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Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair



  • arkadaarkada Posts: 2
    Hello everyone. I own a 2002 V6 4runner sr5 sport addition. I love this car but I have little bit of problem with my a/c and heater. They work fine when I turn them on but for some reason when its off I still feel hot or cold air coming out from fans. I have to keep nub control on the middle so I won't be too hot or too cold if I don't want ot use a/c or heat. I didn't have that issues with my previous vehicle and just wondering if it's just a toyota thing or what. Does anyone have the same problems? How can I fix it?
  • canddmeyercanddmeyer Posts: 382
    Sorry to tell ya, but all vehicles are the same way. Your current vehicle probably has more airflow making it more noticable. Don't know when it started, but my 1991 Chevy did it, and it was probably happening before that with other vehicles I've owned. You'll get used to it. Don't quote me on it, but I believe it's mandated.
  • lildevil23lildevil23 Posts: 19
    The CD player on the wife's 04SE conked out yesterday. On calling the service dept, they inquired about what kind of CD's she usually plays to which she said ripped/burned CD's.
    Acc. to them this could be the problem. I dont recall any mention of compatibility issues in the owners manual.
    Anybody else with insights or similar problems? :confuse:
  • arkadaarkada Posts: 2
    Thanks for reply. It's not that big of the issues for me and it just tells me that my baby doesn't have any problem wich is a good thing and I'm happy with it. Take care.
  • goshenbobgoshenbob Posts: 4
    Just got my 2004 4Runner (25,000 miles) back from the shop yesterday. I had the exact same problem. I opened the moonroof and it decided not to close. Actually, it became jammed. Dealer gave me the same excuse - 2-4 weeks to get new assembly. In the meantime, was able to drive a brand new bright green Dodge Neon. Words cannot describe how I felt driving around town yesterday. My 4 year old daughter thought the car was "cool". I'll keep you posted on how this progresses. Does anyone know who we should write to at Toyota (not the dealer) to express how pleased I am to not have a functional moonroof in the summer?
  • ilumn8ilumn8 Posts: 2
    I am right now battling it out with my local dealer over this. they are trying to tell me this is normal. baloney! HAC is supposed to apply the brakes and that is all. Grinding noises and clattering and rolling back is not part of the game.

    I have a 2003 4Runner SE, V6, 4spd Auto.

    I have had it in to Toyota 9 times in 2 years for weird transmission stuff. They repaired/replaced some gear in the tranny once, but most of the time thy tell me they found nothing or that I must be hallucinating. Today, though, their chief mechanic was with me in the car and we went up a steep hill. I stopped, then let of the brake and before I got on the gas, it rolled back, started grinding and clicking and then, once I pushed on the gas, did the dashboard chittering and HAC light, chunked down below and then went forward.

    If you live in Seattle or San Francisco, this "normal" behavior would make you crazy at every intersection. there is no way that this is normal. Maybe a class-action suit from many of us will get their attention?

  • ilumn8ilumn8 Posts: 2

    See my post to corancher.....

  • lorac53lorac53 Posts: 2
    :( There were tons of posts up until last October about the vibrations at certain RPMS...and then never mentioned again. What happened? Did people get tired of talking about it? Did people give up on getting it fixed? Did they GET it fixed? I just bought 05 Ltd V8 and it developed the vibration at 200 miles. It is getting the point I can't hardly even use the Overdrive. It vibrates as you pass through 1700-1800 RPMs (which is tolerable) but worsens when you top out in high gear and RPMs drop to 1300-1500. Dealership says all do it. Just curious why everyone stopped fussing.
  • gumby2gumby2 Posts: 5
    I'm sorry to say but I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with this problem. My moonroof is so jammed that they can't get it closed, so they gave me a Corolla to drive around in. When they told me I wouldn't get my 4Runner back for 3-4 weeks, I told them I needed a more substantial vehicle. They had to call the regional manager to get special permission, but they set me up with a Highlander. It's certainly not a 4Runner, but its better than a Corolla (or a Neon).
  • Well I went to the dealer today (second time for front end rattle) and I went with the mechanic on the test drive and made him hear the rattling. So they call me later in the day and tell me they checked everything and they don't know what it is, they are going to call Toyota headquarters to see what they want to do about the problem and they will call me. So on the way home I realize that I just put on the new wheel locks that I got for my birthday and was wondering how they checked everything with out taking the wheels off, nobody from Toyota called me for the key. (sounds like a cover up) every time I mention about the fact that I heard there was a bulletin on the 4runner for the front end I get no response just silence. Well I will keep you posted
  • neumie2000neumie2000 Posts: 133
    Interesting. Now that I think about it, I have the wheel-locks as well, so I know the dealership did not take the wheels off when I was in. Good luck.
  • I recently bought a 1991 4Runner. The truck has about 285K mi on it, but the engine was rebuilt about 100K ago. The other day it died at work, where it is still sitting. It turns over just fine, but won't catch.

