Toyota Tundra Problems and Common Complaints

With legendary truck quality, excellent resale value, and solid all-around capabilities, the Toyota Tundra is a great full-size pickup truck. However, like all other vehicles, the Tundra comes with some issues. Here’s a list of the most common ones.

Note: The list of problems below is organized by vehicle generation. Scroll down to find your model year range.

2007-Present Toyota Tundra – Common Problems

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A Toyota Tundra CrewMax Platinum

Secondary Air Injection System Failure: Many Tundra owners experience secondary air injection system failure after a few years of vehicle age. The issue is a special system that improves cold start emissions, but that is also vulnerable to rust. Failure of this system is commonly attributed to water getting into the induction pumps and sometimes the valves. Toyota responded to this widespread issue by extending the warranty on effected Tundra models to 6 years/60,000 miles.

Integrated Brake Controller Failure: The factory integrated brake controller (IBC) in newer Toyota Tundra models doesn't provide enough braking power for trailers. Many Tundra owners fix this problem by installing aftermarket brake controllers.

Ineffective Floor Mat Design (2007-2010 Models Only): The floor mat design in 2007-2010 Tundra models makes it easy for the accelerator pedal to get stuck while depressed. Toyota corrected the problem by recalling the trucks and having its dealers replace the pedal, change the shape of the floor mat, and/or replace the floor mat with a redesigned one.

Sticking Accelerator Pedal (2007-2010 Models Only): Many Tundra owners reported having experienced unintended acceleration. After investigating this issue, Toyota found that the sliding surface of the friction level was able to became smooth, creating condensation and causing the accelerator pedal to stick. Toyota recalled 2007-2010 Tundras to install a reinforcement bar in the accelerator pedal to help it operate more smoothly.

Driver’s Side Power Window Master Switch Failure (2007-2011 Models Only): It’s common for the driver’s side power window master switch in 2007-2011 Tundras to short circuit, overheat, and melt. It’s because the switch’s sliding electrical contacts don’t come with the proper amount of lubricant to protect them from debris and moisture. Toyota issued a recall in 2015, offering to replace the switch circuit board free of charge if the repair is needed.

2000-2006 Toyota Tundra – Common Problems

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A Toyota Tundra Double Cab

Premature Front Lower Ball Joint Wear: The front lower ball joint in some Tundra models is covered in lubricant that deteriorates fast, leading to premature ball joint wear. Symptoms start with hard steering. If the problem is not addressed in a timely manner, it may lead to loss of vehicle control due to the ball joint falling out of the knuckle. In 2007, Toyota recalled hundreds of thousands of Tundras to resolve this issue.

Premature Frame Corrosion: Many first-gen Toyota Tundras are prone to premature frame rust. It’s because the frames are designed in a way that allows moisture to get in and corrode it from the inside out. Toyota agreed to pay $3.4 billion to help Tundra owners fix this issue.

Airbag Propellant Degradation: The front passenger airbag inflator in first-gen Toyota Tundras lacks a chemical drying agent that absorbs moisture. As a result, excessive moisture builds up and leads to early propellant degradation. This increases the risk of the airbag exploding when deployed. Toyota, along with airbag manufacturer Takata, issued a recall to fix this issue.

2000-2017 Toyota Tundra TSBs

To find these TSBs, you can try Googling the TSB ID #, the name of the TSB, or some combination. You can also go to https://www.safercar.gov and search for the TSB by entering your VIN.

