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The head gasket recall is still in effect 2017...

Google - V6headgasketrecall-Document (letter #3).

Last month a friend of mine -found out her 1992 Toyota Warrior v6 is on the recall list and will be done.

I personally was at Vernon BC Toyota -The shop supervisor said to myself it was in effect still September 2016  but my 1992 Warrior V6 was already done by a former owner thru Toyota many years ago.

The vehicle will be checked by the VIN# - (Vehicle Identification Number) if it qualifies for the recall.

So the ---The Toyota V6 head gasket recall is still in effect 2017.

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On 2016-11-09 at 2:59 AM, linda s said:

New information on this  Special Service Agreement. Toyota is finally calling it quits. Head gasket will continue to be done only through Dec 31, 2017 so you have another year to get it done for free. This is from Gail, moderator on the Yahoo Toyota camper group. She just bought a new camper and took it in and found out the end date.

Linda S

 

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Where is that New copy in writing Linda S ?

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1 hour ago, swanny10 said:

Where is that New copy in writing Linda S ?

No new copy anywhere. Just what the Toyota Service manager told my friend. She and her husband Jon are  probably the best Toyota motorhome refurbishers in the country so I'm sure she knows that manager very well.

Linda S

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I would like to see a copy of this latest letter from Mr Toyota service Manager-it should be in Print-----Yes/No ??

Way too much of this - he said - she said ?

Did you not see/read the Document #3 from- V6headgasketrecall (Google).

Pretty straight forward and it is in print and verified.

Met an older couple - Toyota Mo home owners October 2016 -- that paid $2500 for the repair in 2015 -They knew/heard nothing about the recall. 

A lot of second hand owners seem to be confused on this issue?

Sad issue for those persons that Paid $ to do the Head gaskets/engine rebuild at their own expense.....Hope they have receipts to take into their nearest Toyota dealership and be repaid for the cost   $$$.

Anyways - the Head gasket recall for the VIN# specific 3.0 V6  engine---- Is still in effect Today as of Jan 10 2017.

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Your more than welcome to head down to your local Toyota dealer and get all the information you want. By the way it wasn't a recall. It was a Special Service campaign. Maybe your the one who should re-read it. Done by completely Toyota and able to be ended by Toyota at any time. Quite a few of our members have had this work done because of our informing them and at some times having them have to pressure Toyota dealers into performing it.

Linda S

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8 hours ago, swanny10 said:

I would like to see a copy of this latest letter from Mr Toyota service Manager-it should be in Print-----Yes/No ??

Though I can't disagree with you (I always prefer to see such things with a Toyota letterhead), I do disagree with how you're asking the question. Did you ask the couple you met to inspect their bill for $2500 or did you take them at their word? Was the $2500 just for head gasket replacement or did they have other work done? Timing belt? Water pump? Did you check their VIN to be sure theirs was included? Not all V6s were, I'm sure you know.

I was just skimming over the SSC V06 documents (again) and would ask anyone if they've ever noticed one of the labels that supposedly were affixed to show if the SSC V06 was performed?

 

V06 Label.jpg

Toyota V6 Head Gasket SPECIAL SERVICE CAMPAIGN V06.pdf

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All I wanted to say IS--------

If ones Toyota v6 ENGINE -VIN# specific--falls into the Special Service Campaign ---Today -2017

Head gasket issues-------Will be done/repaired by TOYOTA...

Tired of arguing-or having comments -shot back at me.

Enuff.

 

 

 

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Since I'm still seeing some 'confusion' about which V6s are and aren't covered for HG replacement, here are the VINs (extracted from the Toyota documents) for the SPA (Expired) and the SSC (not expired at this time).

I don't think we need to consider the C&C 'Regular Wheelbase', only the 'Long Wheelbase' V94T C&Cs.

Edit: I wonder what was built on the Regular (short) Wheelbase C&Cs. The rare V6 Sunrader 'Shorties'? The even rarer V6 Bandits?

HG Special Policy Adjustment (SPA).jpg

HG SSC (V06).jpg

SSC1.jpg

SSC 2.jpg

SSC 3.jpg

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Regular wheelbase certainly would be the ones you mentioned but also the Odyssey Starlite , a pop top, and the Odyssey 4X4's

Linda S

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My 1994 Warrior did have the head gasket special service recall campaign done. Don't recall when. Do not have the SSC campaign label affixed.

Darrel

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I'm not sure how diligent they were in installing the labels. I don't think I've ever read anyone saying "Mine was done because there's a label."

