How to Fix a Spare Tire Holder on a Toyota Sienna

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If you're having trouble with the spare tire holder on your Toyota Sienna vehicle, you are not alone. According to a company press release dated April 16, 2010, Toyota began a voluntary recall of the 1998 to 2010 Sienna due to the possible corrosion of the cable in the spare tire holder. In July 2010, Toyota began implementing a fix for the cable, at which corroded sections are removed and anti-rust agents applied. Although the recall is limited to 20 states, any owner of a Toyota Sienna within all 50 states is entitled to a free inspection of the part. For additional information on the recall, please view the resource section of this article.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone
  • Contact your local Toyota dealership. Ask for the service department. Schedule an appointment for the free recall inspection.

  • Arrive 15-minutes early for the appointment. Explain the problem to the mechanic. Go to the waiting area.

  • Read a magazine for 30-minutes, or talk to the car salesman and learn about the recall.

  • Return to the service department when your name is called. Listen to the representative's explanation of the repair. Ask questions about possible additional problems concerning the recall.

  • Receive your keys. Request a visual demonstration and specific instructions regarding the use of the spare tire holder. Drive off when done.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may have received a notice from Toyota about the recall and inspection, or a separate notice regarding the possible fix.
  • If you did not receive a notice, you are still entitled to the inspection and a repair in all 50 US states.

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