Toyota Tacoma Catalytic Converter Rattle Warranty Extension
Toyota’s Tacoma issues don’t seem to dampen enthusiasm for the truck, and sales for sure are unaffected. The latest problem is a rattling catalytic converter. The front catalytic converter’s guts might deteriorate and start to rattle causing a distinctive sound (listen to the video courtesy of Toyo Headquarters).
Toyota is not calling this a recall since the vehicles affected are still close to, or under the warranty. The “Special Service Campaign” affects 2010 to 2014 models. The engine coinciding with the recall is the 2TR-FE 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine. Toyota says this non-recall recall is actually a “warranty enhancement.” Be careful typing that into your search engine, though, or you will be bombarded with some other “enhancement” advertisements all over your web pages.
The problem could result in a loss of power and that the check engine light may illuminate. Toyota says it has developed a new part that does not have the same defect. Toyota will replace/repair the problem at no cost to owners. To check and see if your Tacoma is included in the 170,000 affected vehicles, click this link which is Toyota’s official “Lookup Safety Recalls & Service Campaigns by VIN” page.
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