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As an auto repair shop serving Fremont-area Toyota Tundra owners , the team at Fremont Foreign Auto understands this truck inside and out. Over the years, we have seen the most common problems that can crop up in these dependable yet complex vehicles. By outlining the top Toyota Tundra issues reported by Fremont drivers, we hope to help local owners identify and resolve problems early on.

Lower Ball Joint Wear

The lower ball joints connect your Toyota Tundra’s wheels to the front suspension system. Excessive wear here is one of the most widespread problems in Tundras from model years 2007-2015. Symptoms include:

  • Clunking noises when turning or going over bumps
  • Vibration in steering wheel
  • Loss of steering control

To diagnose worn ball joints, our Fremont technicians thoroughly inspect the front suspension. We then replace any degraded lower ball joints to restore proper function. Catching this issue early on helps prevent expensive repairs down the road.

Exhaust Manifold Leaks

In Toyota Tundras with the strong 5.7L V8 engine, exhaust manifold leaks are another common issue, often occurring after 50,000+ miles. Symptoms include:

  • Ticking or rattling sound from engine
  • Check engine light illumination
  • Reduced horsepower

Using specialized diagnostic tools, our technicians pinpoint any leaks in the exhaust manifold gaskets or components. We then replace worn parts or replace the entire exhaust manifold assembly as needed. This resolves leakage issues and restores peak performance.

Secondary Air Injection System Failures

The secondary air injection system reduces emissions by routing extra oxygen to the exhaust during cold starts. However, this complex system often fails around 100k miles. Symptoms of issues include:

  • Check engine light turning on
  • Failed CA smog check tests
  • Poor fuel mileage

To get your Tundra passing smog tests again, our technicians diagnose the root cause of air injection system failures using manufacturer-level diagnostic tools. We then replace the malfunctioning air pump, valves, hoses, or sensors to get this system working properly again.

Transmission Shift Hesitation

Hard shifting and shift hesitation are common in Tundras from 2007-2011. Causes range from faulty sensors to low transmission fluid levels. Symptoms include:

  • Harsh gear changes
  • Long pauses between gears
  • Lack of power during acceleration

Using hands-on transmission inspections and electronic diagnostics, our technicians get to the bottom of any transmission problems. We often replace worn-out sensors or throttle position sensors. For fluid issues, we perform complete fluid exchanges and upgrades to restore smooth shifting.

Camshaft Position Actuator Failure

The camshaft position actuator controls your Tundra’s variable valve timing system for optimal torque and efficiency. Failure of this key component leads to:

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Increased emissions
  • Engine misfires

To diagnose faults in this system, our technicians first retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) pointing to camshaft actuator issues. We then test and replace the worn camshaft actuator as needed, restoring engine performance to factory levels.

Brake Rotor Warping

Repeated heavy towing and braking can warp your Tundra’s brake rotors over time. Symptoms of warped brake rotors include:

  • Brake pedal pulsation
  • Decreased stopping power
  • Vibrating steering wheel during braking

Using precision measuring tools, our technicians detect any rotor warping issues. We then resurface or replace rotors and pads as required. This restores smooth, confident braking whether towing heavy loads or not.

Fuel Pump Failure

As your Tundra ages, the fuel pump responsible for delivering gasoline to the engine can fail without warning. Failure symptoms include:

  • Difficulty starting engine
  • Stalling, especially under load
  • Poor acceleration

Using advanced fuel pressure testing methods, we accurately diagnose fuel pump problems. We then replace your Tundra’s faulty fuel pump with an OEM or upgraded aftermarket component to restore reliable starting and running.

With proper maintenance and care from our expert team, Toyota Tundras can remain on the road for years past 200,000 miles. However, critical components do wear out over time. By watching for the 7 issues outlined here and scheduling preventative maintenance, Fremont Tundra owners can save money and frustration down the road.

Does your Tundra exhibit any symptoms described? The technicians at Fremont Foreign Auto have experience repairing and maintaining imported trucks just like yours. Contact us today to schedule a comprehensive inspection. We are committed to correctly diagnosing issues and restoring peak performance and reliability.