The warranty claim for Blake Alvarado's GR86, which suffered a spun bearing while autocrossing, will be honored.
The saga of the 2022 Toyota GR86 blown engine may be coming to an end.
If you’ve been on the internet this week you probably saw the story of Blake Alvarado’s GR86, which spun a bearing during an autocross in mid-July. According to Alvarado, his dealership decided against covering the engine rebuild under warranty after finding a picture online of the car getting sideways, leaving him with an $11,000 repair estimate.
The story’s popularity seems to have caught the attention of higher-ups at Toyota, because the automaker has changed course on the decision. Alvarado told The Drive his warranty claim will now be approved after speaking with a representative from Toyota’s executive office. That representative also told Alvarado he should be able to use the car at future autocross and track day events without putting his warranty in jeopardy.
Alvarado confirmed the news to Road & Track via Facebook messenger. We’ve reached out to Toyota for a statement.
And what of the real reason for the engine failure? RTV, a gasket-making material used in the GR86’s engine, was allegedly to blame for Alvarado’s spun bearing. According to Alvarado’s original Facebook post, excess material got into the lubrication system and clogged the oil pickup tube. Toyota has yet to issue any sort of service bulletin or recall regarding the issue.