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2nd Generation Toyota 4Runners (90-95)

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  • :confuse: Hi,
    We recently bought through a used car dealer a 1990 4runner, with 175,000 miles, stout vehicle, ran a carfax report and we are the 2 owners. The report didn't say anything about the vehicle being repaired. My question is being the second owners are we entitled to take our 4runner to Toyota to be repaired?
    And my other question is where can I find a owners manual for my '90, because I have located the fuse box (under the hood)and I want to replace the fuse(guessing here) for the lighter. but the are buttons that I have no idea what they are. The "Haynes Book" doesn't cover that.
    The buttons in question are
    Located near the shifter "ECT" BUTTON
    Located on the shifter is "shift lock over ride"

    I need to know what they are for, and if the recall applies to us.

    Thanks to all who reply.
  • toy4runtoy4run Posts: 10
    Hello,

    You are eligible to get it repaired for any recalls on it. I have a 1995 and am the 5th owner and got something repaired on it that had a recall...the steering rod.

    The ECT button is just like a power button...gives you more power up the hills...basically holds the rpms longer.

    Not to sure on the shift lock over ride button dont think mine has one.

    As for the Manual maybe you can find on ebay or craigslist.
  • toy4runtoy4run Posts: 10
    :shades: Selling my 4Runner not sure how much I should sell it for hehe! I know it sounds bad. Gas prices are going up and out of my three vehicles its the one that would be the best to sell. Has 196500 miles on it. The heads have been replaced, new radiator, new front heater core, new shocks, HD coil spring in the rear, magnaflow exhaust, brighter headlights, if you look on my carspace the have pictures of it. Has no oil leaks got the oil pan leak fixed and the main seal was fixed as well. Really hate to get rid of this vehicle but it has to go! Let me know if you have an offer. Its located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. :shades:
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    That's a lot of miles - for a price, appraise it and get the True Market Value.
  • did Toyota make 4 cylinder 4runners with sun/moonrof? what years did they make the 4 cylinder? What is the gas mileage with standard tires, generally on average? Did they have the same problems (and recall) with steering tie rods and the head gasket?

    How much would i expect to pay for one? thanks, Liz
  • toy4runtoy4run Posts: 10
    I believe they made 4cyl all thru 1st and 3rd generations. It was the base engine so i would imagine they came with no sunroof. I had a 1992 with a 5speed 4wd; with a 4cyl 22re is the engine code. It averaged 18 in city and like 20 highway...but the power band for it was low going uphills i sometimes had to shift to 3rd gear. Np with the head gasket the only think is the timing chain would wear the timing cover and it would leak radiotor fluid into the engine causing engine death. You can go to lcengineering.com they have all kinds of stuff for the 4cyl engine. if you have any question feel free to email.
  • thanks for info re: 4 cyl's. I need a good sound car/truck for Baja, (have a house there on bad, deeply rutted road.) needs to be reliable and have good suspension as well as enough clearance; and 4x4 is a must. Im put off by bad mpg's of the 6 cylinders but 4 aren't much better...........

    Im currently driving an '84 tercel wagon, it is perfect BUT the clearance is pretty low and the suspension is not beefy enough for the roads. it's a tough little engine though.

