Toyota and Lexus Australia have recalled 24,222 Toyota and Lexus vehicles over an issue related to the crankshaft pulley of the vehicles’ V6 engines.

The local recall of five separate models is part of a larger global recall action affecting 550,000 vehicles, including more than 420,000 in the US.

In Australia, 11,235 Toyota Camry V6s, 6966 Toyota Klugers, 3591 Toyota Avalons, 2065 Lexus RX 330s and 365 Lexus ES 300s have been recalled. The affected vehicles were manufactured between June 2004 and March 2005.

Toyota and Lexus Australia outlined the issue in a statement:

“The amount of adhesive applied between the inner and outer rings of the crankshaft pulley may be insufficient and could cause the outer ring to become misaligned, resulting in an abnormal noise and/or the charging system warning light illuminating.

“In some cases the power steering belt may dislodge and a sudden unexpected increase of steering effort could occur.”

There have been two cases of the condition reported in Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Australia, although no accidents or injuries have resulted.

The manufacturers describe the safety recall as a “preventative action”, and say owners can continue to drive their vehicles.

Toyota Australia spokeswoman Laura Hill explained technicians would inspect the vehicles and, where required, would replace the crankshaft pulley. Ms Hill said the recall repair should take about 90 minutes to complete.

Toyota and Lexus Australia will start contacting owners at their last known address in December advising them to make an appointment with their preferred dealer. The recall will be conducted free of charge.

  • gti

    Can’t beat Toyota for reliability, apparently.

    • iNoob

      Can’t beat Toyota for accountability

    • Dan

      Indeed, can’t beat Toyota for reliability. 2 cases out of 24,222 vehicles is 99.9917% reliable, can’t beat that!

      And agreed with iNoob, such small odds, yet they do a recall anyway. That is really good practice, unlike many ohter manufacturers who would have just swept this under a rag.

      • jr

        Still waiting for Holden to recall the V6 in commodore and captiva for the strectched timing chains… if that will happen.

        • Dan

          LOL! Holden would wait until the 24,220 cars have broken down before they do a recall… that’s the differnce between Toyota and Holden.

      • AndyGF

        If they were indeed 99.99% reliable, they wouldnt have to order 550,000 pulleys now would they?

        Cause I guarantee you, they sold all their current stock of pulleys, probably alternators, air cons and power steering pumps too after the vIbRaTiNg pulleys wrecked all the other components it was driving.

        And it would become a supply demand nightmare if they didn’t recall the vehicles soon because they would spend all their backup spares budget making aged auxiliaries, rather than supplying parts for new cars.

        • Dan

          Indeed they are 99.99% reliable, the numbers show that! Did the 24,220 cars break down? No. Only 2. It’s a preventative measure, not a repair. You should applaud Toyota for doing this recall!

          • AndyGF

            Yeah, a preventative measure to prevent them from running out of stock of all their belt driven components for this model engine…

            PS: how bad is the vibration anyway, a V6 is supposed to be silky smooth, its obviously quite a sub standard engine anyway if it manages to vibrate enough to damage its pulley…
            Oh, what am I saying, they ‘glue’ it on with adhesive, rather than having liquid filled pulleys like many of the quality german cars (which are self balancing I might add) and seam to last forever.

            Still think you are buying a quality product?

          • Dan

            Do you have an inside knowledge about their levels of stock availability, or are you just making wild guesses from the comfort of your arm chair, AndyGF?

            It’s a preventative measure just in case more than the 2 cars break down. It’s a preventative measure so that a motorist is not left stranded on the side of the road. It’s a preventative measure to ensure motorists are not suddently inconvenienced, rather have it remedied just in case, when it suits them. More manufacturers should learn from this practice.

          • Devil’s Advocate

            AndyGF, a V6 isn’t “supposed” to be “silky smooth”. If anything, it is actually the LEAST balanced 6 cyl engine when you compare it to a straight 6 or flat 6. Especially if they use 90deg bank angles.
            Many manufacturers did this to save costs as they could base their V6s off their V8s hence requiring less tooling/development costs etc.
            If you think the Toyota V6 isn’t that smooth, what would you call the V6 in the Commodore then, especially the old buick engine?

        • UniversityOfGoogle

          “technicians would inspect the vehicles and, where required, would replace the crankshaft pulley”

          emphasis on the “where required”

          • AndyGF

            IE: if part number = XYZ, then replace…

            If they had already replaced the pulley because of previous component failure, simply return the car to the customer and put on a big smile and tell them all is well… Giving them a nice fuzzy false sense of security.

          • Dan

            Wow. AndyGF has a great imagination. You should write a fiction conpsiracy novel mate, woud sell well among the tinfoil hat wearing toyota haters.

