So some of you may know that I'm on my second tundra. I had a 2008 dbl cab that I recently sold and a new 2009 Crewmax that I have now. BOTH have had major drive drive shaft problems. I will go into detail about what the problems are and what the dealer and toyota says.
First off the problems.
1. Clunking on hard stop and start.
These are the big problems. You see the drive shafts in these tundras have a joint which allows them to flex. This is where it clunks. Also these shafts are balanced. If they are not balanced you will get a vibration.
1. There is no problem with clunk.
2. I don't feel it.
3. Its normal
4. Your truck vin does not fall within the recall.
There was a recall for this very problem on the 07 model but that is where it stops. The drive shafts all the way up to 09 still do it but they have a vin range for replacement and hold you to it despite you problem being the SAME as the TSB diagnosis.
My 08 had the clunk. I took it to the dealer in Denver. They refused to acknowledge its existence. I fought with them. They said toyota won't pay for replacement. They agreed to take a shaft off a new truck on lot and replace mine with that one. (DIRTY). The clunk went away but then I had vibration. Dealer denies vibration. We argue, they throw me out of dealer.
I take it to another dealer. They deny the vibration.
I take it to Tire shop. They acknowledge vibration but can't figure out problem.
I take it to yet ANOTHER dealer in my area. THEY ACKNOWLEDGE the problem as bad drive shaft AGAIN and replace that one. Problem fixed.
Now I had a buy for my truck at this point so I sold it the day it was fixed. Yeah I know.
SO I pick up an 09 Crewmax. I needed the room and love the truck and figured 09 won't have problem. Didn't show up on test drive so cool. Week later start feeling drive shaft clunk in the worst way. Make appt with same dealer who fixed first one. New drive shaft going in Thursday. Great guy up there at Burt Toyota in Denver. We shall see if it gets fixed.
Now I don't have the TSB handy but maybe someone can post it. These drive shafts suck. It will make you feel like you are getting hit from the back when you stop.
Post your experieneces. We need to let toyota know that this needs to be fixed properly.
Toyota TSB about the problem: TSB-0115-08 link
1. Driveline "bump from behind feeling"
2. Tundrasolutions Thread
3. Small "Clunk" when accellerating from dead stop and ..........
4. Arbitration over drive train clunk
5. Notice to all 07' and 08' Tundra 4x4's