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Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair



  • duke15duke15 Posts: 161
    Has anyone else been experiencing steering wheel shaking / vibrating on their 2010 4X4 SR5? I have 3400 miles, and the truck has done this from the start. It becomes noticeable around 60 mph +- 5 mph. Sometimes it is slight, a few times it has been down right violent. Every time it is visible in addition to the odd feeling. Sometimes it doesn't do it at all. I took it back in shortly after buying the truck and they balanced 2 wheels. It went away for awhile, then came back. Took it back in and they balanced all 4 wheels. It went away for a few weeks, then came back.

    The service department is normally excellent - I've had my 2002 3rd generation serviced there for 6 years now and have never had better overall service from a dealer. We even drove 45 minutes to purchase from this dealer since we liked their service department so much.

    This seems like it might be more than a tire balance issue, but I'm not sure. Is anyone else experiencing something like this with their new generation 4Runner?

  • duke15duke15 Posts: 161
    We are also the only owners of a 2002 3rd Gen 4X4 SR5 with 130K miles on it. We love this truck like no other vehicle we've had and other than one recall on something to do with the steering, it has been great with only routine maintenance.

    The problem we have now is super tight turning of the steering wheel. It does not bother my wife, but I have bad shoulders and have stopped driving the truck for the most part. It isn't as bad as not having power steering, but it is tough when parking, etc.

    The truck does have some miles on it, perhaps there is a routine maintenance item we missed along the way. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, were you able to address it successfully?

  • I am a bit late on this but i just happened to me on my 1997 4 Runner with 270000miles on it , luckily i caught it right away and it was the Crankshaft sensor which i had to change and eversince no more problems.
  • boats3boats3 Posts: 41
    Water pump possibly?
  • you need to check the cranking voltage on the battery. it should be 14.5 a least. If it is not then you should really get a new battery. Also you might want to check the ignition relay. LOL
  • Check that the dust cover isn't slightly bent around the rotor. Easist fix but also the easiest to over look.
  • Water pump. As you are driving any leak is going to seem like it is coming from further back then it really is. Even after you stop to check it out. Your best bet is to pull into one of those do it yourself carwashes and spray the undercarriage off move it out and then warm up to operating temp and then look to see where it is leaking from. Or if you have your own pressure washer that would work too. Good luck
  • My 90 4runner does the same thing. Sometimes I even have to give it a helping hand to go up all the way. I believe it is the molding around the window is warped. I've greased the molding as to help it go up easier and it was a quick fix but only for a limited amount of time. I just keep greasing it about every other week. Seems to work. But if i had the money I would see how much it would cost to replace the molding. good luck.
  • rooter2rooter2 Posts: 1
    My 4 runner started acting up this past weekend. At first the noise almost sounded like someone taking a deep a leak of some sort. I pulled over, checked everything out, thought maybe a hose had come lose or something, but found nothing. Also all my gauges are, the day goes on, the noise comes & goes, but then later in the day, it became almost steady, and more of a "screeching" noise, like a bearing or something. I'm trying to figure out what it is, but haven't yet, and I'm sure hoping it's not a bearing in the engine. I'm going to pick up some slick 50 today on the way home from work and hope that it solves the problem...any suggestions?
  • The LCD radio display backlight went out in my 2003 4Runner, but only on the right half. Can't find anything about it online or in the manual. Anyone have an idea of where the light source is or how to fix it? It's the factory radio, CD, cassette player, #58627.
  • My parents bought me the 4runner as an early x-mas present. Well of course like with everything that you get from a dealership we drove it less then 100 miles and the check engine light came on and we checked all the fluids the oil was a little low so we added oil. The light stayed on. Heard from family that some shops do free diagnoses well they do if the car is domestic or it has to be 96 or newer. Mine is a 94 so couldn't work with them but they told me that there is a way to self check it. Have no idea what they are talking about since my car didn't come with an owners manual. Does anybody know how to diagnose the car without just hitting the reset button i need to make sure there is nothing else wrong with it.
  • Do you have an alarm system? I had an older Camry that had a shut down problem. Turns out it was a faulty alarm sys. and the kill switch was activating. I had the alarm system taken out of the car and that solved it. Hope this helps - it was a convenient, easy fix.
  • Some auto parts stores can read the codes & tell you what they were. Some manuals have the codes translated into causes, while identifying the method of retrieval, usually with a paper clip jumper and counting the flashes of a dash light.
  • yotadado9yotadado9 Posts: 1
    edited November 2010
    I know this is a dumb question, but how do i reset the maintinece light on my 04 SE4wd v8. i just changed the oil last week and this light is driving me crazy :confuse:
  • Yesterday the tire pressure icon on my 07 4r lit up. I checked pressure on all four tires and they were within a pound or two of each other and the spare (never on ground) seemed fully inflated. Only factor I can think of is a recent cold snap (hi teens). Thanks for any suggestions.

    Regards, DQ
  • boats3boats3 Posts: 41
    Usually you have to be on the mileage portion and hold the mileage result down as you turn your car on. Double check your owners manual but that should be the fix.
  • boats3boats3 Posts: 41
    The tire pressure has to be within a pound of the recommended mfg pressure for all 5 tires. Monitor it because you may have picked up a nail or something.
  • It's not uncommon for the indicators to come on when the temperature drops. Also, the spare could be low. Unfortunately, the only way to add air is to drop the spare. Bad design.

    Personally, I would add a couple of pounds to all four tires, and see what happens. If you still get a light (and you have no nails, etc.) it's the spare.

    Good luck!
  • Have checked toyota service manual about changing belt on unit, and I can't find a mileage or time line to change belt. Some mechanics say 90000k or soomer! Also was told to change water pump and thermostat on at same time to prevent problems later. Would appreciate some timely info. on my unit. Thanks.
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