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Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair



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  • 3toyboy3toyboy Posts: 30
    Are you "shifting on the fly?" If so,
    1) come to a stop
    2) shift into neutral
    3) push and turn the dial clockwise to engage 4lo
    4) put 'er back in drive and go

    You'll feel the difference (shifts are more abrupt) and hear the difference (no beeping to tell you you aren't yet engaged in low gear).
  • littlelittle Posts: 2
    When I opened the gas door, the rivet that hold the hindge was rusted.
  • sconisconi Posts: 4
    Regarding the DRL procedure, I've been unable to remove the non-DRL relay from the fuse block. I've tried the small screwdriver method described in an earlier post, but it still will not budge. I'm reluctant to force anything, for fear it will break. If anyone has successfully done this, do you have any other suggestions or tips for this? Thanks!!
  • I have had three 4Runners. My first one was a 1993 (loved it, a 1996 (hated it), and a 2000 (pretty happy with it.)

    My complaint is that on both the 1996 and the 2000, my automatic antenna quits working! I hear the motor and the clicking, but the mast stops wherever it is at and that's it! QUITS! Is this a manufacturer's defect? Are they only good for so many uses, or what?

    Toyota is on CRACK! They want $500 to replace the whole thing.. I may be a chic, but I can figure it out myself! As long as I can hear the motor, do I just need to purchase the mast ($42) or the whole motor and everything?

    Any help would be great!
  • biglatkabiglatka Posts: 78
    The same thing happened with both my 1986 Celica GTS and 1988 4Runner. The Celica didn't come up anymore, but clicked away, so I replaced the whole unit with a regular antenna that had a detachable mast (for the car wash and the like). The 4Runner stopped working at the top, so I just left it that way. My 2004 4Runner has the antenna in the glass.

    If you can't fix it easy enough, I'd replace it with a manual unit and save your money. Or you could always look if you could adapt an aftermarket substitute.
  • tangmantangman Posts: 127
    On mine, if you shift into low 4x4 without the transmission in neutral, it will make a beeping noise on the V-8. You must have it in neutral for it to work, or it just beeps. I don't know your situation, but this is an example of something that I have experienced that has similar symptoms.
  • tangmantangman Posts: 127

    The mask is replacable usually without disambling or replacing the whole unit. Most antenna's have a gear track on one side. If the antenna come totally out the fix is not too bad. Otherwise, it can be chanllenging.
  • gsj3gsj3 Posts: 20
    My 2003 Sport Edition's engine compartment has many fasteners and brackets that show signs of corrosion. It appears as a white crusty residue similar to road salt. This effect is worse around the oil dip stick. I had to pull very hard just to get the dip stick out to check oil level and now it won't go back in because the O-ring on stick will not get past the corrosion on the tube...great,this is why I left American products and paid 30K for this crap! The balancing weights on my wheels are rusted! There are two screws holding the trailer electrical connector bracket under the rear bumper, one is this white corrosion color...the other guessed it...rusted!Throw that on top of a cracked windshield, ticking V6, crappy headliner, delicate dash gauges...why didn't I buy another Explorer? The deal I could have gotten last summer. Has anyone else seen this corrosion? Thanks!
  • 69mach169mach1 Posts: 60
    The engine compartment on my 2003 Sport V-8 got dirty very quickly after I bought it. Upon further examination, I noticed that there were several holes in the fender aprons that was letting road debris come in from the tires below. I went to a auto body store and bought an assortment of body plugs and plugged up the holes in the aprons. That helped a lot, so you might try that to help with your under hood corrosion problems.

    My headliner is being replaced as the felt covering was damaged by previous attempts to fix the rattles in the sun roof, so we'll see what happens there. I agree too about the gauges, the first time I took a feather duster to them I saw scatches on the lenses.

    Do you live in the rust belt? If so maybe you need to do the under carriage when you wash your car, that might help with your corrosion other issues.

    Good luck.
  • bmw323isbmw323is Posts: 410
    I too, see all of the holes in the fenders under the hood. I wonder why they do that? Anyway, I want to plug them as well, just to keep the dirt out. Can you tell me what to ask for with regard to "body plugs" and where you find such a thing? Would I find something like that at an auto parts store? Did you have have to buy all different sizes? How much did they cost? Thanks.
  • kullenbergkullenberg Posts: 283
    Right after delivery ( thanks to this forum), I went over the underhood area of my new Sport V8 4x4, and used small bits of duct tape to close up all the open holes in the underhood area. It's still as clean as new, after 9500 miles.
  • slandyslandy Posts: 46
    I purchased the plugs at my dealer. They are black rubber plugs. If you look at the pass side of the firewall you will see some of those plugs. Take one out and go to your dealer. They were about a dollar a piece. I have plugged every hole under my hood, I can go through hellacious puddles and I am dry.
    In regards to your car corroding. Where do you live? Unfortunly our cars are not built using 100% stainless steel.
  • bmw323isbmw323is Posts: 410
    Great idea with the duct tape. My 4Runner is silver, so I will even have a color match. Otherwise, I am going to the dealer today for an oil change. If they have rubber plugs, I'll buy a few.
  • tangmantangman Posts: 127
    My 04 Sport 4x4 has some steering wheel vibrations that are random. The rest of the vehicle does not vibrate. I noticed some other posts on this subject. Has anyone characterize the problem more thoroughly. I want to take it in for service, but the problem is not always repeatable.

