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Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair



  • cttoycttoy Posts: 5
    Can anyone tell me if they have had a problem with the gas gauge not working properly. Most of the time when I start the car the gauge remains on E and the light stays on even with a full tank. Usually within 10 miles it shows the correct gas level. Sometimes this problem does not happen at all. Toyota wants $93 just to look. Can anyone help? Thanks!
  • does anyone have the instructions for programming the key fob?
  • I have a key fob that needs to be programmed. It is shaped like a boomerang and has 3 buttons (red, black, and green) with a remote engine start feature. I am looking for the instructions for programming but I'm not sure if it will work anyway.
  • also, how do you tell whether your problem is the remote or the receiver? if it is the receiver what can be done?
  • I drove my 4 runner this weekend approx 125 mile of highway driving first the tranny appeared wobbbly it came out of gear. the vehicle sat for the next 2 days today it was hauled to a tranny dealer he checked it out and found no problems he drove the vehicle approx 15 km about 1.5 hours of highway driving later it started to loose power in all 5 gears I pulled over the vehicle rested for 5 minutes . I drove away 10 minutes later I encountered the same thing rested the vehicle for a couple of minutes same thing . I then drove the last 10 minutes home I thought it was going to die within 100 feet of our home. Anybody got any suggetions I have replaced virtually everything on this vehicle it is a 1993 four runner with 284,000 kms on it. Could it be the cadiliytic converter overheating ????? :confuse: :confuse:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I am pretty sure that is an aftermarket remote starter isn't it? In which case you will have to contact the company that sold it to get instructions.

    waterless mike: that is the strangest tale I have ever heard. if your truck is an automatic, then it is possible it just got nudged out of gear, yes? If it is a manual and it popped out of gear, that is not a good sign, but it wouldn't have anything to do with reduced power.

    It is hard to understand the rest of your story. Was the truck bucking? Was there a burning smell like stuck brakes? Did you have it floored? If you did, was it revving high or just not revving?

    cttoy: it is either a bad connection behind the gauges, or a sender going bad in the tank. Unfortunately, if it is in the tank, it will be expensive to get fixed. If it is behind the dash, you may be able to fix it yourself. Have you had any reason to remove any part of the dash recently?

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • jay25jay25 Posts: 10
    I would appreciate you sharing with us what fixed your problem. I am experiencing the same problem. The shop replaced my fuel pressure regulator but I still have the rough idle and hesitation on acceleration. Thanks.
  • jotoyjotoy Posts: 2
    It seems the problem was bad grounding. The shop replaced every ground on the vehicle. Runs perfect now. Took it to the lease yesterday. Now I have wheel bearing problems. Never done a 4 wheel drive front wheel bearing. I guess she'll be going back to the shop this week. Thanks for your suggestions....
  • jalinjalin Posts: 2
    I am trying to find the cause of this issue. Today out of the blue my engine started running rough and hesitated when accellerating. When I stopped at a light it seem as though it wanted to shut off. I put the truck in neutral and it seem to calm down a bit, but when I put it back in drive there was still hesitation. After a while the check engine light came on. When I got home, I opened the hood and noticed how hard the engine was vibrating during idle Has anyone experience this issue?
  • Thud in Tansmission or as some people put it "Clunk". I got it fixed by my dealer. Had another appointment to take the Tech for a drive early morning so he can try to experience the thud. No such luck- When I arrived at the Dealer, he had order a new drive shaft. He had called Toyota Canada and they told him to order a new Drive shaft under warranty.

    It is now changed, and working well. I've originally tried the "grease the yoke" solution, but that didn't cut it.

