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#705 of 2067 In response to decreasing fuel mileage by eomckamey
Mar 05, 2003 (6:12 pm)
Just wanted to let you know I have a 95 Tacoma 4x4 2.7L 4 cyl Auto w/120,000m. I recently ran into the gas mileage problem last fall. As a result, I have changed the following with no positive results for my gas mileage: new catalytic converter when I bought the truck in 4/2002, pcv valve, air filter, fuel filter, plugs, wires, rotor, distr cap, O/2 sensors, fuel injector/throttle body cleaning (which corrected a sticky gas pedal!?!) Local Toyota dealerships blow me off saying it will cost me hundreds just to diagnose because the computer isn't throwing error codes. They say just wait until something breaks or becomes more "pronounced".
By the way, my mileage was 17-21 MPG depending on city vs highway. Now, it's 13-17 MPG. Toyota also says that the alcohol content in gas during the winter could decrease mileage. That much?
#706 of 2067 propeller shaft bolt & wheel bearings....
Mar 10, 2003 (9:24 am)
When my dealer last serviced my 2000 2wd, I questioned the evening manager about the "propeller shaft bolt" that is supposed to be torqued each year on the Tacoma.
He couldn't find it; just said at the 1 year service they 'tightened everything.' Not a good answer. If they don't know what it is, then they wouldn't know if they got it.
Anyone know about this 'bolt' and where it is??
Another thing that isn't mentioned is the interval for repacking front wheel bearings on a 2wd. I figure maybe 30,000, but it's just a guess. Is maintenance necessary, or just when you do brakes?
#707 of 2067 Seatbelt Rattles
Mar 10, 2003 (11:05 am)
I have a 2002 Dbl Cab and the passenger seatbelt makes a clicking noise randomly when buckled. The noise disappears when you push the buckle toward the floor but comes back to irritate as is straightens back up. Feels solid but something can be felt moving around every time it makes the noise. Dealer service is clueless? Anyone else noticed and resolved?
#708 of 2067 1999 Toyota Tacoma - engine failure due to oil sludging and gelling
Mar 10, 2003 (1:09 pm)
We can't believe it but we had to replace the engine in our 1999 Toyota Tacoma last Friday...The person we talked to at the Toyota dealership said that the engine oil came out all sludgy and in globs like gell. When I did some research on this site I found out that there had been a problem with 3.0 litre V6 and 2.2 litre 4-cylinder Toyota and Lexus vehicles with sludging and gelling which Toyota said was caused due to oil changes not being done enough. When I called Toyota Canada they said they have not had this problem with their trucks and therefore no extended warranty is being offered to truck owners. Does anyone know of anyone else who has had this sort of problem
Mar 10, 2003 (3:21 pm)
Thanks for bringing this up - I think I'm over mileage for an oil change in our 2000 Taco. We haven't had a problem with sludge, but I think part of that is due to the fact that we change the oil about every month to 6 weeks (about every 3000 miles. We have over 100,000 miles on it so any problem is now our nickel. I'm going to be stuck with this turkey for a while longer (can't afford to get rid of it yet), so I'd better get with it!
#710 of 2067 1st to 2nd notching problem
Mar 10, 2003 (6:29 pm)
I just bought a 2000 Tacoma 4wd truck. It's like new and only driven on the highway. But the 1st to 2nd shift is awful. Very harsh and difficult, particularly when it's cold or hasn't been driven very far (under 10 to 15 miles).
I was told that replacing the trans gear oil with Redline MT90 would really help. I did it, but the shifting is only marginally improved. I have to belive the notching is caused by a bad or damaged syncronizer.
I went and drove one of the 2003 models yesterday. It was very smooth shifting in all gears and at all speeds. Are the tranmissions the same model? If they are, then notching between 1st and 2nd is not normal.
Would love to hear of anyone who tore their tranny down and got a good look at the syncro. Was it damaged? Thanks.
#711 of 2067 RE: Sticking gas pedal on '95 Tacoma
Mar 13, 2003 (4:32 am)
I had the same problem. My local mechanic did two things: fuel injector and throttle body cleaning. The cost was about $175. After that, no sticky gas pedal. It was probably the throttle body cleaning.
Mar 13, 2003 (8:20 pm)
I recently took changed the brake rotors on my 4WD and in the process re-packed the wheelbearings. I have 140,000 miles on the 94 PU. The wheelbearings were packed in very heavy wheel grease and were fine. I cleaned them and re-packed them anyway. The service manager at the dealer said he never repacks them and rarely has anyone bring a truck in for bad bearings.
At the very least in your 2WD, you can access them and inspect them to determine for yourself.
Mar 13, 2003 (8:30 pm)
Took delivery on a 03 Taco in January. Weather has been inclement almost everyday since. Just got out last week to wash the truck and LOW and BEHOLD! It looks like something sandblasted the paint down to the primer at the front of each rear wheel well. The plastic rim is pitted, paint chipped off to the point where it looks like it is dirty if you stand 10' away.
Dealer said it looks like a rail car must've thrown sand up on the truck body. Looks to me like some clown sprayed both wheelwells with sand. Toyota said they will paint it for me.
Dealer is even going to arrange for me to have a car while it is in the body shop. Has anyone else seen or heard of anything like this?
Mar 14, 2003 (7:11 am)
Toyota sprays on a chip gaurd all along the bottom of the truck from behind the front wheel well to the back of the truck. The chip guard looks like orange peel. Toyota started putting this on trucks in 2001. It is normal.