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#922 of 11429 2001 Clicking noise
Nov 28, 2001 (6:15 pm)
I'm glad to see that my 2001 4Runner is apparently not the only one with this noise!
My 4Runner has only 1400 miles on it now, and this clicking noise started soon after I bought it (new). The dealer's mechanics (who have been very nice to work with) says it's a relay switch in the ABS brake system. They replaced one switch in a box thing under the hood, but no luck. Then today, the "regional guy" was there and tells them it's normal. Is it really? Is there any way to quiet it? It's fairly obnoxious.
I also have a rattle noise in the dash that they are trying to fix. I love the 4runner, I always wanted one. I live in Colorado and do a lot of driving in snow and on semi-rugged dirt roads, etc. I had a corolla for 6 years with no problems, so had no hesitation buying another Toyota. But these noise issues have me a little fed up! Any solutions? Please???? Cliffy, any comments? (Everyone seems to refer to you!)
Cathy in Colorado
#923 of 11429 reprogramming the tranny
Nov 29, 2001 (6:37 am)
jf01: Re your idea of pulling the fuse to reprogram the tranny - instead, I've heard that you disconnect the battery, and leave it disconnected for 30 minutes, so that the charge drains out of certain items (processors?). Then reconnect and start driving, and the systems will reset themselves working with a clean slate.
I am not electrically inclined, but this sounded plausible to me.
#924 of 11429 CPO 98 4Runner
Nov 30, 2001 (10:46 am)
My son in interested in a Certified Pre-Owned 98 4Runner SR5, V-6, 5-speed, leather, sun-roof, single CD, alloys, etc. It has 35K miles and the asking price is $22,900. Any ideas if this seems reasonable? It appears to be in line with KBB and Edmunds. Any known problems to look out for? It is definitely a good looking/driving vehicle. Any comments? TIA.
#925 of 11429 3rd row and mobile video
Nov 30, 2001 (4:16 pm)
Anybody out there have any experience with aftermarket 3rd row seats or mobile video systems? I'm considering both and am looking for suggestions. My 98 4runner has the moonroof which looks like it might interfere with the flip-down type monitors for video system but I'm told it can be done.
#926 of 11429 flip down video
Nov 30, 2001 (4:34 pm)
I've seen it done and it works. As long as you choose the right installer, this can look like a factory job. We use a company called Sure Fit in Arlington VA and they do a great job. You may want to ask your folks for references.
#927 of 11429 2003 redesign - miscellaneous ramblings
Dec 01, 2001 (5:20 am)
Is the anticipation killing anyone as much as it is me on the 2003 redesign? You have to commend/curse Toyota for being able to keep the lid on any leaks concerning the new 4Runner.
Prediction - The redesign is presented at the New York auto show in April. This is the last major US show of which would enable a full scale rollout of a 2003 model.
I was in Costa Rica this past May and on the streets in San Jose near the Toyota dealer. Anyway, there was this stunning brand new Toyota SUV that drove by, that was not based on any U.S. Toyota SUV's that I could recognize. Someone on here had mentioned it might be a "HiLux", but correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the non-US HiLux was a four door with a truck bed.
The vehicle resembled somewhat a Land Rover Discovery, with the higher roofline and taller windows. It had Toyota badges though, I am sure.
Maybe it was the redesigned 4Runner, maybe not. But it didn't look like it was based on any Toyota, U.S. or non U.S.
I think it is a safe bet that it will definitely have more power available and it will have a third seat option.
If anyone has any info or links, please post.
#928 of 11429 2003 redesign - miscellaneous ramblings
Dec 01, 2001 (11:42 am)
With the market in the US the way it is you can be sure it will be a larger, if not much larger truck. I keep hearing V8 and third roll of seats. Not sure if I would like a larger 4Runner, but it should be interesting!
#929 of 11429 2001 Clicking noise - reply to sunny 44
Dec 01, 2001 (2:44 pm)
Since I posted my note a few weeks ago, I pay more attention to this clicking sound. It does look like something to do with the break since it only appears when I apply break. Of course, it is only occasionally you hear the clicking when you apply the break. Again, I bet there are more 4runner owner noticing this. When I take my car in for scheduled service, I will ask my dealer. Meanwhile, I will keep my radio on all the time so that I would not be disturbed by this sound. Believe me, compared with the story my friend told me about his new SUV (P.S. IT is not a Toyota), 4Runner is a much better choice.
Dec 01, 2001 (4:06 pm)
I don't know if this will help any of you, but allow me to tell you about a similar click I had on my Tundra. Every time I hit the brake, I could hear a faint click. It was very consistent. I could even predict the exact moment it would happen. I talked to my shop guys and they seemed a bit baffled and said not to worry about it. The noise went away about 6 months ago. The braking never seemed affected.
Dec 01, 2001 (4:54 pm)
Thanks guys, for your responses re the ABS click. It does seem less obvious now, for some reason. Not nearly as bothersome. And the Toyota shop where I bought the truck did fix the rattle in the dash. They were great about it. Very nice dealership.
So I'm now back in love with my new 4Runner!
However, as a novice 4WD driver, can someone give me the basic lesson in when to switch to 4WD and how best to do that? I did read the explanation in the other forum, but it's probably more than I need to know at the moment. Thanks!