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Toyota Tacoma (2004 and earlier)



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  • kbtoyskbtoys Posts: 62
    Just to show I am not all aganist the Liberty. I did see one with a factory light bar on it. I reallly liked how it looked with the light bar.
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  • tacovivatacoviva Posts: 116

    I have a 95 Taco and have a chirping sound that is coming from near the Clutch Slave cylinder. I read in the archive that you had a similar problem. What was the fix?

  • plutoniousplutonious Posts: 799

    A Toyota dealer said they could fix the problem simply by lubricating part of the assemby with lithium grease. This actually makes sense, because mine only squeaks during certain weather conditions. This should fix the problem if the squeak isn't in the pedal assembly itself due to a worn out bushing. The dealer said the part that needs to be lubricated is accessed in the engine compartment near the firewall where the clutch assembly comes out.

    You may find this helpful - it describes how to fix the problem IF a specific bushing in the pedal assembly needs to be replaced. I had this done under warranty but it really didn't help anything. I would think if this bushing was the culprit, the noise would come from the pedal assembly itself. My noise seems to come from deeper inside the firewall somewhere. ng.htm

    You will have to isolate where the problem is coming from. If it's the bushing in the pedal assembly, replace it. If it's coming from somewhere else, I would try to lubricate it.

    Hope this helps.

  • tacovivatacoviva Posts: 116

    Thanks for the response. I'll try and see if this fixes it. Just a note...when the engine is running, if I grab the slave cylinder, it stops. I sprayed it with grease and it didn't help, but I'll check the bushings too. Hopefully, it's not the throw out bearing.

    I'm a Toyota fan too. I have owned them for a while and just bought my wife an 03 4Runner. I've been reading this post for a while and appreciate your help.

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  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    2005....can't say much more
  • jozimotojozimoto Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Tacoma std cab, 2.4 4cyl, 5 sp.It has 14500 miles on it. I must say I am somewhat disapointed that the dash rattles, the paint is peeling off the bumper and and a torn door seal ( due to a bad design) Toyota went cheap on the std equipment. What happened to Toyota Quality. Some little conviences that do not come on the std Tacoma but are standard on basic Rangers are tripmeter, tachometer, split bench seat,and even prewired for towing. I had a 1993 truck and it was better than this one. Also the assy. plugs do not stay on when the key is off. At least have one that stays on to charge a cell phone.The Ranger has considerably more cab room. Don't get me wrong, its an ok truck, but I think the Ranger is more for your money.FYI I was considering a V6, Toyota's V6 only comes with the automatic trans. I like the 5 speed. Also the Ford twin cam 2.3 ltr is as powerful as the Toyota 2.4. I did drive one
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    There is no question Toyota has become a GM clone in many ways. The idea is, I think, use a half-priced, poorly made piece. If you replace 20% of them under warranty you have still made a nice profit.
    But I believe the engines are still tops, although they outright lie about the mileage on their trucks. I do not believe the 4 cylinder Ford will hang with a 4 cylinder Tacoma.
    I also believe that Toyota still uses better alternators, AC's, water pumps, etc.
    No doubt they are using some cheesy interior pieces, but so does Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, and everybody else.
    What ever you choose these days, you pays your money and you takes your chances. I like the Fords and Chevys, but I like my Tacoma better. I just wish Toyota offered better deals, because if you get a bad Tacoma you are doubly screwed.
  • smgillessmgilles Posts: 252
    You are incorrect about the v6 only coming in an automatic. The PreRunner and Double Cab only come with an automatic. I drive a 2001 v6 4x4 5spd.
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    I think I know the combination you have in mind. I have an xtracab, but not a Pre-Runner. This configuration with a V6 is ONLY available with a 5 speed, so I think you have it backwards. To get a V6 xtracab WITH automatic trans you have to go to the Pre-Runner (this, by the way, is the dumbest thing I have ever encountered when buying a vehicle). I sorta wanted a V6, but I did not want to use a step ladder to get in the truck, I didn't want the enhanced "flip over" possibility, and I wanted an automatic. I wanted good mileage, as well, so the 2.4L is what I got. I am not disappointed with the performance. I use synthetic oil, 89 octane gas, and I just put in a K&N filter. The filter made a HUGE difference in power. This thing now runs like a scalded ape.
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    are available in the following combinations:

