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#444 of 11429 '91 4Runner starting problem
May 25, 2001 (8:01 am)
I have an intermittent starting problem. I turn the ignition on and all the correct dash lights come on. When I try to start the engine and I hear a single click and nothing more. The click sounds like a relay. Then I turn the ignition off and try to start the engine again and it usually starts, sometimes I have to try several times. Once, it took several tries to get it started and on a couple of the tries, the engine started to turn over but stopped, like the power to the starter was cut off. I have a 1991 Toyota 4Runner with the 3.0L V6. I have cleaned the battery terminals. Is it possible that I have a bad battery, starter, neutral safety switch, or ignition switch?
May 25, 2001 (2:02 pm)
My 2000 4Runner Limited (which I bought new a year ago), has a smelly a/c problem. It smells mildewy. I had this problem since I bought the car and really notice it when the weather gets warm. The dealer says they fixed it (twice it's been in), but I still have the same problem. My research tells me that it's a problem with the condensation not draining properly - which I've told the dealer and they say the line is fine. Anyone else had or have this problem? I'd appreciate some advice.
#446 of 11429 A fine cigar, slightly mildewed....
May 25, 2001 (6:56 pm)
At least I think that's the familiar smell I recognize from my wife's 1994 Toyota Celica A/C. Wow! Toyota still wasn't fixed that problem? If your dealer says everything is fine that's because he knows he can't fix it, I bet. That problem has been around a long time, and you can bet your dealer has tap danced around it several thousand times. I just look at the bright side, and imagine a fine Cuban.....
May 26, 2001 (9:51 am)
There is a TH member in the Sequoia topic who has used his vehicle off road pretty extensively. About a month ago, he posted an excellent review. His name is slickrock and he found that it worked extremely well. He tried it in a number of situations and it always preformed as expected.
#450 of 11429 What can I expect to pay?
May 29, 2001 (8:04 am)
I am looking to purchase or lease a 2001 SR5. The vehicle must have running boards, a sunroof, cd player, and fender flares, however. What is the lowest price I can expect?
#451 of 11429 97 4Runner ABS problem
May 29, 2001 (8:14 am)
I have a 1997 4Runner and am experiencing problems with ABS. It comes on spuratically, usually on dry pavement, even when braking gently. In one case I've even had an accident. Toyota Canada denies there is a problem. If you want to know more (it's a long story), I created a web page with almsot all the info. Here's the link :
#452 of 11429 Re: ABS problem by mstoer
May 29, 2001 (5:28 pm)
I went to your site; its hard to tell from your description what, if anything, is wrong.
Your description of what happened to you on the gravel driveway sounds normal. ABS was never intended to reduce your stopping distance -- after all, its pulsing the brakes -- but is supposed to give you more control in the event of a loss in traction. In fact, ABS often increases braking distances, as anyone who has driven ABS equipped cars in snow or gravel can attest to (as I often do in Vermont and which I'm sure you do in Canada). The brake pedal is supposed to go hard and kick back; what you need to do is simply mash on the brakes when that happens, and resist the typical reaction of many people who are not accustomed to ABS pulsing which is to lift off of the brakes.
However, I don't mean to insult your intelligence; having driven in Canada, I'm sure you know this already. The other things you describe, the klanging noise, the ABS not working in the rain but activating on dry pavement, obviously are not "normal operation." Toyota obviously should step up to the plate and fix it. Perhaps there's a faulty ABS sensor? Sorry I could't be more help ...
By the way, to kjack100; the Costa Rica toyota you saw probably was a Toyota Prado. They're sold outside the U.S. in a lot of countries; they are similar in size to 4runners, but with more upright styling, and in some cases share the 3.4 engine and IFS platform of the 4runner ...