Toyota Replaces Faulty Oil Hose

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Toyota has widened its campaign to replace faulty engine oil supply hoses, which may degrade and begin to leak, to more than 217,000 additional vehicles in the United States. That brings the total to more than 934,000.

This condition may cause oil to leak from the [Variable Valve Timing with intelligence] oil hose, producing abnormal engine noise and [causing] the oil pressure light to illuminate, Toyota stated.

The Toyota City, Japan-based manufacturer termed the voluntary effort a limited service campaign, noting it wasnt required to submit a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about it. Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail.

On Feb. 22, Toyota announced the third phase of the campaign, which involves 128,800 Avalon (model years 2007 to 2009) and 89,000 RAV4 V6 (2007 to 2009) vehicles in the U.S. Last year, Toyota announced phases one and two, which affected 342,200 Avalon (2005 to 2006), Camry (2007 to early 2010) and RAV4 V6 (2006) models, and 374,000 Lexus ES 350 (2007 to 2008) and RX 350 (2007 to 2009) vehicles.

Toyota dealers will replace the oil hose with a newly designed one at no charge to the customer. The repair takes an estimated one hour to complete. The company will offer the repair campaign until March 31, 2013.

The campaign is unrelated to Toyotas safety recalls concerning sticking accelerator pedals and floor mat pedal entrapment.

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