    Also, on the vehicle decent, mine is very jerky although it does slow it down. Has any one else experienced this problem?
  • kullenbergkullenberg Posts: 283
    This "jerkiness" you are experiencing, may be the transmission downshifting to save brake wear, and avoid brake overheating. I live in a mountainous area, and mine does this all the time.
  • 69mach169mach1 Posts: 60
    I went to a paint and body supply store here in Denver (Painter's Supply in Englewood) and bought body plugs in assorted sizes. Burt Toyota didn't carry any body plugs for the fender aprons.
  • bmw323isbmw323is Posts: 410
    Thanks for the info. I ended up using the duct tape idea. Worked like a charm. I cut the tape with a razor knife so it looks neat. Just want to keep the mud and water out of the engine bay. This truck is awesome on 4WD trails!
  • biglatkabiglatka Posts: 78
    I used a "Marine Goop" to plug the holes in my 4Runner fender wells. It forms a perfect seal, is clear in color, and filled the holes flush with the surface. Not noticeable at all. The plugs will last the life of the truck but could easily be removed if necessary. Silicone caulk should work fine too (I believe it can now be purchased in colors).
  • The smell starts Monday and goes really bad now. Initially I noticed it after I parked the car with windows closed for a few hours. Now the car smells really bad after close the window for a few minutes. Both case enigne not running. I either use the A/C or let the window open when driving. The smell seems get away.

    I feel it smells like rather like bad fish than sulfur or bad eggs.

    The car is 4 Runner SR5 4WD, with only 4,000 miles. I washed my car and cleaned the inside. Let the window open for a hour. It doesn't help. The smell seems in the air. :(

    Could this be the sulfur problem? How do I get rid of the smell?


  • dlxraydlxray Posts: 3
    Tangman, I have a 2004 V6 Limited 4Runner with the same shaky steering wheel. I have gone back to the dealer 3x and they found NOTHING wrong. I even drove a newer 4Runner off the lot and it shakes worse than mine. I notice it as being really bad between 59 and 65 mph. I was going to begin a buy back process but after reading other instances on the web, people have lost their cases because Toyota says this is not a problem. I have had the wheels balance 3 separate times to no avail. Good Luck with your shake, I think I'm stuck with mine!!
  • biglatkabiglatka Posts: 78
    What brand of tires are on your 4Runner?
  • glb5glb5 Posts: 39
  • kodenamekodename Posts: 141
    My daughter has a simular problem with her 04 4Runner. It was fine during the cold season when she took delivery.The smell is akin to a stale wet washcloth and it goes away after a minute of running. The smell is from the air vents.The Toyota dealer told her to keep the recycle air off and that has made no difference in the odor problem. Those who made earlier posts with simular problems makes me wonder how you made out and can you give me any advise. Bill C.
  • ramza39ramza39 Posts: 23
    Hi, I am planning to buy a SUV, it will be either a Highlander or a 4Runner. Can someone please give me some advices or point out the problems you are experiencing with this truck? Thanks!
  • jefrejefre Posts: 1
    i just purchased a 2004 4-runner and am experiencing a vibrating steering wheel. the dealerships service manager examined it and said all was ok and nothing is wrong. i've owned six 4-runners over a 15 period previousely and never had this problem, i believe its an enginering problem that toyota is either unaware of or just won't admit. additionally, they let me test drive two other 4 runners to test if they too demonstrated this vibration and behold they also had the vibration? good luck, contact me if youd like at, jef
  • chimay1chimay1 Posts: 2
    Has anyone used a TRD Oil filter for a 2003 4Runner V8 and if so what model#? My Dealer refused to put on a 00602-90915-004 they said it was the wrong filter however TRD say's it is the correct filter. Some web sites say that is the correct # others say it should be 00602-90915-007 does anyone have any experience with this?
  • giblergibler Posts: 2
    Is there any one with a 2004 SR5 V6 4 Runner that has had a problem with the Check Engine light coming on? I purchased my 2004 V6 4Runner March of this year and have been to two dealerships here in New York and Florida. The dealership here in New York (where i purchased it) claimed it was an oxygen sensor. Replaced the sensor and the Warning light came on as i headed down to Florida. Returned to New York dealership number two claimed it was a MAP Air Flow Sensor that was defected. Changed the sensor, light came on again heading down to Florida last week. Went to dealership in Florida and they scanned the sensors and couldnt find anything wrong. If there are any 4Runner SR5 V6 owners out there that has experienced this problem please let me know.
  • I have an 04 Limited V6 and mine rides as smooth as glass - no vibration, no shaking steering wheel. I test drove 3 different Runners and noticed that on one test drive, one of the vehicles that had the Dunlops had some vibration/shimmy in the steering wheel. Luckily, my truck came with the Michelins and I've had zero problems.

    Of course, and this has been discussed before, 4Runner tires should be balanced using the Hunter 9700 Force Variation balancer. This is pretty much the only machine that will solve the problems. I had a 2000 Limited 4Runner that vibrated and shook from day one. I went to 3 different dealers and none could solve the problem. I even bought new tires and wasted my money like an idiot. Talk about frustration - I had a brand new truck, nobody can solve the problems and I'm ready to kill someone. I finally went to Discount Tire because I did some research and read about the Hunter 9700 and found out that Discount Tire used that machine. Bingo, problem solved. It turned out that two of the wheels were slightly warped. Toyota covered them under warranty.

    Now, I ONLY go to a shop that uses the 9700 when I get my tires rotated and balanced.

    Hope that helps. If you need more info, I think the web site is or something like that.
  • 69mach169mach1 Posts: 60
    I need to buy a 25 - 30 foot extension ladder. Anybody used the roof racks on their 4-Runners to get one home? Owner's manual says not carry anything over a 120 lbs, so I should be okay there.

    I plan on using some old carpet on the cross rails and tie the ladder down with bunggy cords. Any further suggestions would be appreciated.
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