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2013 Scion FR-S Abnormal Chirp Squeak – TSB

Toyota has released a technical service bulletin for the 2013 Scion FR-S to address an abnormal noise coming from the car’s high pressure fuel pump assembly. Read on if your vehicle is making a strange noise.

2013 Scion FR-S Abnormal Chirp Squeak - TSB

Toyota is recalling certain Scion FR-S models to fix an abnormal noise issue.


The TSB (S-SB-0023-12) pertains to “some vehicles may exhibit a high pitch chirp or squeak noise from the High Pressure Fuel Pump Assembly when the engine is fully warmed up and idling.”

It applies to Scion FR-S models with the production change effective VIN number of JF1ZNAA1#D#709026.

The fix is covered as part of Toyota’s Powertrain Warranty of 60 months or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first from the vehicle’s in-service date. And this warranty repair only covers this bulletin.

The fix:

  1. In order to repair the vehicle, first test drive it for 10 minutes to make sure the engine is warmed up.
  2. While the engine is idling, listen for any abnormal sounds that may be coming from the high pressure fuel pump assembly. Note that a mechanical ticking sound is normal and you are really listening for a high pitch chirp or squeak nose.
  3. If the car presents this abnormal sound, replace the high pressure fuel pump assembly with a new part.
  4. Confirm the repair by following the prior procedures.

With any repair like this, it is recommended that you visit your local Toyota service department to have their trained technicians complete the work.

Have you had this issue? Was it resolved with the replacement part? Let us know by commenting below.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mike T #

    First generation cars tend to have some teething issues, and Scion‘s latest baby, the FR-S is not without it’s quirks. Owners of the FR-S can breathe a little easier thanks to a new technical service bulletin (TSB) that resolves an annoying noise emitted by the car.

    April 20, 2014
  2. Will #

    thankfully Toyota/Scion is following up and taking care of the problem….

    April 20, 2014
  3. Angela #

    Unfortunately, they have deemed this noise “normal”. I’ve had my FRS since May 2013. That irritating noise starting in about 6 months, but I guess I let it go for a while. My husband took it in to get it fixes. They knew exactly what it was, and it was replaced. Within 2-3 months, the noise was back! I just went to drop off my FRS for a 2nd replacement (on 9-13-14), and the Toyota Tech told me that they won’t replace anymore fuel pumps because “Toyota” considers it a normal sound since the new ones do the same thing. Does that make any sense? I guess it does if you can’t fix the problem.

    September 15, 2014
    • Jason Lancaster #

      Angela – Disappointing. Toyota might be washing their hands of this one simply because it’s Subaru’s engine, but I don’t know that for sure.

      If there’s good news, it’s that the market for a used FR-S is pretty strong. You can probably trade out of it without much trouble if the noise really bothers you. :)

      September 16, 2014

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