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Toyota Tacoma: Problems & Solutions



  • I picked up my new 2005 Tacoma Double Cab Longbed 4X4 one week ago and have had the same problem. Tires have been balanced, they all needed it, and the problem continues. I will go back to the dealer after Labor Day. I have 245/75/16 Dunlops OEM tires. If your BF Goodrich tires are doing the same then it can't be the tires??? Any thoughts?
  • Also, I read on another site that an owner removed his front skid plate and this corrected the problem.
  • ok, so what type of CAMPAIGN are they describing? Not trying to be an a$$ either, but that's pretty vague.
  • I recently picked up my new double cab shortbed prerunner and it has the 245/75/16 Dunlops on it as well. I've had it back twice for tire balancing and it still has a little shake between 65-70 on the interstate. I'm putting new ProComp wheels on tomorrow and hope that will help. They are much lighter and use an 8 inch rim vice the current 7 inch. I'll let you know if this cures the problem. :(

    My question to everyone is: "Has anyone put a dual cat back exhaust system on one of these trucks and what was the overall effect?"" :blush:
  • '05 DoubleCab PreRunner 2WD with TRD OffRoad #2

    Picked it up on 8/28 and noticed vibration through the steering wheel at about 60MPH. it also pulled a bit to the right.

    Took it into Texas Toyota (Grapevine, TX) for service (not where I bought it, but closer to home) on 9/1 with about 200 miles on it. They balanced all 4 tires and checked the alignment. It's driven fine since then.
  • Can anyone tell me how to get into the air bag compartment to fix that rattle mentioned in several coversations. I recentley purchased my Tacoma used, and the owner must not have had the dealer take care of the problem.
  • I just got a used 1999 Tacoma - 2WD regular cab non-prerunner - and noticed the back of the bed is leaning to the left. I took it to a couple tire places and body shops and 3 out of 4 thought I had a bad leaf spring. I have seen a few used leaf spring sets for sale on ebay by people who install new springs to beef up their suspension and sell the old ones that are still good. I need to find out which year tacomas I can take springs from to put into my 1999. I called the local Toyota parts man and he said July 1997 thru September 2000 Tacomas have the same leaf spring part number for the 2WD regular cab non-prerunner body styles. He also said the 2001 thru 2004 Tacoma springs have different part numbers, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are not interchangeable. Does anyone know if the rear leaf springs from 2001 thru 2004 Tacomas with 2WD regular cab non-prerunner body styles would fit my 1999 Tacoma with 2WD regular cab non-prerunner body style? Would ride height and stiffness, etc., be the same? Does anybody know who to ask to find out?
  • I was watching tv last night and boom i see major recal headline. So naturally i listen there were two major recalls on the news one for FORD wich was please bring your trucks in the mototors have a huge possibility of catching on fire lol . I was like wow crazzy than they said toyota has one also for power steering wich caused vibrations and steering problems. So call all your local dealers as soon as you can i think there another major call back. Mines going in today for the recall on noisy springs and the winshield housing came apart. So far im not surprised after all it is a new truck new design its to be expected as long as they fix it i dont mind working out the bugs.
  • None of them work and the fuses are all OK. Could it be the relay (clicker) or something else?

    New to the forum and this is my first post. Thank you!!
  • There appears to be a common hot start problem with Toyota Tacoma trucks.
    I posted a message to this newsgroup almost a month ago and got several
    individuals to respond they had the same problem or to offer suggestions.
    A bright fellow who goes by samwise (and I believe it) came up with the

    If your Tacoma has trouble starting with the engine hot (usually at the gas
    station or a quick stop) you need to disconnect the IAT (Intake Air
    Temperature) sensor. This sensor is located on the air filter box, and is
    not the large MAF(Mass Air Flow) sensor. The connector to the IAT sensor
    only has two wires.
    I found this on another site. Hope it works, I will be having my mechanic testing this one out. GOOD LUCK!!! :) :) :shades:

    This will cause the check engine light to come one, but who cares. If you
    want, perhaps changing the sensor will fix the problem properly. I just
    disconnected it and my truck runs fine.

    Thanks again to Samwise for the solution. I spent well over a thousand
    dollars at the Toyota dealer and they did nothing at all except charge me.
    I hope this solution works for you if you are experiencing he same problem.
    It's people like Samwise who make the newsgroups work!
  • I have the same problem. Mine is a '99 v6 4wd, 132k miles. I have an engine code also (P0171). Any luck yet? I have a few things to look for after surfing the boards.
  • Which hose was it? Any info would help.
  • I own a 99 Tacoma V6 Prerunner Auto with 95k miles and I am having problems with my transmission. It will slip from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st. The slipping usually is not to hard - feels more like it 'pops' into gear going up and down, but sometimes it will slam into gear.

    Also, starting last week it has been slipping at speed. When cruising at 50 mph I will hit the accelerator, it downshifts smooth and all is good, but when I let off the gas and it shifts into 4th (I assume) it has been really rough, almost slamming into gear.

    I would rather not have to get my transmission taken apart for someone to figure out the problem, so I am wondering if anyone has any ideas that could help.

    I appreciate any insite!

