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#1224 of 2607 Re: Thud in transmission [jacekm]
Sep 12, 2005 (6:51 pm)
I have a 2004 V8 Limited. Had the darnest time trying to figure what was going on. The thud seem more noticeable when starting and stopping. However, car did not necessariyl had to be rolling. After coming to a complete stop, at a red light, if you waited say 5 seconds, you'll get a thump. Weird. Passengers would always look at the rear to see if been nudged by another car.
After some persistence with the dealer, Toyota Canada sent the dealer a new drive shaft. I'd tried to get some specifics as to what was the cause.
The vehicle doesn't do the thuds anymore. There was a noticeable change. However, I'm still a little paranoid if they really fixed the problem.
I'm not completely convinced because I may have some other problems with the car. In my limited knowledge of vehicle mechanics, I think the truck is too heavy for the brake system. The brakes always seems to struggle stopping the car smoothly. Very hard to explain.
Perhaps that is the nature of the 4Runner. I can't be convinced that is the case after spending that much.
#1225 of 2607 Re: Over Heating problem [biglatka]
Sep 13, 2005 (10:37 am)
Thanks all for the tips,
After flushed the radiator and checked thermostat over the weekend. Problem still persists, except it takes longer to get over heat, ran it w/o thermos.
Based on what Squeakydeke describes, i'm like 80% certain it's a bad fan clutch. It has no resistance when the engine is hot and it canít turn any faster when i increase the gas. I can even stopped it w/ my bared hand in effortlessness.
it was difficult to decide if i should go ahead buy from dealer and replace it. But i am not 100% certain if it's the fan clutch problem for sure and if it's not, then i will lose the $ on part, because it can not be returned. If it is, then i could save big $ on labor.
So, i decided to bring the car in dealer today to have them diagnose.
#1226 of 2607 Re: What to do with blown engine? [chuck1]
Sep 13, 2005 (1:11 pm)
They give you a 12 month 12,000 warranty.
#1227 of 2607 Re: What to do with blown engine? [big_beach]
Sep 13, 2005 (1:13 pm)
They give you a 12 month 12,000 warranty.
The warranty is great. However, I know many people who could not pass smog with these rebuilt motors. So-ask them, "Would you put in writing that this motor will pass the smog test when I have to go?
#1228 of 2607 Re: 2000 4-Runner Starting Issues [kld1]
Sep 13, 2005 (3:50 pm)
I am having the same problem on my 2000 4Runner, and I am going into the dealer on 9/19. I turn the key several times, get nothing, and then it always starts. On the phone, the guy said, "sounds like a bad starter." I hope they will refund my money if this is not the problem. Let me know if you hear anything.
#1229 of 2607 Re: Engine Noise [rvalc43594]
Sep 13, 2005 (4:36 pm)
That problem with the v-6 is the fuel line. Toyota 2003 v-6 engines had a recall, it's some component used to minimize emissions. just bring it to the dealer and tell them aboout the recall. i had the same problem and they fixed it.
#1230 of 2607 Re: Over Heating problem [iwangs04]
Sep 13, 2005 (5:31 pm)
Let us know what was wrong with it.
#1231 of 2607 Re: Over Heating problem [biglatka]
Sep 14, 2005 (12:55 pm)
Brought it to the dealer yesterday, they couldnít find whatís wrong. They let the car ran in idle for the test for a long time, but the over heating didnít happen. They said the over heating should have happened if there is a problem. Since they didnít see the problem, I assume that they didnít check any thing elseÖ
With the flushing and changing coolant over the weekend, I thought that did the trick. But after I picked the car up from the dealer and drove home, itís still happening shortly I got off the HWY. Whatís a bummer!
My gust still feels itís got to be the fan clutch problem. So today I happened to bump into a mechanic guy and asked his opinion about a bad fan clutch. This is what he told me. ďWhen the car is hot and if the fan clutch still turns 3 or more rounds after the engine turned off, then you can junk that clutch awayĒ. I tested mine per his suggestion. Itís indeed, extremely bad.
Iíve been calling the around Toyís dealers for the part. Unfortunately, they donít have it in stock, need to be special order and wait for couple days to arrive. However, NAPA has the part in stock and half price less than Toyota.
Anyone has good experience with NAPA part? Do they make quality/reliable part?
Do you think itís a good idea to replace with NAPA clutch?
#1233 of 2607 Re: Over Heating problem [iwangs04]
Sep 14, 2005 (2:09 pm)
Wangs04, If it was me I'd buy the NAPA clutch because I was anxious to find a fix. Off course at 1/2 the price (I don't know how much it costs) that doesn't hurt either. It can't be a lot of labor involved, right? You could do the installation yourself! You did it once already, so you're an expert at it.