YEAR                   MAKE MODEL TSB NAME TSB ID ISSUE DATE                 
2000-2017 Toyota Tundra Alarm Triggering While Driving 199326 2017-03-23
2007-2015 Toyota Tundra Outside Door Handle Sticking 198790 2017-03-21
2014-2016 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P2610 196629 2016-10-11
2015-2016 Toyota Tundra Blind Spot Monitor DTC C1ab2 Or C1ab3 195321 2016-07-07
2014-2016 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P2440/P2442 195318 2016-07-14
2005-2010 Toyota Tundra Seat Heater Electrical Wiring 194871 2016-06-02
2013-2015 Toyota Tundra Tundra Set Remote Engine Start No Start With Key Or Fob DTC B279a 193630 2016-03-08
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra Inadvertent Side Curtain Air Bag Deployment 193062 2016-02-05
2013-2015 Toyota Tundra 20in Tundra Gunner Wheels Chrome Peeling From Surface 192694 2016-01-22
2010-2013 Toyota Tundra Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter Inoperative 192690 2016-01-15
2014-2015 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P0101 With Suoercharger 191676 2015-10-09
2009-2011 Toyota Tundra Power Window Master Switch May Melt 191636 2015-10-22
2014-2015 Toyota Tundra Driver Seat Leather Worn (1794 Western Package) 191059 2015-08-19
2003-2004 Toyota Tundra Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 190160 2015-05-13
2005-2013 Toyota Tundra Rear Differential Whine Noise At 50 - 60 MPH 189515 2015-04-09
2013-2015 Toyota Tundra Roof Drip Molding Loose 188279 2015-01-15
2012-2015 Toyota Tundra Flex Fuel Extended Crank Due To Alcohol Density Calculation 187888 2014-12-11
2012-2015 Toyota Tundra Secondary Air Injection System - MIL "On" DTC P2440 And/Or P2442 187474 2014-11-07
2014 Toyota Tundra Seat Heater Inoperative In Extreme Cold Temperatures 186994 2014-10-03
2014 Toyota Tundra Possible Improper Side-Curtain Air Bag Deployment 186560 2014-09-11
2013-2014 Toyota Tundra Lug Nuts Loosening 186225 2014-07-16
2014 Toyota Tundra Driver Seat - LH Rear Bolt Cover Deformation 186223 2014-08-04
2003-2004 Toyota Tundra Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 185094 2014-06-11
2003-2005 Toyota Tundra Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 185080 2014-06-20
2000-2013 Toyota Tundra Brake Pedal Force Gauge SST For Parking Brake 181285 2013-09-09
2002-2004 Toyota Tundra Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 179528 2013-04-11
2012-2013 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P0418 And/Or P2445 178527 2013-02-08
2007-2012 Toyota Tundra Rubbing Or Grinding Noise From Rear On Turns 178046 2013-01-29
2010-2011 Toyota Tundra A/T Oil Temperature Light On When Towing In Sub-Freezing Temperatures (Ab60e/F) 177400 2012-11-13
2012 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P0461 (Fuel Level Sensor "A" Circuit Range/Performance) 176893 2012-10-22
2007-2012 Toyota Tundra Water Leak From High Mount Stop Lamp 176026 2012-08-07
2007-2012 Toyota Tundra Front Brake Vibration 176024 2012-08-08
2007-2012 Toyota Tundra Truck Bed Bolt Rust / Corrosion 176023 2012-08-10
2007-2011 Toyota Tundra Truck Bed Floor Rust / Corrosion 175355 2012-07-16
2010-2012 Toyota Tundra Unable To Remove Key When In Park 175164 2012-06-28
2012 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P2440/P2442 173313 2012-02-03
2010-2012 Toyota Tundra Rear Chrome Bumper Rust/Corrosion 173299 2012-03-02
2007-2011 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402 & P2419 Due To Water Intrusion Into Charcoal Canister 172386 2011-11-09
2007-2011 Toyota Tundra Secondary Air Injection System - Water Intrusion: MIL "On" DTC P0418, P0419, And/Or P244# 171909 2011-10-17
2007-2011 Toyota Tundra Rear Driveshaft/Propeller Shaft Clunk/Thunk Noise 171899 2011-10-04
2007-2011 Toyota Tundra 4WD Rear Driveshaft/Propeller Shaft Clunk/Thunk Noise 171383 2011-09-30
2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Ticking Noise From Transfer Case In 4WD 169903 2011-06-27
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra Front Power Seat Inoperative 169898 2011-06-22
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra Choppy Ride (Tundra D-Cab Short Bed) 167734 2010-12-23
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra Rear Differential Housing Oil Baffle Growl/Whine Noise 167222 2010-11-02
2010 Toyota Tundra Non-Linear Acceleration From A Stop 166776 2010-09-28
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra Tube Step - Step Pad Lifting/Cracked 163811 2010-06-28
