Dec 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    I have 80k miles on my 2007 and I only have small indentations from the spare being held tight against the steel. No gouging whatsoever.
     
  14. Dec 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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    OP any pics
     
  15. Dec 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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    Same here :confused:

    Dropped the spare on my 03 Tahoe for the first time last summer. Looked great for riding up there for 9+ years. It also had indentation from where it was held against the frame.
     
  16. Dec 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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  18. Dec 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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    To fix that problem just mount the spare with the indentations facing down and flip it every year or two. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Dec 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    ^^^This.
     
  20. Dec 13, 2012 at 5:52 AM
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    I might just take a look at this with my truck- I have never seen this issue with any one my trucks of the past or even heard of excessive wear on the spare to this mounting option? :confused:
     
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