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#857 of 2067 Starter Woes
Oct 08, 2003 (9:52 am)
First let me ask members if they can forward a link to buy a genuine, no kidding, 1998 Toyota Tacoma Factory maintenance Manual. I have seen the Chiltons and Haynes stuff, and am not impressed. Too general, include T-100 and 4 runner stuff too often mixed in with the stuff I need.
Here's the problem: Occasionally, the truck (1998 Tacoma 4x4 extra cab 3.4L 5 speed TRD) will just "click" when I hit the starter switch. I thought it might be the clutch cancel switch, but moved floormats and all out from under and it didn't help when fully depressed. I have had it not turn before when the mat was up under the pedal after a bath. The power windows work with no sluggishness, as do all the beeps and squeaks associated with powering up. Headlights work too. This leads me to believe the battery is good and has a good charge. After several times "clicking", the engine will turn over and start normally, so I am thinking solenoid or starter. Local parts house has the combo for $130 or so with core, and can check it for me if I yank it off and take it in. How much trouble is it to get off a 4x4? I have a boatload of tools and from what my Haynes manual says, it should be two bolts, two wires and free, but it also says I MAY have to take off the front wheel and lower the inner fender well to get to it. Any experiences with this malady would be appreciated. Good news is, I can almost always park on a hill around here. Thanks in advance for any help.
#858 of 2067 RE: #835, Keyless Entry with Alarm......
Oct 08, 2003 (1:58 pm)
Best price for original Toyota alarm is at:
I installed this item on our new 2000 Tacoma. I note there is currently a discounted price...ie. less than I paid. Complete instructions come from Toyota and it is imperative that one follow the directions exactly....checking ea. off as completed. The system took about one day to install (working slowly but carefully) and everything worked perfectly on completion. Go for it! You can do it.
#859 of 2067 Problems: sc0rpi0 little help
Oct 08, 2003 (3:25 pm)
A/C and slow starting problems: the same happens in california on a hot day, it's the truck.
Slow starting: please stay on your dealer, their job is to blow you off.
sc0rpi0: i think you have a TacoDC4x4 as well. the issue i had was in 4x4, i left my truck in a dirt parking lot for 3 days in 4x4hi and in park. when i got back and try to drive the truck, it seems like it was not in gear, i had the brake down, put in drive and 4x4hi, the truck won't move, i then played with the 4x4 shifter putting it in lo, and neutral, and the parking brake line seems like it was stuck on the 4x4 gear shift. has this happened to you, is this the "norm". after playing for a while i was able to get on my way.
Oct 09, 2003 (7:57 am)
I have an extracab 4x4 with a 5spd.
I can't say that this has ever happened to be before, I never had any issues with putting truck in gear after offroading. If you play in mud, it is possible that it'll get into your brakes, cake up in there and it may take a bit of effort to break up the dirt in brakes. That's my theory. But since it was just a dirt parking lot, it doesn't hold much water.
But let me say that this is not a normal behavior. Don't go to a dealer with it (Toyota is not known for it's great customer service with customers who are not offroading, think what'll happen to you . I suggest you ask this in forums on www.tacomaterritory.com , we have a bunch of guys with auto trannies who can help you out more.
#861 of 2067 Thanks sc0rpi0
Oct 09, 2003 (10:07 am)
I will try www.tacomaterritory.com, thanks.
#862 of 2067 Clutch/Transmission problem? Not sure.
Oct 16, 2003 (5:55 am)
Im trying to figure out what this could be. I first thought it was slipping of the clutch, but my friend seems to think is something wrong with the transmission. I bought a 1996 Tacoma 4cyl about 2 weeks ago. This is a weekend truck, so I havent driven it much since I bought it. When I first test drove it, it ran great, no problems. I then brought the truck to my mechanic the next day, again drove with no problem, great. The next day I brought it back to the owner, ran great. My mechanic did say the clutch had about 25% of its life left, and depending on how I drove, it may last up to a year. The next night after I brought the truck to the mechanic, we transfered the title in my name. When I drove the truck home, I started to get what I thought (or what it is) slipping of the clutch. Heres what happened. I would proceed to put the clutch in first, and the stick would "slip" or move back into neutral. This would happen as I release the clutch pedal. At first, holding the stick in the gear seemed to work, but then the gear grinded a bit, so that was a no go. I then tried second gear, and it worked fine. When I tried to go into third gear, it did the same thing. Someone did mention that I should check my transmissionn fluid. Is there a resorvior for this? If not, what do I look for?
If anyone has ANY suggestions/comments, please post them. Thanks.
Oct 16, 2003 (11:17 am)
I'm no mechanic, but I once had an Opel Kadet that started doing something similar. Then it would pop out of gear (third) when I was just driving and did not have my foot on the brake. By the next day, and by the time I got out of Rocky Mountain National Park it was popping out of 2nd and 4th occasionally and wouldn't stay in 3rd at all. It turned out to be the forks in the transmission, so I had much of the tranny rebuilt. Based on my experience, definitely check the tranny fluid.
I'll let the mechanics answer your question on where to check. There isn't a reservoir like for brakes, etc.
Oct 17, 2003 (7:40 pm)
I have a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 double cab V-6 SR5. I bought it new and I have less than 10,000 miles on it. It has been a great truck with no problems until now. I noticed a faint rattle, almost like a diesel engine sounds when I am accelerating in the low rpm range. It is the loudest when I am on the highway and I slightly accelerate in overdrive. I took it to the Toyota dealership and they told me to put higher octane gas in it. They explained to me that this is some sort of spark plug detonation from using bad gas. I have tried putting 89 octane in and it seems to help a little, but I do not want to have to keep buying expensive gas just to keep my truck quiet. Can someone please help!
#865 of 2067 Who is the OEM for clutch parts?
Oct 18, 2003 (7:46 am)
I need to buy some clutch parts, but the Toyota dealer charges an arm and a leg (about $270). I found some parts online at ajusa.com, for about $154. They have 3 different manfacturers listed, ASCO/Asin, Exedy, and Advantex.
#866 of 2067 Wet passenger side floorboards...
Oct 22, 2003 (2:03 pm)
I've got a 99 Taco bought it used and experienced the same problem. The floorboards were wet after it rained. Three trips to the dealership and several hundred dollars and it was fixed. They finally told me that there was a tech bulletin out that said the spot welds in the cowl were breaking causing the leak.
The recommended fix I believe was a ton of silicone. Which I can see under the hood by the firewall. It did stop the leaking though so I guess I can't complain too much.