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Big deal or no? 6-day-old 2022 Tundra door lock requires repairs


In this video, Publisher Tim Esterdahl tells the story behind his 6-day-old 2022 Toyota Tundra going into the shop and how Toyota’s response to the issue made all the difference in the world. If your 2022 Tundra door lock is going crazy or you know someone who has this issue with their new Tundra, this video is a must-watch.

Let’s set the stage

After waiting several weeks for his new truck, Esterdahl finally gets the call that it’s ready to pick up. He flies to Houston, Texas, to take delivery at a dealership near the Tundra plant and prepares to drive the truck 11k miles home to Nebraska. Tired, hungry and already frustrated by having to learn a new infotainment system (more to come on that) Esterdahl was surprised to find he may have gotten a lemon of a truck.

2022 Tundra door lock goes crazy

You know how new vehicles can automatically lock their doors when you put the car in reverse or drive? Well, the Tundra attempted this, but the front driver’s side lock kept locking and unlocking in a fast sequence that would drive anybody crazy. Esterdahl didn’t know what to think, so he shot a quick video and sent it off to someone at Toyota to report it and ask what he might be missing. The issue continued all day and severely complicated getting the truck locked up for the night when Esterdahl had to stop on his long road trip home.

Next morning, the problem was gone. Magically fixed. Tim let the engineers know, but they insisted on coming to have a look at it. That was Friday night. By Monday morning, five engineers from Toyota had made their way to Esterdahl’s hometown dealership in Nebraska. They spent a day and a half going over every inch of the truck, and they were not only able to replicate the issue but also to fix it.

What this means for you

Toyota went above and beyond for Esterdahl. Yes, its true he has some connections and an everyday customer may not have seen such a quick response, but Toyota didn’t do this just for Esterdahl and the potential feedback on this channel. Toyota did this because it wanted to know if this was going to be an issue with more of its new 2022 Tundra door locks. Additionally, the sooner the automaker knew about the issue and the sooner a fix could be implemented on the line, the fewer people would have issues and need repairs.

Be sure to watch the video for the full story. We think you’ll be impressed, and we know you’ll feel Esterdahl’s pain as he tells the story of trying to get his truck locked up after a long day on the road.

And stay tuned, because Esterdahl has a lot more to share about this truck and his 2022 Toyota Tundra playlist is expanding rapidly!

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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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  1. Robert vogel December 26, 2021

    Is the new 2022 tundra limited TRD worth the money?

    How come you didn’t buy the side step?

    I know you spoke to Toyota did you ask them about the poor phone charge and the warmth of the steering wheel?

    1. Erica Mueller January 6, 2022

      I know he did ask about the steering wheel and it seems like maybe its just his truck because others have said it gets plenty warm. 🙂
      He’s looking for the sidestep. Hasn’t found one in-stock anywhere yet!

  2. Jon L January 3, 2022

    I just bought a 2022 limited tundra Wednesday the 29 th of December I drove it home from the dealer it had 22 miles on odometer I drove it to the store Thursday and didn’t drive again till Friday. Friday the 31st the truck started having issues. While parking in reverse my truck turned off. When I restated it had a error code stating the parking breaks were stuck. Then I got a second warning with a check engine light saying Advanced ultrasonic detecting system failed.
    Then Sunday I drove it about 5 miles and it turned again while driving. Today the 3rd of Jan I got a new check engine warning saying my truck was driving at reduced engine power. Then a new warning Malfunction in the Electronic control Of the engine or throttle. I took it to O’Reillys they did a Diagnostics on it Turbo charger supercharger Westgate a stuck closed notification. I’m stressing out a little bit needless to say.

    1. Erica Mueller January 6, 2022

      Holy smokes. That’s freaky stuff. I’d be taking that thing right back to the dealership and telling them to call me when its fixed.


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