  • Changing from Dunlop to Firestone is like trading in a Kia to get a Hyundai. I had vibes in my Tundra until I bought Bridgestone AT (not APT). Bridgestone is sold by Firestone, but is 100% better.
  • Not sure what is going on but My 99 Tacoma did the same thing. 2.7 litre Click when started sometimes I would try ten key turns also before it took. I went to the auto zone and picked up a cold weather starter becasue other option does not fit. i replaced the starter and she runs just fine again. Did you put the starter cables back in same place. I think they only go one way on the 99 but not sure about the 98
  • My 99 Taco did the same thing nothing but clicks then it would start. some times 10 clicks. I went to auto zone paid 160 for starter after returning core of the old one. Truck runs fine now. 2.7 litre is what I have and the cold weather starter is the only one that will fit. 2.0 kilowat starter.
  • It sounds great I have a minekee catback on may tacoma 2.7 and sounds throaty. Also a K&N cold air intake sounds very good excpecialy on the 3.4 litre
  • I have a 1998 Tacoma Pre-runner 4Cyl. Sluggish between 55-60 MPH, struggles on slight inclines. Just over 70,000 miles. I took it to Toyota of Augusta for a tune up. Toyota of Augusta said $4500 for a new engine head. HELP!!! It runs better with a half tank or more of gas. Runs real bad with less than a 1/4 tank. HELP! :cry:
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Simple, just keep your gas tank between 3/4 and full. Sorry for the pun. $4500 seems quite high, get a 2nd opinion, heck how much can a whole new engine cost?
  • I can't imagine how fuel tank level can interact w/ the engine head.

    I would look at fuel filter and fuel pump. (or even water in your fuel tank. water will accumulate at the bottom, the pickup scrn on most vehicles follows the float, so at low levels -usually more like the last 1/4 tank- the performance might get ugly.)
  • have a 97 4x4 tacoma 3.4L. Got wet, 1 foot in cab. Sat for about 36hr's in water. No water in engine oil or fuel. No water in top of cylinders at least as far as it can be determined by looking at plugs. Air cleaner was wet and muddy. Have spark at plugs. have fuel to cyclinders. Exhaust doesn't seem to be plugged. ECM seems to have stayed dry. Engine turns over. battery was recharged, seems strong. Wont start! Would appreciate any help to get it running
  • I have the same problem. Shimmy between 55-65 MPH that comes and goes. Outside temperature does not seem related nor does whether the tires are cold or warm. The only thing I can possibly tie it to is that it seems to be worse after I have made a tight (almost to the stops) left hand turn. Tires are BIG Rugged Trail T/A. Tire pressure is kept to specs.
    Am going to the dealer tomorrow for my 5th visit on this problem. The NY/NJ Service rep is supposed to be there to review the problem. In past visits the dealer said that the tires may need to be 'road force' balanced but they do not have the equipment to do this. There is an independent shop in town who can do this but the dealer has not taken the truck to them for balancing.
    From what I read in the forums the problem is not related to tire type so am guessing the problem is in suspension/drive train somewhere.
    Keep me updated on your success, if any.
  • That sounds reasonable enough. I will start research in those areas. It's just hard for me to imagine replacing the engine on a Toyota truck with only 70k miles. Due to my occupation, the truck was sitting in storage for about 3yrs. Thanks for the info..........
  • Sitting in storage for 3 yrs- I'm doubting the new head theory even more now.
    I'd look very closely at the fuel tank. (Was it full or empty when stored? Did you use any fuel stabilizer before setting it up e.g. Stabil or equiv.?)

    If it had 3 yr old fuel without stabilizer, or an empty tank with varying temperatures, I'd drain the fuel tank and change filters now.
  • Did the new wheels help? My dealer changed my tires from the dunlop 245/75/16 to Yokahma Geolanders. Still have a small amout of shake at 60-65. I have the alloy wheels, bright chrome. What wheels did yours come with?
  • Just bought a 2005 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner 2wd automatic. Love it. Only thing is is that it seems to be a bit rought when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear and when it is down shifting and reaches about 30-32 MPH. Anybody else experience this? Any cause for concern? I called the dealer where I bought it from and they said that was pretty natural for Toyotas. Don't know whether to believe them or not. Thanks!
  • I've had my truck for 5 years now with no problems. Put truck into 4wd the other day and my auto lcoking hubs aren't locking. My indicator on the dash isn't lighting up and I can feel that the front wheels aren't grabbing. Does anyone have any experience with this and how to fix. Or suggestions on a simple fix???? Thanks so much.
  • Because the runability is in direct proportion to the fuel level, it definately sounds like a fuel pump/filter problem. The lower the tank gets, the harder the pump has to work to suck fuel out. I would guess that the filter on the end of the pump within the tank is plugging up. Usually the in-tank pump works 100% one minute and dies the next. I don't know how hard it is to replace the pump (gotta drop the tank unless there is a access hole above the tank), but for the cost, I think it is where you should start. Even if that doesn't fix the problem, it will be good preventative maintenance as the pumps die within 10 years anyway alot. May end up keeping you from breaking down on the highway down the road. I really think it will fix your problem anyway. Also, try having your tank almost empty so you can drain and flush it while it is lowered.
  • I had the same problem with my jeep many years ago. I believe this truck has vacume operated selenoids. Check for hoses (or electrical wires if it is electrically activated) at the front gearbox assembly. Check connections, hoses and even follow them up to the engine compartrment to see if they are disconnected up there. If it is electrical, check fuses too.
  • I have a 2002 Toyo with a small lift on it. It has a 1" block on the back and 21/2" adjustable springs on the front. I bought the truck used and even when I was test driving it I noticed when the truck came to a stop there was "thump". The previous owner said that it always did it. I looked underneath and saw where the thump was coming from. It looks like the mount that supports the transfer case has a bolt in it with a rubber grommet. I think it is designed to allow the transfer case to move vertically but should I have that much play that I get a thump every time the truck stops? The truck only has 40k on it and its the best piece of equipment I have ever owned even with this slight problem. Any ideas or suggestions?
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