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#2074 of 2607 Clunking when accelarating and stopping
Jan 06, 2007 (7:33 pm)
I am beside myself with what has been an ongoing problem with my 2003 4runner 4WD Ltd (V8). When I come to a stop, it has a noticeable thump. When I accelerate, it does the same thing. Not every time, but enough where it is noticeable to passengers in the car. The toyota dealership has been of little help over the years. I did have a Toyota "master mechanic" tell me it was my slip yoke and that it needed lubing. That worked for a while, but eventually the clunking came back. Every time I go in for an oil change, I tell them to lube the yoke, but the problem has persisted for years. Either they aren't doing the work or are using the wrong product to lube. Where else, besides Toyota dealership, should I take my car? Oh yeah, just had my car in the Toyota shop for 2 days because of an oil leak that turned out to be a "shifter actuator leaking O-ring that was deformed". (Huh?) Fortunately it was a warranty item. Did I mention I've had to replace the brake rotors? This car doesn't even have 50,000 miles. I do love the friggen car and it's reliability for the most part, but am very disappointed with the problems I am having.
Any advice would be appreciated!
#2075 of 2607 Alarm Issue - Randomly Goes Off
Jan 07, 2007 (10:28 pm)
I bought a 2006 SR5 used about two months ago. In the first few weeks, the alarm would randomly go off after unlocking and opening the driver side door. I took it to a Toyota dealership and the remote/key fob was re-programmed. I was told this is an aftermarket alarm installed by Toyota when they are brought into the country but not in the factory. It's the red LED switch on the lower left hand side of the dash.
Everything was fine for awhile and it has begun to randomly go off again. This is so frustrating and embarassing as it seems to do this at all the worst times (ie: parked next to a cop or at 2 in the morning in my driveway). Does anyone have a similar problem or suggestions to stop this? I'm about to get the whole thing uninstalled or disconnected.
#2076 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [silor]
Jan 08, 2007 (10:32 am)
I have met the my Regional Customer Service Representative on this issue and on the drive train vibration and moaning sound.
The rep told me Toyota considers these issues "normal operation characteristics" of the 4Runner. The rep also indicated that new company 4Runner they were driving had the same issues. Read "Truck Trend" January/February 2007,pp 88 re:"Good Vibrations Gone".
If you happen to get a dealer that can fix the problem please post info as to what they did and how you convinced them.
Jan 08, 2007 (2:10 pm)
I have a 98 4runner that has 118k miles. About 3 months ago, there is a whining sound or high whisping sound became to be bothersome. It only happens when the car is in motion no matter if it is in gear or not. It has becom more and more. I recently changed rear differntial and transimssion oil but nothing seemed help. Could anyone help? Thanks.
#2078 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [dirtdriver]
Jan 08, 2007 (3:29 pm)
I am so surprised with how Toyota's service department is handling this obviously ongoing problem they are having with many of their V8 4runners. I am going to have my slip yoke lubed one more time, track the miles it takes until the problem starts up again, then take it to an independent garage to get a diagnoses. Then I am going back to Toyota to give them one more chance to fix this problem. If they give me the run around, I guess I will have no choice but to go to corporate.
I will keep you posted on my progress!
#2079 of 2607 Re: RPMs drop when washer pump is on??? [utahsnowmonkey]
Jan 08, 2007 (4:09 pm)
So now it gets stranger. I have had a past issue with the EFI fuse blowing. First was told it was an exposed wire- fixed this and it seemed to solve the problem for a while. Started doing it again after a trouble free interval. Was told it was a bad relay. This was replaced. Now the same EFI fuse keeps blowing- with no consistency.
#2080 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [silor]
Jan 09, 2007 (2:23 am)
This issue was posted a bunch early on. My 2003 V6 SR5 also made the same driveline noise. I accepted it as normal until I read Edmunds. Resolution: I used my grease gun with Mobil1 synthetic grease. Problem gone. I greased it again a few months ago when I noticed the driveline appeared dry. I don't know where the grease goes as none of it is on the undercarriage of the vehicle. I've been to two different dealers and neither lubes the driveshaft as near as I can tell. My vehicle has about 25,000 miles and has been mostly dependable. The interior being noisy while driving is my biggest disappointment.
I agree the dealer should be more proactive, but I'll do whatever I have to do to protect my investment. Thankfully the vehicle still has superior resale and trade-in value. I wish I had the V8.
#2081 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [canddmeyer]
Jan 09, 2007 (6:40 am)
It seems unless you specifically request Toyota to lube the yoke, they just ignore it. I have even had ocassion when bringing it in for maintenance where the service guys don't even know what a slip yoke is! It is obviously an ongoing problem. I did look at past postings relating to this problem. It was helpful. Thank you for the advice.
#2082 of 2607 Re: 07 4Runner - something banging inside right body panel [chuck1]
Jan 10, 2007 (11:43 am)
Suggest you smack both rear interior panels with the palm of your hand. I had the gas door release cable come loose on the drivers side behind rear trim panel.
Seat problem is more of a rattle sound and if so could also be the drop down rear center cup holder assembly. There is a TSB on that one.
#2083 of 2607 Re: 4Runner suspension problem [hiker_jon]
Jan 11, 2007 (7:55 am)
The problem is fixed. Found a good mechanic (Tony) at City Toyota in Daly City (SF Bay Area). He found that a bushing on a brace (maybe not the right term) on the right rear (drive) wheel was bad. This caused the wheel to wobble at high speeds when accelerating. Tony said he had never seen this before. Hope this answer can help someone else in the future.