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Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100

Posted By: RLJSlick

Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 07/21/05 05:15 PM

Contents of Kewlynx Post added here on details of Toyota Steering Rod Recall... dandeman edit.

Here is the literature from www.nhtsa.gov

Manufacturer : TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V389000 Mfg's Report Date : SEP 06, 2005
Component: STEERING:LINKAGES:ROD:RELAY:CONNECTING
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 977839

Summary:
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, IF THE STEERING WHEEL IS REPEATEDLY TURNED UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS WHERE HIGH STEERING EFFORT AND POWER ASSIST ARE REQUIRED, FOR INSTANCE, WHEN FULLY TURNING THE WHEEL WHILE THE VEHICLE IS STOPPED, A FATIGUE CRACK MAY DEVELOP IN THE STEERING RELAY ROD.
Consequence:
IF THE VEHICLE IS CONTINUED TO BE OPERATED IN THIS CONDITION, THE RELAY ROD MAY FRACTURE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STEERING RELAY ROD. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING LATE SEPTEMBER 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
Notes:
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

AFFECTED VEHICLES

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
TOYOTA / 4 RUNNER 1989-1995

TOYOTA / PICKUP 1989-1995

TOYOTA / T100 1993-1998

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Anyone heard from Toyota about the 4 Runner/Tacoma recall? Thought we was to hear something from them, this month.
Posted By: 4xGeek

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 07/21/05 07:29 PM


If you're referring to the lower ball joint SSC, it will be going on thru December. Expect a letter sometime between now & then. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: jolly4x4

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 07/22/05 02:57 PM

Any idea what years are involved?
Posted By: RLJSlick

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 07/22/05 03:54 PM

Thanks Geek!
I think it was for the 2002 4 Runners and Tacomas.

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Any idea what years are involved?
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 07/24/05 01:58 AM

AZRain, thanks for the sticky! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

Some linkys; please note year of vehicles in articles:

http://www.autobuyguide.com/2001/12-aut/toyota/tacoma/recalls/

http://auto-recalls.justia.com/content/05V225000-TOYOTA-4-RUNNER-2002.html

http://www.internetautoguide.com/auto-recalls/67-int/2004/toyota/tacoma/base/

Also keep an eye on www.alldata.com; I haven't seen the recall update in the TSB section yet. Hopefully they'll catch up.

A also saw something about a 2005 recall for tightening some kind of nut on the e-brake pedal of some new rigs; might ask if you've not seen anything yet.
Posted By: RLJSlick

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 07/25/05 04:30 PM

I agree, thanks for the "sticky", it's unusual to see a Toyota be recalled.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 08/17/05 07:18 AM

Took my 02 in for oil change and dealer actually told me my 02 falls under the recall. having it done later this week. i was waiting to get a letter from toyota first but i guess dealer's actually on top of things for once <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> they said should take a couple hours, ball joint and alignment
Posted By: RLJSlick

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 08/17/05 06:01 PM

Cool! Let us know how things turns out!
Still haven't heard a word from Toyota.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 08/19/05 07:01 AM

Got the recall done today. the campaign number is SSC 50J. I'd say give the dealer a call and ask about it...apparently some are doing it already...i still havent gotten my notice letter from toyota
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 09/08/05 02:05 AM

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />As others have probably already seen, I found this article on the MSN homepage today. It doesn't seem to mention anything about late model gen 3 4runners, but does include model years 1990-1995. Are there 2 different recalls, or are these for the same issue? link to article is below.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9241475/
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 09/08/05 02:32 AM

The recall sticky'd here is for the ball joints; the one you and others mention in the T100 section is for the steering linkage.

Edit: Link to Post for Steering recall
Posted By: Greg_Canada

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 09/08/05 02:56 PM

89' or 90' for 4Runners?
Posted By: code33

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 09/08/05 08:27 PM

Which part is this exactly?
Is it the piece that the toe adjusters connect to?
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: 4 Runner recall? - 09/10/05 01:41 AM

Yes, there are 2 recalls

Unfortunately my other post was merged with this one, and I've received a couple of pm's from folks who are a bit confused.

My first entry was moved/edited into this thread, and pertained to the rod relay recall.

My other entry with 3 links to it in this thread is the original post for the ball joint recall.

Hope that clears the water a bit.

In either case, as someone had mentioned elsewhere, you should insist on a front end alignment to follow up on the maintenance relative to these recalls. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 09/21/05 03:01 PM

aah, nice post. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" /> ill be calling my dealer shortly <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 09/22/05 07:54 PM

I just made the appointment for this upcoming Wednesday afternoon, apparently i am the first one in the Grand Forks, ND area to have this warranty work done, but at least they had the parts and were ready for me. It was also interesting to see that my truck did go in for the "V06" campaign work in 1998.
Posted By: RLJSlick

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 09/26/05 01:31 AM

I finally got my noticed late last week, i hope to setup a appointment next week.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 09/28/05 11:04 PM

just got it back from the stealership, heres a pic:
[Linked Image]

it is the only part that doesnt match, not for long. it was also nice of the mechanic to point out that that my valve cover gasket was leaking as if i could not tell myself, how nice of him <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: allochris

