Prado recall

Submitted: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 23:17
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Just saw on Ten news Toyota are recalling Prado 96-99 models for a problem with rear axles.
Don't know any details i had a look on recalls.gov.au nothing there yet.

Athol
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 23:28

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 23:28
Can I be first to say OH WHAT A FEELING?

PS. nissan should have had the balls to do this with the bleep box.
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Follow Up By: Member - Happy Little Camper - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:25

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:25
Geez Nissan should never had attempted to make a 4by in the first place ...just tanks for the military....lol
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Follow Up By: Member - John R (NSW) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:51

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 08:51
Or huts for the military. Sorry, that's NissEn huts. Oops :-)
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 23:46

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 23:46
On the end of a 12 month count down to our Cape York trip. So far in the last few weeks, a total rebuild of the gearbox, pain in the arse and costly, now throw in a cyclone, apparently continuing rain and lack of open roads.

Waiting on more details but if I get a recall now I'll start to think that the universe is working against me and this trip!!

Sandy

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Follow Up By: Member - Athol (NSW, 2527) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 23:59

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 23:59
Steve, I hope all goes well and you still get your trip. The roads are going to need a bit of work up that way I'd say.

Athol
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:51

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:51
Rang my local Toyota dealer first thing this morning to find out more info, and organise getting mine done asap if it needs it!! Had enough problems already and with only 6 weeks and 2 days to the cape I want it out of the way!

I can now report I have notified Toyota Belconnen ACT that there is a possible recall on the way!!

Only good thing is the manager has my number with instructions that as soon as they hear anything call me and book me in!!!!

Steve
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 06:42

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 06:42
Is this what you are looking for ?

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Toyota to Recall 217,767 Prado Sport-Utilities to Repair Axles

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's biggest automaker,
said it will take back 217,767 Land Cruiser Prado sport-utility
vehicles in Japan and overseas to fix faulty rear axle shafts.

The recall, which starts tomorrow, affects vehicles built between
April 1996 and January 1999, Toyota said in a filing to Japan's
transport ministry today. As many as 107,767 units will be recalled in
Japan and 110,000 units will be taken back from Europe, China and
Australia, Toyota said.

The axle shafts, which are not reinforced, may cause tires to fall off
when they are driven on winding roads, Toyota said, without providing
financial details of the recall.

One accident was linked to the faulty drive shaft, the transport
ministry said, adding that the accident did not cause any injuries
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:04

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:04
I presume that the tyre "falling off" is also attached to the rim. That would be a good feeling while poking the Prado through the S's.

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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:15

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:15
So do we have a Prado Sports Utility here in Aust. Maybe it's their terminology but I seem to remember that a Utility is a open back vehicle with a tray type assembly fitted on the rear half of a vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:53

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 10:53
Utility means varied use?...... not only having an open back as we know it
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:35

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:35
In America (and now Australia) 4WDs are called SUVs

Mike
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 18:01

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 18:01
I'll always call my bus a 4WD cos it is. Stuff the yanks!!!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:58

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:58
me too

i havnt seen any adverts of late by dealers advertising SUV
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Reply By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 11:31

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 11:31
Spitting axles is ugly.
If you have a close look at the old photo at the bottom of this post you can see my mates CJ5 Jeep minus the left hand rear wheel. Not only is it minus the wheel but axle as well.
The photo is taken in the camping grounds at Coen about 20 years ago! We where on our way back down the Cape about I think 20 or 30 k's north of Coen when the whole back axle got spat out.
We tried a couple of different things to get it back, a log used as a skid under the axle was one of them.
Eventually we flipped the tongue over on my Hayman Reese towbar, dropped my mates towbar on top of that. Shoved the pin out of a bloody big shackle we happened to have with us throught the towball holes, nut on the bottom and the photo says the rest.

People where great, everyone stopped for a chat and to offer ideas. Only problem, everyone that stopped to think shoved a beer in our hands. That was even uglier than the wheel bearing. Good job we had four vehicles in the convoy.

We got it onto a truck in Coen for a trip to Cairns for repairs.

Big bun fight when we got home as my mate had paid to have the rear wheel bearings replaced before we left.

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:00

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:00
Great picture Geoff! Are you saying that you towed the Jeep to Coen using this method? - would have been interesting turning!

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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:16

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:16
Hi Beatit,
That's exactly what I'm saying.
I dont remember needing to make too many turns we couldn't plan ahead.
When we loaded the Jeep onto the truck we just reversed the rig. My mate fired the CJ5 up and drove onto the truck towing my Landcruiser. Once the bloke was happy with the load on his truck we just seperated them.

