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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
May 12, 2003 (3:14 pm)
I had posted ions ago concerning this problem. I have had a 1995, 1999, and a 2002 4Runner and after going crazy with the same vibrations (the dealer was no help because they were not set up to balance the truck tires, just passenger) I finally found a Discount Tire Store who informed me that Toyota's took a special hub balancer made by a company called "Haweka". It was after they balanced my tires/wheels on a road force variance machine with that specific hub, that I had a smooth riding truck.
May 12, 2003 (4:06 pm)
Hi all...Just a quick update regarding the fluttering engine noise (as I posted above)...I took it to the dealer today and they spent the better part of the day running diagnostics on it. Here's what they found:
The say there is a shim somewhere near the lifters (you'll have to excuse me, I'm completely ignorant when it comes to vehicle mechanics). These shims come in 35 different sizes. Apparently the shim in the lifter is too small. Now they have to measure what the new shim should be, order it and install it.
Having said that, I will be withoug my BRAND NEW 4 Runner for 2 days! The guy said it does no harm to the engine but they are more than happy to fix it (as they should be for a $40,000 + vehicle). I'm taking it in this week to have it done (they are providing me with a free rental car - Camry). I will report back with the results.
May 12, 2003 (4:18 pm)
The "clunk" when stopping and releasing the brake is a classic symptom of binding in the driveshaft slip yokes. This is easily fixed by liberally greasing the slip yoke fittings at each oil change. Toyota used to recommend using grease containing Moly Disulfide for the slip yokes. I used Moly grease on our '98 4Runner and it worked fine.
Sounds very plausible. If that's not the solution, the source of the problem could be ineffective motor mounts or tranny mounts due to the increase in torque(??) I had the same symptoms on a different vehicle. Had the mounts replaced and problem was solved.
#6091 of 11429 Heated Seats
May 12, 2003 (6:07 pm)
I ordered a Sport with leather seats. I was told, though, that I could not order them heated; that heated seats were available only on the Ltd as standard equipment, which seems silly.
May 12, 2003 (6:09 pm)
What a joke. Still debating the smell problem after all this time. When will you people learn that it is a problem with the 2003 4Runner. It is not going to magically disappear! Toyota doesn’t care. Considering today’s market, why should they? I thought that with some time, not intelligence, that most of you would come to understand that the smell problem is permanent to the 2003 4Runner.
Anyone who buys this vehicle will get what they deserve. Garbage!
May 12, 2003 (6:10 pm)
We thought you went away. No one wants to hear your bias. NOW GO AWAY!
May 12, 2003 (6:54 pm)
OK OK OK Martin, we have heard you. You do NOT like the 2003 4Runner. Now be like your namesake bird, the Martin, and Flock Off. I have a V8 Runner have not smelled anything yet, if I do so be it, and believe it to be the best on the road. I love it as much as you hate it. Enough said.
#6095 of 11429 Amazing invention!
May 12, 2003 (9:34 pm)
That little scroll wheel on your Mouse makes it almost effortless to get past postings you do not wish to read! Try it!
May 13, 2003 (1:30 am)
#6097 of 11429 Cliffy...
May 13, 2003 (3:53 am)
Care to speculate as to the apparent demise of the V6 Limited 4Runner? Permanent or temporary?
If the V6 is available in other grades, then it doesn't seem likely that it's due to problems with the new engine. Maybe it's a way to differentiate the Limited, but clearly the V8 is not unique to that grade.