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Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair



  • uscxvuscxv Posts: 8
    I own a 2003 with the V6 engine. The oil is very easy to change. There is a guard over the drain plug that is very easily removed with the flat end of the screw driver. Once removed the drain plug is very accessible.

    Honestly a piece of cake to do.
  • tsu670tsu670 Posts: 289
    Dear USCXV,

    Thanks for your reply. I'm new to the Toyota brand. For some reason I had it in my head that the dealer had to change the oil and do the various inspections outlined in the maintenance schedule in order to keep the warranty valid. But the dealer assured me such is not the case.

    I've enjoyed changing the oil in my own vehicles for years, not necessarily to save a few bucks, but because I've heard too many horror stories from friends who took their cars to quick lube places.

    I'll still take it in to the dealer from time to time, especially for things like checking the differential, but it's nice to know I can do the oil changes myself when I feel like it.

    So as I was writing this, I wondered if the dealer sells a "how to" maintenance manual specific to 4Runners, and gave the Parts Department a call. The "manual" they sell is actually a group of about 10 maintenance manuals put out by Helms in California (not by Toyota) at a cost of about $300-$400. He suggested I try to find a more general purpose Haynes manual, or something similar, at a retail auto parts store (like NAPA).
  • Ughh, I just take mine to the dealer. I cannot be bothered doing such dirty tasks.
  • Just read your thread and am having the similar and additional problems on my 07
    V8 Limited. Problem with clunking stopping and starting, along with hard shift after stopping and when starting. If you would be able to forward any additional info you have reguarding your researched info on the driveline replacement it would be very helpful when I return to the dealership. They told me that the tech drove it and it felt fine, even with the computer hooked up - thanks for listening.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    This has been discussed here and other places on the net. This is usually an isolated instance and does not happen all the time. Toyota insists that when it happens it doesn't hurt anything. There is an Lexus model drive train replacement solution, but it has not (and probably won't) be issued on the 4Runners.

    Good luck!
  • I am looking at buying a used 1997 4-runner with 140,000 miles. Can someone tell me what questions I should ask before I take it to my mechanic (who is very busy...don't want to take it unless I'm serious.) This has been on the market for awhile so I'm thinking something has to be wrong.

  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    First of all, find another mechanic who has the time. Don't know where you are located, but there are some "National Chain" type places that will check the basic things (brakes, hoses, etc.) for a flat fee.

    In addition to that, I would make sure it has a complete compression check and make sure you or some one who is qualified put it up on a rack and have a real close look at the frame, etc.

    In short, this is basic stuff you should do to any high-miles used car before you buy it.

    Good luck!
  • I have a 2006 sr5 4wd with 30,000 miles that has done the same thing. It seems to be random, and doesnt happen often. It sounds like the transmission doesnt shift properly when it happens. I thought it was weird too. Let me know if you find anything else out.
    ty .
  • loi177loi177 Posts: 10
    When a Toyota Dealer sells a Certified vehicle.does it still need to be checked by independent mechanic?. there is 2005 4Runner with 80,000 mile on it and it is certified warranty for 2 years. Does the certification includes agianst drop in mileage.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,025

    "Our advice is to always have any pre-owned vehicle you intend to buy inspected by both a mechanic and a body shop. The cost of these inspections is cheap insurance and will give you piece of mind that what you are buying is actually worth your hard earned money, and is a safe purchase."

    Certified Pre-Owned: Don't Let The Label Fool You

    Obviously not all horror stories will be as bad as this one, but buyer beware.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    This has been on the market for awhile so I'm thinking something has to be wrong.

