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#78 of 187 Re: clutch life / inspection - 1998 4 cyl Tacoma [tomg49]
Jan 12, 2005 (6:32 pm)
I have 85K on my 98 4 cylinder Tacoma, 2WD. Clutch pedal comes out a good ways before engaging clutch. Seems to grip OK, but I smell it occasionally. I am not a hard driver. About 20K miles are highway, rest are local.
Is this typical clutch life?
Can I inspect for life left without dropping the trans?
The way one drives, the topography, whether you tow or not, and many other factors determine the life of that clutch. Even the materials the clutch is made of affect the life. But I can tell you that my son owns my old '94 Toyota Hilux and with 160,000 miles the original factory clutch is doing just fine. We live in Ozarks in MO. and we have some hills and windy roads that used to be cow paths, so the clutch hasn't had an easy life. One thing the Toyota service manager told me was that whenever you find grinding, sticking, and a hard time jamming the gearshift in reverse, then maybe it will be time to take a serious look at the clutch.
#79 of 187 Noise from rear of Tacoma Prerunner
Jan 16, 2005 (6:39 pm)
I have a 2000 Tacoma Prerunner that has a locking rear differential. Every now and then, the rear makes a squeaking noise, sometimes very loudly, when I take my foot off of the accelerator. It has absolutely nothing to do (as far as I can tell) with the braking system. Any ideas as to what may be causing the problem, and what I can do to fix it?
#80 of 187 Maintenance schedule for 2005 Tacoma
Jan 31, 2005 (9:53 am)
Just took a test drive in a 2005 Tacoma. The sales guy told me the first scheduled maintenance is at 120,000 miles. Until then, it's just an oil change every 5000 mile.
Is this true?
Thanks for any info, jan
#81 of 187 Re: Maintenance schedule for 2005 Tacoma [jmourik]
Feb 01, 2005 (7:53 am)
I just looked over the maintenance schedule for my 2005 Tacoma...
Kinda yes and kinda no!
We have to rotate tires every 6 months and inspect brakes every 6 months
If you get a Tacoma with the 1GR-FE engine, the spark plugs are replaced every 3 years. (Which is surprising to me, because that's my engine!)
The first major maintenance is replacing the timing belt at at 90,000 miles or 108 months.
Of course, these are for normal driving...if a person drove in extreme conditions, they have more maintenance.
Listen to all salesmen with skepticism, that's for sure!
#82 of 187 Re: Maintenance schedule for 2005 Tacoma [engineerboo]
Feb 01, 2005 (8:51 am)
Still looks pretty good though! Looks like most maintenance jobs should be fairly cheap...
Feb 10, 2005 (3:10 pm)
I specifically asked the Toyota salesman if the Tacoma engines have timing belts or timing chains. He said, timing chains. Now I see the post which says the maintenance manual requires the changing of the timing belt at 90,000 miles. Help! Do the Tacoma engines have timing belts or timing chains? Thanks.
#85 of 187 Re: Maintenance schedule for 2005 Tacoma [engineerboo]
Feb 10, 2005 (5:16 pm)
Please confirm that your Tacoma engine has a timing belt and not a timing chain. 4 or 6 cyl? Thanks.
#86 of 187 Re: Maintenance schedule for 2005 Tacoma [lostwrench]
Feb 10, 2005 (7:38 pm)
I have the 4.0 V-6 engine.
My manual says to replace the timing belt at 90,000 but has an footnote that says that's only for Highlander, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tundra, and 4Runner.
It says replace spark plugs for Tacoma...let me look for timing belt/chain..
The maintenance guide doesn't say anything about the Tacoma and a timing belt. (But it never says timing chaing anywhere, for any vehicle.)
I went to Toyota.com and downloaded the maintenance guide which, unfortunately, is the same I have. But I could search it and, still, no mention of if the Tacoma has a chain/best OR when maintenance is due on it.
I'd say replace the timing belt/chain at 90,000 anyway. (You don't want to have it break inside the engine....a very bad thing!)
#87 of 187 Timing on 05
Feb 10, 2005 (7:56 pm)
It's a Chain on the 05 4.0L. Toyota.com has a FAQ section and apparently has a search box for keywords. You guys made me curious since I have one. I just got off the phone with a Toyota rep who told me what I just told you.