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Old 01-24-2019, 10:13 PM   #1
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FR-S Valve Spring safety recall Ħɞ||

January 11th I scheduled my Valve Spring Safety Recall for the following Thursday the 17th with my local Toyota Dealership...I asked if I was the first to have it done at their location and was assured that was not the case. Added two other service items to have the Spark Plugs replaced and a AT fluid flush done while it was there and easy to do...Service rep insisted that they would add a Oil Change and Tire rotation....gratis

I expected a 12hr service...Friday they called at 2pm saying it would not be finished and offered a rental car for the inconvenience.

One week later no word on when my recall service will be finished...First there was an issue with availability of sealant...was told that the recall was 148 pages in the recall...and of course this is a SUBARU issue...now they can't get a CEL off...


I get the feeling mine is the second Boxer engine the tech has ever gotten into...



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Well, now, Hypnocracy, that's got to be aggravating -

I reckon you don't have any viable options except to let them finish the job and get your car back in running order.

On the brighter side, it's wintertime, so let the loaner car be your winter beater for a spell. Not much fun driving an FR-S on cold, wet, slick roads anyway.

I would imagine they want to get your car back to you just as bad as you want it back.

Now, where did I put that serenity prayer??


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Yep. Sadly my local Subaru dealer has a 2 month long wait before they can get mine in. Mostly due to replacement parts being back ordered.

So just wait it out it's pretty much the only thing you can do at this point. Just enjoy the free rental.
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After Coffee and a bite...going over to the dealership to get the run down of whats up for Day Nine of the Valve Spring Recall debacle...
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keep us updated. This is one reason I am very reluctant to take my brz in....the car runs fine now..who knows after the dealership takes it apart.
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So...this is what is happening...Valve Spring replacement has been performed...the issue now is the VVT Solenoid...Valve Variable Timing Solenoid was cracked at some point of the recall service and it is now giving a CEL...


Evidently there are no VVT Solenoids to be had on the east coast...Could be today...Monday or February 2nd...here is what is the hold up...


[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7jg63RtWqo[/ame]



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And I was right...this is the second Boxer motor this dealership has ever had removed from the body to work on...
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You could have called around and asked to see which dealership had the most experience with the boxer. Maybe it would have meant a longer drive, but you might have found someone with a bit more experience.
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Sadly...I get the feeling that Toyota dealerships that have cracked open one of these motors are few and far between...which is a testament to the build quality of the motor or lack of people whom feel comfortable turning their car over to one...
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keep us updated. This is one reason I am very reluctant to take my brz in....the car runs fine now..who knows after the dealership takes it apart.
Man, do I hear (feel) THAT!


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So...this is what is happening...Valve Spring replacement has been performed...the issue now is the VVT Solenoid...Valve Variable Timing Solenoid was cracked at some point of the recall service and it is now giving a CEL...


Evidently there are no VVT Solenoids to be had on the east coast...Could be today...Monday or February 2nd...here is what is the hold up...






:rolleyes




And I was right...this is the second Boxer motor this dealership has ever had removed from the body to work on...
Good video!

Hells bells, even I could replace that puppy. Go to a wrecking yard, pull one off a wrecked car, slap it on to your car.


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Recalls always seem to go like this. Long wait for parts. I checked with my dealer a couple days ago. Don't have parts for the first one yet.

Changing the valve springs isn't rocket science. Don't think you need to be too concerned about the mechanics experience. He/she has probably worked on lots of engines and when it comes down to it, be it a four cyl, straight 6 or a v8, they all have similar major components with the little bits in different places. Collateral damage (your vvt) sometimes happens on any disassembly . Doesn't mean they are no good at their job.


If I was given a rental while I wait, perfect. They can keep it for a long time while I play with the rental...unless it is a Prius...then I'd be mad...
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That was my feelings about it...yeah IF you have taken three or four out of the engine bay and cracked the case you should be doing it quicker....but it aint rocket science..


The Rental is a Nissan Altima...feels like the transmission is full of rubber bands...no excitement when driving it...I saw a 2014 BRZ on their used car lot...it has a salvage title per CARFAX...If this goes beyond Monday I'm going to ask they make that my loaner....
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Ya, I would ask for a similarly fun vehicle....ask for a wrx...
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Sometimes a call to corporate can do wonders.
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