    A happy camper now. :)
  • Did you feel this thud when you release the brake pedal sometimes? If so i experience that on my 03 limited, but trade it and got an 05 v8 sport. No thud yet. :shades:
  • jalin :
    I am experiencing the SAME EXACT problem in my 96 4runner. Three weeks ago out of no where I started her up and the engine was vibrating like crazy, and there was serious hesitation along aith the rough run. The check engine light came on but then after driving a few minutes it stopped, odd i know. so this went on for two days, it would SOMETIMES start rough then eventually it would "drive itself out", but not always. sometimes it ran smooth as normal. When the diagnostic is run, it comes up as cylinder #2 is misfiring. Well at this point its been to the mechanic 3 times and the "check engine" light is still on and doing the same thing, and hes so far replaced a ignition coil and a fuel injector... if any one can help that would be great, but my mechanic is frustrated as well, becuase it never seems to run rough when he has, only when Ive left the shop and driven... even wierder that hes easily put 50-60 miles on it trying to repaet the problem I keep running into. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  • The thud was very noticable. It wasn't the brake calipers releasing or anything like that. I'd be at a full stop, and you'll feel a pretty hard thud as if you're pulling a trailer where the ball and tongue is not adjusted properly. It was strange because I couldn't figure what could cause that at complete stop.
  • saksak Posts: 2
    I am not satisfied with the response from the Toyota service departments I have worked with over the last several months. I was wondering if there's someone that might have taken their concerns to a higher level and if so, could you direct me to names of who I could contact with my concerns. Thanks.
  • hitnrunhitnrun Posts: 5
    Just a week ago I bought my 4x4 4runner, auto tranny. Was exactly what I wanted, the price was right, and it ran great. Just last night I experienced a hesitation when the tranny wanted to shift down from overdrive. If I kept my foot very steady on the accelerator, it would keep bucking but maintain speed. If I backed off, it stayed in overdrive. If I gave it more, it went ahead with the downshift. On my trip back home an hour later, I couldn't get it to repeat this. Any help? I'm worried now after being extremely pleased with this purchase. :confuse:
  • hp11rthp11rt Posts: 1
    Every time the air temp is above 80 and my '04 4runner has been parked outside, the A/C will not blow cold air for ten minutes or longer. If the 4runner is started after being in my garage or the outside air temp is below 80, it blows cold. I have a 2004 Honda accord and a Dodge Van that don't have this problem under the same conditions. I've tried running the A/C with the recirculation on and off, adjusted the climate temp to low and also tested with the auto climate control off.

    Is there a sensor that could cause this problem if the interior reaches a certain temperature?
  • I have a 1993 4 Runner with the 3.0 V6. A few years ago it was discovered the head gasket was bad, and I (Toyota Dealership)replaced the short block. This was in Riverhead NY, and the 4 Runner had 118,000 on it. It now has 178,000 and has had a major head gasket eruptin/incident.
    My question, and I only ask out of desperation, is...Is there any other possibilities of getting a hand from Toyota service?.. I am always on top of the maintenance, fluids, timing belts etc, and am very disappointed that this block only made it 60,000.
    Don't get me wrong, if I had the coin I'd "get r dun". l've become very attached to that truck, and would love have it fix, and buy additional Toyotas. It's just that this my medical bills have taken the pep from my step!!!!! about granting a $4325 trade in on a new or used 2005?...The financial hardship came at the worst possible time,'s just another cut..and straw (death by 1000 cuts & the straw that broke....) The only thing keeping me from being recalled to the Army (I did 20) is medical and family hardships...And this added to everything else is discocerting....SOOOO..any thoughts PLEASE......
    PS1-vin # JT3VN39W2P0104004
    PS 2- if I can't get this fixed I'll have loads of mechanical parts and completly "rust free" body parts (from living in AZ and Florida)
    PS3-Toyota letter below.

    Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
    We apologize for the concern with the headgaskets on your 1993 4Runner. Please accept our apologies for this situation and for any inconvenience you have experienced. Toyota makes every effort to manufacture a quality product, conducting extensive research and planning, thorough testing, and constant monitoring of performance.

    Your warranty coverage has exceeded the 3-year/36,000 comprehensive warranty, as well as the 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

    We apologize, we are not in a position to assist with the cost of this repair.

    Please review our Warranty Coverage FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) for further information.

    In the interest of customer service we invite you to contact us by calling 800-331-4331. We are available from 6 AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.

