Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tundra Frame and Suspension Design

• Design strategy behind the Tundra frame and suspension
• Features and construction elements of Tundra chassis
• Benefits of Toyota's sophisticated engineering

A pickup truck's frame and suspension designs are key indicators of a vehicle's strength and poise. Chassis dynamics are often more complicated for pickups because of the extraordinary demands of hauling heavy loads and possible off-road use while still meeting Toyota's rigorous safety standards set for the entire lineup. The trend toward larger cabs also means the truck must provide a comfortable ride for the passengers.

The ladder frame is the truck's backbone, and although simple in appearance, its function is too complex to be narrowed down to a single approach. The competition brags that the frames on their ½-pickups are all fully boxed, which provides more "stiffness." But stiffness does not equate to strength. Frame strength is a combination of factors, including crossmember design and manufacturing choices. Toyota considered many factors when engineering the TripleTech™ frame.

TripleTech™ Engineering
A single method of frame construction isn't necessarily the best solution when designing a truck because some priorities may be compromised. Toyota's approach capitalizes on the benefits of three proven construction methods to deliver a frame that offers load-carrying capability, crash performance and ride quality. Here's how:
• The front section is fully boxed to support the engine weight. A robust front end also offers impact protection and provides solid mounting points for the steering and suspension components. This, in turn, improves handling response and steering precision.
• The middle section under the cab is a rolled-lip C-channel reinforced with heavy gauge steel. This design is lighter than fully boxed but still offers impact protection.
• The rear section under the bed is open C-channel—the same design used on most heavy-duty pickups for the entire frame. The open design offers a small measure of compliance under heavy load to help absorb road impacts before reaching the passenger cab.

Tundra suspension design
Toyota relies on refined proven and cost-efficient designs for the front and rear suspensions.
• Front is independent, double-wishbone with coil-over shocks. This arrangement provides consistent linear spring action when compared to some competitive models that mount the coil spring and shock absorber separately to the lower control arm.
• Rear is a traditional leaf-spring/live-axle arrangement. Leaf springs locate the axle and help control body sway. Trucks with a coil-spring rear suspension require an anti-sway bar. Toyota engineers also mounted the leaf springs in a "trapezoidal" pattern, meaning the front mounting points are wider than the rear shackles. This "towed out" design is very effective at reducing lateral axle movement and helps improve tracking when towing.
• Rear suspension features staggered shock absorbers to help reduce wheel hop under hard acceleration

If you liked this article you may enjoy this one too! http://jimmcnatttoyota.blogspot.com/2008/12/tundra-tripletech-frame-explained.html

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Latest News Toyota Recall - letter to dealers

To: All Toyota Dealer Principals, Service Managers, Parts Managers

Subject: Safety Recall (Special Service Campaign) – A0A

Accelerator Pedal Modification Campaign

Vehicles Equipped with Accelerator Pedals Manufactured by CTS Corporation

On January 21, 2010, Toyota filed a Defect Information Report (DIR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informing the agency of our intent to conduct a voluntary Safety Recall on vehicles equipped with certain accelerator pedal assemblies manufactured by the CTS Corporation (CTS accelerator pedals). This action is separate from the on-going recall (SSC 90L) of approximately 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats.


There is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Over time, the internal mechanisms in the accelerator pedal may become worn. As a result of this wear combined with certain operating and environmental conditions, friction in the mechanism may increase and intermittently result in the accelerator pedal being hard to depress and/or slow
to return or, in the worst case, stick in a partially open position, increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota dealers are requested to install precision-cut steel reinforcement bar (“reinforcement bar”) that will increase the clearance in between the internal mechanisms in the pedal assembly. This increased clearance will reduce the friction caused by wear and environmental conditions and allow the pedal to operate smoothly for the life of the vehicle. The safety recall remedy will be performed at no charge to the vehicle owner.

(Affected Pedals)
• The name of the manufacturer is printed (Denso) or embossed (CTS) on the upper sensor housing on the brake pedal side.
• This safety campaign addresses the potential for a CTS accelerator pedal to mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position.
• This condition is separate from the (DIR) filed in early October, 2009, in reference to the potential for an incorrect or improperly installed floor mat to interfere with the accelerator pedal.

