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1998 Toyota Tacoma wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 012000

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Was experiencing vibration in the front end of the truck. Took truck to dealer and they looked at it. They said that the reason for the vibration was the tires were out of round and that the "left outer wheel bushin" that is associated with the rack was excessively worn. They estimated that it would be $1300 to replace the entire rack since Toyota does not sell the individual bushing, nor does it have a procedure to replace the bushing if an after market one is available. The truck was under warranty at the time but Toyota quality care denied the claim because the bushing wear was deemed "noraml wear and tear". because I would ahve to pay for the cost the dealer said that I should be able to drive with the rack the way it is "for awhile??!"

- Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #18

Jan 272002

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
First blowout, August 1998, tire blew out when traveling down road. Tire taken to Firestone and received new tire at a cost of $20. Second blowout occurred onjanuary 27, 2002, while traveling at approximately 55 mph. Tread separated from tire as if it were a recapped tire!! will keep tire. Do not wish to have it replaced with another Firestone tire. (dot number: W2hhawa157 tiresize: P225/75R15)

- Fulton, MO, USA

problem #17

Dec 102001

(reported on)

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
Rear left tire separated while on the highway. The side of the tire came off. (tiresize: P265/75R15)

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #16

Nov 012001

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The tire developed a blister on the sidewall. I changed the tire, I was driving to the Firestone dealer when the tire exploded in the bed of my truck. I have digital photos if you would like to see the damage. Hmv. (dot number: W29vawi497 tiresize: P235/75R15)

- Kula, HI, USA

problem #15

Mar 012001

Tacoma

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 70mph on highway and tire was making a bumping noise outside of vehicle. She drove vehicle home and parked it and air came out of tire. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Deming, NM, USA

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problem #14

Apr 192001

Tacoma

  • miles
I bought a Tacoma pick up a couple of years ago. I recently found that one side of my front right tire was extremely damaged down to the steel belts. I took it in to a tire shop and they said I had a very light truck and because I am usually the only passenger the tire worn unevenly. Having one person on one side of the truck all the time did this damage. I had to pay for an alignment (adjusted for one passenger), and a new tire. Why wasn't I told of this" why isn't the truck built to handle this? I'm sure I'm not the only person driving by myself all the time. Is there anyway I can get reimburse for this. My dealer said I wasn't covered for this. Shouldn't there be a national recall or notice to customers about this" I could have blown a tire and crashed. Please give me some answers to this.

- Battle Ground, WA, USA

problem #13

May 072000

Tacoma

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving around a curve the left front Firestone wilderness tire blewout, driver lost control of the vehicle but was not hurt.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #12

May 011998

Tacoma

  • miles
Entire truck vibrates starting at 55 mph and the tires are unable to be balanced properly. Please investigate and recall these tires because they are a hazard to drive. I always inflate the tires to the manufacturers recommendation. Toyota referred me to Firestone and they said my tires are not part of the recall, even though tires can't be balanced properly.( dot number: W2hyama487 tire size: P215/70R14 )

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 202000

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
Right-front tire: One block of tread is about 1/4 inch higher than rest. Produces 'whomp - whomp' noise when driven. Two rear tires are worn out in center part of treads as though driven over-inflated. Not true. Straight edge laid across shows heavy wear in center. Tread expansion at speed"? this size and Toyota not mentioned in recall. Are you checking"( dot number: W2hhawa417 tire size: P225/75R15 )

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #10

Apr 012000

Tacoma

  • miles
I have had two blowout with my tires on my pick up truck. One tire the tread came off and the other tire was warn from the inside out. If you have any questions about my questionaire please call me at my home number. Thank you jana burns.( dot number: W2hy tire size: P215/70R14 )

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012000

Tacoma

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had two blowout with my tires on my pick up truck. One tire the tread came off and the other tire was warn from the inside out. If you have any questions about my questionaire please call me at my home number. Thank you jana burns.( dot number: W2hy tire size: P215/70R14 )

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 202000

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
Right-front tire: One block of tread is about 1/4 inch higher than rest. Produces 'whomp - whomp' noise when driven. Two rear tires are worn out in center part of treads as though driven over-inflated. Not true. Straight edge laid across shows heavy wear in center. Tread expansion at speed"? this size and Toyota not mentioned in recall. Are you checking"( dot number: W2hhawa417 tire size: P225/75R15 )

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 022000

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
The right front tire on the inside tire wall had a separation on it causing it to deflate. The vehicle had not been driven and there were no signs of foul play. I have put on the spare which is the same brand and type as the others on the vehicle.( dot number: 102S tire size: P225/75R15 )

- Ft. Myers Bch., FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 312000

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
Tire blew-out on interstate la 165. Was traveling approx. 65 mph. There was no prior indication that something maybe going wrong with tire. Tire had approx 40 psi air pressure. Truck was not carrying any load.( dot number: W29V awi tire size: P265/75/15 )

- Tioga, LA, USA

problem #5

Sep 062000

(reported on)

Tacoma

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE-00-020; tire size 215/70R14, dot # 21570R14awa with 8052 miles, original equipment on Toyota Tacoma. Consumer was driving at approximately 20-25mph when he heard a loud noise, noticed that left rear tire had exploded. Consumer pulled over to change tire. Took tire to tire shop, and was told tire just exploded, and cause was unknown. The customer paid and replaced all 4 tires. Firestone was willing to pay 60% only for one tire.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 302000

Tacoma

  • miles
I was traveling South on interstate 35 in fort worth when my front left tire suddenly blew out. After putting on the spare, I examined the faulty tire and found that the entire side wall had blown out, 360 degrees around. The tire still had sufficient tread. I took it to three tire dealers, and they all agreed it was not a standard blow out and was caused by a defective tire. There were no road hazards and I was traveling in fairly heavy traffic, but I was able to come to a stop and make it to the shoulder. After hearing of the problems and injuries/fatalaties that had been associated with this particular type of tire, I decided to replace all four rather than take any chances with my safety. The total cost to replace the four tires totaled just under $600. Furthermore, I've inquired about replacing the wheel as it too was damaged. The cost on that is $368 from the Toyota dealer.( dot number: Tire size: 265 75R 15 )

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 252000

Tacoma

  • miles
This tire separated and blew out, exactly the same as the problem described for the P235 tire which has been recalled. Please look into whether these tires should also be recalled. Firestone has contended that they are not defective and will not replace them.( dot number: 42hh awa tire size: P225 75R15 )

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #2

Aug 012000

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
While traveling on the Massachusetts turnpike, the sidewall on the right rear tire ripped apart seperating the tire.( dot number: Tire size: 225/75/R15 )

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Tacoma

  • miles
Balding tires. Dotp19575R14goodyear "invicta."

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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