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You are in the Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
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#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.
#1898 of 2607 Re: 95 4runner overheating Problem [iwangs04]
Aug 29, 2006 (11:18 am)
Glad you got back to us with the solution. As I remember I was guessing, based on what you reported, that it was something with the head and/or gasket and recommended a cylinder leak down test. It's good to hear that the fix was something as simple as the radiator, much easier to replace. I guess if one didn't have an infrared tester you could feel around the radiator for temperature differences, being ever so careful of the fan of course .
Well, now after all you've been through with your overheating problem, you can be our resident expert in this area .
#1899 of 2607 Re: Intermittent clunk when releasing the brakes [grantschn]
Aug 29, 2006 (6:53 pm)
I've had the same cluck for 6 months before I had it fixed. If it is same problem this is my fix. The problem first of all is an annoying clunk. No rhyme, no reason. But mainly when the stopping and starting. It litterally feels like you are pulling a utility trailer, or someone rear ends you slightly.
I've tried the Grease, and read everything on this site.
My dealer changed the driveshaft 3 times. No shit! Between the dealer, and the Toyota rep. they somehow managed to change the shaft 3 times. The second time was because I asked if they replaced the shaft with same part number. They coulding be sure, so the changed it. The rep then called back a month later and offer another shaft. Different number. It didn't work.
I eventually found something on the net that says Lexus has similar problem. I printed the info and gave it to my dealer. He was sceptical and still insisted they've tried everything.
2 weeks later, they offered to replace the shaft with a Lexus Part.
It now works perfectly. No shit! For the last 8 months, I hated the vehicle. Now I like it again. Do a search on any Lexus Forum. I believe Lexus actually has a TSb.
If you have the same problem as I describe, gor get the Grease! It didn't work.