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Started the 90K service on our trucklet today. Changed the plugs, rotated the tires, replaced the engine air filter & cabin air filter, and greased the zerks. Need to get a couple more quarts gear oil for the rear diff -- think I'll skip the t-case and front diff fluid this time. I'll change engine oil & filter and that should wrap it up for now.
 

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Got my new Duratracs installed yesterday (late afternoon appt) at America’s Tire. Had them throw an old one of mine onto the spare so I at least have the same size in case I get a flat on the rear...don’t want to have to swap tires around to the front due to the LSD (been there done that).

But they broke a stud on the rear. Next week I have to call a wheel shop. At least they pay for it by policy. The good news is they balanced them correctly. It’s rare not to have to go back after getting on the freeway and having a wheel shimmy (or shake violently as happened with my daughter’s new tires). I also like that they swap out winter/summer tires at no cost (on same wheels, so mount and balance free). We did that with my daughter’s old tires this summer. Weren’t good enough for snow, so we ran them out more in summer.
 

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Got my new Duratracs installed yesterday (late afternoon appt) at America’s Tire.
:thumbsup:


But they broke a stud on the rear.
:thumbsdow Did they say what the lugs were torqued to?


I also like that they swap out winter/summer tires at no cost (on same wheels, so mount and balance free).
I'll be darned, I didn't know about that. My LTXs have 7/32" tread left. Hate to waste 'em but that's not enough tread for winter. And I really have no space to store an extra set of mounted tires.
 

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:thumbsup:


:thumbsdow Did they say what the lugs were torqued to?


I'll be darned, I didn't know about that. My LTXs have 7/32" tread left. Hate to waste 'em but that's not enough tread for winter. And I really have no space to store an extra set of mounted tires.


I don’t know if they tried to over torque them or if it just snapped. He said they snap from time to time. They’re the only ones that touch them besides me, and they’ve never been over torqued before.

Yeah, thought we were going to have to pay mount and balance to swap tires, but no charge. They also don’t charge to mount and balance the spare when I ask them to put my old tire on it.
 

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Well you'll all be shocked, but I bought Gas-o-line to day! Oh happy day! Yes I know it's hard to believe but my '14 second gen needs gas every so often.....an' often....an' more often.....Sigh, WTH,:grin: I loves me truck anywho.
 

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Well you'll all be shocked, but I bought Gas-o-line to day! Oh happy day! Yes I know it's hard to believe but my '14 second gen needs gas every so often.....an' often....an' more often.....Sigh, WTH,:grin: I loves me truck anywho.
Ah but yer breakin' me heart, such a sad tale of woe. It's but a small pic -- take a good look at the truck in my avatar. I would kill to get the fuel mileage you're enjoyin'!! >:D
 

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Quite the week. Last Friday, get new tires on. They break a wheel stud (which is inside a lug nut, so that gets tossed). They refer me to a local repair shop they use and tell me the parts should be there next week...that they'll order them on Tuesday. That means it should have been there by Thursday for sure. Inconvenient because the first time that shop had time to get me in was a week and a half later. So I pick up and install a wheel stud myself. Putting the 12mm bolt in that holds the brake line/ABS wires and it snaps off just as I begin to tighten it. So Thursday (yesterday) rolls around and it's my day to drive into the city. On my way back, I swing by americas tire just to pick up a single lug nut that will match the ones they used (their wheels). They don't have one. "Try the shop to see if those parts are there." So I just drive over to the shop and no parts. The guy says you're the second person to come looking for their parts. "I don't know what the hell they're doing over there!" Sounds like Americas Tire is falling down on the job of ordering the parts. So today I will be going to autozone to purchase lug nuts (which is where americas tire says they get them from). Keeping my fingers crossed.

But yesterday after all those stops, I swing by a friends to work on getting the snapped off bolt out of the hole. I sprayed it the night before. Got it without too much work and installed a new bolt (he ordered one the day before for me and I picked it up yesterday). While we're there, I glance across to the driver's side from underneath and see what looks like a wet LCA. Go over and discovered torn boots on the CV. Now I have to deal with that too! That's going to have to wait until October because September is just too busy. At least it's the axle I replaced with the front diff bearing back in 2011, so it'll be covered under the lifetime replacement from Autozone. It lasted just over 100K miles before the boots tore. Guess they're not as good as Toyota's boots since the passenger side has 218K miles on it with no tears.
 

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I visited autozone and oreilly today. Neither have these in their system. So Monday I call that repair shop and if the parts never arrived, then back to America’s Tire. It’s downright ridiculous what it takes to get a replacement lug nut for their wheels!
 

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Well, I think America’s Tire has lost us as a customer. I’m going to buy my wife’s tires elsewhere. Unfortunately, I’m stuck going to them for free tire balancing. This whole wheel stud/lug nut situation is going on 2 weeks as of tomorrow. My parts finally got to the repair shop this week and I picked them up today. Lug nut fits and is correct for the wheels, but they ordered a locking one needing a key. It doesn’t match my key (much smaller) and did not come with a key! So an unusable part. F$&! them! I now will have to make another trip. Next is to complain online.
 

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Sorry to hear about that, Jim. Sounds like you've been dealing with people who lack experience..... or are incompetent...... or just don't give a damn. If I was treated that poorly, I would do my best to contact Corporate and give them an earful. If you were closer to Redding, I'm sure it could have been handled properly at the store there.
 

