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Recalls & faults: Toyota Rukus (2010-15)

Recalls: Toyota Rukus

2010 Toyota Rukus

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Manufacturers, or importers, issue recalls for defects or faults which have the potential to cause injury. Generally, manufacturers will inform the original buyers if their vehicle is subject to a recall and of the steps required to remedy the defect or fault. Please note that the recalls below (if any) are for Australian-delivered vehicles only. Furthermore, the number of recalls should not be taken as an indication of a model's reliability or its safety more generally.

Recalls: Toyota Rukus

While a recall was issued for Toyota Rukus vehicles in November 2015 (PRA 2015/14999), this recall was amended in December 2015 and the Toyota Rukus was removed from the list of vehicles recalled.

2010-14 Toyota Rukus: fuel suction plate

In July 2016, a recall was issued for Toyota Rukus vehicles that were manufactured from 26 February 2010 to 30 September 2014. In these vehicles, the fuel suction plate that was located within the fuel tank may develop a crack which could expand over time. As a result, fuel may leak when the vehicle had a full tank of fuel; in the presence of an ignition source, the fuel or fuel vapour posed a fire hazard. The recalled Toyota Rukus vehicles had VINs in the following ranges:
  • JTL KE4FE # 01118199 to JTL KE4FE # 01147096;
  • JTL KE4FE # 0J000107 to JTL KE4FE # 0J065424;
  • JTL ZE4FE # 01118212 to JTL ZE4FE # 01147067; and,
  • JTL ZE4FE # 0J000104 to JTL ZE4FE # 0J065461.

Toyota Rukus: Takata airbag recall

In April 2017, a recall was issued for Toyota Rukus vehicles. The front passenger airbags in these vehicles had propellant wafers that could absorb moisture over time. In the event of a collision, overly aggressive expansion of the airbag could cause the inflator housing to rupture such that metallic fragments could be dispersed throughout the cabin – these fragments posed a serious risk of injury to vehicle occupants (PRA 2017/16010). The recalled Toyota Rukus vehicles were as follows -
  • Manufactured from 26 February 2010 to 30 July 2011: JTL KE4FE # 01118199 to JTL KE4FE # 01147096;
  • Manufactured from 22 August 2011 to 26 December 2012: JTL KE4FE # 0J000107 to JTL KE4FE # 0J030548;
  • Manufactured from 26 February 2010 to 27 July 2011: JTL ZE4FE # 01118212 to JTL ZE4FE # 01147067; and,
  • Manufactured from 22 August 2011 to 26 December 2012: JTL ZE4FE # 0J000104 to JTL ZE4FE # 0J030537.

Problems and faults: Toyota Rukus

2010 Toyota Rukus: silver profile (Australia)
This section identifies potential problems, causes and fixes based on the experiences of owners and repairers, online sources and technical service bulletins. This information is provided solely for reference purposes and AustralianCar.Reviews recommends that only properly qualified persons should be entrusted to carry out repairs or modifications. Furthermore, the number of items identified below should not be taken as an indicator of a model's reliability or the frequency with which they may occur.

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2010-15 Toyota Rukus: excessive oil consumption from 2AZ-FE engine

In November 2015, Toyota issued S-SB-0024-11 Rev 2 which identified that 2008 to 2015 model year Scion xB/Toyota Rukus vehicles with the 2AZ-FE engine and VINs preceding JTLZE4FE#FJ069331 may experience excessive oil consumption. The excessive oil consumption was caused by oil getting past the piston rings and into the combustion chamber. There have been reports of excessive oil consumption for 2AZ-FE powered vehicles with mileages as low as 70,000 kms, though it is more commonly experienced from 100,000 to 120,000 kms.

From T-SB-0158-14 and S-SB-0031-14, oil consumption would be considered excessive if it exceeded more than 1 quart (approximately 1 litre) of oil for 1200 miles (1930 km) of normal driving. If this threshold was exceeded, the piston assembly (i.e. pistons and piston rings) would be replaced – this required the engine to be removed from the vehicle. It is understood that vehicles produced after VIN JTLZE4FE#FJ069331 had a revised piston assembly.

In May 2015, Toyota USA initiated a ‘Warranty Enhancement Program’ known as Limited Service Campaign (LSC) ZE7 for the 2AZ-FE engine. As part of this program,
  • Toyota informed owners that they could seek reimbursement for the cost of previous repairs to address excessive oil consumption;
  • Owners were advised that they could have an engine oil consumption test to determine if their vehicle was experiencing excessive oil consumption. The threshold for this test was the same as described in T-SB-0158-14 and S-SB-0031-14 (i.e. 1 quart per 1200 miles); and,
  • For vehicles with excessive oil consumption, the pistons would be replaced at no cost to the owner.

As part of the warranty enhancement, the ‘Primary Coverage’ period lasted until October 31, 2016, regardless of mileage. Once the ‘Primary Coverage’ period ended, a ‘Secondary Coverage’ period commenced and was applicable from ten (10) years from the date of first use or 150,000 miles (241,350 kms), whichever occurred first.

2010-12 Toyota Rukus: Malfunction Indicator Light and DTC P0335

In October 2012, Toyota USA issued Technical Service Bulletin S-SB-0025-12 for Toyota Rukus/Scion xB vehicles that had 2.4-litre 2AZ-FE engines. Intermittently, the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) may illuminate and diagnostic trouble code (DTC) P0335 may be logged in the powertrain control module. According to the service bulletin, these symptoms were caused by an intake camshaft gear assembly which did not meet specifications. To fix, the intake camshaft timing gear assembly was to be replaced with an improved part (part no. 13050-28021).