The following vital information is provided to inform you and your staff of the owner notification phase of the campaign and your degree of involvement.

SSC A0A - D - Page 2
1. Owner Notification Mailing Date
The owner notification will begin in late February, 2010.
Please note that only owners of the affected vehicles will be notified. If you are contacted by an owner who has not yet received a notification, please verify eligibility by confirming through Dealer Daily/TIS prior to performing repairs. Dealers should perform the repair as outlined in the Technical Instructions found on TIS.

2. Vehicles in Dealer Stock
As required by Federal law, dealers are not to deliver any new vehicles in their inventory, which are involved in this safety recall. Dealers must perform the safety recall on all new vehicles in stock prior to sale or lease. Vehicle safety recall completion can be verified through TIS.
In order to assure established customers receive priority for the safety recall, we request that this campaign remedy be performed on in-stock vehicles just prior to vehicle delivery where possible.
A VIN list containing vehicles in dealer stock will be provided shortly.

3. Dealer Summary Reports
The following SSC A0A Summary Reports will be provided shortly:
• The suggested initial parts order quantities
• A VIN list containing vehicles in dealer stock
• Dealer Reports will no longer contain a PMA VIN list. However, they will contain the number of involved vehicles registered in each dealership’s primary marketing area and initial suggested parts order quantities, where applicable.

4. Number of Vehicles Involved
There are approximately 2.23 million vehicles equipped with a CTS pedal in the U.S.
5. Parts Ordering
The necessary parts can be ordered through your dealership’s facing PDC. Please refer to the table below and the Technical Instructions (located on TIS) for part number information.
To support the repair of customer vehicles the North American Parts Operation (NAPO) will initially allocate reinforcement bars to all Toyota dealerships from their facing parts distribution centers (PDC) starting February 3, 2010. All part numbers will be on manual allocation until further notice.
The initial quantities were determined based on the following:
• Size estimation required for the repair – Low/Medium/ High.
• Dealership’s estimated UIO by affected model.
Each dealership will be sent a minimum of one 10 piece bag for each of the reinforcement bar part numbers.
Any questions, request or concerns regarding the parameters established above should be
directed to your regional representative.
Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar Model Part Number Part Name and Size Repair Volume
Estimate By Size
78112-07010* Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar
Size: 1.4 mm Low
78112-07020* Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar
Size: 1.6 mm Low
78112-07030* Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar
Size: 1.8 mm High
78112-07040* Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar
Size: 2.0 mm High
78112-07050* Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar
Size: 2.3 mm High
78112-07060* Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar
Size: 2.6 mm Medium
78112-07070* Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar
Size: 2.9 mm Medium
* One unit order = 10 piece bag.
NOTE: To determine the correct size of accelerator pedal reinforcement bar needed, refer to the Technical Instructions located on TIS.
To help ensure correct parts distribution, all part numbers listed above will be on manual allocation control (MAC) until further notice.
NAPO will place and release orders for the initial quantities to be allocated to each dealer over the first two weeks of the campaign (subject to change), and will cancel dealer initiated orders during this period.
If there are special circumstances, dealership associates should go through their normal channels for resolution (e.g. PDC, Dealer Parts Call Center for TMS Region Dealers, DSPMs).
The associate should have the following information ready to expedite research of the order status:
1. Dealer Information (Dealer Code, Contact Name, Telephone Number)
2. Order Reference Number
3. Customer Name and Vehicle 17-digit VIN (if applicable)
SSC A0A - D – Page 7
(Parts Ordering Continued. . . )
Effective March 1, 2009, Safety Recall, Service Campaign (SSC/LSC) and Customer Support Program (CSP)
parts do not earn Parts Return Credit Accrual and are not returnable under the Monthly Return Program.
It is recommended that you order these parts based on appointments or immediate customer needs using a
"Sell One-Buy One" ordering pattern. Please refer to PANT Bulletin 09-12 for additional details.
In the event the accelerator link arm support cover (thin metal cover on the back of the accelerator pedal) is damaged during the repair, please utilize the part number listed below.
7. Repair Procedures Refer to TIS for the appropriate Technical Instructions. Conduct all applicable, open Special Service Campaigns on the vehicle during the time of appointment.
8. Warranty Processor Instructions
Please note the following for this campaign:
The operation codes to be used for this campaign are:
SSC Op. Code Description Flat Rate Hour
A0A 0501B1 Install the Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar 0.7 hr / vehicles
A0A 0501B2 Install the Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar in
conjunction with SSC 90L 0.4 hr / vehicles
• The above flat rate time includes 0.1 hour for administrative cost per unit.
• Rental Car: Use "RT" sublet type for Op. Code 0501B1 and 0501B2. Customer rental car through the Toyota-Rent-A-Car (TRAC) Program is available for a maximum of one day at a maximum rate of $35 per day. Special accommodations, not outlined above require DSPM authorization.
• Claims made for Op Code 0501B1 or 0501B2 must be filled in with accurate part numbers
(according to reinforcement bar thickness).
Model Part Number Part Name Qty/Unit
All Applicable Models 78211-07010 Accelerator Link Arm Support Cover 1
SSC A0A - D – Page 8
9. Customer Handling
Please consider this campaign a great opportunity to focus on assuring customers that their safety remains Toyota’s highest priority. Customers who receive the owner letter may contact your dealership with questions regarding the letter and/or campaign remedy. Please welcome them to your dealership and answer any questions that they may have. A Q&A is provided to assure a consistent message is communicated.
• Customers with additional questions or concerns are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1-888-270-9371).
• If an owner has previously paid for their vehicle’s accelerator pedal and/or floor surface to be
modified to address this specific condition, they are requested to mail a copy of the repair order, proof-of-payment, and proof-of-ownership to the following address for reimbursement consideration Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc
Toyota Customer Experience Center, WC10
19001 South Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90509
7. Media Contacts
For News media inquiries only:
Due to the nature of this Safety Campaign, it is imperative that all media contacts (local and national) receive a consistent message. In this regard, all media contacts must be directed to Brian Lyons (310) 468-2552, John Hanson (310) 468-4718, in Corporate Communications. (Please do not provide these numbers to customers or direct dealership associates to call).
Please review this entire package with your Service and Parts staff to familiarize them with the proper step-by-step procedures required to implement this Special Service Campaign.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Safety Recall A0A - (MODEL) Vehicles
Accelerator Pedal Reinforcement Bar Installation

