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#149 of 2607 oscarz2
Nov 25, 2003 (11:01 pm)
Dealer was no help today. I have a drove a brand new v6 4runner and it also had vibration in steering wheel at various RPM.
My vibration is not from tires. It happens only when RPM is between range 1500-2000. It goes away if you go outside of the range. There is also a slight vibration at this RPM when in N and in full stop.
This sucks as this is a crusing speed with RPM in tha range. Looks like that I need get used to it.
My vibrating breaks were performing perfectly when at dealer this morning (no vibration). I think it is a weather related (first very cold day in year 32 degrees). As soon day warmed up to 44 degrees, the problem came back. Breaks is not a big issue as you only feel it when breaking. RPM vibration is the problem as I feel all the time.
I am not going even start the rotten-egg smell problem....
I am very dissopointed with Toyota. I expected a better quality. Where is the famous 4Runner name.
#150 of 2607 01 4x4 indicator light flashing-Its an Automatic
Nov 26, 2003 (4:17 pm)
Regarding my problem with my 2001 4-Runner, the vehicle is an automatic. I had the wheels straight when trying to engage the 4WD. It was already shifted to 4W-High. The dashboard lights were blinking for blocks (10 minutes?).
I tried everything to try to get the 4WD working. One note, I was on ice at the time I tried to engage the 4WD. (I was parked on ice).
Nov 28, 2003 (8:18 pm)
According to the repair manual, being unable to shift into H4 from H2 can be a fault in any one of the following (page TR2 of repair manual volume 2):
Vehicle speed sensor
4WD position switch
4WD indicator light
A.D.D control system
4WD control ECU
#152 of 2607 Rattles Fixed - Thanks
Nov 29, 2003 (8:49 pm)
Thanks to those who responded to my original message (#128). I had recently utilized my jack kit to repair a flat and after placing the parts back in the vinyl holder, the rods were in contact with each other. I stuffed some small shop towels in the vinyl sleeve before strapping it back in the side compartment. Also stuffed a small towel in the hitch assembly cardboard box which is strapped in on the opposite side compartment. This along with the prior dealer fix for the sunroof and electrical taping of the rear seat latch has resulted in zero rattles over rough surfaces.
Nov 30, 2003 (5:33 pm)
I just bought a V8 SR5 and it also has the same vibration problem. It is subtle enough to overlook easily but annoying enough once you notice it. I thought it came from tires because I can feel it even at neutral and not sensitive to rpm too much as long as the vehicle was moving, but I'm not sure. I hope it'll go away once the care breaks in.
#155 of 2607 Cost to replace a U Joint ?
Dec 01, 2003 (2:45 pm)
When I'm driving my '92 4 Runner - 6 Cyl., I feel a vibration and noise under the vehicle and seemingly toward the front end. It only occurs when I give power, and if I put it in nutral or put in the cluth the vibration/ noise is gone.
Note: I have over 300,000 kms (190,000 miles).
I was told this is probably a U Joint.
1) 'to the gang out there', is this probably a U Joint?...anything else?
2) What is the approx cost of replacing the U Joint?
3) Is this different form a CV joint?
4) Any other things I should be aware of ???
Dec 01, 2003 (8:22 pm)
Does the vibration occur in 2WD as well as 4WD? If so, it is probably not a front u-joint. If it only occurs in 4WD and not 2WD, then it may be a u-joint (but I have not felt vibration from a worn u-joint, only clunking when intially applying power).
Other possible sources of vibration are a bent or out-of-balance drive shaft, or a stuck yoke spline. There must be other possibilities, but I'm not good enough to think of them.
If the yoke is stuck, it is possble that it only needs to be greased. You should be able to tell if the yoke spline is stuck by jacking up the vehicle after making a mark (not a scratch) on the yoke with a marker. Jacking up the vehicle should move the yoke splines out as the suspension drops. If the yoke doesn't extend or extends suddenly, it may be binding and be the problem. Try filling it with good moly grease (alot is needed to fill the spline), and then drive it for a while. While you're under there, grease everything. This might loosen it up if it's the problem or if it's a dry u-joint.
(No, a u-joint is different in design than a CV joint). See:
You can check the drive shaft run-out by removing it and measuring the wobble at the middle in a jig while you rotate it slowly. Usually the max runout is around 0.8 mm (1/32 inch). I guess it is possible for a drive shaft to act as you describe with out-of-spec run-out, but I have not seen that.
Drive shaft imbalance would seem to be unlikely since it would be relatively constant under power and coasting. Also, it is difficult to get out of balance.
I guess the cost of replacing a u-joint is around $200-$300, but it is a WAG. I have never had one replaced to know. Cheap part, mostly labor. A really frozen spline would maybe be $200-$500, depending on the cost of the parts.
I think the most likely problem of the above is a stuck yoke spline, but it is a shot in the dark since I can't ride in the truck and check it out. Could be a u-joint also. Could be a number of things in the front drive system. Could be anything... (disclaimer)
#157 of 2607 grinding hill assist feature
Dec 05, 2003 (11:40 am)
I've a 04 sport v6 2wd. I stopped while going up a steep hill just to test the hill assist thing and an alarm went off, which is normal. But then the car started rolling backwards and the transmission started grinding. I called Toyota of Plano service and they said I needed to release the clutch slower??? When I informed him that ALL 4RUNNERS ARE AUTOMATIC he went into panic mode. Is it supposed to grind like that?
Dec 05, 2003 (2:15 pm)
I previously posted wheel vibration problem of my 2004 V8 SR5. I drove the car a couple of times since then and noticed that the problem is gone. Looking back, I had the problem when I was on a long trip. Is it possible that a steering wheel starts to vibrate after extensive driving or something is heated up?
I've been hearing about the warped brake disk problem. Is it related to this problem? I would appreciate your help.