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HELP! Cross member bolts missing!

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by BigBarney, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Aug 3, 2016 at 6:36 PM
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    Hey guys, just crawled under my new (to me) 2011 Tundra and noticed that 1 of my t-case cross member bolts is missing, one is almost out completely and the other 2 are missing nuts on the end. What size bolts are these??
     
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    Can you be a little more specific? I can look it up but I'm not intimately familiar with the terms. Are you talking about the transfer case?
     
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    The crossmember bolts you have to remove to drop the transfer case. 2 bolts on each side that bolts to the frame. Long this ones with nuts on the ends.
     
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    Found this but doesn't tell me what size, only torque.
     

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    weight reduction yo!
     
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    Best bet might be to take one of the remaining nuts off, measure the length of the bolt and size the thread at the hardware store with the nut.
     
  10. Aug 5, 2016 at 11:48 AM
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    So, an update for y'all! Went to Home Depot and they did NOT have the nuts that match this, nor AIH. Called my parts department and $21 my 1 bolt and 4 nuts will be here next Friday.
     
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  11. Aug 5, 2016 at 12:14 PM
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    Kind of makes you wonder how it got that way. I know my T case member bolts are still freakin tight at 9 yrs old. Maybe they worked loose but then again???
     
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    Don'the know the size but last time I had my truck serviced (at about 63,000 miles) the mechanic found the same thing on my 2011. One bolt missing, one Backed halfway out and 2 loose but not backed out. I want to know how no one spotted this before because it has been serviced every 5k miles most at the dealership.
     
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  13. Aug 5, 2016 at 5:43 PM
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    I think anyone with a 2011 better check crossmember/transfer case bolts. Someone on the Assembly line back then was probably stoned.
     
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    Do it like me.I check out my truck every weekend. I do my own "pre flight " check out. A hold over from my USMC aviation days. ZERO FOD!!! You aviators here know what I'm talking about.
     
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    I was a mechanic and did all my own work but age and many medical problems prevent that know. My Tundra has always been serviced at either the dealership or the tire/brake shop.
     
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    Like the stoner/drunks Dodge union dudes that got caught on 60 Minutes?
     
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    I didn'the hear about that but I will bet there are some on every assembly line.
     
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    You need to get your old ass here out to Boulder Creek, CO for a vacation.
     
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    Google it.
     
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    I will be installing those too and torquing them down to spec. Looked through the service history, no reason for anyone to drop that cross member.
    My 2011 folks, check them out!
     
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    *UPDATE*UPDATE*UPDAT*UPDATE
    So, I asked a Toyota technician about these bolts and if any issues have been brought up in the past? Not to his knowledge nor Toyota's knowledge.
    So, I went to Home Depot and bought 2 bolts. I looked around for about 45 minutes in the hardest department, and nothing (in my mind) was a permanent fix.
    So, $24 and a week later, 4 nuts and 1 of the missing bolts came into my local Toyota dealership and they are installed. IMG_0738.jpg
     
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    Good to go:thumbsup::thumbsup:. Reasonably cheap $ fix is always good. (I wonder how many here went out to check their bolts? heh heh) I did.
     
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