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Toyota Tacoma: Problems & Solutions



  • glenn43glenn43 Posts: 15
    2001 2.7 ltr. 4x4 ext cab. On cold starts or rainy days, I hear, what appears to sound like, belt chatter. It goes away after engine warms up. Have logged 40k miles. Noticed this happening around the 30k mark. On another note, I've had my oil changed religiously every 5k since purchasing the truck new. Coming up on my next oil change at 40k and was considering going synthetic this time around. Have I logged too many miles to start synthetic at this stage of the game? Thanks in advance for any input :)
  • coochcooch Posts: 8
    I purchased '05 Taco. Did not want all the extra crap,so bought Access Cab, 4X4, 4 Cyl, with SR5 convenience package.... Like the truck a lot, but hate the large fog lamp holes in the bumper. Can I add factory fog lamps? Will they connect to existing wiring harness? Cost? Any ideas appreciated........Cooch
  • ibjibj Posts: 1
    Actually, yes. Sorry I amposting late...just ran across it. I have had the same problemonmy 2003 SR5. Power steering made noise then blew out the fluid. Only noticed it when checking fluid levels and saw theleaking. THat was in November. It just happened again today.
  • I have a 2000 prerunner with a locking rear differential. Every now and then, when I take my foot off of the accelerator, the rear end make s loud squeaking noises. I'm not sure if it something in the locking mechanism of the differential, or something else. It does not go away with applying the brakes. Could it be something besides the differential?
  • I have a toyota tacoma 1999 3.4L with 127,000 miles on it. It recently started having problems starting. The engine turns fine but it dies off quickly unless I keep my foot on the gas for about 30 seconds. Any advice?
  • Have you checked the fuel filter?
  • Okay... another hesitation problem here...


    About a month ago I was driving in a blizzard... literally. All of the sudden my Yoda started shaking and losing power on a slight uphill grade. I had to downshift and run at very high RPM and it ran better.


    The check engine light was flashing. After about 10 miles of this the problem went away. Then about a week ago I am in some more very cold weather climbing a hill and the same thing... the engine boggs... hesitates... rig shakes. I stopped and bought some HEAT cold weather additive and it seemed better, but then later on the same tank of gas the problem got even worse.

    Check engine came on and stayed on.


    I bought a new fuel filter and installed it. After a short drive the light went off. Truck ran great for about 1000 miles. Now the problem is back again. Worse when the engine is cold. Even the idle shudders sometimes and if I dont ride the clutch and keep the RPMs up it wants to stall. I cleand the MAF sensor, new Air filter...


    The intermittent problem is killing me. Any ideas? I have read it might be coil packs or plugs... Could there be more dirt in the fuel system? There seemed to be some dirt particles come out of the old filter. What else could it be? I'm trying to avoid going to the dealer.


    Much thanks to anyone with ideas! My truck is a 99 4x4 with 97,000 miles on it and I'm still hoping for 250+
  • 1cgmi1cgmi Posts: 1
    I had the same problem with my 2001 Tacoma four door, v-6. Noise came and went, dealer looked at it and found nothing. Within days of dealer looking it over I noticed lots of steering fluid all over in the engine compartment. Dealer replaced hoses under warranty. A week later problem came back, fluid everywhere and lots of noise. Dealer replaced pump and hoses all under warranty. Never gave reason why system failed. That was two years ago and problem has not come back. Truck had about 20K miles when the problem occurred.
  • Own a 2001 Tacoma Double-Cab, TRD. The brake rotors are warping every 12 to 20,000 miles. A friend said Toyota engineers under estimated the front brake load of the double cabs and the double cab are experiencing this problem from the extra weight. I heard all new Tacomas 00 to 04 have the same front braking system regardless of weight.

    Anyone else have this problem?


