Howdy, Stranger!

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

Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair



  • Does anybody notice or hearing any ticking sound coming from the engine on their 4Runners? Also, I have this annoying rattle somehow coming from the front passenger side door, either on the door or the vertical bar where the seat belt is attached to. I've been to the dealer twice and they said they fixed the problem. It's still there. Can anybody help me on this one? Appreciate it.
  • The radio is defective. I started the vehicle today with the radio already on. I turned off the radio, then turned it back on & had no AM. Dealer confirmed radio is defective & ordered a replacement. As for the A/C issue, who knows, maybe I screwed up, but it works fine now.

    As for the windshield issue mentioned by other posters, mine got chipped the 2nd day I owned it when something flew out of an uncovered garbage truck container. Its maybe an 1/8 of an inch diameter circle, & I'm contemplating as to whether or not I should have it repaired since its so small & not star shaped.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,917
    My auto insurance (and it's not alone) pays 100% for a glue repair. I think they figure the glue will prevent the chip from spreading and will save the cost of replacing the entire windshield.

    I've had 3 done in the last 2 or 3 years with good results, and all free (no premium increases either).

    Steve, Host
  • I would rather have the windshield repaired than replaced if the stone chip on the windshield did not start cracking and in the line of vision. Repairing a stone chip on the windshield as soon as possible due to vibration could cause it to crack, then it's a replacement.
  • Another bit of info many of you probably already know...

    If you live in an area that gets cold during the winter, the transition of tempatures between below freezing level and above freezing level will cause a chiped window to crack... very quickly. (especially if there is any moisture on the window).
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    is correct, as I've unfortunately found out...
  • Why does the owners manual tell you not to use this feature that often due to the possibility of causing problems?

    I tried this once and after 5 seconds the 4Runner rolled backward and then it sounded like the transmission gears were getting stripped out. Is that was Hill Assist is supposed to do? All my previous vehicles when in Drive without foot on the brake would stay in place on gentle slope while my 2003 4Runner rolls backwards after 5 seconds and sounds like it's stripping the gears in the transmission.
  • oscarz2oscarz2 Posts: 153
    Does anyone out there have a vibration problem felt mainly in the steering wheel? I initially had a shimmy (shaking steering wheel) at freeway speeds but they balanced the wheels and that fixed it.

    I still have a vibration though and it's present at just about any speed. Of course last visit to dealer was a "could not duplicate" scenario so now I'm stuck with an annoyance with no apparent fix.

    The dealer does have the GSP9700 Force Balancer but that's about all I know. I'm gonna see if I can get them to move the wheels around and balance again but I have to see the Toyota Rep first. It might be another cause altogether but if I can't get them to acknowledge an abnormality, I'm stuck.

    Wheels are the 17" alloys with Michelin Cross Terrains. Had 35psi in them and tried 32 with no difference. Also, I've slipped the gear into neutral when driving and the vibration doesn't change.

    I just can't figure it out but I'm thinking either they didn't do it perfectly the 1st time (based on what I've read, perfection is a requirement in this area for 4runners), or I've got a tire defect somewhere.

    Anyone have a suggestion? Thanks
  • urbsurbs Posts: 1
    I recently bought a 2004 4runner, within the last week. The new instrumentation panel is is set up in a recessed tripod manner. Although it is sleek looking, i was wondering if it was standard that these gauges were illuminated at all times, even without the lights on. No, I do not have daytime running lights. Is there anyone out there with a 2004 4runner that can help me out.
  • alfster1alfster1 Posts: 273
    If you are referring to the red instrument needles that glow, then yes, that is standard and operating normally. If you are referring to the white/yellow illumination for the speedo and tach, then no, they should not be illuminated when the headlights are turned off.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    if you have the vibration even at very low speeds, that does sound like a bad tire.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • oscarz2oscarz2 Posts: 153
    That's what I'm thinking, and kinda hoping too. I'd hate for it to be hidden somewhere in the suspension or drivetrain never to be found.