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra Rear Axle Bearing Abnormal Noise 163806 2010-06-11
2005-2010 Toyota Tundra Steering Intermediate Shaft Rattle Noise 161959 2010-05-03
2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Remote Engine Starter (RES) ECU Parasitic Draw 159488 2010-04-13
2010 Toyota Tundra Static-Laden/Distorted Bluetooth Sound Quality 154398 2010-01-01
2010 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P0012 And/Or P0022 154388 2010-01-20
2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Gap Between Instrument Panel And A-Pillar 154117 2009-12-02
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra Grinding Noise When In 4WD 151943 2009-09-16
2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Abnormal Radio Faceplate Operation 151202 2009-07-29
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Jack Band Separation (Double Cab Models) 150809 2009-06-09
2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Ab60 Transmission C1 Clutch Damage 150808 2009-06-04
2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Audio Bluetooth System Outgoing Call Volume Adjustment 148145 2009-03-24
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra 3ur-Fe Accessory Drive Belt Noise 148132 2009-03-04
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra No Start DTC B2799 148130 2009-03-02
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra Clunk Noise At Low Speeds When Stopping Or Turning 147801 2009-02-19
2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Brushed Stainless Steel Step Board Rust 146134 2008-11-18
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Air Injection Pump With Water Intrusion: MIL On DTC P0418, P0419, P2445, And/Or P2447 145524 2008-10-28
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Headliner Condensation 145114 2008-09-16
2005-2008 Toyota Tundra Front Power Seat Grinding / Groaning Noise 144546 2008-08-14
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC B2799 "No Start" Due To Harness Water Intrusion 144544 2008-08-11
2007 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P0705 With Fuse Open 144542 2008-08-07
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P0552/P0553: Power Steering Pressure Sensor Malfunction 143855 2008-07-14
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Front Differential Growl/Howl/Rumble Noise At 15-30 MPH 143848 2008-06-30
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Rear Driveshaft / Propeller Shaft Clunk/Think Noise 143349 2008-06-23
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Noise From Auxiliary Port With External Device With Navigation System 143340 2008-06-04
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Instrument Panel Rattle Noise 142868 2008-05-30
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Transfer Case Not Shifting With Temperatures Below Freezing 142867 2008-05-30
2008 Toyota Tundra MIL "On" DTC P2714 With Transmission Performance DTCs 142866 2008-05-30
2007 Toyota Tundra Remote Engine Starter (RES) Cold Temperature Operation 142859 2008-05-21
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Driver's Side Air Vents Loose 142851 2008-05-01
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Outer Rear View Mirror Interchangeability 142139 2008-04-14
2007 Toyota Tundra Air Injection Control Driver - Possible DTC P0412, P0415, P0418, P0419, P2445 Or P2447 142137 2008-04-04
2007 Toyota Tundra Front Axle Hub Nut Removal 140361 2007-12-07
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Front Wheel Adjusting Nut Removal 140360 2007-12-07
2005-2007 Toyota Tundra Oil Leak From Front Timing Cover 140351 2007-12-06
2007 Toyota Tundra MIL On DTC P2714 With Transmission Performance DTCs 140097 2007-11-28
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra Torque Converter Shudder 140095 2007-11-30
2007 Toyota Tundra Tire Pressure Warning Light On - MIL On DTC C2115 & C2125 140094 2007-11-27
2007 Toyota Tundra Remote Engine Starter (RES) ECU Parasitic Draw 140064 2007-11-15
2007 Toyota Tundra Rear Brake Squeak 139334 2007-09-19
2007 Toyota Tundra Center Console Shifter Slide Binding 139332 2007-09-15
2007 Toyota Tundra Tail Gate Latch Will Not Open 139331 2007-09-07
2007 Toyota Tundra MIL On DTC P032d 139050 2007-08-25
2007 Toyota Tundra ABS, Brake, Or 4WD MIL Illuminated - Possible DTC U0129 And P0500 139040 2007-08-14
2007 Toyota Tundra Tire Pressure Warning Light Intermittently Flashing "On" - DTC C2121, C2122, C2123, C2124 138668 2007-07-19