    Well, yeah, it has 140,000 miles on it! How much they want for this jewel? Who is selling it? Private, Reputable dealer, metal lot?
  • I own a 98 4Runner. It has around 90K miles on it. I recently have trouble starting it in the mornings. It doesn't start during the first 3 or 4 tries. It starts during the fifth or sixth attempt. And after that it has no trouble starting during the day. I am looking for some pointers on what could be the problem before I bring it into a mechanic for repair.
  • I have a '95 4Runner and it had occassional problems turning over. The teeth on the starter are worn and sometimes they catch and sometims they don't. Look at replacing the starter. Not too expensive. If this does not work, then move onto bigger problems. I am sure your mechanic will tell you the same.
  • Hi,

    I have a 97 Limited with that i bought new and its still my daily driver today (~160k miles now). In 2000, i prepped it so i could go wheeling with my buds in the So Cal. Jeep club; 3 inch lift front and back, onboard air, etc... Its cool when i run in the desert with my buds, especially the ones with the open tops. They razz my but they eat dust while i'm crusing with my Big Gulp, A/C and CD.

    I can honestly say that this is the least problematic vehicle i own. In fact, i had to take my new GS430 back to the dealer a few times to fix NHV problems.

    Give me a shout and i can go over all the details regarding maintenance and issues with you.

  • noel3noel3 Posts: 4
    bent the vertical frame around tailgate window while towing old boat - (enjoy the laugh)
    need to by junk tailgate - mine is a 1998 - what other year tailgates would fit.
    (old work truck - anything works)
    and/or - how would i go about straightening out the bent frame around the window.

  • i have a manual 4runner with 124k miles, it recently started popping out of 1st gear frequently and 3rd gear now and then. is it time for a new clutch altogether or is there and alternative (less expensive) answer to it?
  • Can you tell me where the ODB2 connecter is hiding on my wifes 2003 V6 4Runner?

    I looked around the dash and under the hood but must have missed it.
  • ecsims04ecsims04 Posts: 2
    Hi Everyone,

    I have something of an intersting question to ponder regarding radiator flushing.. Tonight (yes, I know, big Friday night) I flushed the cooling system in my 2003 4Runner V6. I've done this before of course in the past, but tonight something occured to me. So you drain the radiator, thoroughly flush the system with distilled water, run the engine so the thermostat opens and circulates the water through the block, etc etc. Fill, circulate, drain.. standard stuff, right? Okay, so now to add the coolant. What do you add? 50/50 mixture of course, everyone knows that. But hold on, you're only going to be filling the radiator. Yes, you're going to run the engine to get the air bubbles out and do a little more topping off, but volume wise just the radiator. What about in the block? That's 100% water now from the flushing process. I did a little experimenting and researching online and found that my radiator capacity is about 1 gallon and the total cooling system is almost 2.5 gallons. So I'm adding a 50/50 mixture to less than half of the total system volume. After all the fluid mixes, I now have at best a 20/80 coolant/water ratio. What am I missing here? Heck, even the back of the coolant container gave me the usual drill about flushing, running water through, running the engine, blah blah, and then filling (the radiator) with 50/50. I can't seriously be the first person to think of this. I even called my car buddies and they were equally "huh, didn't think of that" Everyone just thinks 50/50, 50/50, 50/50.

    So I ended up filling my radiator with full concentrate coolant. If I really wanted 50/50 whole system mix, that was the thing to do. Right? I know I over think things (a lot), but I know cars faily well, and I can do the math here..

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I'm really curious to know. So much so, that its 1am on Friday night and I'm still thinking about it!

    Thanks in advance. --Eric
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Given that the radiator capacity is 1 gallon and the block contains 1.5 gallons (of distilled water) then one solution is as follows. Fill the radiator with pure antifreeze. After thorough mixing, the antifreeze concentration will be 40% (1 / 2.5). Next, drain your radiator and add 1 gallon of 65% antifreeze. That will bring the concentration up to 50%. :)

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  • My transfer case check plug hole is missing threads.

    Grease Monkey took me down underneath my 04' 4-Runner to show me that whoever changed my oil last put the wrong plug back in the transfer case plug hole and stripped the threads. My transfer case has also been leaking because of this. I called my dealer and they said $3,500 to fix, because there is no way to repair the hole. One plug. Unbelievable. I called a japanese repair shop and they said that there has got to be a creative way to fix it. Grease Monkey said I'm ok as long as I stay out of 4-wheel drive. I'm taking it to this japanese repair shop on Monday but wanted to see if anyone had any similar experiences, thoughts, or suggestions...Thank you...
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