Got a heap more photo's of the antics at home. Another one of the mates was only bagging out on the pair of us on Saturday about the amount of beers we drank that afternoon. He went in to Coen to look for help and unload his vehicle. By the time he got back Pete and I where nearly useless!

Two blokes came along in a table top Landcruiser with the best refrigeration setup I've ever seen. A chest fridge and a chest freezer on the back with an electric start generator too. When one of the units thermostats required some cooling it'd fire up the gennie. If neither needed cooling the gennie would shut down. Very neat.

Funny trip that one!

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:24

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12:24
I am continually impressed by the ingenuity of the people on EO. That is just a great piece of bush recovery and probably wouldn't even enter the minds of most people. That must have been a top trip (maybe not so for your Jeep mate) but to be talking about that 20 years on shows just that. Today there would be people concerned about the weight on the towbar and the consequences to your insurance etc, back then people just got on with it. Bring back those days I say.

Thanks for sharing that story.

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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 17:33

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 17:33
Oh, what the heck, I'll say it....

"Oh, what a failing, Toyota"

Gives credence to the old comeback "I had one too, but the wheels fell off..."

"Three wheel drive, the Prado owners' four wheel drive."

"Don't you love a vehicle that comes with TWO spare wheels?"

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Give us your best line...............................
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Follow Up By: Member - Tim - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 22:45

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 22:45
Bugger!
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Follow Up By: nowimnumberone - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 18:13

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 18:13
does that mean with 3 wheels its not a real 4wd
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 20:09

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 20:09
G'day,

what do you drive GIO Vic Gary?
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Reply By: eerfree - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:32

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:32
Geoff M
Those vehicles in the photo look to be nicely balanced did you connect up a Weight Distribution Hitch as well!! LOL or maybe you can not remember, "hic"

eerfree
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 15:28

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 15:28
eerfree,
Yep, one fat bast..d in each vehicle!!
The Cruiser was overloaded before it started. The Jeep really made it drag its backside!!

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Reply By: hoyks - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:56

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:56
Land Cruiser Prado 95

Date: 17/05/2006

Supplier Name: Tpyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited

Product Make: Toyota

Product Model: Land Cruiser Prado 95

Target Number: 20,688

Model Years From: 1996 to 1999

Consequences:

Campaign Number: 6521D

VIN Range: All with WMI: JT7. VDS: 11UJ95, VIS: 00001007 - 00021922 and VDS: 11VJ95, VIS: 00001019 - 00053796.

Serial Range:

Product Info: Manufactured April 17, 1996 through January 6, 1999.

Defect Details: Due to insufficient strength of the rear axle shaft flange, a crack may develop at the neck of the flange if the vehicle is operated in certain driving conditions, such as repeated high speed driving on winding mountain roads. If the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, the crack may expand and in the worst case, the flange could fracture causing wheel seperation.

Consumer action: Contact your local dealer.

Market Coverage: National

Recall Coverage: National

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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 07:52

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 07:52
Toyota Australia will wait until they are confident they have enough replacement parts before they contactt owners in writing. This is what I was told by Pennant Hills Toyota yesterday.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 08:19

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 08:19
I was told the parts are on there way from Japan, that why the wait until 9 June for the letters to go out!

Sandy
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:09

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:09
G'day Sandy,

from lcool group...

" personally rang toyota Australia HQ as I gave up with the local dealer as
they didn’t have a clue at all.

They are sending out letters to every 96-99 prado owner that they have on
record on the 9th of June.

If you are not on their records as the current owner you can update your
info the recall hotline 1800 643 242 (free call). so you get a letter which
you *may* need to claim the repairs.

The letter will have a number which you can take to your local dealer to get
new axles fitted.

also call the above number for more info. Be nice to the poor girl, she says
shes been getting a phone call about it every 3 minutes"

kind regards,

Jeremy.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:41

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:41
geez, first if you break a shock, the front wheels fall off, now the backs go as well :-)))

On the bright side - owners will get new axle seals / bearings etc fitted for the cost of the new diff oil - sweet.
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Follow Up By: nowimnumberone - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 18:12

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 18:12
i doubt it they will do only what they have to.
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 18:38

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 18:38
Perhaps the people (I was getting a little irritated by) who were joyously criticising the quality of Australian made vehicles in another thread on this forum about one week ago would care to comment?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 16:46

Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 16:46
Mike,
You'll need hearing protection, the silence will deafen you!!

Geoff.
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