Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: You're going to burn through a lot of dinosaurs while chugging around town, and any rear passengers you may have to carry are going to feel real cramped, but at the end of the day this is a solid truck.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,000 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 102010


  • 123,000 miles


Column shifter overdrive on/off switch wire leads in 2004 Toyota Tundra fails or shorts out causing loss of control of overdrive setting on automatic transmission. This can cause downshifting at highway speed or your vehicle to not shift into overdrive causing poor fuel economy problem occurs after so many shift cycles of the column shifter from park to drive cause the wire leads to break from metal fatigue causing the failure or short in the switch my truck started this with about 123,000 miles on it. I found numerous posts on the web detailing the fix on this problem. Upon investigation I found the routing of the wires is causing the issue and you can see where Toyota has tried to tape the wires to give extra protection in a poor routing of the switch wires.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 152009


  • miles
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 Toyota 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 alignment 90.00---- driveshaft assembly $2,003---- rear U-joint $433---- differential fluid $330 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.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 252004

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving tracking device came on and off on its own. Vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. Consumer depressed brake pedal in order to stop. Then, consumer drove the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic informed consumer that the problem could not be duplicated.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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