A RECALL has been issued for a Toyota genuine accessory auxiliary battery kit, as fitted to the Hilux 4x4 (GUN125/126) and 4x2 Hi Rider (GUN136) diesel models.
Due to persistent vibration when driving off-road, the auxiliary battery kit (part number PZQ85-89560) is said to damage its host vehicle’s mounting points on the fender apron.
This can cause the battery assembly to shift and obstruct the surrounding engine wiring harness, which can damage the wires and result in a possible engine stall.
For an expert opinion on the issue, we gave the battery professionals at Piranha Off Road Products a call. Piranha Off Road Products has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and it specialises in dual battery systems. It has a wide range of battery products available, including its recently released LIDL3 LED wiring harness.
“Errors can occur because installers are often not mindful of the surrounding wiring loom,” Piranha Off Road’s MD, Alan Johnson, said. “And so this typically compromises the loom.”
He recommended owners head back to Toyota for a fix, as the affected vehicles will still be under warranty.
Owners of affected vehicles will receive a letter in the mail from Toyota, where they’ll be advised to take their rig to the closest Toyota dealer for inspection and reparation.