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#1888 of 2607 Re: 95 Toyota A/C works only while engine is cold [beachbum21]
Aug 24, 2006 (6:28 am)
Thanks for your advice. Since the mechanics at the dealership could not diagnose the problem with the 1995 4Runner SR5, we finally had given up on the issue and traded it in. I just found out that the expansion valve (or the orifice tube meter) was the culprit, that would shut off the regrigerant flow at 86 F and above. I suggest everybody who encounters this problem tell the A/C mechanic to check this aspect of the system; and Do NOT AGREE to have the whole A/C unit replaced!
I also assume, that in the southern states and in California, A/C mechanics in Toyota dealerships are more experienced then here in Virginia. By the way, it was a good SUV, it served us fine during the long years - it had never broken down. I will miss it...
#1889 of 2607 Re: 95 Toyota A/C works only while engine is cold [andrew17]
Aug 24, 2006 (10:56 am)
What are you gonna trade it in for? A newer 4Runner? That would be sweet. Haven't you ridden a newer 4Runner yet? I have - and it's much less crappy than my 2000 LTD 4WD (though some say they cut through corners and have an overall lower-quality part comprised vehicle).
#1890 of 2607 Rear side marker installation question.
Aug 24, 2006 (4:15 pm)
To install a new rear side marker reflector (the one in the bumper), passenger side, is it installed from the bottom from under the bumper, or must the taillight assembly be removed and then install from the top?
#1891 of 2607 Re: 2005 4runner - dealer oil change gone wrong [marshall70]
Aug 25, 2006 (4:27 am)
I've been in the auto/truck industry for over 30 years.
Yes, I'd say the dealers offer is acceptable.
Just by removing the oil pan, NO technician can visually tell if any bearings have been damaged due to the lack of oil. Bearing caps (crankshaft) would have to be removed and bearings would have to be measured, all of them. The camshaft would have to be inspected also. These are just a few internal engine parts that would need to be looked at.
Make sure it's spelled out in a legal contract (extended warranty) that they (the dealer) neglected to fill to the proper level of engine oil. And that any and all internal parts of your engine are covered for the specified mileage.
I'd definitely call Toyota Customer Service and Corporate and tell them of this issue and make sure to tell them the work order number on the service receipt.
Sorry to hear of your experience, hope it all works out.
#1892 of 2607 Re: 95 Toyota A/C works only while engine is cold [wairunner]
Aug 25, 2006 (6:20 am)
We traded it in for a 2006 RAV4 V6. I wanted one without sunroof, and without the fancy radio package. After getting the final price on paper at the previous Toyota dealership in Virginia, we took it to the Fitzgerald Automall (www.fitzmall.com) in Gathersburg, MD, where we negotiated a better price/color. (We live in Virginia).
By the way, you are right: the new 4Runner V-8 is great! (Excelent accelaration and curb stability.) Very good SUV - but it is pricey.
Aug 25, 2006 (10:12 am)
I've got a '91 SR5 4X4, great truck, but it's becoming more difficult to shift gears - takes a firm push - and there is grinding and vibration shifting into reverse. It'll go into reverse, with or without the engine running, but requires a jamming it in, grinding and vibration with the engine running
#1894 of 2607 Re: 03 4Runner tow hitch/spare tire interference [canddmeyer]
Aug 26, 2006 (5:37 am)
My 1999 4Runner fits my Yakima bike rack just fine, but is a bit short (hits the spare tire) on my 2003 4Runner. My '03 4Runner was also produced in April 2003 and still has the problem with the hitch. Does Toyota have a fix for this? Are there any companies that produce a bike rack which fixes this problem or do we just have to cut a 1/2 inch off the rack mount?
#1895 of 2607 Re: 2005 4runner - dealer oil change gone wrong [bobgordon]
Aug 26, 2006 (9:10 pm)
In so many words or less, get it in writing what you are being offered.
#1896 of 2607 Re: 03' 4-Runner V8 Sport with Sun Roof Issue [aj4321]
Aug 28, 2006 (7:46 pm)
There is a TSB out for the sunroof issue although I don't know what years it affects. I just had my sunroof replaced on an 05 4Runner for a similar problem. The sunroof would close but at the last second it would suddenly drop, creating a gap in the rear of the sunroof, as if it were too low. I could manually raise it to create the seal.
#1897 of 2607 Re: 95 4runner overheating Problem [ng199]
Aug 29, 2006 (10:31 am)
It's been a long time. I posted this over heating problem on my 95 4runner about this time last year and my problem had been going on for months without resolution. I finally got it fixed while ago but haven’t gotten back with what was the problem. So here it is…
The problem turned out to be the radiator. It clogged and wasn’t enough room for water circulation. Few months ago I took the car to a small shop where my friend works. A technician looked at the car and his first impression was also thought the fan clutch issue. I told him that wasn't it. He then test drove the car until the temp started to increase over the normal level. He used a laser temperature detective gun or some sort of device and shot at the radiator. The device shows in different temperatures on the radiator, where the top area is extremely high tempurature and lower section is suprisingly low. That was how the problem uncovered. I replaced with a new aftermarket radiator, cost under $200, and it has been running great.
BTW, if you have the radiator clogged problem, mind as well replace it w/ a new one. The flushing may not fix the problem and it is not cheap either.
I almost felt for the dealer, that they thought it was the head gasket problem, to work on the wrong problem.
I’ve learned a long the way on how the fan clutch works during this experience. When the car is over heating, the fan clutch is dead too. That means it is very weak, with no resistance but that doesn’t mean the fan clutch is bad/broken. When the car is running in the normal temperature, the fan clutch should turn strong and you could hear it with the humming sound when accelerate. Samething when you start the engine while it cold, the clutch should hum, running strong & fast. Otherwise, it is a truly bad clutch. That is my opinion.