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You are in the Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Jan 05, 2005 (10:33 am)
alwayslearning, I may have answers for a couple of your questions.
The location for the interior filter is probably described in the operating manual. If not, you might talk with the parts guy (and look at his database with him) at a dealership. Some of them are pretty helpful.
The clunking noise after stopping may indicate that the driveshafts (universal spiders and slip joints) need lubrication. This is not hard job and should usually be done with oil changes, but lots of places neglect it (even if they say they did all the recommended lubrication).
If you do a coolant change or flush, use the Toyota coolant. It's different from most aftermarket stuff (less silicates, if I remember correctly, and easier on your water pump) and not too expensive compared to the labor involved and possible problems.
If you chage your oil frequently (according to the schedule recommended by the manufacturer) I don't think you need to run synthetic, though it wouldn't hurt. The main thing is not to delay oil changes. A number of recent engines seem to be sensitive to extended oil changes, and will sludge-up rather than just start burning more oil.
For the transmission fluid, if it's an automatic it uses some form of ATF, while the transfer case and manual transmissions generally use regular gear oil (80W-90 or something similar). Follow the manufacturer recommendations for time and mileage, and if you're not sure about the history of the vehicle, changing these (a flush may not be necessary) is cheap insurance.
Plugs don't need to be replaced very often, so I just use what the manufacturer recommends and put anti-seize compound on the threads when reinstalling. Get a torque wrench to do the plug installation.
There's very little about maintenance procedures in the owners manuals, so you might want to check into a service/repair manual set for your vehicle. They're available in different forms (sometimes on CD in addition to paper) and from both the manufacturer and aftermarket. Also, search here and other sites (can't mention them here) for more detailed maintenance discussions.
#10406 of 11429 Pathy vs. 4Runner idntnvu...
Jan 05, 2005 (4:48 pm)
Yes, both were new. The Pathfinder feels "heavy" for lack of a better term. The motor is sweet and the tranny is pretty well matched, but the 4Runner just seems to feel more "nimble". (anyone got a thesaurus?) Interior wise, I felt the 4Runner had more room. I don't read interior dimensions, it has to feel good. And suaria is right, the quality feel is more present in the 4. I bought a Murano last year for the wife and it has been super. There is a distinct feel of quality and luxury in the Murano that is simply lacking in the Pathfinder. I know there are price points here, but when the wife notices, it's substantial, and no, I'm not knocking women and cars, but my wife couldn't give $.02about vehicles.
Jan 05, 2005 (4:56 pm)
2003 (and newer) 4Runners use different sized windshield blades. Driver and passenger blades are not interchangable. Just thought someone might want to know this.
On another note, I talked with a 2003 4Runner Sport owner today. Like me and my SR5, he too said there is way too much 'bounce' in the vehicle, and the vehicle wanders at highway speeds. He said both his early 90's and late 90's 4Runner's had much better road manners. He has the Bridgestone's, I've got the Dunlops. Glad to know I'm not the only one with this experience.
#10408 of 11429 New 2005 SR-5 Drivers Door Rattle
Jan 05, 2005 (7:01 pm)
I've been breaking in a new SR-5 4x4 v-8 and have noticed a slight rattle sound in the drivers door. It occurs at low speed and sound like plastic parts rattling inside of the door. Yet, it is more pronounced on cold days (just froze) and seems diminished as the interior heats up (running heater).
Any experience with this as a past issue? How did you solve it?
I am going to try and put some armor all on the door weatherstripping and see if this has any effect. Seems to make the doors quieter on VW's.
Jan 05, 2005 (8:02 pm)
I personally like the '04+ 4Runners myself a little to the better than the Pathfinders, but I kinda like the new Pathfinders too. However, in my price range, I'm lookin at used ones, and even the '04 4Runner lacks several thousand being in my price range.
I too am like you, I don't care about interior dimensions, it's gotta have room for my big butt and some room to stretch out. I went from a '98 Suzuki Sidekick Sport to a '99 Explorer and it was like going from a sardine can to a Leonard building. It just fits me, and is comfortable. I knew the Suzuki was a bad sign when I test drove the thing, sat in it, and the door wouldn't even close. It bounced off my hip. BUT, I didn't pay for it, so I didn't really have a say so. I had to get used to getting in, leaning to the right to shut the door, then leaning to the left to put the seat belt on, then trying to get level so I could drive.
The '99 and '01 4Runners I drove both felt the same, didn't have enough room. It didn't lack much matching the Explorer, but the main thing was the seats. They were too narrow before the sides tapered outward. If that was an improvement on the '04, then I would have to consider it. I didn't get a chance to drive a Pathfinder, so I'm not sure how it compares as far as room, but from everything I read the seats were definitely more comfortable than the Toyotas pre-'04.
Jan 06, 2005 (2:08 pm)
I would not recommend putting Armor All on the weather stripping (or anywhere else for that matter), since it may eventually cause plastics and rubber to dry, crack, and become friable.
#10411 of 11429 4Runner with 3rd Row and Side Airbags for SR5
Jan 07, 2005 (4:58 am)
Have been looking everywhere trying to find evidence that 3rd row seats and side/side-curtain airbags exist in the same package. Am not bothered about whether it comes in V8 or V6.
CarsDirect and KBB allow the two options to be selected in tandem. Am I dreaming or do I need to special order?
Thanks in advance
#10412 of 11429 Re: Sauria [kheintz1]
Jan 07, 2005 (8:04 am)
Thanks, what would you recommend instead?
#10413 of 11429 Weatherseal treatment/protectants
Jan 07, 2005 (11:29 am)
sauria, it appears that the earlier formulations of ArmorAll were hard on the long-term health of rubber and vinyl. There are claims that the recent versions are much improved, but I'd suggest going to a better product to be sure. I've heard the best recommendations on 303 brand protectant (303products.com) over the past few years, and that's what I've been using with good results.
#10414 of 11429 17 inch Steel Wheels for 05 Limited
Jan 07, 2005 (2:10 pm)
Looking for 17 x 7.5 steel wheels to mount my blizzaks. Anyone know where I can get these?