Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!





Toyota Tacoma (2004 and earlier)

11214161718

Comments

  • toy03toy03 Posts: 4
    the noise in the dash has a sevice bulletin on it nv006-02 tell the dealer i have a 2003 that had the same promblem they installed a noise suppression kit and new clips.also thers a recall on the lower ball joints ssc 50j.
  • fox6fox6 Posts: 3
    Been driving on Padre is. beach for 10 years never lowered tire pressure.Key to not getting stuck is to stay just above swash line on beach.Which is area where wave rolls back out & sand is normally packed hard. Wemake 63 mile trips down Padre with no trouble. foxo6
  • wtwolfewtwolfe Posts: 1
    HI ALL / NEWBIE TO THE BOARDS. HAD MY BEAUTIFUL BLACK 97 TACOMA EXTENDED CAB 4X4 IN FOR (PA) INSPECTION YESTERDAY. MY MECHANIC CALLED ME TO STOP BY TO SEE SOMETHING. BOTH FRAME RAILS FROM THE FRONT DOORS BACK TO THE REAR WHEELS WERE ROTTED THROUGH!!! ALSO THE CROSS MEMBER WHICH SUPPORTS THE GAS TANK, SUSPENSION ETC. WAS SHOT. THE TRUCK IS BARELY BROKE IN WITH 75K ON THE ODO. I INTEND ON CONTACTING THE HIGH AND MIGHTY AT TOYOTA WITH THIS SITUATION TO SEE IF THIS HAS BEEN AN ISSUE IN THE PAST WITH OTHER TRUCKS / AND HOPEFULLY RESOLVE MY DILEMA... ANYONE EVER ENCOUNTER THIS PROBLEM WITH THEIR SIMILAR TRUCK; I SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU; AT THIS POINT, I'M OPEN TO ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS. THANKS IN ADVANCE, BILL :sick:
  • hey guys, im looking at getting some new rims for my 2002 4wd tacoma, right now it has 16" rims on it with umm 265/70/r16 tires, and am looking to mix up the look at bit and throw some 20's on there with low pros, im just wondering if or how much they will rub...something i may have to just try? my buddys got an escalade with 20's he may sell...any ideas if the offsets and such will work? thanks! :confuse:
  • izahick1izahick1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Tacoma 4wd w/3.4 V6, 5 speed. I just upgraded to the K&N cold air intake. Now when I down shift and smash down on the gas pedal it is very sluggish up until it hits 4500 RPM,then it will sit you back in your seat. The fuel millage has even droped bad. The truck only has 40,000 miles on it, and has been taken care of. I would really appricate some input.