    S-Runner 4x2 5 speed manual (7153)
    Pre-Runner 4x2 Automatic (7164)
    4x4 - 5 speed manual (7553)
    4x4 - Automatic (7554) our best selling Tacoma
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    I guess I was counting the 4x4 as a Pre-Runner when I said that the V6 with auto trans is only available in Pre-Runner. Is the 4x4 considered a Pre-Runner? I think the entry height and ground clearance are the same.
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    is a 4x2 that looks like a 4x4.

    Based off desert racers that "pre-run" their courses.
  • ac6000cwac6000cw Posts: 18
    Hi, not much action on this board but I thought I would try posting. I bought a new Tacoma last week, Xtra Cab, 4WD, auto, SR5, TRD off road package, etc. No problems so far, ride is pretty good and I don't have enough miles to see how the gas mileage is going to be.

    I noticed that the clock is pretty useless, I can't see it at all through the wiper stalk and the radio is a bit of a reach.

    Has anyone ordered the service manual? Is it worth it? Looks like there are two of them.

    Is there a good mail order source for Toyota parts? I had a Nissan Pathfinder and there were a few dealers on the web that sold factory parts for much less than my local dealer so I could order filters and stuff. I've been to several dealer web sites but the prices don't seem to be any less than the local dealer wants.

    Also, I am looking at some kind of running board or side step. Not so much as a step but to protect the sides from junk thrown up by the tires. Any good suggestions? TIA.
  • dry_flydry_fly Posts: 12

    just wanted to know if either the tacoma or the tundra come as a cab and chassis option. i want to put a flatbed on it with a couple of side boxes for tools.

  • sutrocksutrock Posts: 4
    I'm looking at a 03 4dr, probably Limited (also looking at the color-keyed SR5). I do not want or need the TRD option nor the "Toyota Protection Package", however, the local dealers will have at least one of the 2 on all their models I am looking at. If I have to get one of these options (I would rather not have to order a unit), what would you recommend in getting. It seems maybe the TRD would be better because this would factor in the resale value and the TPP would not? Does that make sense? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    TRD is at least some extra equipment....TPP sounds like some dealer markup :)
    I ordered my truck, it took 1 week instead of 3.
  • saddaddysaddaddy Posts: 566
    who wish they had gotten the TRD package, not a single one who wishes he had gotten the TPP. The truck is awesome without either one, though. My advice -- look around for one exactly like you want, but if you can afford it, get the TRD -- you will have a VERY capable vehicle.
  • sutrocksutrock Posts: 4
    Thanks, guys. I can afford the TRD but just thinking practically. It's just something I don't need, however, it might be a big plus come resale time. The MSRP on the TPP is around $600-$700. That's absurd. I'm glad to hear your order took only a week. I thought it would have been a lot longer.
  • unclerayuncleray Posts: 1
    I'm considering purchasing a 2002 2WD Reg cab Tacoma, but am concerned about traction and control on slippery conditions (I'm used to 4WD). Does anyone have any advice?
  • Uncle Ray,
    If you put 2 or 3 hundred pounds of sand or whatever in the bed, taction will increase, and the truck will ride better. Toys are coming standard in '03 with ABS. Pick ups do better with a dedicated set of snows in the back. Studded does better, but not all states allow them. If you do get studs, get them lightly studded. Too many studs makes the rear end feel loose on dry roads. If studs aren't allowed, get some high quaity snows such as Bridgestone Blizzaks. I have abs now, but they have been problematic, and expensive to repair. I hope you toyota guys have better luck with the abs than I did. I'm switching to Toyota because of abs. Before 03 they were an I'll be looking for a low miliage 02, without the abs. They work well, I've just had enough with the high bills. Good luck to all!!
  • bolucaboluca Pittsboro, NCPosts: 30
    I recently purchased a 1999 Tacoma, 4x4, 5sp LTD.
    It has an alarm that appears to have been added by the dealer. The owner no longer had the remotes or any instructions.
    We were able to find a remote at the dealer that would open the door. It is marked TDS Alarm. Does anyone know how to program the alarm/ keyless entry.
    It now only unlocks the drivers door and I would like to unlock both doors. The dealer was able to do this after pushing the dash button several times but did not know how to program anything else. Also, when the truck is started it locks the doors and unlocks them when the truck is turned off. I would like to disable this. Anyone with programming instructions?
  • ebbgreatdaneebbgreatdane Posts: 278
    boluca -

