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Common Toyota Tundra Problems You Might Find

Introduced in 1999, the Toyota Tundra has enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in the United States. This sturdy pickup truck offers ample cargo space and a relatively comfortable ride. Today, Tundras sold in the United States are manufactured in Texas.

However, there are some problems that show up across model years found in the Tundra. Drivers have reported a range of problems including rusting problems, engine problems and more. The sections below go over problems commonly found in specific model years for the Toyota Tundra.

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2006 Toyota Tundra Problems

The 2006 Toyota Tundra has a few inconvenient problems that you might encounter, as well as some downright serious ones.

rusted car sillsFor instance, the 2006 Toyota Tundra has a transmission problem that can be a hazard on the road. The shift solenoid might go bad, causing the vehicle to shift erratically, stop shifting or stop driving altogether. Luckily, replacing this part should cost under $400.

However, there is a more serious problem with the vehicle’s engine that can lead to unexpected acceleration. At least six car crashes have been linked to this issue, which has no obvious identified cause. This is a major safety hazard and requires close inspection from drivers.

Finally, the car has a problem with consistent undercarriage rust and peeling paint. The paint can be unattractive, but the rust can cause structural integrity. Some drivers have even reported parts falling out of place due to rust. If there’s frame damage, drivers may need to replace the vehicle entirely.

2007 Toyota Tundra Problems

Like the 2006 model, the 2007 Toyota Tundra has rust problems. This can be a major issue and lead to structural integrity.

Some drivers have success with getting assistance from Toyota. However, others are left to shoulder the cost of expensive repairs on their own. This model also has some vehicle speed control problems as well.

The 2007 model also has a problem with the air pumps in the fuel system. Poorly performing pumps negatively impact the engine’s performance. The cost of swapping out the pumps typically falls somewhere between $1,000 and $3,000. This can be an uncomfortably pricey repair.

In addition, the charcoal canister in the fuel system gets contaminated according to multiple reports. It can cost over $1,000 to replace the canister, and some drivers have needed to replace it multiple times.

2008 Toyota Tundra Problems

vehicle alternator with beltThe 2008 model has the same rusting and vehicle speed control problems reported in the previous two models. This was an ongoing problem for Toyota, who failed to address the issue for three years across models.

However, in addition, the 2008 Toyota Tundra has its own electrical problems for drivers to deal with. On the inconvenient side, a number of drivers have reported that the car radio doesn’t work well, if at all. Typically the easiest option is to replace the radio if desired.

On the more serious side, however, are problems with the starter and alternator. Drivers have reported problems with both. Some drivers have had to replace one or the other multiple times. Each replacement typically comes between $800 and $1000.

2011 Toyota Tundra Problems

The 2011 Toyota Tundra has steering problems related to failing racks and pinions. This can affect the power steering. Obvious signs of failure include difficulty turning the wheel or a grinding noise when you do turn it. Unfortunately, it can cost close to $3,000 to replace this part.

Unfortunately, the 2011 model also has an engine problem. It consumes oil excessively, requiring Tundra owners to replace their oil far more often than is necessary. Although individual oil changes aren’t very pricey, repeated refills can add up fast. If you fail to care for the engine, you could also cause serious internal damage.

Another recurring problem with the engine is air pump failure, as in the 2007 model. This continues to be a pricey and expensive problem. Some drivers may be concerned that a car’s engine has recurring problems before reaching 150,000 miles.

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2016 Toyota Tundra Problems

the car with the lights on goes in the fogAccording to ratings, the 2016 Toyota Tundra is a great and reliable vehicle. However, that doesn’t mean it’s immune to developing inconvenient problems that leave drivers frustrated and confused.

For instance, a few complaints have been filed regarding its electrical system. According to Tundra owners, the headlights may all go off at once while driving when using the turning signal. This has happened at night, leaving drivers at risk of a crash.

In addition, many drivers have reported that the 2016 Toyota Tundra has brake problems. Complaints indicate that the electronic brakes fail to apply when pulling something behind the vehicle, which leaves drivers at risk. The apparent cause has not yet been identified.

When It’s Time To Sell Your Damaged Car

Many car shops advise drivers to consider selling a car when fixing it costs more than 50 percent of its worth. If you have a major repair bill on your hands and your vehicle’s worth has plummeted, it’s time to call it quits.

There are plenty of places you can retire your vehicle for cash, depending on your goals and needs. For instance, you can:

  • Trade your car in to a dealership

  • Sell it to a junkyard or scrap yard

  • Sell it to a private individual

  • Sell it to an online car buyer

demolished cars in a junkyardIf you trade your Tundra into a dealership, you can put the trade-in value towards the purchase of a new car. This might be a good idea if you already know what car you want and need to get it fast. However, you might not get the best trade-in value on your car.

You can also sell your car to a junkyard or scrap yard, depending on what condition it’s in. This makes the most sense when your vehicle is in bad shape and requires expensive repairs. You’ll generally get the scrap metal value of your car as payment.

You could have success selling it for a good price by finding a private buyer. This requires listing your car and figuring out who is serious about their offer. You need to schedule a time for potential buyers to come view your car. If your Tundra isn’t running, you and the buyer must negotiate who will cover the cost of towing the car.

Generally the easiest and fastest way to sell your damaged vehicle for a fair market price is to go online. You can get quotes in a manner of minutes, and online car buyers typically include towing for free. However, not all online car buyers are equal. Learn why CarBrain stands out from the crowd.

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CarBrain offers are guaranteed for seven days. This gives you time to think it over before scheduling the sale. If you do accept your offer, we can help you schedule a pickup by phone, text or email. You don’t have to leave your house — you can complete the entire process online!

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How To Sell Your Car To CarBrain

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The tow truck driver will arrive with a check in hand. All you need to do is hand over the keys and the car title, and you’ll be paid on the spot — sale complete!

CarBrain is the smart choice for selling your damaged car. Get a quote today and find out what your car is worth fast.


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