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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,300 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Toyota Tundra wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 302015


  • 125,500 miles


I was driving down a somewhat busy 2-lane road last week, going approximately 40mph on my way to work in the morning. I heard and felt a loud thud, and looked in my rearview mirror and saw a tire in the road behind me and the cars behind me were swerving to avoid it. I thought I might have driven over the tire, and wondered how I didn't notice it in the road. When I came to the stoplight at the next intersection a little ways down the road, the car that had been driving directly behind me pulled up beside me, and the driver told me it was my spare tire that had fallen down from the bottom of my truck that was now sitting in the road back there. Luckily, no one had been injured, and all the cars had been able to avoid hitting it. After retrieving my tire from the middle of the road, I noticed the metal part of the spare tire hoist that holds the tire to the lift cable sitting a few feet away in the road. That metal piece was covered in rust, and the middle part of it was completely gone, having given way when the tire fell off. I did a quick search online, and there are countless reports of other Tundra and Tacoma owners experiencing the same problem. My Tundra used to be operated in the northeast by a previous owner, and was part of the frame recall earlier this year for higher than normal rust corrosion on the frame. It warranted a complete frame replacement that was completed in July 2015. Not sure why this part was not included in that replacement, since it was certainly corroded as well! thankfully, no one driving behind me when the tire fell off had been injured by hitting the tire, but imagine if one of those drivers had not been fully awake that morning!

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 042014

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Spare tire assembly has excessive corrosion. Spare tire could fall from vehicle while traveling. The Tundra frames are under recall for rust, this assembly is included with the new frames. My truck frame is in good condition and does not need to be replaced. The only area of my truck with rust is the spare tire assembly but Toyota refuses to replace it. How can this be part of the replacement package if my entire frame was rusty, but not if it is the only area with rust ? sure seems like a safety issue to me.

- Brewer, ME, USA

problem #3

Aug 012013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Massive generalized rust under vehicle. This is affecting the frame, suspension, all lines, exhaust, all metal fittings, wheels, brakes, spare tire. My mechanic does not know how to proceed and suggested we no longer drive this vehicle. Toyota dealer said this is not included in the rust recall which is in effect for Tundra trucks exactly like this one, but off by a couple months by manufacturing date. Our Toyota dealer did not have a suggestion or answer for how to fix this, other than to ask if we were interested in buying a new car. We bought this truck new and have taken excellent care of it. The inside and upper body looks new.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, there was a squeaking noise coming from the right front wheel well area. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who was unable to determine the cause of the squeaking noise. Afterwards, while driving 15 mph on a driveway, the right front wheel separated from the vehicle without warning. The contact maneuvered the vehicle to side of the road without further incident. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to await further inspection. The manufacturer was alerted.

- South Royalton, VT, USA

problem #1

Feb 222005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle started vibrating uncontrollably without warning and a loud noise followed. Afterwards. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and pulled over. Driver noticed that right side wheel sheared off. Driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Alton, OH, USA

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