    what about Toyota's rav4? or a pickup? any suggestions? thanks, Liz
  • My engine hesitates when I hit the throttle causing it to die. It still drives when I'm easy on the throttle. The check engine light does not go on. I have replaced the fuel filter, fuel pump, throttle position sensor, and the mass airflow sensor. What else could it be? By the way it's a 92 Toyota 4runner 3.0 liter V6
  • papifxpapifx Posts: 3
    hello please i need help from all of u guys, i have a 95 4runner 3.0 4x2 ,,, this truck, some times runs good, some times runs baddd, i have it since new from the dealer, the car its not burning the gasoline complete, some times thorws the gasoline by the exaust, some times u can see white smoke coming out from exaust.. ok this is not all, when the truck is in park position, i can hit the pedal and accelerates fine, but one i put it on drive, the truck does not run, sound like if it was carburated ... and very hard get 35 miles per hour, sometimes what i do, is tunr it engine off while im driving, and then turn it back on in neutral, and runs better, but still runs like crab, i have replace, cables, spark plugs, maf sensor, computer,gas filter,gas pump. etc etc, 2 weeks ago i did a ring job, i replaced rings, oil pump. water pump. and timing belt, sensors, val job and etc... please some one help me, im driving crazy with my truck
  • toy4runtoy4run Posts: 10
    have you change the head gaskets....i had a 95 4x4 v6..i had the white smoke problem and alot of what you describe...it turned out to be the heads. Call toyota dealership they may have a recall for your vehicle. They will ask for your vin number of the vehicle. You may get a head job for free! If not then you should check in that direction.
  • toy4runtoy4run Posts: 10
    A 4runner is a solid vehicle! thats funny you have an 84 tercel wagon...i have a 91 corolla alltrac wagon....fun lil vehicle with great gas mileage! A pickup is just like a 4runner with out the suv part in fact they look identical in the inside and from the cab to the front of the engine it is..the rear is the only difference as far as suspension. rav4's are not really an offroad vehicle. If gas mileage is what you want i belive those suzuki's gran vitaras the older 3 cyl ones are good for off roading...if you research them alot of people mod then for rock climbing. it looks like a toy truck/suv. but according to them just as capable as a jeep or toyota. Just a thought!
  • papifxpapifx Posts: 3
    I ALREADY DID THAT,, REPLACE EVERY SINGLE GASKET OR SEAL ALL OVER THE ENGINE, TIMIMG BELT, TENSORS, HEAD GASKETS, CAMS, !! STILL THE SAME, AND I HAVE THIS TRUCK IN VENEZUELA (S.AMERICA) I NOTICED TODAY WHEN ENGINE WAS COLD. THE TRUCK WAS RUNNING NICE,, ANFER GOT HOT,, RUNS BAD :mad:
  • papifxpapifx Posts: 3
    HELLO I HAVE ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH THIS OTHER TRUCK THAT I HAVE, THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMITION DONT SHIFT BYE IT SELF.... BUT IF I SHIFT IT MANUALY WILL WORK FINE!!
    SOME ONE TOLD ME ITS THE COMPUTER!!! WHAT U THINK ABOUT THIS GUYS??? :confuse:
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • I Have done the jumper wire diagnostic also and the code reads normal but the engine still hesitates. It runs like their is something wrong with but it it doesn't want to tell me what is wrong with it. Like I said before, I could it to drive down the street but problem with it really couldn't get me anywhere. So no stored and some parts have been replaced but it still doesn't run great. I am thinking about getting my valves adjusted to see if thats the problem. I can't think of anything else. If you guys have any suggestions that would greatly help me. Again its a 92 4runner V6 3.0 liter. The fuel filter, fuel pump, throttle position sensor, and mass airflow sensor has been replaced.
  • calvinycalviny Posts: 13
    in winter, the temperature gauge reads low or doesn't move at all.. and idling speed running high as well. (1200 rpm)

    in summer time, once it gets hot, the idling speed drops to 3-4oorpm & sometimes it dies. So, I have to adjust the idle screw back to 800rpm... with this same adjustment , it will not work in winter time. (so, I have to adjust it in summer & winter)

    Do you think I have to change the thermostat as it does not open or something else...

    please give me some idea, thanks.
  • My g/f has a 1990 toyota 4runner with the 4cyl engine that has 198,000 miles on it. It runs strong but is slow as can be, it struggles to get up to speed, hills are a joke, we live at the top of one, and the automatic trans seems to shift at awkward speeds ie; in 3rd gear by 20mph and is stubborn about downshifting to get more power. It is the truck that thinks it has more torque than it does. A mechanic friend mentioned altering the timing for more power. I also heard of larger injectors being put in but you have to upgrade other things also. Any advice four a not so expensive way to increase some horsepower, or to make it shift at higher speeds?
  • dteichdteich Posts: 1
    I just bought a 1995 4Runner with only 79K miles. I love this truck. On the 1st day it starts leaking tranny fluid. Has this happend to anyone else? Any idea where it might be coming from?
  • toy4runtoy4run Posts: 10
    I had a 1992 4runner with a 4 cyl 4wd 5speed, it wasnt fast then and we lived near hills aswell sometimes i would have to put it into 3rd gear just to get over the hill at 55 mph. I looked for stuff to improve the engine power but found none. www.lcengineering.com is a great site for 4cyl upgrades and stuff but they may not be cheap.
  • it starts good runs decent not much punch power, recently it it would run a little while then at a stop light it would stall and start right up keep running then it would start to act like it would shoke, it may stall and start with little trouble till it would just stall and would not start till it seemed to cool off, a mechanic could not find the problem, he replace a couple of sensors but it did not fix the problem, he said he gave up I paid $400.00 for this and still the problem is there. Please help.">
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