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I've been having a problem with the fan rubbing on bottom of the shroud for years mostly only in reverse. About a year ago I went to the local off road park. After hitting some practice trails It was doing it all the time. I was able to drive it home, it wasn't as bad as when it first started but came on sporadically when I drove over a transition at a freeway bridge. When I got home I opened the hood and the motor was leaning over to the driver side. It had dropped more than an inch. I took it to Hamer Toyota and they told me to take it to a body shop or a frame shop and the frame was somehow pushed up causing the fan to rub on the shroud. I started looking around the internet and found out the motor mounts on the 2005 and 2006 tacoma could collapse into the frame. Yep it sure was. I put a block of wood under the motor and put a floor jack under it, that pushed the motor up to be level. I found a guy in Norco, who makes a gusset kit. It was real nice laser cut heavy steel with perfect welds. It wrapped around the bottom of the frame and up the side. Its a two piece kit and I received it in two days. I went to a good off road guy and he welded it into place. No problems so far. There are big problems with these Toyota truck frames. Toyota is not acknowledging any problems exist. Good Luck with yours
- Dennis H.,
Los Angeles, CA, US
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I have a 2006 Tacoma that I bought from a Toyota dealer in Vermont strictly based on assurances of a 10-year rust through guarantee (starting with treatment on 6/2014). A motor mount partially collapsed last weekend and the frame was found to be unsafe for driving by the NM dealer.
The NM dealer has condemned the frame. They passed the information to Toyota corporate - who is not indicating there will be any coverage. The VT dealer is disavowing the 10-year coverage. I am currently being bounced back and forth between all these entities with little signs of progress.
I am seeking referrals and possibly representation. Any recommendations or insights would be highly appreciated.
- David M.,
Gallup, NM, US
I was a proud owner of a 2006 Toyota Tacoma extra cab SRE, VIN 5TEUU42N66Z147244. 15 of May 2012 as I was on a country gravel road enjoying the performance of the 4WD drifting 35 MPH around a corner and hit a large pot hole. I really didn’t think anything of it because the truck handled the bump. I stopped down the road a few miles and I notice my fender flare on the passenger side is missing. I drove back and found the flare near the pothole, the travel of the wheel must have took it off. The bottom of the bumper got scraped from hitting the gravel but this sits low. I thought to my self I NEED A ROAD ARROR BUMPER, for better clearance.
The next week I started to hear something rubbing in the front end. My thought was the sound is just the splash guard rubbing on the tire, because I would only hear the rubbing sound pulling out from Forestry’s parking lot. The weekend comes around and my wife and I go down to our favorite spot by the river when we got ready to leave I hear the rubbing noise but my tires are not moving this time. I start investigating looking under and around the top side of the engine. I found the entire engine leaning to the left. I said it must be a broken motor mount. The engine leaning left causes the fan to hit the shroud for the radiator. The rubbing sound would happen every time I took off in first gear and reveres, or hit a bump in the road.
On May 19, 2012 at my house the next day I took off the brush guards under the 2006 Toyota Tacoma extra cab SRE, VIN 5TEUU42N66Z147244 to get a closer look see at the motor mount on the left side. The mount looked fine from the top and bottom so I wanted to feel around the mount. As I reached up there I discovered the inside of the frame around where the motor mount attaches to the motor is completely cracked and pushed in ¼ inch on the bottom side of the frame. The only piece of frame left still holding the engine to the frame is a 5 inch section at the top side of the frame.
I work for Hoopa Forestry and drive the back roads 50hr a week. I have seen big potholes and hit big potholes, but I never have seen a frame fail like this before in 20 years driving the back roads. Its back to Nissan for me.
Hoopa, CA, US