Sample letter to be mailed to Toyota customers:

Dear Toyota Customer:
This notice is being sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Toyota has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in (MY) model year (Model) vehicles.
What is the condition?
There is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Over time, the internal mechanisms in the accelerator pedal may become worn. As a result of this wear combined with certain operating and environmental conditions, friction in the mechanism may increase and intermittently result in the accelerator pedal being hard to depress and/or slow to return
or, in the worst case, stick in a partially open position, increasing the risk of a crash.
What will Toyota do?
Any authorized Toyota dealer will install a precision-cut steel reinforcement bar into the accelerator pedal assembly, which will increase the clearance in between the internal mechanisms in the accelerator pedal assembly. This increased clearance will reduce the friction caused by wear and environmental conditions and allow the pedal to operate smoothly for the life of the vehicle. The safety recall remedy will be performed at no charge to the vehicle
What should you do?
This is an important Safety Recall Please contact your authorized Toyota dealer to install the precision-cut steel reinforcement bar into the accelerator pedal assembly as soon as possible. The installation will take approximately 30 minutes. However, depending upon the dealer’s work schedule and the inspection results, it may be necessary for you to make your
vehicle available for a longer period of time.
We request that you present this notice to the dealer at the time of your service appointment.
If you would like to update your vehicle ownership or contact information, please go to
www.toyota.com/ownersupdate. You will need your full 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to input the new information.
What if you have other questions?
Your local Toyota dealer will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and set up an appointment to perform this important Safety Recall. If you require further assistance, you may contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-888-270-9371 Monday through Friday, 5:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am through 4:00
pm Pacific Time.
If you believe that the dealer or Toyota has failed or is unable to remedy the defect within a reasonable time, you may submit a complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E., Washington, DC 20590 or call the toll free Vehicle Safety Hot Line at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153),
or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
What if you have previously paid for your vehicle’s accelerator pedal to be replaced to address the specific condition described above?
If you have previously paid for your vehicle’s accelerator pedal to be replaced to address the specific condition described above, please mail a copy of your repair order, proof-of-payment, and proof-of-ownership to the following address for reimbursement consideration:
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc, Toyota Customer Experience, WC10
19001 South Western Avenue, Torrance, CA 90509
If you are a vehicle lessor, Federal law requires that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within ten days.
We have sent this notice in the interest of your continued satisfaction with our products and we sincerely regret any inconvenience this condition may have caused you.
Thank you for driving a Toyota.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Toyota Safety Recall Information