  • Inadequate brake system? Sounds bogus to me. I have 28,000 on my '02 double cab rotors and all is fine. The prerunners use the same braking system as the 4x4's. The rotors are larger diameter and use a 4 piston caliber. How many rotors have you been through? I could see going through rotors if, for example, you do alot of mountain driving or do some towing. Warping due to ordinary driving seems unlikely to me given the mileage you mention.
  • Udate on my acceleration hesitation


    Replaced the plugs myself yesterday, VERY worn but not fouled in any way. I dont know if I solved the problem because it hasnt been very cold out. I checked the wires and coil packs they looked good. At the least the gaps were wrong from the excessive wear and the truck runs better now.


    I bought this truck used because I know it can take some abuse. It looked to me like these were the FACTORY installed plugs NGK/Denso. (At 97,000!?!?) I feel like an idiot for not doing the plugs sooner... word to the wise we all know what happend when we assume.


    While I wait for it to get cold... another detail


    My locker wont engage... light stays blinking never goes solid. Tried turning, going forward, back etc in many conditions.


    Anyone who could describe the process on checking the electronic locker would be doing me a favor.


  • I have a 2002 Tacoma Extra-Cab 2x2 with 18,500 miles on it. There is a loud squeaking sound coming from the front brakes when backing up. The truck stops fine though and it had the 15K service done where I bought it new. I haven’t had it checked lately though. Does anyone know if it is something that is covered under warranty? I might wait until the next service is due in March to have it fixed anyway?
  • econguyeconguy Posts: 12
    i have a 1998 tacoma 4x4 with 80k miles and automatic tranny. recently started noticing a clicking noise from the engine, audible both inside the truck and when standing next to hood. is a relatively light-sounding noise, as opposed to a clunk. noise occurs whether the tranny is in park or drive, and whether transfer is in 2h or 4h. clicks seem to be at a rate of about 6-10 clicks per second.


    noise seems to disappear when rpms go above 1500 (either that, or the regular engine noise drowns it out, but it seems to disappear completely). between idle rpm and 1500, the clicking does not appear to speed up in step with rpms; rather it's either there or not there.


    this is happening infrequently, and never seems to happen when i have a mechanic nearby.


    any thoughts on what this is, and whether it affects the engine or not? thanks
  • I have a 99' tacoma and have noticed similar noises. It happens when I barely apply to the accelerator or completely let off. It almost sounds like a belt screeching. Let me know if you hear how to fix this problem.
  • I also have a problem with the composite bed. Two makers of slide in campers say they won't be marketing campers for the 05 composit beds. Now what?
  • coochcooch Posts: 8
    I have a 2005 Tacoma with remote entry... When I use that to lock and unlock the doors, I do NOT get any warning sound (beep).... .. I called the dealer and they said they could not program the system to give the beep when opening and closing.. They also indicated that this was a Toyota problem that they could not fix. The owner's manual clearly states that the system is suppose to beep when remotely unlocking and locking the doors. Sounds awfully fishy to me. Any ideas or suggestions? I really need some help because I cannot determine if the doors are locked unless I try to open them or look at the flash of the parking lights.... Totally stupid..
  • Evidently, this is by design. It is not a malfunction. They planned to have a silent remote locking system. The manual wasn't updated to reflect the actual truck.


    I have the VIP alarm system, and that doesn't make it work either. I mention this in case someone tells you that it will make the horn sound.
  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    I have aftermarket remote locks on my '96 tacoma. Parking lights flash and power locks "thunk". That works great for me.


    Everybody and his dog has remote locking that chirps and honks. There is too much noise in this world already without me adding to it needlessly.