    When turning the ignition to "on", I am supposed to hear the whirr of the fuel pump correctly if I listen close enough, correct? All I hear are two clicks (perhaps one turning on, and one turning off). How audible should this whirr be? Am I on the wrong track? I think I'll pull the dist. cap tonight before I leave to see if that could be the problem. I just gone done off-roading the weekend before, and the air filter was filthy... replacing and removing it did nothing. I was also pretty low on gas when it decided to quit working... adding more gas did nothing (aside from irk me if I now have to drop the tank to get at the fuel pump). Any other tips on things to check?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    Check the "No Start" Problems discussion too.

    Steve, Host
  • dahlemddahlemd Posts: 7
    I have a 05 V6 4runner. Does Toyota put in special break in oil? Should I wait for 5,000 miles before the first oil change, or should I change it at 1,000 miles to get rid of the metal particles and shavings. Also, Does the old dictum of limiting the speed to under 50 mph still apply or does new technology make this old rule obsolete. Thanks for the advice.
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    There is no "break-in" oil in the 4-runner. Just do your first oil change at 5,000 miles. The break-in period really doesn't break off burrs and such any more as they engines are micropolished now. It's more to heat temper the parts than anything else. You can drive it at highway speeds, just vary the speed every 10-15 minutes or so to get differing temperatures and rpms.

    Hope this helps.

  • yaroshyarosh Posts: 14
    hi dillon, i have the same problem and would like to know what you found out. i just bought a new 2005 4runner, live in nyc, need grille guards and saw the toyota manual tells you not to put them on. the dealer said they won't do it because there's a problem with the air-bags deploying. what did you do and learn? thanks for the help.
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    Keep in mind that Toyota, like every major corporation in the US is scared witless about the possibility of lawsuits. I'm not going to get into a discussion about tort reform here, but lets put it this way. It is unlikely that 10lbs of bumper protector hanging off the front of your truck is going to effect the deployment of your airbags, but there is nothing to say it won't. So if you want to have it done, no affiliate of Toyota, including dealers will do it for you. So either you'll have to do it yourself or find a custom shop to do it for you.

    Hope this helps.

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    Bull bars are a big issue in the UK and Australia too. Lots of issues with pedestrian safety as well as air bag and crumple zone concerns. I understand that some standards were implemented or changed in Australia to address these concerns a few years back. I haven't keep up with the UK regs but a complete ban is apparently being contemplated for the whole EU. (link).

    Steve, Host
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    well, you have to check and make sure you still have spark. Pull a spark plug wire and have someone crank the engine - be careful when you do it! It's either spark or fuel if it just went from running fine to not running at all.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the fuel pump were history at 285K though. My truck is at 215K, and I have been wondering when my pump will give up the ghost...

    By the way, it is pretty much impossible to hear the fuel pump whir in this truck if you turn the key to 'on' without starting the engine. I tried it just to see.

    hydrasport: it sounds like your A/C needs a charge - you can look at the sight glass to see if it is all bubbly (if so, yes, it needs a charge). As for the knocking under the passenger side floor boards, you will have to be a lot more specific. When does it happen, and what does it sound like? There isn't much under there.

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

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