Please read carefully:

Toyota announced 1/26/10 a temporary stop sale on most vehicles that it builds in the United States. This is what I know as of 1/27/2010. I spoke with our district manager last night. There are two manufacturers for the accelerator pedals that Toyota uses, Denso and CTS. I believe that Denso produces the pedals for Lexus and the Japanese built Toyotas as well as all Scions, and CTS produces most of the pedals for the vehicles produced here. The vehicles with the CTS pedal are the ones affected.

The included vehicles are: Toyota, Avalon, Corporate, Camry (some), Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, RAV4, Sequoia, Tundra.

If you own one of these cars, you are not affected: All Lexus or Scion, also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Highlander hybrids and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids, which will remain for sale.

This is not the same recall that requires shortening the accelerator pedal so that it does not come in contact with the floor mat! Unfortunately the 911 call from a related incident has been incorrectly re-played by some of the media. It is unfortunate and also incorrect.

Jim McNatt Toyota joined a conference call held by Toyota officials for Gulf State Toyota dealers,and during the question and answer period it was asked if anyone had any vehicle in service or heard of any issue with a sticking pedal and not one dealer had or even heard of one. I believe the problem is that the pedals may become sticky over time and I have seen my share of 300,000 plus mile Toyota's since I began here in ’05. Toyota is an ultra conservative company, that is why the stopped sale on the effected cars. I also, believe this is the main reason they have the excellent reputation for quality.

As posted in my previous blogs, I used to bleed Ford blue. I had a big chip on my shoulder back in '05 when I started here about what I believed as "So Called Toyota Quality". As I stated, I have seen more than my share of 300,000 mile Toyota's. I now believe them to be the best car manufacturer provide the best quality, long lasting vehicles that my precious money can buy. My chip is long gone.

Here is the fix: Denso is ramping up production and will begin producing enough pedals to change out all of the CTS pedals in as little as 14 days.

If you are experiencing a sticky pedal: Call our service department (888-285-2372) so an appointment can be scheduled. Although extremely rare, for those experiencing a sticky pedal, transportation will be provided to you and no cost. The symptoms may present as such: The condition does not occur suddenly. It can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.

You may call the Toyota Cares hotline at 800-331-4331 between the hours of 5am to 6pm Mon-Fri and Sat 7am to 4pm. Click www.toyota.com for latest details.

Update 1/28/10 Statement from Toyota on Supplier CTS

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) has been working closely with supplier CTS on a revised design that effectively remedies the problem associated with accelerator pedals. Pedals featuring the revised design are now in full production at CTS to support Toyota’s needs. Meanwhile, we are also working with them to test effective modifications to existing pedals in the field that will be rolled out as quickly as possible.

“We commend CTS for working diligently and collaboratively to find a solution to the potential problem and in developing a new design,” said Chris Nielsen, TEMA’s Vice President of Purchasing. “CTS is a long-term and valued supplier to us.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tips to improve gas mileage

1gaspump So I’m watching Brink the other day on the Science Channel (I know that I just achieved Goober status, but someone has to watch this stuff!) and there was a report on ways to maximize your car’s fuel economy. The guys they interviewed had taken a car that got great mileage already at 30 MPG and improved it to 37 MPG. That's over a 20% increase.

I know that gas is on the cheap now compared to last summer’s high of over four dollars per gallon. I also believe that the price will go back up with the summer driving season. I am paid on a commission basis and because of the struggling economy; my pay has gone down with it. That means two dollar per gallon gasoline is like four dollar per gallon to me! I have to think about stretching dollars now more than ever. I don’t think that I am the only one.

