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Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair



  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    If you were recently denied auto warranty coverage for a surprising reason, please email no later than Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to tell your story to a reporter.
  • Hi, I lent my 4R to someone who drove it for far too long (12,000 miles) and caused a number of problems. (The truck had 216,000 miles when she borrowed it).

    I'll share the electronic problem.

    Note that I first discovered an enormous coffee stain all over the instrument panel.

    Basically, the lights on the climate control part of the control panel (the knobs and indicators for defrost, vent, recirc, etc.) don't work. And neither do the lights on the strip next to the shifter knob ( P R D 1 2). And neither does the "cigar lighter". The light in the ash tray doesn't work either. And neither does the light in the glove box.

    The stereo works and so does the AC switch. And, all the lights on the right hand instrument panel ( MPH, coolant temp, etc.) work as well.

    Any advice about troubleshooting and repair?

  • boats3boats3 Posts: 42
    Did you check the bulbs? There are little light bulbs behind the climate control dials. I would also think that there are light bulbs in the other areas of concern.
  • Is it likely that the little bulbs would all go out at once?
  • royallenroyallen Posts: 227
    If you know where the passenger compartment fuse/relay block is located (typically to the left of the steering column and covered by a removable trim panel) then examine the diagram labels to look for a blown fuse serving the items not working.
    Solving problems beyond replacing a single failed bulb or two or blown fuse are likely to be beyond most owners ability unless you have the wiring diagram and considerable expertise or it involves something you installed like trailer wiring. Royallen
  • foxyesqfoxyesq Posts: 26
    edited January 2013
    I have a 2005 4Runner V8 Limited with almost 88,000 miles. Toyota recommends replacing the timing belt at 90,000 miles. My local dealer quotes $1,600 to replace the timing belt (which is apparently an extensive job and also include replacing the water pump) but offered me 20% off, bringing the price to $1,280. A trusted local mechanic said that the job calls for 12 hours of "book labor" and that the dealer's price is not that bad -- especially since it includes a loner vehicle for the days that car is in the shop and a car wash, which is always appreciated.

    I am also close to needing new tires, a new battery, an oil change and new air filter. All of these items will run somewhere between $2,500 -$3,000.

    I looked at replacing the 4Runner (thinking BMW X5 diesel) and have been offered $10,500 on a trade, which I think is close to fair (with tax savings that makes the vehicle worth $11,235 towards the purchase of the new car).

    This 4Runner has been my absolute favorite car, ever. Other than routine maintenance, I have had no problems and have put no money into this vehicle. However, I am reluctant to pay the equivalent of 25% of the value of the vehicle just to maintain an 8 year old car with close to 90,000 miles.

    With this in mind, is it time to say good by to my beloved 4Runner ("Daddy's Blue Truck") or should I do the maintenance and hope that I continue to experience the same go anywhere in any weather reliability that I have experienced over the past 8 years?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,724
    I think doing the maintenance will probably add almost that amount to the worth of the car. Plus, while that might be a fair wholesale offer, a nice 4Runner would be worth more than that to me..

    If you like it, I'd keep it.


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  • Can someone help me?
    My 1998 4runner has 138000 miles and lately the shif handle it rattle a lot while I'm driving.
    If I hold it with my hand the noise stop, is there any way that I could fixed my self?
  • royallenroyallen Posts: 227
    It is possible, but not easy. The difficulty is between that of changing disc brake shoes and replacing a timing belt. The source is wear if non-metallic spacing parts, usually bushings or washers that maintain the connection if the shift lever to a rod or cable connected to the transmission. The way it works is fairly simple and understandable on inspection. The difficulty is you need access to see and determine the faulty part, some skill to disassemble, replace and reassemble the shift linkage. A Haynes or Chilton manual for your 4Runner will show what the linkage looks like and some steps regarding access. You also can use the internet by searching on youtube for "shift lever rattle" and see examples of similar repairs shown and discussed by video. Royallen
  • dnoscdnosc Posts: 1
    I have a 98 4Runner, v6. I plugged a power inverter into the cigarette lighter to charge my cell phone and immediately the stereo, clock, and electric mirror control went out. I've checked all the "regular" fuses and they look fine, but one could be damaged and I cannot tell. There are also some block fuses, but I wouldn't know how to tell if they're blown.

    Does anyone know which fuse controls these functions?
  • I am having a problem with my key fob unlock . Wasn't sure if this was similar to your problem. No one know how to fix it. My inside unlock button works but my key fob will not unlock my 2002 4runner anymore. My key fob locks and my rear window button works. Only having issues with my unlock. Can you tell me if the fuse block might fix this? Thanks
  • I have a 2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 and I never followed the the book for maintenance and I have over 110,000 on it and most all the warning lights are lit like a Christmas tree! It runs just fine. I could never afford Toyota garages and their prices so I just avoided them and used Amsoil exclusively and had no problems. It is hungry for gas though and I am thinking about converting it to electric power. If anyone can give me some idea of cost or about doing it myself it would be appreciated.
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