    Did you try hitting the "unlock" button twice? Most keyless entry systems require you to hit the unlock button twice if you want all doors to unlock.

    I did some quick searches on the web and only found another guy on a different board with the same problems as you have. : / You might try locating the manufacturer name on the head unit of the alarm system and looking them up. The dealer didn't have any instructions??? Sounds like an aftermarket dealer install to me.

  • moi3moi3 Posts: 1
    Re: my 2000 TOY Tacoma, 4Cyl, 4x4 Extended, 5 speed Manual, 43K

    Problem: Sitting still (for example) when the clutch NOT depressed - this faint werring or wining sound exists. Once I depress the clutch it goes away. It can also be heard while travelling if your coasting at varying points. Are there common problems with the clutch bearings or something else? Any advise is greatly appreciated. I don't do my own work on the car nor do I know a lot.

    Thanks in advance.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    If you hear squeaking sound while your foot is on clutch, then it's a bearing bushing, and this should be replaced quick. You should have warranty cover it.
    If you have squeaking while foot is off the clutch (clutch is depressed), then it's a pilot bushing, which is just annoying and otherwise harmless. I had this, it seems to depend on weather.
    Be careful when going to go dealer for clutch problems, they might just do the "we had to replace whole clutch" dance, and will try to make you pay.
  • john355john355 Posts: 4
    I just bought a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. While reading the owners manual for scheduled maintenance, it appears to indicate that all trucks must have the propeller shaft torqued every 5,000 miles. Is this true? I have never had to do any maintenance on drivetrain components in other vehicle models.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    Haven't had to do it in 30K miles. The only maintenance I do on driveshaft is greasing (which you HAVE to do, otherwise you'll lose all your u-joints)
  • rentschlrentschl Posts: 69
    I'm looking for information on an issue that I (and others) are seeing on 2003 V8 Toyota 4Runners. I thought I'd check with other discussion groups to see if this issue is present on other 4.7L V8 equipped Toyotas. This includes: Tacomas, Sequias and Landcruisers.

    The Issue
    A groaning noise, especially apparent when reving the engine. Also a distinct loss of power. More noticeable when climbing steep hills or accelerating.

    When it Occurs
    Only when ambient temperatures reach into the upper 90s and above. At lower temperatures the vehicle behaves fine.

    The fan clutch reacts to ambient temperature and slips when cooling is not needed. It locks when more cooling is necessary. When it locks, the rpm of the cooling fan is higher, thus the noise. This is not new technology and has been utilized for years. It is called a viscous clutch mechanism.

    The theory is that the viscous clutch is locking up at the higher ambient temperatures, causing the fan to spin faster.

    This accounts for the noise and the power loss. Several subscribers have experience with this in other vehicles and point out that when the viscous clutch locks-up the fan takes a tremendous amount of power from the engine.

    See Also
    There has been on-going discussion on the Edmund's discussion group titled "Toyota 4Runner".

    Other V8 Equipped Toyotas?
    If other V8 equipped Toyotas do not display this behavior, then I would speculate that maybe there's something different about their cooling systems. Maybe the 4Runner, being smaller, didn't have as much room for as big a radiator. Maybe they compensated by using a viscous clutch with a lower "lock-up" temperature???


    What experiences has anyone had with anything like this on any 4.7L V8 equipped Toyota?

    Eric Rentschler
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