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And I finally have lug nuts. Called today and the second guy I talked to said they had them in stock. He gave me a box of 24 lug nuts all locking. My old lug nuts were 20 regular and 4 locking. Now I have my old non-locking lug nuts as backups.
 

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And I finally have lug nuts. Called today and the second guy I talked to said they had them in stock. He gave me a box of 24 lug nuts all locking. My old lug nuts were 20 regular and 4 locking. Now I have my old non-locking lug nuts as backups.
Well Shinola , you are finally done with your new tire and lug nut quest. WHEEW! Good thing you have patience and perseverance. :thumbsup:

But say now, Which of those locking nuts are you going to use? :wink: with 24 choices, what could go possibly wrong? :grin: :rofl2:
 

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Changed CV Axle today. Also swapped out my old lug nuts for the new ones...except for one on the rear. Yep, America’s Tire cross threaded one back there, and it snapped off a wheel stud trying to get it off. Now I know it was an inept worker that probably cross threaded the front one snapping it. Basic stuff to hand thread them on first! Now I have to go buy a rear wheel stud and deal with that. :facepalm:
 

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Changed CV Axle today. Also swapped out my old lug nuts for the new ones...except for one on the rear. Yep, America’s Tire cross threaded one back there, and it snapped off a wheel stud trying to get it off. Now I know it was an inept worker that probably cross threaded the front one snapping it. Basic stuff to hand thread them on first! Now I have to go buy a rear wheel stud and deal with that. :facepalm:
Just when ya thought it was safe to come out of the garage and play in the sun GEEESH! Sounds like those guys couldn't treat a customer right if your were the only one there.

I had similar experience -the Last- time I went in to Discount Tire (a sister company to America's Tire). Only mine was the Tire Pressure Monitors. Went in for the a free tire air pressure check, low and behold, a bad TPM was found. Let them fix it. 2 days later low pressure warning dash light. Took it back they said yep "their" new monitor was bad. replaced it. 1 day later dash light! They "fixed" that one (again this #2). Next day: Dash Light! Take it in and surprise it now was a different wheel! So I bought one new monitor. Fix it once an' for all- I said to myself.

So with "my" new monitor+ the new monitor they installed = 2 new monitors. For those following along that leaves 2 original tire monitors on the truck.

Next day: Dash Light! They checked again and it was the tire with "their" newest monitor. They got another "new" monitor and replaced "their (now 3d) new monitor". Got in the truck to drive home: DASH LIGHT! The manager who was "working " with me on this checked and found "my" new monitor was at fault. SHASBOT! Well it had been a week after all and it was Ok when they just checked the tires right before replacing this latest monitor.


So I took the truck down the road to a Firestone Dealer and just asked them to check my TPMs and they found the latest Discount tire monitor (just installed) was faulty!

I don't really have any clue as to how these things work, but it almost seemed that the tire store was going to 1)sell me all new monitors or 2) their tester was programed to find a fault no matter what or 3) they kept rotating the "bad monitor-tire" around.

So the up shot was I went to my Toyota dealer bought 3 new monitors ("my" new one on the truck still checked good) because they would be OEM approved- had them install them and

Ta-Da! no dash light


Whatever. Discount has lost a 20+ year customer and I'll find somebody else next time I need tires Regardless I'm sure I'm the only one to have had any problems with them an' I'm sure they are glad I wont be back to upset them any more.

Keep on Truckin' the sun will shine tomorrow- damn drought.
 

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Either Toyota changed their brake pads, or I’ve been stopping more. While changing out the front diff bearing today, noticed front pads are almost at the squeal tabs. Only have 35K miles on them. They usually last almost 60K miles. This will be my fourth set. At 219K miles, rotor thickness is now at 27mm. Orig was 28mm and minimum is 26mm. I still don’t have to turn or replace the rotors! Rears shoes and drums are still looking great too.
 

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I cant believe it my self, Even my friends ( Well the one anyway) were astonished. I washed my truck today! YEP! did 'er my self. Feels real good to get that chore done. Thinkin' about --wait for it - Vacuuming the inside next. Is this a great country or what? :grin:
 

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Not sure just how soon I'll actually do it, but I've pretty much decided to throw a little cash at our Tacoma. I want to get new tires before long and I'd like to get 265/75-16s instead of 265/70s. Gonna stay with SL for ride comfort if nothing else.... wife & I are not getting any younger. With 91K on the stock shocks, seems like a good time to get those 5100s I've been wanting. Thinking about the 0.85" setting on the fronts, just enough to level the truck (or nearly so) without noticeably stiffening the ride. Again, comfort counts. Haven't decided if I want to install the front shocks or pay to have 'em done. My other truck is in paint prison for several weeks so if I tear into the Tacoma, I'll have no other transportation . Shouldn't take long though. Last, with slightly taller tires and a slightly altered suspension, it will need an alignment, pronto. The first alignment for the little trucklet. Wish me luck.... I think I'm gonna enjoy the new stuff..... when I get around to it. :)
 

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^ Well no, I am not, and thanks for pointing that out. I knew it was a problem with lifted trucks but didn't think it would be an issue with only 0.85". I may need to reconsider that change and stay at stock height. My only reason to level it was purely cosmetic anyway, and I've lived with it for 13 years so a few more won't hurt me.
 
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