    Thanks
  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    Check out these websites customtacos.com, ttora.com, yotatech.com, Tundrasolutions.com, Toyotanation.com search the forums alot of people post there and give impressions on thier trucks performation and results with after4market upgrades Ive read that K&n FIPK does reduce gas mileage on one of these sights,you could have saved alot of money by doing what they call a deckplate modification better results and less money check out those websites listed and do searchs on FIPK and deckplate mod.
  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    Check out this website before purchasing Air Induction Mods it is www.gadgetonline.com/airinduction.htm this guy dyno tested a few different air induction systems including the K&N FIPK and others with results taken on dynometer. One of the best is called the Elbow modification and doesnt cost a dime exact about a 1/2 hour of time and I did it to my 2004 Taco V6 TRD today. Just remove factory airbox three 12mm bolts and right where it bolts to the fender there are two 10mm bolts remove these and pull out a 90 degree elbow that restricts air into the intake box after that is out replace box and keep elbow for soveigner. I did this and it does have better throttle response and quicker off the line pickup most improvement is when driving high speeds 45-55mph. My truck has a TRD airfilter and article recommends replacing paper filter with K&N or Amsoil filter for better air induction. Two things I have noticed since doing mod is although more air gets to Air box so does more grit and road debris into box but checked air filter and seems to be doing its job and stopping it from entering intake tube,also more dust seems to be getting into engine compartment since there is a gap where elbow was removed but I plugged it. But power is up and if MPGs go up I leave as is,if not will consider putting back elbow,I dont have a warm fuzzy feeling knowing more dirt is getting into intake area but if filter holds out then its OK.If anybody has done this in past please post results Ill comment on MPGs if anyone is interested.
  • I drive a 2002 Tacoma, with the 3.4 V6, and have recently added a throttle body spacer and a cold air intake (generic kind, same as K&N, just no name) parts cost me @ $200, and install was simple, and my gas mileage (and power) has incresed dramatically (from about 13L/100km (18mpg) to between 9-10L/100km (23-26mpg) and all of this with more power, bronze grade fuel. And its an automatic transmission :)
  • tacogoldtacogold Posts: 1
    looking for factory wheels 2002 toyota tacoma 4wd possible trade I have 16x8 eagle alloy polished
  • jazzbeaujazzbeau Posts: 10
    This is my second post. I have been totally amazed with this truck. I live along the I-5 corridor in Northern California near Mt Shasta. This truck has been the best investment in a vehicle that I have ever made. Knock-on-wood, I've never had anything go wrong, break, etc on this truck. I bought it in July '02. It had 23,400 miles on it and it now has just turned 60k. Mileage has been consistantly between 20-24. I had at one time a low of 19 and a high of 25 but 20-24 is most consistent. What blows me away about this truck is that when I appraise it on Edmunds.. they value it at $12,200.. It does have quite a few options and its condition I put as "Good". Only regular maintenace has been done, and I just put a new set Herculese Terra Tracs on it. My only regret is that the cab is a little to small :)
  • skel10skel10 Posts: 1
    I have an 01 tacoma 3.4L. The problem is I am having is the check engine light comes on. The codes indicate that there is to much air flow. I've tried unhooking the battery to reset the computer,but the the light just keeps coming on. Is there something I am not doing? This is a real pain because the truck can't pass inspection. Any help would be great.
  • I have heard of similar problems before...if you oiled your air filer, theres a good chance you put too much on, try cleaning your MAF with electrical contact cleaner, clean the oil off the filter, and just put a light coat on the outside of it. unhook battery like you did, should make it go away. too much air flow though...thats different, give the clean a try and see what happens
  • ustazzafustazzaf Posts: 311
    There is only one way that this is possible. The vehicle has been flooded and left in the water for a very long time (most likely salt water).
  • kinger2kinger2 Posts: 2
    I have a 2004 Tacoma double cab and have had a vibration problem in the front end ever since we bought it. It was purchased used and has 74,000kms on it. Toyota had a recall on lower ball joints for the 2004 models and we just had them replaced. We also have had our stock rims and tires rebalanced numerous times. It seems as if the vibration comes through the steering wheel at speeds around 80-110kms hr. We had the frame checked for alignment and have had most of the front end checked for suspension. I had the truck up on blocks yesterday and when I spun the front wheels it seems as though the tires hop up and down. I almost think possible bent front hubs, out of balance brake rotors or worn bearings...Any Ideas???
  • kinger2kinger2 Posts: 2
    Go to tirerack.com where you can calculate exactly what will fit and what will hit. It also lets you see what the rims will look like on your ride.
  • stone45stone45 Posts: 2
    Hi Bill:

    I just experienced the same problem you had with your 1997 tacoma;went for inspection,got called in;frame totally rusted; needless to say I was shocked !; am in the process of waiting to hear from the higher ups and wondered if you had any luck; the dealer told me this never happens and two very reputable and experienced auto body guys said the same thing; anyway, would appreciate to know how you made out with the higher ups!

    Thanks
    Gladstone
  • i have 4 factory wheels 02 tacoma 4wd step side - trying to sell
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    pssst... no selling in the Forums :)
  • Sorry - didn't read the rules of the road - I'm new -

    thanks
  • skeaterskeater Posts: 2
    to much oil can give the mass air flow sensor problems and a good electrical cleaner should fix it just put oil on the outside of the fillter this will decrease the chanse of oil build up on the mass air flow sensor to clear that code i am sorry to say that battery trick is out dated go to autozone ask for there OBD2 code reader its in loan a tool so it will end up being a free rent and just erase the code with the tool good luck
  • skeaterskeater Posts: 2
    the bigger the tires the harder to balance make sure you have your wheels balanced by a pro check for bent wheels too. you may want to see about changeing the tires
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    image

    We are doing some reorganization of topics here, in an effort to make things a little more focused and easier to follow. For those of you who regularly read this discussion, we invite you to check out the new focused discussions here at the Toyota Tacoma Group. We would like you to use these discussions first, based on your particular question or comment. This discussion will continue to be where owners can hang out and make general comments about their Tacos, but if you have specific component questions, we'd like you to use some of the others (e.g. Body Accessories for things like grille guards, side steps, tonneaus).

