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My Rant

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by vjb, Oct 9, 2022.

  1. Oct 9, 2022 at 12:20 PM
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    vjb

    vjb [OP] New Member

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    My rant on Tundras.


    So far I'm not impressed with my Toyota Tundra. Not easy to work on, components that need occasional replacement, such as starters, alternators, etc., are located in areas not easy to get to or require removing half the engine/vehicle to get to the part you want to repair – poor engineering. Parts are expensive, independent mechanic are few and far between and dealerships charge an arm and leg to work on these vehicles.


    I recently replaced the alternator in my 2011 Tundra because of an oil leak above it's location. After removing the alternator I cleaned the area and it appears there's a small leak from the junction between the Cylinder Head and the Cam Tower, just above the alternator. I've attempted to seal it externally with silicone, will run it for a few days and see what happens. Also, it should not take hours and most of the skin off your arms and hands to change an alternator – put the damn thing where it can be easily replaced. Toyota could learn a lot from GMC, Ford, Dodge & AMC.


    Continuing, because it's such a small oil leak I would normally just let it leak, but it's leaking on the alternator and I believe this could be a fire problem. I could not see a way of diverting the oil from leaking elsewhere and not on the alternator, so I hope my silicone fix does the trick.


    To be continued!
     
  2. Oct 9, 2022 at 12:21 PM
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    FrenchToasty

    FrenchToasty The Desert rat, 6 lug enthusiast

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    2 rant threads, you must be spicy
     
  3. Oct 9, 2022 at 12:23 PM
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    FrenchToasty

    FrenchToasty The Desert rat, 6 lug enthusiast

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  4. Oct 9, 2022 at 12:31 PM
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    timsp8

    timsp8 Former Tundra owner for 13 years

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    It’s good that Toyotas hold their value. You could trade it in on a domestic and get a lot for it.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2022 at 12:55 PM
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    BravoDeltaRomeo

    BravoDeltaRomeo Old Man Little Blue Finger

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    Just one rant.

    The other threads was asking where to post this rant.

    :annoyed:
     
  6. Oct 9, 2022 at 1:10 PM
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    PhotoNerd

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    Oil changes suck.

    Remove the entire rusted out skid plate every time? And the stupid nut on the oil filter housing that requires far more torque to remove than the oil filter it's mounted on??
     
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  7. Oct 9, 2022 at 1:24 PM
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    FrenchToasty

    FrenchToasty The Desert rat, 6 lug enthusiast

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    The first thread came off as ranty, “im angry, where should I rant?!”
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2022
  8. Oct 9, 2022 at 1:37 PM
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    Jernik

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  9. Oct 9, 2022 at 4:36 PM
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    TheBrit

    TheBrit Wrinkly member

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    That's great news for those with ones that are gunked up with silicone. :rofl:
     
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  10. Oct 9, 2022 at 4:38 PM
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    TheBrit

    TheBrit Wrinkly member

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    I found the alternator to be quite the easy fix when compared to replacing the passenger side dipped headlamp bulb...
     
  11. Oct 9, 2022 at 8:06 PM
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    Cpl_Punishment

    Cpl_Punishment Young men never die.

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    At least you don't have to replace it every 3 weeks like on the 2007-2013 GMs...
     

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