Back to saving YOU money… These guys did off the wall things to improve mileage, like removing the outside mirrors and installing “moon” wheel covers to reduce drag. I am not advocating this, and the fuel mileage improvements from those two items were minor. What was surprising, is that they reported a three mile per gallon improvement just by switching to synthetic oil. I will use synthetic only from now on. The main reason synthetic oil improves mileage is because it reduces friction. It doesn’t take much to connect the dots here; if it reduces friction then it stands to reason that it will substantially reduce wear as well. That is why Toyota’s new 2.7 liter 4 cylinder engines require only full synthetic oil. Synthetic oil is a little more expensive than conventional but has extended change intervals.

Another recommendation was window tinting. They estimate that the average car air-conditioning compressors require about six horsepower to run. Installing window tint help keeps the interior cooler and reduces the draw on that six horsepower robbing compressor!

Making sure your tires are properly inflated will also maximize fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance. This doesn’t add to your fuel mileage but most likely your tires are under inflated and that definitely hurts your gas mileage! It substantially decreases tire life too. Keep your tires properly inflated!!!

It’s no coincidence that the things needed to maximize fuel economy also makes your car last longer. Making your car last longer with a small dollar and time investment and getting a return in lower gas bills… Sounds like a no-brainer!

Toyota Announces Details of Remedy to Address Potential Accelerator Pedal Entrapment

Torrance, Calif., November 25, 2009 - - Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced today details of the vehicle-based remedy to address the root cause of the potential risk for floor mat entrapment of accelerator pedals in certain Toyota and Lexus models. Toyota issued a consumer safety advisory on September 29 on this issue and has, as an interim measure, commenced the mailing of safety notices to certain Toyota and Lexus owners on October 30.

The models involved are: 2007 to 2010 MY (model year) Camry, 2005 to 2010 MY Avalon, 2004 to 2009 MY Prius, 2005 to 2010 MY Tacoma, 2007 to 2010 MY Tundra, 2007 to 2010 MY ES350, 2006 to 2010 MY IS250, and 2006 to 2010 MY IS 350.

The specific measures of the vehicle-based remedy are as follows:

1. The shape of the accelerator pedal will be reconfigured to address the risk of floor mat entrapment, even when an older-design all-weather floor mat or other inappropriate floor mat is improperly attached, or is placed on top of another floor mat. For the ES350, Camry, and Avalon models involved, the shape of the floor surface underneath will also be reconfigured to increase the space between the accelerator pedal and the floor.

2. Vehicles with any genuine Toyota or Lexus accessory all-weather floor mat will be provided with newly-designed replacement driver- and front passenger-side all-weather floor mats.

In addition, as a separate measure independent of the vehicle-based remedy, Toyota will install a brake override system onto the involved Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES 350, IS350 and IS 250 models as an extra measure of confidence. This system cuts engine power in case of simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedals.

Toyota is in the process of completing development of these actions and for the ES350, Camry, and Avalon will start notifying owners of the involved vehicles via first-class mail by the end of this year. The remedy process regarding the other five models will occur on a rolling schedule during 2010.

Dealers will be trained and equipped to make the necessary modifications to these models starting at the beginning of 2010. Initially, dealers will be instructed on how to reshape the accelerator pedal for the repair. As replacement parts with the same shape as the modified pedal become available, they will be made available to dealers for the repair, beginning around April 2010. Customers who have had the remedy completed will have the opportunity to receive a new pedal if they desire.

In the meantime, owners of the involved vehicles are asked to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and not replace it with any other floor mat until they are notified of the vehicle-based remedy, as notified in the consumer safety advisory and the interim notice.

The brake override system will be made standard equipment throughout the Toyota and Lexus product lines starting with January 2010 production of ES350 and Camry and is scheduled to be incorporated into new production of most models by the end of 2010.

The safety of our owners and the public is our utmost concern and Toyota has and will continue to thoroughly investigate and take appropriate measures to address any defect trends that are identified.

Owners who have further questions are asked to visit www.toyota.com or www.lexus.com or contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Assistance at 1-800-255-3987.

Toyota Floor Mat Recall

Toyota/Lexus Consumer Safety Advisory: Potential Floor Mat Interference with Accelerator Pedal
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. takes public safety very seriously. It believes its vehicles to be among the safest on the road today.