          • AndyGF

            Inconveniencing 550,000 people world wide just because 2 people broke their engine pulleys?

            Sounds like thrilling fiction to me…

          • jr

            They already know what part numbers are on cars without getting someone to look at it , geez be a hater.

          • Dan

            Inconveniencing 550,000 people? Are you saying that you never take your car in for a service? Usually you can sort all that out while you’re getting your service done, please explain how regular servicing inconveniences people??

      • Dan is a Toyota paid stooge

        Many more than 2 cars with this problem – just haven’t been officially notified to Toyota.

        • Uri

          Dan, you’re very naive if you think Toyota will spend tens of millions of dollars & embarrass themselves with a public recall of this magnitude just because of 2 cars…it’s called damage control, because they know the true extent of the problem.


    lol…can’t stop now i can’t steer either…

    • Dan

      2 out of 24,222 is hardly a big issue is it?

      • AndyGF

        It says 2 were ‘reported’… How many replacement pullies have been sold between its launch would be a better indicator. Whats the bet it’s thousands, maybe even tens of thousands!

        As per usual, you toyota fans are suckered by the fine print…

        • Dan

          Conspiracy theory hey? Were you wearing a tinfoil hat when you wrote that?

          • AndyGF

            In light of their being no evidence to the contrary either way. A higher number is just as plausible as a lower number…

            But you do the math, issuing a recall and potential cost and replacement value of 550,000 components because only 2 failed. Mmmmmmmm…

            I think foil hats are the order of the day around here!

          • Dan

            ANdy, read the article properly, especially this bit: “technicians would inspect the vehicles and, where required, would replace the crankshaft pulley.”

            See where it says “where required”, it means precisely that. If it’s not needed, it won’t be replaced. You can make up all sorts of numbers you like. The fact is, not all cars will need it replaced, only where it is required. The 550,000 number you’re quoting is just cr@p.

            But hey, toy haters gonna hate.

          • Dan

            ANdy, read the article properly, especially this bit: “technicians would inspect the vehicles and, where required, would replace the crankshaft pulley.”

            See where it says “where required”, it means precisely that. If it’s not needed, it won’t be replaced. You can make up all sorts of numbers you like. The fact is, not all cars will need it replaced, only where it is required. The 550,000 number you’re quoting is just rubbish.

            But hey, toy haters gonna hate

        • UniversityOfGoogle

          why stop there?!

          maybe it was millions, or even billions!!!

          seriously, how much concrete porridge did you eat for breakfast this morning?

          • Dan

            Nah, probably trillions, coz you know, it’s a Toyota, and they’re evil.

        • Awesome.

          Haha, I can tell you, along with many other Toyota dealerships have never needed to replace a balencer pulley. How can i tell this?
          Because I have the spare parts system sitting right in front of me.
          Once again, preventative maintenence.

    • Car Fanatic


      Comment of the year Jekyll. Genius.

  • Harry

    what about the 4 cylinder camry? recall it for sucking

    • wow

      issue related to the crankshaft pulley of the vehicles’ V6 engines.

  • vrx26

    I am not a Toyota fan either but they should be given credit for rectifying this issue. Just imagine even 2004 made cars can be rectified without charge. I rather have car companies issued recall than deny that there is an inherent problem with the vehicle.

    • Dan

      Yep, not to mention that only 2 cars, out of the 24,222 that were recalled, actually had the problem. That is a really good corporate responsibility they are demonstrating.

      • Eric

        I would rather a car that has not had a recall.

        Or Wondering WHEN the recall will happen.

        • AndyGF

          I Agree, Especially at the rate these recalls happen… Its certainly not an ‘isolated phenomena’

          -Threw that one in for Dan, should get him started on his novel he has been talking about. ^_^

          • Dan

            You’re the one writing fictional stories, not me.

        • Dan

          I woudl rather have a car that has been recalled and fixed for free, then own one where the manufacturer refuses to admit a fault, and forces me to pay for the repairs out of my own pocket.

          But hey, each to their own.

          • AndyGF

            Thats not what happened to all the people that suffered with this problem before this recall…

            Ive seen some possible 1st hand experience with this problem too, a family friend batteries regularly need replacing on an old V6 toyota, even when he buys a good battery they never seam to last… I wonder if the alternator is giving poor charge at freeway cruising speeds due to pulley vibration and leading to poor battery life? Could be… Either way. It’s cost him a fair amount since then.

            And give up on this problem “only” affecting 2 people forcing toyota to recall 550,000 cars. Nobody believes that…

          • Dan

            I don’t believe that either actually. The 2 vehicles mentioned were just in Australia. Read the article, (perhaps slowly for your own benefit), and you will catch that line. When I said only 2 vehicles, I said 2 out of 23,222, being the aussie numbers ONLY.

