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#1382 of 2606 Re: Bad vibrations ? [wilkins]
Nov 19, 2005 (11:43 pm)
ATTENTION ALL 2005 TOYOTA 4RUNNER OWNERS...iF YOU HAVE A SHIMMY/VIBRATION FELT IN YOUR STEERING WHEEL AT HIGHWAY SPEED THAT IS ESPECIALLY MORE PRONOUNCED DURING LANE CHANGES OR WHEN NEGOTIATING A BEND/CURVE YOU HAVE A DEFECTIVE "HYDRAULIC CONTROL VALVE" IN THE STEERING SYSTEM. THIS IS WHAT TOYOTA HAS INDICATED TO ME. THE BASTARDS AT TOYOTA HAVE FINNALY ATTMITTED TO ME THAT THIS IS THE CAUSE OF THE SYMPTOMS THAT A LOT OF OWNERS HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT.I AM CURRENTLY TAKING TOYOTA TO COURT OVER IT AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM OTHERS. THEY NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE.I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A HYUNDAI FOR ALMOST HALF THE COST. SO OFF TO CAMVAP I GO (CANADIAN MOTOR VEHICLE ARBITRATION PLAN). NO LAWYER COST HERE. JUST MY TIME AND THEIRS.
#1383 of 2606 Re: Bad vibrations ? [feelingpissed]
Nov 19, 2005 (11:48 pm)
"Toyota has acknowledged to me that they have found a "defective hydraulic control valve" causing a shimmy/vibration in the steering.I'm currently taking the bastards to court over it."
So Toyota will not fix it? It's my experience that once you need a Lawyer and go to court...based on the time and money involved-even if you win.....you lose!!
#1384 of 2606 Re: Awful Smell [nedzel]
Nov 20, 2005 (6:16 am)
Thanks, the receipt shows they checked the air filter and pipes and all was well. Should I just request the filter to be changed?
#1385 of 2606 Re: rattles and buzzing [burner7]
Nov 20, 2005 (11:29 am)
It's your rear passenger seat all right. All of them have it and until you get them to make the adjustment it will drive you nuts.
#1386 of 2606 Re: rattles and buzzing [feelingpissed]
Nov 20, 2005 (2:00 pm)
"It's your rear passenger seat all right. All of them have it and until you get them to make the adjustment it will drive you nuts."
Thanks for the response. Do you know exactly what the adjustment is? I took it in once and they acted like they had no idea. I figure if I make it clear that I know what the issue is, they'll stop giving me the run around.
#1387 of 2606 Re: 2005 trany shifting down? [mjuenem]
Nov 20, 2005 (4:09 pm)
Downshifting of the transmission is normal. You'll typically notice this when going downhill and braking. That's called "grade-logic." It's a feature in many transmissions these days.
Nov 21, 2005 (7:00 am)
Hello all. There have been a significant number of posts in here regarding a driveline thump (ie. a feeling like you have been rear ended when coming to a stop or when just starting out). I, too, had this issue. Based on advice in this forum, I asked the service dept. to lube the slip yoke while I had the 4Runner in for an oil change. The lube completely took care of the problem. For others who have, or are, experiencing this issue, I suggest you do the same!
#1389 of 2606 Re: 2005 trany shifting down? [mjuenem]
Nov 22, 2005 (6:51 am)
So where did the dipstick go (and don't say look behind the steering wheel...).
How do I keep an eye on my auto trany?
#1390 of 2606 Re: 2005 trany shifting down? [chuck1]
Nov 22, 2005 (9:42 am)
What I have noticed on my 2004 Limited is that whenever I am going downhill, and barely press the brake to slow down, that the engine will brake (or tranny will downshift, whatever) so that I won't increase my speed going downhill. This isn't something that is discussed in the owners manual because I looked. It is just a nifty thing I noticed. Since the vehicle has downhill assist, I wonder if there is a connection to that, even tho I haven't pressed the downhill assist button to turn it on. Anyhow, Just think it is interesting how that works. It is like the vehicle is thinking and responding to the input from me that braking, of some sort, is desired. Whether it be by braking, engine braking, or tranny downshift. Also, once this downhill braking kicks in, if I slightly depress the gas pedal, it loosens up again and I continue downhill at full speed, increasing speed like normal on a hill. Cool stuff. I wonder why it isn't mentioned in the owners manual. Anyone else notice this on their vehicle? Is it only on the limited?
#1391 of 2606 Re: Steering noise [2walker]
Nov 22, 2005 (12:11 pm)
My 2003 4Runner also makes a "clunking" noise over mild bumps (this is on top of the sunrooof rattle by the way). The suspension also seems to be stiffer and not absorbing the bumps like it used to. Will bring it in for service next week and keep you posted.