2007 Toyota Tundra Engine Oil Leak 137639 2007-05-31
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra MIL On, DTC P0418 And/Or P2445 137638 2007-05-15
2003-2006 Toyota Tundra Upper / Lower Windshield Tick Noise 134944 2006-09-18
2004-2006 Toyota Tundra Tick Noise From Lower A-Pillar Area Over Rough Road Surfaces 134943 2006-09-15
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra 2uz-Fe Accessory Drive Belt Noise (Without A/C) 134939 2006-09-04
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra MIL On DTC P0335 And/Or P1340: Intermittent Hot Soak No-Start 134410 2006-08-24
2004-2006 Toyota Tundra Front Seat Squeak Noise 133391 2006-05-23
2000-2006 Toyota Tundra 2uz-Fe Accessory Drive Belt Noise 132811 2006-04-21
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra MIL On DTC P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402, & P2419 132810 2006-04-14
2006 Toyota Tundra Ilsac Gf-4 Engine Oil Recommendation 132803 2006-03-29
2006 Toyota Tundra Excessive Sulfur Odor 132306 2006-03-01
2006 Toyota Tundra Ilsac Gf-4 Engine Oil Standard 132292 2006-01-04
2003-2005 Toyota Tundra Inconsistent Or Unusual Brake Feeling 132091 2006-03-17
2005 Toyota Tundra Transmission Extension Housing Seal Leak (2wd Only) 131692 2006-01-20
2005 Toyota Tundra Tire Pressure Warning System DTC C2176 130972 2005-11-18
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra MIL On DTC P0171, P0174, P2195, Or P2197 130964 2005-11-16
2005 Toyota Tundra MIL On DTC P2742 130953 2005-11-08
2005 Toyota Tundra Dismounting Tires With Direct System Pressure Sensors 130107 2005-09-26
2005 Toyota Tundra No Start In Sub-Freezing Ambient Air Temperatures - Possible DTC P0300, P0171, P0174 130101 2005-09-28
2004-2005 Toyota Tundra Blower Motor Noise 130089 2005-09-16
2004-2005 Toyota Tundra Parasitic Draw From JBL Amplifier 129514 2005-08-02
2004 Toyota Tundra MIL On - DTC P0136 And/Or P0156 127320 2005-03-11
2000-2005 Toyota Tundra 2uz-Fe Accessory Drive Belt Noise 126964 2005-02-09
2000-2005 Toyota Tundra Front Window Rattle 126905 2005-01-25
2004-2005 Toyota Tundra Rear Shock Squeak 126603 2004-12-24
2004 Toyota Tundra Extended Engine Crank 126596 2004-12-22
2003-2004 Toyota Tundra Intermittent Extended Or Hard Cranking 126006 2004-10-15
2004 Toyota Tundra Bedliner Tailgate Panel Warps/Distorts - Double Cab 125084 2004-08-03
2003-2004 Toyota Tundra MIL On - DTC P0705 With Unusual Combination Meter Operation 123403 2004-05-19
2000-2004 Toyota Tundra Poor Performance Of The A/C System 123384 2004-05-20
2003-2004 Toyota Tundra Jump Starting Vehicles With Crank Hold Feature 122106 2004-03-03
2003-2004 Toyota Tundra MIL On - DTC P0441/P0442 And/Or P0446 121312 2003-12-17
2003 Toyota Tundra Trailer Lights On In Auto-Off Mode 120888 2003-10-08
2000-2002 Toyota Tundra Rear Axle Seal Design Change 119426 2003-08-06
2000-2002 Toyota Tundra Accessory Hood Protector 119424 2003-08-06
2000-2003 Toyota Tundra Oil Pressure Gauge Reads Low 118612 2003-05-12
2002 Toyota Tundra MIL On - DTC P0440 - Evaporative Emission Control System Malfunction 117532 2003-02-14
2002 Toyota Tundra MIL On - DTC P0770 116919 2002-12-23
2000-2002 Toyota Tundra MIL On - DTC P0135/P0155 116602 2002-10-03
2000-2003 Toyota Tundra Front Brake Vibration 116335 2002-09-16
2000-2002 Toyota Tundra Rear Brake Vibration 116334 2002-09-16
2000-2002 Toyota Tundra Front Seat Cover Damage 115292 2002-03-01
2002 Toyota Tundra Vehicle Pulling To One Side - S/M Supplement 114717 2001-12-21
2000-2001 Toyota Tundra Temperature Gauge Inaccurate 114333 2001-10-12
2000-2001 Toyota Tundra Shoulder Belt Anchor Tape Set 113991 2001-08-10
2000-2001 Toyota Tundra Antenna Mast Durability 113744 2001-06-01
2000-2001 Toyota Tundra Rear Brake Vibration 112893 2001-01-12
2000 Toyota Tundra Door Check Noise Reduction And Improved Performance 112704 2000-11-17
2000-2001 Toyota Tundra Rear Brake Vibration 112701 2000-11-17
2000 Toyota Tundra Brake Pad Clicking Noise 112588 2000-10-20
2000 Toyota Tundra Center Arm Rest Vibration 112458 2000-09-15
2000 Toyota Tundra Trailer Towing Wire Harness Power Converter 112452 2000-09-29
2000 Toyota Tundra Steering Flutter 53390 1999-05-21
2000 Toyota Tundra Tire Inflation & Wheel Lug Torque Reference Chart 51735 1999-10-01
2000 Toyota Tundra Coolant Leak - Overflow Reservoir Modification 47495 2000-05-05
2000 Toyota Tundra Front Brake Vibration 46628 2000-03-10
2000 Toyota Tundra RS 3000 Tvip ECU Mounting 45800 2000-07-07
Written by Jason Lancaster