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#2018 of 2067 Tacoma won't restart when hot
Aug 05, 2006 (12:05 pm)
I have a '96 Tacoma that will not restart if 1) I've driven it for more than half an hour; and 2) it's about 85 degrees or hotter outside. It acts like it's flooded when I try to start it. Eventually it will turn over but it takes some work. The dealer can't figure it out. Any ideas?
#2019 of 2067 E-brake problems
Aug 05, 2006 (12:10 pm)
OK, I'm not a mechanic so this is probably a simple question. I drove down the street with the emergency brake on a few times and the light wouldn't go off. I took the truck to the dealer and he said it needed to be replaced so I said fine. About 5 days later I hit a bump and the brake light came on again. I took it back to the dealer and said what gives? He said they only replaced the cable on the right side and not the entire thing. That was not my understanding of what happened. The mechanic came out and said that the truck is 10 years old and that the cables were all rotted underneath there. He said eventually the e-brake would go. Well last night it went. Trouble is, I think it broke in the "on" position. I drove the truck this morning and it drives weird and smells weird when I turn it off.
Dumb question -- Can I drive like that anyway until I get it fixed? What's the worst that could happen?
#2020 of 2067 crusie control
Aug 11, 2006 (5:50 am)
anybidy had added afteramrket cruise control kit on their taco's? I have an 06 that i'd like to use the audiovox ccs100 kit, but i need the instructions. help. thx.
#2021 of 2067 power steering oil top up!!
Aug 13, 2006 (3:53 pm)
I got a 06 taco, four doors sr5 automatic 32000km on it. I have been toping up the power steering fluid ever seance I got the truck. Went to the dealer and they did not see any problem whit it then.
I was driving it last week and got a massive oil leak from one of the seals of the rack and pinion got it towed to the dealer and they replaced it on warranty told me it was a first time they saw that. Ever noticed that the original power steering fluid from factory is not dextron III . Itís a clear oil.
#2022 of 2067 Auto Transmition oil dip stick
Aug 13, 2006 (3:59 pm)
Any body know how do I check my auto transmition oil level??
Dont see any dipstick on my 06 v6. can anybody help me?
#2023 of 2067 New Tacoma Auto Trans--'dumb shifting?'
Aug 14, 2006 (4:48 am)
I'm wondering how many have noticed the poor shift patterns of the 05-06 Tacoma's auto transmissions? Issues: hunting for gears, downshifts when going downhill, slow to downshift when more power is needed, many unnecessary shifts, "shudder", rought shifts, etc. These issues have been documented on tundrasolutions.com. Many have reported to Toyota and have requested new software and assitance to fix. BTW, if you drive mostly on level roads, you probably won't experience this.
#2024 of 2067 Re: power steering oil top up!! [rockla]
Aug 14, 2006 (5:55 pm)
You obviously had a steering rack end seal leaking inside the bellows boot,so nobody could "see" the leak, untill it became so bad it blew out.My '99 taco x-cab (88,000 miles now) never had to have a drop of p-s fluid added so far, what happened to toyota quality? got me.Lucky yours "failed" before it was out of warranty.(if it "had" to fail that is)
#2025 of 2067 Re: valve clearance [fredj2]
Aug 14, 2006 (6:06 pm)
What some folks don't realize is that when a valve face and seat wears, the rocker arm to valve stem clearance can be reduced, eventually resulting in the valve not sealing tight enough when closed, which will result in valve burning due to the torch-like effect of the heat of combustion leaking past it. I have heard of 2.7L taco engines making it way past 150-k with no valve adjustments, but it is risky going that long without having valve clearance (non hydraulic lifter type)checked, and adjusted if needed.
#2026 of 2067 Re: power steering oil top up!! [rockla]
Aug 14, 2006 (6:34 pm)
I had a similar problem with the power steering system on my 06 Taco SR5(2.7,access cab,4AT)at 2000 miles only 2 months after the purchase. Originally I noticed the oil level in the power steering reservoir was low and put some ATF(dexron III-red stuff). I kept putting for about 2qts, then power steering went out but there was no leak. But I realized the two rubber boots connected to each end of power steering unit at the bottom were both swollen up. They were holding the 2qts as well as the original oil. Local Toyota dealer kept my Taco for 2 days and replaced the whole unit under warranty. Yes, I noticed that the original oil in the reservoir was a clear one but the oil the dealer put was the same red stuff that I had.
Aug 15, 2006 (1:33 am)
I work on marine engines and for what I had seen,
for the out board engine steering some people will use regular red hydra/ different
red= a few $$ a quart
clear seastar hydra= 20.00 a quart.
maybe factory invest a lil more on high end oils thinking the part will not fail, and oil will be good for many years.
dealers need to save $$.