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Frame Rust problems of the 2004 Toyota Tundra



Ten problems related to frame rust have been reported for the 2004 Toyota Tundra.

car   Frame Rust problem 1
Failure Date: 07/26/2013

The frame has severe rust. Also rear differential is leaking fluid through the steel bowl.

car   Frame Rust problem 2
Failure Date: 06/30/2013

Frame is badly rusted in many areas including where suspension and brake components mount. I am concerned a major failure could lead to injury to myself or a member of my family. I understand ther was a recall for 2000-2003 Tundras for the same issue but my 2004 was not included in the recall.

car   Frame Rust problem 3
Failure Date: 12/12/2012

My 2004 Tundra has a rusted frame that is not safe. The truck has 48,000 miles on it and the frame has rust holes through it. This is not normal surface rust. The truck has no other rust issues. Toyota needs to recall this vehicle.

car   Frame Rust problem 4
Failure Date: 11/15/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while replacing the front passenger side tire, it was noticed that approximately six inches of the frame was extremely rusted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000. The VIN was not available.

car   Frame Rust problem 5
Failure Date: 01/28/2012

My 2004 Toyota Tundra limited, purchased in 2004 directly from Toyota dealership for 39000 dollars has an extremely rusty frame. The steel peels away in layers at the welds. The proliferation can be described as "layers of a biscuit flaking a part. " the dealership pounded on the frame with a tool and said that it did not fail the "Toyota frame tool" test and since the vehicle is a 2004 they would not do anything about it until it fails or becomes part of a recall. I haul a travel trailer with my family and I feel that it is extremely unsafe. How can a 7. 8 year old truck rot out this quickly? there has a to be an issue here that Toyota is not willing to acknowledge. Please advise.

car   Frame Rust problem 6
Failure Date: 01/01/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the spare tire fell from the vehicle due to the carrier being rusted. In addition, he noticed that the frame was severely rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised him that the carrier was rusted and needed to be replaced. Also, the frame was not completely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The current mileage was approximately 123,000.


car   Frame Rust problem 7
Failure Date: 12/21/2010

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the frame was severely rusted and could possibly fracture in half at any time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however, the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 55,000. Kmj.

car   Frame Rust problem 8
Failure Date: 03/10/2010

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the entire frame exhibited severe flaking rust, which separated in chunks. The corrosion became progressively worse over a period of time. The vehicle was inspected by an authorized dealer who stated that the frame rusted without any perforation. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000. Kmj.

car   Frame Rust problem 9
Failure Date: 09/13/2009

Frame rust.

car   Frame Rust problem 10
Failure Date: 07/15/2009

My 2004 Toyota Tundra double cab has an excessive amount of rust on the undercarriage. Because of this rust, the camber bolts cannot be removed to properly align the vehicle. I have been told that they will have to use heat to remove them, along with a lot of force, and in turn may do frame damage in the process. I have been quoted by my dealer $5,200 to fix the problem which initially started with a small shimmy in the steering wheel which grew into a big shimmy especially while towing. That quote does not include any possible charged from the body shop if damage to the frame should occur. I do not have $5,200 so I ended up with a new set of tires and half of an alignment because the camber bolts were not able to be removed. Here I am months later and my new tires are so bald on the front that I am actually seeing the tread showing through. I have always loved my Tundra, but all of this rust on the frame and undercarriage is very concerning regarding the longevity of my vehicle. I was told that Toyotas last forever. At this point I feel that my truck is dangerous to even drive but it is my only vehicle. I have owned and maintained many vehicles and never had rust issues like this, nor have I ever been faced with such a costly repair on a not so old vehicle. I am stuck in a bad place and just don't know where to go or what to do. I desperately need my truck. Without it I lose my source of transportation as well as my ability to earn a living. I just simply cannot afford. . . Meaning I just do not have this kind of money to bring my truck back to health. All of this stress and frustration is a result of this excessive rust. Included in the estimate is remove and replace camber bolts $1,957 --- steering rack boots 400. 00 alignment 90. 00---- driveshaft assembly $2,003---- rear u-joint $433. 00---- differential fluid $330. 00 it does not include any possible damage to the frame/body in their attempt to remove the camber bolts or another brand new set of tires.


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