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 10/01/05 08:56 PM

hey, i've just call toyota canada & got confirmed that i fall under the recall campaign. Sweet. Question is, does it come with a free alignment too? That would be great as I haven't had one for a over a year! (Hope they'll figure things out with the 32's, balljoint spacers & cranked torsion bars..."most importantly, hope they won't reset the front end back to the stock height...") <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: West_Aussie

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 11/30/05 12:31 AM

yeh i had my relay rod replaced in september from teh recall. i have a 91 4runner but they came across no fractures, but it was still replaced. the bastards forgot to give me a wheel alignment, but called them up and toyota apologised and gave me a full wheel alignment and balance for $0
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 12/05/05 03:41 AM

They did replace my steering relay rod but they forgot or on purpose did not do the alignment damn man I think they hating me <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/butwiggle.gif" alt="" /> they told me what recall is it for? and I reply for the steering relay rod but I forgot about the head gasket recall too so I'll get free work but tolate, but I'll try another toyota dealer for the HG... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 4WD22R

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 12/07/05 07:56 AM

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...I forgot about the head gasket recall...


sorry dude but you're really too late, you should have gotten the HG recall done when you still had the 3VZE in there.....unless you really DON'T have the 5VZFE and you're pullin our chains.....AGAIN!! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shame.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shame.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: irsean

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 12/16/05 08:45 AM

I called Toyota a couple months ago. Got verified and was told my letter was on the way. Still haven't gotten it. I'll probably try to call toyota sometime soon if I don't hear from them. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 12/26/05 05:29 AM

had my 93runner done and they aligned the truck as part of this at no charge. worked out well cause I just had new tireas and wanted to make sure theey we aligned.
if you are part f the recall get it done.
Posted By: Rusted

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 01/04/06 06:04 AM

well, i went to my local dealership today and they said they'll definately replace the part, but they won't do an alignment!?! aparently they're only doing alignments with the ball joint spacer recal. WTF? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 01/04/06 11:45 AM

I just compiled some links in the tech archive section. Go check it out. If you have questions, repost them here. S
Posted By: kuso

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 01/17/06 05:48 PM

I got my recall letter just this last Friday! Kinda surprised to see that in the mail, but hey... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

Anyway, they did the replacement yesterday and the truck seems to drive better than it did before I brought it in! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

I didn't get a chance to ask if the original steering rod was damaged or was on the brink of being dangerous, but I kinda doubt that it was. Oh well! A free part is a free part! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

-kuso <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: JackKnife

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 01/19/06 05:36 PM

My 89 4Runner doesn't fall under the relay rod recall. However, it has a salvage title because in was in a front-end collision. I have no idea if this part was damaged and replaced by whomever repaired the damage.

Is there some way for me to tell if my relay rod is one of the defective ones by looking at it?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 03/08/06 08:51 PM

I bought my 1993 fourrunner in October of 2005. Would I still be eligible for the recall? I dont know how that works.
Lisa <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 4xmonty

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 03/08/06 10:41 PM

Call the dealer and give them your VIN if your eligble they tell and then order your parts.I recieved a card from the
dealer called them back they ordered the parts then let me
know when they were in.I called them Mon to make an appointment and I cant get in till Apr 21st, so the sooner
you start the process the sooner you can get it done
Russ <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/patriot.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 07/21/06 02:15 AM

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well, i went to my local dealership today and they said they'll definately replace the part, but they won't do an alignment!?! aparently they're only doing alignments with the ball joint spacer recal. WTF? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angry.gif" alt="" />


the alignment should be done on both (ball joint and relay rod recalls)
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 09/08/06 05:53 AM

i must say, it was an awsome thing getting two letters in the mail in december... 1 for my 90 pickup 4x4, and 1 for my 90 4runner 4x4 sr5.
-pickup- you all shoulda seen the face on the guy at the dealership when i pulled into the dealership with my truck and he seen the odometer... and i already knew my steering was shot dew to a jump earlier that month over a road lol. long story short the truck got over 2 grand into for free. on a 412,000 mile truck!
-4runner- wasnt even on the road! bought it for the motor, used a 1 way plate to get it home. it's nickname is "tetnus" well called the dealership and said "you guys wanna pick it up?" and since i was less than a mile away, they actually did! the guy that came over to get it looks at me and said " has this EVER been washed? or is it just a winter ride?" 44s cant be good in the snow!"(my 85)
anyways toyota is obviously the best customer treating company in my oppinion. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/butwiggle.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Victor

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 01/18/08 03:10 AM

I got mine done this weekend. They set the toe but not the camber. Bottom of my tires are definately angled in. It looks like an old Beetle. So now I have to get it aligned on my own dime. Oh yeah - they noted that my idler arm had play but wanted $307 to repair it. I'll get one at Autozone for $90 thankyou very much.
Posted By: Adam F

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 01/18/08 03:59 AM

They are required to give you a full alignment. I'd go back and speak with the service manager.
Posted By: relayrod

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 10/18/08 01:18 AM

Anyone know who the OEM was for the Relay Rod?
Posted By: Adam F

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 10/18/08 02:04 PM

Toyota? They diddnt outsource anything back then.

If not Toyota, then aisin seiko. Which is owned by Toyota.
Posted By: relayrod

Re: Toyota '89 through '98 Steering Relay Rod Recall 4Runner, PIckup, T100 - 03/14/09 07:44 PM

Did anyone see this?

NBC Story on Toyota Recall or

Toyotasteeringrecall.com
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