Are you the owner of a 2008-2010 Toyota Tacoma? Do you notice any rust on your chromed rear bumper? You might want to contact your Toyota service department to see if you can have it replaced.
In a June 24, 2011 Technical Service Bulletin (TSB #T-SB-0064-11), dealers were notified that the rear chromed bumper could rust on the surface of Toyota Tacoma trucks built during this time. Toyota has produced a fix for this problem that will require the replacement of the rear bumper.
This TSB affects all 2008-2010 WMI = 5TE (first three VIN numbers), MY NUMMI built Tacoma trucks. For the 2008-2010 MY TMMBC built vehicles (WMI = 3TM), only ones produced before the Production Change Effective are included.
Here’s the TSB process:
Step 1: Check the following vehicle identification numbers (fourth through eighth VIN numbers only) for the MY TMMBC built vehicles: JU4GN, KU4HN, LU4EN, MU4FN. These vehicles are all double cab, V6 vehicles in both two and four-wheel drive.
Step 2: The replacement part number for the rear bumper bar assembly (non-energy absorbing) is 52151-04061
Step 3: Remove the rear bumper as per the TIS (Technical Information System) Repair Manual for the appropriate year. It is under the Vehicle Exterior – Exterior Panels/Trim – Exterior: Rear Bumper: Removal section of the manual.
Step 4: Install the replacement bumper in the reverse order of removal. (The logic in this step is astounding . . . no?) Follow instructions in the TIS Tacoma Repair Manual for the appropriate year. See the same section listed in Step 3 except look under Installation instead of Removal.
Because this is a replacement by the manufacturer, the applicable warranty on this replacement is for 36,000 miles or 36 months (whichever comes first) and is limited to the rusting of the chrome bumper.
If you have a vehicle that meets these specifications, give your local Toyota dealer a call. Make sure they have the replacement in stock; you can even provide them with the part number.