Common Suspension Problems

  1. Toyota Truck Frame Rust

    There are thousands of Toyota trucks and SUVs that are one stiff breeze away from turning into a pile of corroded dust. The automaker has been accused of not properly applying corrosion protection to their vehicles, leading to multiple laws…

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Where Suspension Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Suspensions News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. A lawsuit says 2005-2011 4Runners weren’t properly treated to protect against corrosion.

    In May 2018, the plaintiff was driving his car on the highway when the steering wheel allegedly started vibrating so violently the 4Runner went off the road. A mechanic said the right front control arm fractured because of excessive corrosion and rust. Toyota may deny knowing about rust problems in court, but that argument should crumble even faster than their frames.

    In 2016 the automaker settled a massive corrosion lawsuit for similar model years of the Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia vehicles. That was the same year as a recall for 690,000 trucks with corroding rear suspension leaf springs.

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  2. The rear suspensions in some Toyota SUVs have been recalled a third time for the same exact problem.

    The automaker thinks it's time to try something different. Gee Toyota, you think? Rear suspension arm failures first popped up four years ago in the 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS 250h. Toyota issued a recall and blamed the problem on some nuts that weren't tightened to spec. Cool, seems like an easy fix.

    About a year later the same vehicles were recalled again for, you guessed it, rear suspension issues. This time dealers were told to inspect the tie rods for corrosion and slap some epoxy on there to prevent future damage.…

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  3. It's not a matter of if, but when your strut will take a big hit. And when that happens in the 2015 Yaris, it won't be able to handle it according to Toyota.

    An internal investigation found the upper ring of the strut mounting bearing was damaged which allowed the strut to move, causing noise and wear of the strut rod. No problem could be found at the plant with assembly procedures or machines, so Toyota took a look at the history of the design.

    The investigation found a steel cap strut bearing had been changed to a resin material in January 2015. And let's just say, the resin ain't cutting it. The recalled cars were manufactured between January 13, 2015 and February 27, 2015.

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  4. If we were ranking car problems on a scale from 1-10

    , it might look a little something like this:

    • 1: My wiper has a tear and now my windshield gets all streaky when it rains
    • 5: My suspension clunks along at a techno beat while driving down a bumpy road
    • 10: Neighborhood kids started roasting marshmallows over the charred remains of my car

    You never want to get to 10, but unfortunately Tacoma owners might not have a choice. Toyota recently announced part of the truck's rear suspension can break and rupture the gas tank or damage a brake line. Thankfully, there's a recall and here's a breakdown of what you need to know:…

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