Recent events have prompted Toyota to take a closer look at the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position due to an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat. A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.

Toyota considers this a critical matter and will soon launch a safety campaign on specific Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Throughout the process of developing the details of the action plan, it will advise the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Until Toyota develops a remedy, it is asking owners of specific Toyota and Lexus models to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and NOT replace it with any other floor mat. The following models are affected:

• 2007 – 2010 Camry
• 2005 – 2010 Avalon
• 2004 – 2009 Prius
• 2005 – 2010 Tacoma
• 2007 – 2010 Tundra
• 2007 – 2010 ES350
• 2006 – 2010 IS250 and IS350

Should the vehicle continue to accelerate rapidly after releasing the accelerator pedal, this could be an indication of floor mat interference. If this occurs, Toyota recommends the driver take the following actions:

First, if it is possible and safe to do so, pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.

If the floor mat cannot be dislodged, then firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do NOT pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.

Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.

If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF, or to ACC. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.

-If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.

-If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.

In the event owners choose not to remove their floor mat, Toyota strongly recommends that they ensure that the correct floor mat is being used, that it is properly installed and secured, that it is not flipped over with bottom-side up, and that one floor mat is not stacked over another. Information on proper floor mat installation can be found on http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.

Owners with questions or concerns, are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1 800 331-4331) or Lexus Customer Assistance Center (1 800 255¬3987), or consult the information posted at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.

September 29, 2009


- click here for Toyota & Lexus Carpeted/All-Weather Floor Mat Inspection, Application & Installation Instructions

- click here for Toyota Carpet Floor Mat Application Information Chart

- click here for Lexus Carpet Floor Matt Application Information Chart

- click here for Toyota All Weather Floor Mat Quick Reference Chart

- click here for Lexus All Weather Floor Mat Quick Reference Chart

2010 CrewMax Tundra Grade vs. 2010 Chevrolet 1500 Crew Cab LS

When you think of crew cabs, you think of a truck that's built for hard work, yet comfortable enough to take care of the "crew." Let's take a look at how the CrewMax Tundra Grade compares with the Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LS. Both are base, economical trims geared toward work.

Size matters when the crew is big

• Tundra offers 5.5 inches more leg room and 1.5 inches more shoulder room
• Besides stretching their legs, rear-seat passengers can relax with the reclining seat back
• Chevy rear seat doesn't recline; bottom cushion flips up to expand storage room
• Tundra CrewMax rear seat folds down to provide work surface and create more storage room
• Tundra CrewMax offers standard 13.9-inch front disc brakes, 13.6-inch rear disc brakes; Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LS comes with 13.0-inch front disc brakes and 11.6-inch rear drum brakes.

More engine power

• Chevy brags about 6.0-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines in Silverado, but neither is available for the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab in LS or WT trim
• Tundra CrewMax has available 5.7-liter V8 with 380 horsepower, 401 lb-ft peak torque
• Standard on CrewMax Tundra Grade is 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower, 327 lb-ft torque
• Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LS offers only 4.8-liter V8 with 302 horsepower, 305 lb-ft torque
• Chevy Crew Cab LS customers must switch down to the WT trim or pay more for the LT trim to find a bigger engine. The optional 5.3-liter V8 has 315 horsepower and 338 lb-ft torque, but it still doesn't compete with the Tundra's 5.7-liter i-Force V8

More towing power

• Tundra Grade CrewMax with 5.7-liter V8 and factory tow package has a max tow rating1 of 10,400 pounds (4x2) or 10,100 pounds (4x4)
• Tundra Grade CrewMax with 4.6-liter V8 and factory tow package has a max tow rating of 7,000 pounds (4x2) or 6,700 pounds (4x4)
• Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LS with 4.8-liter V8 (remember, that's all that's available in the LS trim) has a max tow rating of 6,700 pounds (4x2) or 5,400 pounds (4x4)

More convenience

• Tundra CrewMax comes standard with power vertical sliding rear window; offered only as an option on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab upper trim levels, not WT or LS
• Tundra CrewMax offers standard easy-up/easy-down tailgate; EZ Lift tailgate offered only as an option on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab upper trim levels, not WT or LS
• Tundra CrewMax offers available DVD navigation system; navigation not available on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LS or WT