  • I have a 03 doublecab 4x4 had the powersteering fluid blow out of the reservoir. Also found that at 30,000 miles the rack and pinion is shot due to slop in the inner rod ends (sockets) eating up tires like a bag of fritos. I believe there is a valve in the rack that is sticking in cold wheather not allowing fluid to flow properly causing it to take the easy way out.(threw the cap)!!
  • With all these posts in regards to the leaks, and any issues with the composite bed, Is purchsing the Tacoma worth it.. I still cannot find any company that offers a tonneau cover..I may have to got a Tundra..Any ideas. Thank you for the input
  • I have been a vociferous critic of Toyota for a few issues (cab bolt klunk, swirl in glovebox cover, misrepresentation regarding beeping keyless entry system, more wind noise than I like), but this truck is the best riding vehicle I have ever owned and I prefer its appearance to any other mid size truck. Further, my clunk appears to be going away and I'm getting used to the glovebox swirl. Even though I believe I have a right to gripe about the small problems, I have to admit I would buy this truck again in a heartbeat.
  • Glad your getting along better with your truck, and the clunk is going away! I'm probably buying one, leak be damned. Can't decide what is better looking, the 05 taco trd sport or my wife. They're both just as exciting in their own way. :) I'll post pics of both, and let Edmunds decide. :)
  • I own a 2004 Tacoma 5000 miles on it.Since I have had this truck it gives me a very hard time starting.This truck is tempermental it starts when it wants.The wiring harness and fuel pump has been replaced.Does anyone have any ideas what the problem could be?This is my 4th trip back to the dealer.The truck will crank but doestn't want to start until the 3rd or 4th try.Then the engine feels very shaky for alittle while.Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Ready to give up on Tacoma.
  • My 05 Tacoma starts right up.


    Okay, some questions...sorry if they might sound dumb...


    -You know not to touch the gas pedal when starting a Toyota, right?


    -Do you park it outside where it's really cold? (This can make it hard to start so some gas pedal pumps might help.)


    -If yes to the previous, I'd invest in an engine block heater.


    Don't give up on the mechanics...they'll figure it out or you can use the lemon law to help out! (I think if you visit the dealer so many times in a year, varies by state, you can get a refund or a replacement.)


    Good luck!


  • Boo, I never touch the gas petal when starting the truck.I park my truck in the garagae at night even though my garagae is not heated.My truck will start first thing in the morning always, it is just after that first intial start during the day sometimes(not always it just gives me a hard time starting.It could be a warm sunny day it could be a rainy day , it could be a cloudy day.I just can't figure the pattern out.When I called the dealer today they told me they didn't want to take it in the shop, to call them when the problem gets worse.What a solution that is huh.


  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    Sorry to hear about your problem and how the dealer has failed to fix it. You can call Toyota and report it. It's the dealer service department's job to fix the problem under bumper to bumper warranty. If there are other dealers around, try taking it to one of them. If it's happening to you, it has probably happened to someone else. Try calling different shops and reporting what you said in this forum as well.
  • Boo, The dealer is trying to say Toyota has to work with the dealership on this one.The dealer says if we can't duplicate the problem we can't fix it.My solution to the dealer was to keep the truck until it doesn't start.But with the lemon law if your vechile is out of service for 30 days or more,Toyota will have to replace or refund your money.It all comes down to that dollar.But I was thinking about taking it somewhere else for service.I will let you know how I make out on this one.Thanks for your help.


  • marcdmarcd Posts: 1
    I have an 03 Tacoma extra cab 4x4. On the passenger side, when you open the door and look down, there is a seam in the metal that is painted over. This seam is on both sides. These seams are on the bottom of the door frames where you step in the vehicle. Anyway, on the passenger side, the paint over the seam has cracked away. Is this common, does anyone else have this, should I be worried, or can I just fix it with touch-up paint. I hope it is not structural
  • I purchased a 05 Tacoma (Double Cab) I love the truck. But here is my quirk. I can use the keyless entry to get in and once in I want to have the truck "automatically lock" either when I put the truck in gear or I turn the ignition on. I know it sounds a bit picky, but I really like this feature. Has anyone had this same issue resolved with their new 05? Thanks
  • I don't think we have this option...mine's never locked the doors by itself. (Except when I use the keyless to unlock and then not get in right will relock itself.)


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