    We appreciate the opportunity to review your request.

    Your email is documented at our National Headquarters under file #200501190496. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

    Toyota Customer Experience
  • alfaalfa Posts: 11
    I am sorry about you hardships You got to drive your vehicle for a large amount of miles not toyota .Paying for repairs or the replacement cost of the vehicle is your payment for miles used. At some point ,everyone has to pay for the use of the product they bought.Most of the cost is up front as when you purchaced your vehicle.In the same way would you return a pair of shoes after walking on them for a year and want a new sole for free? If you don't want you car to break don't drive it.Kind of dumb but if you drive it it will break and your will pay for it.
  • Jalin,

    Any updates on your situation? I am having the exact same problem, except it's the #4 cylinder that is missing and I have a 98' 4Runner. I brought it in to a Toyota dealership and they ran a bunch of tests and told me that they "were confident" that it was a fuel injector problem. They did an injector flush but that didn't work. Then they thought I should just replace that fuel injector but it sounds like that didn't work for you. Any help would be great. Thanks.

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    That is too bad about your truck. Unfortunately, at almost 180K, you are well past the point where Toyota would help you out at all.

    If it is any consolation, there are still used engines available in some parts of the country for these trucks, which you could have installed for perhaps $1500 out the door. Obviously, replacement of just the head gasket will run you less (as long as the head was not damaged when the gasket blew), but the used engine would have the advantage of lower miles.

    These are durable trucks. It will probably give you several more years if you do the head gasket.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • outpostoutpost Posts: 1
    just bought my 1st 4-runner, a 1990. AC button left of heater controls has a green light when the heat is this AC? The button doesn't seem to actually push in or out. Thanks.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    yes, that is the A/C button, and if the green light is on then it is running, if it still works. And the button should push in and out, so if it doesn't, it is stuck. I've never seen that happen, so I am not exactly sure what you do to fix it, but I imagine you find a way to pry the button out, or remove that part of the center stack.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • jalinjalin Posts: 2

    I took my 4runner to a local mechanic and what it turned out to be was the ignition wires (Sparkplug). Somehow the one going to cylinder 3 arced. The mechanic replaced all the wires for 65.00 and reset the check engine light for 55.00 and charged 65.00 for labor. Try changing the wires. I hope that's all it is for you. Let me know.

    James :)
  • doggydogdoggydog Posts: 10
    I took off the spare tire exactly the same day one month ago; everything is fine until today:the tire pressure monitor lights went on! I know that the spare tire is also monitored but why the low pressure light does not go on until 30 days later?

    I found this annoying and, if I don't want to put the spare back, anybody knows how to disable tire pressure monitor system?

  • udsavudsav Posts: 11
    Maybe the pressure went down?
  • doggydogdoggydog Posts: 10
    All 4 tires are above recommended pressure level.
    And later I lowered them to recommended level - didn't help.
  • ken67ken67 Posts: 2
    we've had a 2000 4-runner since new. all maintenance done at dealer by the book. have 124000 km on it. squealing sound when put into drive or reverse. they say it's the torque converter. also they say 1000.oo to repair but not necessary as far as safety or damage is concerned. any ideas?
  • Hi Charlie:

    I have a 2004 4 Runner v8 as well and have the exact same problems you have described in your email thread. Have you had any luck at getting a resolution to the problem.

    My email is
  • 2toyotas2toyotas Posts: 104
    I am trying to understand what you are saying? Is the spare currently on the truck, or did you take it off? Is the light flashing or on steady? It will take time for the light to sense the spare is not there, if it is not on the truck. If you park the truck near the spare with in a certain distance the monitor will register it. So if you drive one time for a long period the light will flash, but if you park it anywhere near the spare it should go out again. Please reply.
  • ken67ken67 Posts: 2
    have 2000 4-runner. all service at dealer since we bought new. squeals when put into drive or reverse. they think it's the torque converter. thousand bucks to fix. they say it isn't necessary to fix. will this cause bigger problems down the line? help....
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