            Going by the aussie proportion of affected vehicles being a mere 0.000086% and assuming similar ratio affects worldwide numbers, we can assume about 48 vehicles have been affected worldwide.

            Of course when you type your comment, it sounds a lot more ridiculous when you quote aussie only affected numbers versus total world recall. Clearly only 2 in the world makes it sound ridiculous. 48 reported vehicles on the other hand sounds a lot more realistic.

      • f1worldchamp

        Dan you have your head in the clouds if you really believe that it took just 2 failures for Toyota to issue the recall.

        • Matty B

          I know Toyota are a bit weary of recalls these days, but I too find it really hard to believe a company as business savy as Toyota could find any sort of business case for issuing quite a large recall as this for the sake of “2” reported instances.

        • Dan

          Guys, the 2 vehicles mentioned, were in Australia only. Worldwide no doubt the number is higher. Going by the propotion of affected vehicles in Australia versus total recalled, assuming the ratio remains the same for worldwide, it’s probably more like 50 vehicles worldwide that have been affected.

          • UniversityOfGoogle

            LMAO yet more victims of the Australian Education System.

            Whereabouts can you go to learn to read these days :]

            Or is it mathematics? Did the number “2” confuse you somehow f1worldchamp?

          • Dan

            LOL. I’ve noticed with toyota haters, they don’t read stuff properly, as soon as they see remotely negative news, they jump on the bandwagon haha. Lame!

          • AndyGF

            Dan and UniGooch…

            It was ONLY I who said somewhat incorrectly that it was ‘2’ of 550,000 people causing the recall.

            Either way… You two obviously like your semantics and I cant blame you, I would count every thousandth of a percent I could get if I was a toyota enthusiast too. In the realm of possibilities, ‘virtually infinitely small’ and ‘infinitely small’ are still one in the same.

          • Dan

            Did you just call me a Toyota enthusiast? Is there even sucha thing? Haha, I’ve never owned a Toyota in my life. Although my dad had a HiAce van once…

          • UniversityOfGoogle

            So whats that, you’re admitting you can’t count?


            Didn’t realise you had to be a “Toyota enthusiast” to be able to count (or read).

            Another serving of concrete porridge perhaps?

  • Matty B

    Just read the article again, it does say 2 in Australia, don’t know how many cases have been reported in the US or worldwide. Must be having a few larger issues overseas.

    • svd

      You could also question if the 2 reported were high kilometres or had special operating circumstances. It may be that there are many more where the owner has paid for there harmonic balancers to be replaced because the vehicle is out of warranty. Many may go un-noticed if for example the timing marks are not on the part that moves after debonding. There have been many cases in the past with other makes where the part with the timing marks has moved and the engine cannot be correctly timed for ignition timing (more apparent with older vehicles with points that required regular ignition timing checks. Toyota would be particularly sensitive to issues after the sticking throttle issue cost them heavily in adverse publicity.

  • Dan

    Looks like AndyGF and the rest of the toy hating bandwagon jumped on about 14 different computers and started voting against my posts lol. You’re pathetic!

    • AndyGF

      Actually dan… My real name is Stanley and I had Halle Berry rubbing my back while I swordfish style (using 9 screens simultaneously en al) haxxed my way into CA servers and clicked your little -1 button there 15 times.

      You are a special kind of naive aren’t you dan… ^_^
      And you said I need a foil hat?

      • Dan

        Ha! We have admission of guilt! I knew it was you!

      • Im the Big Bad Wolf

        Andy you must be a good friend of Julian Assange….Give my regards to him..

    • Dan

      Only 22 negative votes. COme on, you can do better! Mark this one down, I dare yous!

      • AndyGF

        Make that -23, I forgot to add my -1…

        • Dan

          You can add a few more of your -1… go on.

  • GTI


    You’re hilarious! Such a vigourous and repetitive defence of Toyota. Take it easy bro.

    • Toyman

      Only doing what he’s paid to do.

      • Dan

        Someone is paying me to do what?

    • Dan

      Slow day at work, may as well stir up toy haters.

  • Eric


    0.000086% or 2 in 24,222.

    Has Failyota inspected all 24,222. If not there might be another one or one thousand or even another ten thousand more pulleys to be replaced.


    • UniversityOfGoogle

      Or another million or billion.

      Or it could be zero.

      Your point being?

      • Eric

        I don’t point, coz it’s rude to point.

        Toyota have not inspected all the cars yet so Dan’s 0.000086% will not be accurate for long.

        I am surprised a UniversityOfGoole need that explained to them.

        Maybe UniversityOfClearAsMud is a more appropriate user name for you.


    • Dan

      There might. Or there might not. Let’s have some bets!

      • Eric

        I bet there is at least 1 one more. Deffiantly not one less.