Here's what it looks like, for those like me who have never seen one! :)

V06 Label.jpg

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I just came across this:-

Special Service Campaign
A Special Service Campaign is the Toyota, Lexus, or Scion owner notification program to inform customers about specific product or technical issues for which inspection and/or repair is being offered without an expiration date. These issues are typically customer satisfaction initiatives. The described service will be performed at no charge to the vehicle owner.

http://www.toyota.com/recall

What caught my eye was "... without an expiration date."  So even if the report that the SSC is supposed to expire at the end of 2017 is accurate, I'd fight it with Toyota, using their own words. :)

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14 hours ago, Derek up North said:

AKA 'Unicorn' motorhomes! :)

No unicorn. I was going to buy a Starlite but the sweet old guy who had it passed away and his family never returned my calls. Seen quite a few Odyssey 4x4's too.

Linda S

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In the never-ending search for 'truth', I just sent an email to Toyota Customer Service asking for clarification about the report that SSC(V06) is ending at the end of this year. I'll report back if I ever get a reply. :)

Though Gail is a well respected member of the Toyota Motorhome community and has reported that she got her information from her local Dealer Service Manager, I've also seen others quoting Service Managers saying that V6 valves never need adjusting. :)

"... is being offered without an expiration date."

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This is what comes up when I punch in my VIN...
Title
3VZ-FE V6 Engine Head Gasket
Status
Remedy Available
Description
This is a Special Service Campaign. The engine cylinder head gaskets of Toyota Compact Pick-up Truck, 4Runner, and T100 vehicles may leak leading to symptoms of loss of engine coolant, unusually rough idling, continuous discharge of white exhaust smoke, or diminished engine performance. The subject vehicles are equipped with the V6 engine and were produced from January 1990 through September 1994.
Remedy
Contact any authorized Toyota dealer to schedule an appointment to have the cylinder head gaskets with improved gaskets as soon as possible.
 
Does this mean I will be able to have this done?

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Just curious what the fix was, abetter gasket type, ?

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I've never come across any official/technical explanation. Speculation I've seen includes a switch of gasket supplier, change of gasket material, a bad batch from a supplier. Your guess is as good as anybodies! But since there are still 3VZEs around without the SSC done, it's not a 100% failure rate. Unless, of course, it's failed and been repaired at the customer's expense due to ignorance of the SSC! :)

It would be interesting to ask the Dealer the next time a HG 'fix' is done to compare the old with the new 'improved' gasket. Littleshack, maybe you could do so. Ask for the used parts back when you have it done. They shouldn't object. They're just going to throw them away anyway!

My GUESS (ONLY) is that the old ones are made with 'expanded graphite'. It was starting to be used around that time instead of asbestos. :)

EDIT:- In 1985 they were still writing research papers on the HG application.  http://papers.sae.org/850193/

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So, another question...I will be contacting my local Toyota dealer soon to arrange the head gasket appointment. As the timing belt is due to be changed (and water pump) and I have no idea where these  things are located...would it save me money to have them do these as well at this time? I seem to remember someone somewhere saying that the head gaskets involve having to remove 'stuff' that also has to be removed for the timing belt. Labour cost savings? I have a mechanic who works on our cars that has his own shop in his yard. He charges much less for labour (gets paid in cash only), so had planned to get him to do it, but this might save me in the long run. Yes? No?

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Spend $$ to save $$ and gain piece of mind. Recall..timing belt,,,water pump...idler pulleys...adjust the valves. If the total seems OK then add spark plugs plug wires and tune up from your local guy

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I've no opinion, but do others about changing the knock sensor and wire at the same time? I think the added labour involved would be zero with the heads off.

I'd ask the Service Manager what the extra cost to 'Check' the valves only, assuming they're all in spec. It would take a (slow) mechanic 5 minutes to check with the heads removed. If out of spec, it would be more to also adjust, but not as much as starting from ground zero (a fully assembled engine).

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I have a friend who owns a Toyota Dealership here in BC, Canada. He is going to look into this SSC for me. He has my VIN and will let me know where I stand. He's a great guy...we buy our everyday vehicles from him alone. I'll keep you posted.

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On 10/22/2017 at 6:56 PM, LittleShack said:

I have a friend who owns a Toyota Dealership here in BC, Canada. He is going to look into this SSC for me. He has my VIN and will let me know where I stand. He's a great guy...we buy our everyday vehicles from him alone. I'll keep you posted.

So, my Toyota dealer friend had his service guy dig up the nitty gritty. My 1992 rig still has the head gasket service coming to it and it will be done. He is doing all the paper work for me, which is so nice. It is just a formality, because it qualifies, but has to be approved. Then he will send it to my local Toyota dealer and away we go! Timing belt, water pump,  get the valves checked and adjusted if needed, idler pulleys, anything else?? I have a local guy who I will take it to after for spark plug wires, filters, rear diff and an oil change. He is really good and works on our other vehicles. Is the idler pulley easier to change out with the engine apart? Or can 'my guy' do that too? 

Thanks! Sue

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