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I've seen references to various service bulletins in several posts.

I live pretty far from the Toyota dealer, so I do my own scheduled maintenance. Am I wrong to assume Toyota will tell me directly if
something important is issued?

Is there a site where I can see bulletins and their applicability? :?:
 

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There's bulletins, and then there's campaigns. Bulletins alert dealers and techs to things they should know about repairing vehicles such as how to use tools, and alerts on how to fix common issues.

Campaigns are like recalls, where clients with affected vehicles are notified by mail, as well as the tech and dealer notified of the problem, and how to fix it. The brake switch and the NAV DVD update are examples. There has been 2 campains for reprogramming, but there were also a few bulletins on new recalibration codes dealing with DTC 'failed to start'.
 

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any emissions or safety related campaigns you will receive a letter about it, or can call Toyota and ask if there are any outstanding campaigns/recalls on your vehicle (call your dealer, call Toyota, etc.)

the Nav DVD campaign is more of a customer relations thing.

TSBs are just notes to the dealer techs about some notes for commonly seen/reported problems, and how to troubleshoot or fix them, or updates to the repair manuals, or info on new tools. You will not receive notice from Toyota about them (but if something becomes common enough, it might get elevated to a service campaign). Depending on your dealer, you might be able to get a copy from them.

You can find the TSBs at http://techinfo.toyota.com/ (along with campaign info, owner's and repair manuals, training guides, wiring diagrams, etc.)

You can skim through recent TSBs here: http://www.alldata.com/tsb/

When I can get my hands on them (usually people post them or send them to me), I've been collecting Prius TSBs here: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/toy ... iles/TSBs/
(note that in order to view files on a Yahoogroup you must be a member. you do not have to get email, though, and it's a free registration.)
 
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