2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected:
Approximately 228,000 model-year 2016-17 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and 4x2 pickup trucks in all cab configurations, built between August 2015 to March 2017. 

The Problem: The rear differential can leak oil; continuous operation of a vehicle in this condition could damage the rear differential, resulting in a loss of propulsion and vehicle control, and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will check the rear differential for any leaks and if found, the carrier gasket and fasteners will be replaced. If the differential is damaged, then the entire differential will be replaced. If no damage is found, the cover fasteners will be tightened to factory specs. All repairs will be done free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will begin contacting owners in mid-June. Owners can call the automaker at 800-331-4331, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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Comments

I'm not a huge Toyota Tacoma fan, but this sort of info is routine.

Grease stains on the driveway, you take a look. If the grease is low, you top it off.

No big deal.

"The rear differential can leak oil; continuous operation of a vehicle in this condition could damage the rear differential, resulting in a loss of propulsion and vehicle control, and increasing the risk of a crash."

WHAT???? This isn't 1935 anymore.

For a modern vehicle, --- a truck no less --- to leak differential oil, shows virtually no significant road testing; shows abysmal quality control; shows poor design; and shows even worse attention to detail.

And all this on top of Toyota's rusting frame issues!

It would make me wonder what ELSE Toyota is doing sloppily with its trucks. Maybe they have been coasting on the good Camry car reputation for too long. Need to hold their feet to the fire, and demand that dealers pay for 10-year/100,000-mile extended warranties, at a minimum.

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The most recent generation of Tacoma has a poor durability record.

Arent the tacos still using the same old 3rd member diffs?

The most recent generation of Tacoma has a poor durability record.
Posted by: Lou | Apr 28, 2017 10:52:08 PM

But not as bad as the Ford F-150.

For their size the Taco axles/diffs are very strong. Easy fix.

But the F-150 diffs are not an easy fix.

The Tacoma's always had a problem with the rear diff's leaking cause of their poor design of the vents.
Oil sloshing around inside the rear diff not vented can create high, extreme pressure causing leaks.
Many Tacoma Owners have modified the vent to correct that problem but Toyota never did see a problem with it.

Dumbest recall based on 1 complaint from Hawaii!

Toyota has become lately gun shy, so do not dig into this one that much! I own a 2016 Tacoma and no show issues after 21,000 miles, and I owned 3 Tacoma's with no such frame issue!

So to the typical "haters" that always blame all of Toyota's trucks for quality issues, stop listening to fake news! Actual owners like myself have NO issues.

Who cares? They are being a good company and fixing the issue. GM would have probably rushed to the crash scene and buried the victims regardless of whether they were still alive or not. They would have launched an "internal" investigation and found no issue.

But the F-150 diffs are not an easy fix.
Posted by: Sierra | Apr 29, 2017 1:20:28 AM

After 4 years of trying to cover it up, GM is at least admitting there is no fix for the GM shake and they are now just building a whole new truck filled with Ford ideas. You better hope they don't copy the Ford diff also and whatever pretend problem it is you are talking about....

"Actual owners like myself have NO issues"

Ha ha

Where to start?

"Actual owners like myself have NO issues"

Ha ha

Where to start?
Posted by: Lou | Apr 30, 2017 4:18:56 PM


Oxi's history:

1) 1985 Toyota pickup: Major suspension damage and a hole in the rear dif after one Baja run.
Source, page 7: http://www.worldsbestoil.ca/Amsoil-Image-Files/Amsoil-PDF-Files/Racing%20Testimonials%20Brochure.pdf

Posted by: Alex | Dec 28, 2011 9:21:41 AM

@Alex:

From your link about Oxi's testimonial:

"I can guarantee that we never would have finished that
race without AMSOIL gear lube.”

LOL! ...Yeah, because he tried it with SO many other gear oils before making that asinine statement. Way to shill it Oxi! Shake that moneymaker!
Posted by: Jason H. | Dec 28, 2011 11:50:08 AM

“In the most brutal
race of the year, we fin-
ished first,” said Papa-
george. “We had some
major suspension
damage and a hole
in the rear differential
case. There was a gear
lube trail as far as the eye
could see. The fans at
the finish line could not
believe we had even fin-
ished, especially with the
rear differential less than a
quarter full. We could hear siz-
zling and popping noises inside
the case. After repairing the hole
at the finish and driving the truck home, we
were surprised to find that nothing had been harmed.
We finished the season with the same differential! I
can guarantee that we never would have finished that
race without AMSOIL gear lube.”

Previous Tacoma we had leaked rear dif oil badly -- only fix other than full replacement was trying to keep pumpkin covered with JB Weld. Eventually sold it and now have a 2016 and am bummed out to find it may have same issue!

Never received a recall notice. Took the Tacoma in for service and was told they could not give it back to me because it was recalled, they did not know what the fix would be nor when they will know what the fix will be and they did not know when I can have my Tacoma back but I stall have to make my payments, no relief. Last Toyota I will ever own.

This car is looking amazing. Can you suggest some auto repair services includuing inspecting the damage, estimating damage repair cost and time? Please share some more info.
Auto body repair



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