    At least if I can get another set of wheels on there I'll be able to tell. The tricky part is getting the dealer or rep to go along with that.

    I might not be able to pursuade them there's a problem because it's not severe. The thing is, I drove 3 other 4runners during my shopping (V6 & V8) and they were smooth as glass, so I know how it should feel. I knew the one I bought needed the wheels balanced but I didn't think it would be an issue. Maybe it won't be. Too early to tell.

    It was the only car in the state (at the time) in the color/trim/options that I wanted and I didn't want to wait. Too excited I guess.
  • Well, my dealer finally heard back from the Toyota Field Service Technician who told him what I was expecting - replace the master cylinder (or booster as they called it).

    I can understand why there was so much hesitation - the part costs $2050 and must be special ordered from Japan!

    I'm just glad something is being done. Hopefully this will be the last time I bring my truck into the shop. My thanks to Oscar for posting about his experience with the same problem.
  • john609john609 Posts: 10
    see message 14 to me (john609). the rattle is from under the rear seat - you must lift up the seat to see a metal hook / rod. use the electical tape suggestion (wrap around the metal). it worked like a charm.
  • oscarz2oscarz2 Posts: 153
    Keep us posted on the results. I'm curious to see if afterward, you feel a faint/mild "pop" or "snap" in the pedal every few times the brakes are applied. I read about this in another forum, so I know it's not a completely isolated issue, but apparently a rare one like the "brake pedal vibration". I'm wondering if there's a connection somehow.

    I don't know if I had this before the replacement because that buzz was so distracting. Just hoping to pinpoint what might be the cause.

    I'm sure if it's a quirk in the new booster, that $2K pricetag will make Toyota fight me on it since the brakes do work good.

    It's frustrating to have these annoyances because it really is an awesome truck.
  • Hi guys- I own a 03 SR5 V8 and noticed a rattle comming from the moonroof which I found Toyota had a TSB regarding this problem. I took the vehicle back to the dealer and they corrected this problem on the same day. The tech said that the pan screws for the moonroof assembly were loose I have been driving the car now for the past 2 weeks and no more rattle from the moonroof, however I have now noticed a rattle coming from the front interior dome light when I close the doors anyone else with this problem that knows a fix or is it back to the dealer I go?
  • JPR - The other rattle you hear is coming from the headliner. Toyota issued 2 TSBs for rattle - 1 for the moonroof and 1 for the headliner. When I took my truck in to fix the headliner, the mechanic suggested that he also fix the moonroof for preventative measure.

    The annoying part about fixing the headliner rattle is that the entire thing must be dropped - all day job :(
  • I wonder if anyone can help with my '98 4Runner. I was towing a lightly loaded trailer for a first time a couple months ago. Weather was hot. I was going 65-70 mpr for 2 hours. Stopped by a gas station and noticed trans. fluid dripping. That was on Saturday afternoon. All shops in the area were closed. Added 1.5 quarts and finished a trip (dropped speed to 45). I kept losing fluid at slowing rate for another 2 hours for the remainder of my trip and just kept adding it. Drove back at night with empty trailer and had no loss. Ever since has no problems whatsoever. My tranny stays squicky clean. When I looked at it during first discovery the fluid was all over a rear part. Did not seem coming from a gasket. I wonder if there is any pressure release valve in case of overheating? Could someone comment on that?
  • The dealer replaced my master cylinder and the vibration is gone. Fortunately my brakes are not making that snapping sound that Oscar reported. The pedal does make a whooshing or a 'sshh' sound whenever it's depressed. Sort of sounds like air being forced through a small opening. My dealer called the Toyota field service tech to ask about this and he said it's nothing abnormal - some cars do it and some don't. Oh well. Driving without the buzz is much better though.
  • amheckamheck Posts: 37
    I am expecting a 2004 Limited V8 4x2 one of these weeks now - whenever it gets to the dealer. Can anyone who's dealt with these problems recommend an easy, specific way to test drive the truck to see if my truck exhibits these problems?

Sign In or Register to comment.