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#1539 of 2607 Advise on used 2003 mechanical inspection
Jan 20, 2006 (11:34 pm)
Just took a 2003 SR5 (2WD) 4Runner home today from the dealer (Mercedes, not a Toyota dealer - so not certified). Has 50k miles on it. They have agreed to let me have 3 business days to return - I want to have it checked by a mechanic, I know a really good one, but should I take it to a Toyota Dealer? Also, the inspection at the dealer revealed an oil leak - stated they had it fixed and gave me the completed check list. After driving home, about 50 miles, the "Maint" light is on - owners manual says "replace engine oil". Help! Is this a serious problem? Any advise on what to have checked? The vehicle "looks" very nice over all, but I'm no mechanic and there's no extended warranty unless I buy it.
#1540 of 2607 Re: Advise on used 2003 mechanical inspection [crm]
Jan 21, 2006 (1:35 am)
I'd return it, permanently. Don't tell Mercedes you had anything done on it.
#1541 of 2607 Re: Advise on used 2003 mechanical inspection [crm]
Jan 21, 2006 (9:14 am)
The vehicle should have the remainder of the powertrain warranty to 60,000 miles through Toyota which could address the oil/fluid leak. If you decide to have the inspection done have a dealer do it. They can see more in a half hour than an indepandent would see in twice or three times the time + the dealer will know what he is doing. The theory of operation is completely different at the dealer level for the better.
#1542 of 2607 90' 4-Runner Front Shock
Jan 22, 2006 (5:58 pm)
I tried to replace both front shock; but, it is so rusty & hard to get the old bolt & nut out...
any trick suggest to me with many thanks...
#1543 of 2607 Re: 90' 4-Runner Front Shock [calviny]
Jan 22, 2006 (8:45 pm)
Squirt or pour a tiny bit of oil over the nut end. Let soak overnight to allow the oil to penetrate the grooves if it can. Then try to remove again. Good luck.
If that don't work, there are still many options, but start with that as it will work most of the time. Also, make sure the bolt isn't spinning while you're trying to remove the nut. If it does spin, then use another wrench to stabilize the bolt, but be careful of any brake lines or other things that the wrench may come in contact with.
#1544 of 2607 4HI mode all the time
Jan 23, 2006 (12:09 pm)
I have a '05 SR5 4WD. Based on the discussion here, I thought it was perfectly OK to leave the truck in 4 HI mode all the time. But, this morning, when I took it in for an oil change, the service advisor stated that I was damaging the drive train by doing that. We could not get into details as it was early morning and he was quite busy. Is he right?
#1545 of 2607 Re: 4HI mode all the time [black_tulip]
Jan 23, 2006 (1:06 pm)
As long as it's unlocked, it's perfectly fine. I've done it since I bought it new. FWIW, my dealer made the same complaint. I suspect they either know something Toyota isn't telling 4Runner owners, or they don't know the functionality of the vehicle.
#1546 of 2607 Re: 4HI mode all the time [canddmeyer]
Jan 23, 2006 (7:45 pm)
The dealers just don't know what they are talking about on this issue. The only difference between the V6 system and the V8 system is the option for 2WD on the V6, other than that they are identical. Toyota gave it the 2WD option because they figured someone buying a V6 would be looking for better gas mileage, so they gave it a 2WD option to increase it a little more. When it is in 4WD unlocked, it is in the same mode the V8 is in all the time. You should call the service manager and ask him why it is not good to run it in 4WD. It is very bad that the service departments don't know how these trucks work, because they probably scare a lot of people.
#1547 of 2607 Double-decker system
Jan 27, 2006 (7:41 am)
Can the double-decker system lay flat and/or be removed.Thinking of a 06 limited.
#1548 of 2607 Re: Double-decker system [david49]
Jan 27, 2006 (10:49 am)
The answer, I believe, is both. I have a 2004 SR5, and the system does fold flat when the extra "shelf" is not needed. The fact that this is an option leads me to believe that it can be removed, although I'm not sure why one would want/need to since it folds flat. Hope this helps!