    Thanks!
    kcram - Pickups Host
  • I have a 2004 Tacoma and need to change the oil. I can't budge the oil filter. Truck has 18000 miles on it I hope the oil was changed since it left the factory.

    I have a rubber band type filter wrench and it won't begin to untighten the filter. What's up?
  • blobblob Posts: 2
    I had the same problem! Somebody has a gorilla hired to put the filters on!
    I found a vice-grip type pliers that pipe fitters use.
    It has curved jaws that grip round objects without slippage.
    Worked first try! Not too tight, and try to clamp it on where you can get some torque on it with your arm.
    You can find these pliers in a foreign knock off brand.
    I didn't want to spend a lot before I knew it would work.
    Remember to put a garbage bag up around the filter after you get the seal popped, it is a real mess when the filter comes off!
    Good luck!
    Blob
  • mjp29mjp29 Posts: 2
    My 2004 4WD Tacoma SR5 extra cab has these tires from the factory.

    Around 30,000 miles, I noticed abnormal wear on the outer part of the tires. A tire dealer told me (for a $20 alignment check) it needed to be shimmied up so wear wouldn't occur on the outside of the tires (even though their alignment system said it was in range of good alignment). Decided to take it to a Toyota dealer. Took it to a Toyota dealer and had it aligned for $90 - even though the print out said it was only off 0.02 on the front (which I suspect it was within factory alignment and didn't need aligned but they didn't offer an alignment check - was told once it's entered into the computer you get an aligment (end of story) but that's another post I suppose.

    Now, at the next oil change (asked for rotation also) the tires are abnormally wearing on the inside of the tires. The oil change company asked if I had bad suspension or something and said at 35psi my tires shouldn't be wearing like this on the sides since that's more pressure than Toyota recommends for the tires (something like 26 and 28 psi).

    What puzzles me is that I've been running them at 35psi for a while and suspect they should be wearing on the middle of the tires if anywhere.

    I'm at 37,000 miles and will buy new tires soon, but I wonder if this truck has a problem and will just chew up the edges of the new tires I have installed.

    p.s. How many miles is this BFG tire rated for, anyone know?
  • 04 PreRunner - 4 cyl - A/T - 25K miles - recently started this - refuses to shift up to high range until traveled at least a mile. So if I jump right on the freeway, I'm revving in lower range way, way too long.

    If dealer knew answer, I probably wouldn't be asking here.
  • It's too early for any "normal" tranny problems. Have you done any work on it recently?

    --
    Marcus
    http://www.TacomaWorld.com/
  • i recently broke my rear passenger leaf spring on my 98 tacoma, and only can find replacement springs at a reasonable price that go to a 1997, does anyone know if these will work or a good website where i can find some at a reasonable price?
  • Count me in...I have a 1998 Tacoma in excellent driving condition with no body rust, but the frame rails have SEVERE rust rot where you can poke your finger through the bottom of the rails. The truck has been parked due to the VERY UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS condition of the frame. Dealer has never seen anything like it. Contacted Toyota Customer Service with a reply of..."Sir, you have to take responsibility of your truck sooner or later."

    Have you had any luck with the Toyota Higher Ups? If so what procedure (phone call(s), written letter(s),..) was used?

    Thanks

    OT
    apollo_109@yahoo.com
  • Just bot a 99 V6 and need to decide whether to buy a ball for the bumper or go with a Class III.

    Question 1:
    It looks like a one inch diameter shaft opening, and it looks like I will need at least 2 1/2 inches of shaft length to screw on the nut.

    Is this what most of you have bought, 1" x 2 1/2" ?

    Question 2:
    What did the original tow package include?

    thx,
    Gringo1
Sign In or Register to comment.