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2022 Tundra rust report: What will we find in this undercarriage view?


While at the dealership for repairs on his 6-day old Tundra, publisher Tim Esterdahl had the chance to check out the truck’s undercarriage to see how it is holding up as well as if there is any rust on the truck. If you are shopping for a 2022 Tundra, check out this 2022 Tundra rust report video.

Best undercarriage view ever?

I think one of my favorite things about Esterdahl’s video is that he goes over every inch of the underside of his new truck, giving us a view that not many people ever see. I mean, unless you’re in the plant or you’re a mechanic, you’re not likely to get to walk around under your truck and see all of this!

2022 Tundra rust report

We’ve got to start with the rust report because we all know how crazy things got when Esterdahl found rust under his new F-150 last year — after just two months of ownership. This discovery sent us on a crazy mission to find out which new trucks have rust and how to prevent undercarriage rust.

With the truck up on a lift, Esterdahl is able to walk around and thoroughly check the 2022 Tundra for any signs of rust. He’s also able to report that the areas that usually see rust first are well-coated and protected, which makes him smile. The only rust to report is some light surface rust on the muffler, but that is totally normal and to be expected due to the type of metal used.

More undercarriage notes

Since he had such a great view, Esterdahl took the opportunity to check over everything and answer a few questions from potential customers.

  1. Catalytic converter: The 2022 Tundra has 4 of them. This is all about fuel economy and emissions. For those who live in an area where catalytic converters are often stolen, two of these are pretty easily accessible. It may be smart to look for an aftermarket device to make those harder to access.
  2. Oil filter: To change the truck’s canister-style oil filter, you will need to remove two bolts to drop the air dam into service mode. Then two more bolts to remove a cover so you can replace the oil filter. A little inconvenient maybe, but not too bad. And the bolt to drain the oil is super easy-access if you’re looking to change your truck’s oil yourself.
  3. Tow hooks: Or lack thereof. Some people are making a big deal out of the Tundra’s lack of tow hooks, so Esterdahl spends some time looking at how the frame is built, whether hooks could be added, and where you’d attach a strap to pull the truck out should you get stuck.
  4. Skid plates: Esterdahl has an off-road truck, but not the TRD Pro, so he only has skid plates on his fuel tank. These aren’t metal, but they are high-impact polyethylene, and they are sturdy.

These are just a few of the many things Esterdahl covers, so be sure to watch the video to see if your questions have been answered. If they haven’t, drop them in the comments below!


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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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