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Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: Scott McCrea] #644642 10/13/05 03:15 AM
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I am going in tommorrow at 8 am, and I am making them check my rotors again... I will bet you a donut that they are warped.... again... thank god for the warranty.

Oh.... they replaced my idler arm already. See worlds most expensive brake job from about a year ago.

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Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: dogslovetrucks] #644643 10/13/05 09:48 PM
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dogslovetrucks Offline
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Holy Crap! What an ordeal. Show up at the dealer, they bring the truck in, and say
"You cant wait for it"
well, too bad, I am, and by the way the rotors are warped... again
after about 2 hours, (being forced to watch Regis and Kelly) I get called down to my truck
They have discovered the after market steering stabalizer.
"this isnt stock"
Yup
"well we have to make a note of that"
OK
"it might not fit back on because the new bar is thicker"
I look and see there is clearance.
It will fit.
"fine"
I think that the mechanic is the grouchiest least cheerful chap I have met, and he seems to be cranky about working on my truck.
So, I ask are the rotors warped?
"well there is some blueing of the rotors"
Oh, ok....
(I am going to make a seperate post about this)
And your going to do the alignment right?
"well thats not part of the recall"
I pull out the PDF file and point it out..
Yeah it is
"well its gonna be real hard"
Thats why you are a trained professional, and I smile.


2 hours later the truck is done....

Left wheel alignment is 1.4 right wheel is 2.0 and he claims due to rust he cant get the alignment any better than that.


elapsed time 4 hours, or

Regis and Kelly
Tony Danza show
Arthur
Berenstien Bears
Mr Rogers (with peggy flemming who had scary plastic surgery)
and it was headed towards oprah when I had to get away.

I had to listen to Rancid and the Ramones super loud to get my head straight

Yikes.

Jeff

the scary creakiing noise when the wheel is turned all the way to lock is gone too.

Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: dogslovetrucks] #644644 10/13/05 10:51 PM
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Left wheel alignment is 1.4 right wheel is 2.0 and he claims due to rust he cant get the alignment any better than that.


Tough... You should make him try harder - that's not in spec. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/mrt.gif" alt="" />


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'97 T-100 4wd sr5-suto, 3" BL, 1.5" BJ spacers, 35" ProComp AT's, 4.88's, Bilsteins x 6, etc...

No longer stuck in SoCal!! smile
Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: 4xGeek] #644645 10/13/05 11:04 PM
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I am going to call toyota and tell them all about my overly pleasant experience.

Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: dogslovetrucks] #644646 10/14/05 01:11 AM
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ive got a spare caster bolt laying around if you need it...actually ive got 2...


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Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: Jake97T] #644647 10/14/05 05:59 PM
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"...due to rust."

Sounds like he could have gotten it into spec if he'd replaced some parts (tie rod adjusters frequently rust and seize, as do LCA alignment cams), but maybe he he had a pretty good idea that you would not approve of that...? Or maybe he just got it as close as he could since he knew you wanted to get out of there? Or maybe he was just lazy? You didn't get all the info of what/why.

Lots of possibilities, and there's two sides to every story. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/notooth.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: ErikB] #644648 10/14/05 09:01 PM
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I was ready to stay for the duration, and I have poured an embarassingly large amount of money into this dealership. I also dont mind spending money on the parts to do it right, but it seems like every time the guy gets under the truck he complains about rust and then doesnt do much.

I do get very cranky when the job is done wrong, I am still baffled by them charging me 325 for new calipers, and not putting on new rotors.

I dont know what the mechanics beef is, but you can bet your last dollar that he is not touching my truck again.

Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: dogslovetrucks] #644649 10/15/05 06:41 AM
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Got mine done last week. Took about two hours and they replaced the rod and did the alignment, no questions asked. They did note on my service sheet that I need a new fan belt ($175!!) and a front brake job ($250). I already knew about the front brakes--gonna need new rotors--again! That price quote was just for new pads. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> No thanks, I'll do all that myself. But they didn't try to push anything extra on me, which was surprisingly refreshing.

Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles #644650 10/31/05 05:34 AM
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vernallis Offline
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You guys are going to love this.....
I head into the dealer to get the mod done. Within a few hours they say it's good for pickup. No arguements on the alignment... I almost started to feel like I could trust a dealer. Then I get home and take a closer look. They only hooked up the left side of the steering stabilizer. That's right, it's just hanging there moving around every time I take a turn. The bolt is completely gone so I can't even attach it myself. All this even after I asked them to check out the steering stabilizer for wear. They were conveniently shut down by the time I figured this out, but I'll keep you updated on their excuse.

At lease I made it home in one piece......

By the way, anyone know of an after market steering stabilizer that works better.

Thanks,

Vern

Re: Toyota Recalls 978,000 vehicles [Re: vernallis] #644651 10/31/05 06:12 AM
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I put on a rancho, it was about 20 less than the OEM, and it freaks out the dealership...

"this isnt a toyota part!"

Yes

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