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#2090 of 2607 Could it be a Fuel Problem?
Jan 29, 2007 (1:14 pm)
I have a 1997 Toyota 4Runner, SR5 with 90,000 miles. While driving yesterday, and as i accelerated, the car stuttered and turned off. Tried cranking it, with no success, with the check engine and other lights on the dashboard on. Lights and power is all on, so i do not think it was an electric problem. Waited 15 minutes, pumped the gas pedal, and then started, it started fine. Drove it around yesterday & today, and it drives fine.
Just worried this will happen again. Friend tells me it could be a fuel/fuel injection/fuel pump problem, and to try using a fuel injection cleaner in the gas tank.
Mechanic said he can not tell, "bring it back when it breaks"
Any ideas, any one?
#2091 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [silor]
Jan 31, 2007 (7:00 pm)
I've had the same problem on my 2003 4Runner. It took me 9 months, 3 driveshafts, and alot of persistance. Type "Clunk" on Edmunds Search.
I eventually had a Lexus drive shaft put in, and it was fixed.
I really don't think it has anything to do with slip yokes, and all that grease crap. The driveshaft was out of tolerance. Apparently, Lexus has a actual service bulletin for the same problem.
Good Luck- I mean it!
#2092 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [charlie4runner]
Jan 31, 2007 (7:27 pm)
Wow...this is a real pain. I guess I'll find a good mechanic to fix this. I'm assuming the driveshaft is out of warranty. Maybe I'll try Toyota's maintenance department one more time and tell them "driveshaft" and see what happens. I'm a woman, by the way, which makes it all the more interesting trying to get mechanics to take you seriously! Thank you for the advice.
#2093 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [silor]
Jan 31, 2007 (11:24 pm)
Check your warranty, I know the Drivetrain Warranty is usually longer than the bumper-to-bumper.
I don't believe the driveshaft is an expensive item. The actual work involved removing bolts and replacing the shaft. I would say, it takes less than 15-20 minutes to make the swap (including putting the car on the hoist).
Just to make sure you have the same problem: I have a 2003 or 2004 4 Runner-V8 Limited.
The clunk feels like someone has rear-end you when your in traffic. Or it feels like your pulling a trailer, and the ball hitch has some slack. The feeling is hard to reproduce, and occurs randomly. But mostly when you are slowing down or accelerating from a complete stop.
I just found this in my Files: Here is the Lexus Service Bulletin:
For Lexus Model GX470 Year: 2003
Service Bulletin #: 00104, Date of Bulletin: Apr.13, 2004
NHTSA Item Number: 10007096
Component: Powertrain Drive Line Drive shaft
Summary: Rear Drive shaft Clunk/thump Noise
Be very careful. I had 3 other Toyota 4 Runner shafts installed. The first time, my dealer didn't take down the Code, and likely replaced it with the same shaft. The second time, they had a different code, but it didn't completely eliminate the thump. I can't remember the 3rd time. Oh yeah, the third time, they took the shaft off and reversed it. They said it was recommended by head office. That threw me completely off, I didn't ralize the part could be reversed so easily, especially since the part was tapered differently at each end.
Try doing a little research on www.clublexus.com (search: Thump or clunk- You'll have alot of interesting reading)
Be very critical about what you read. Alot of other people have grease problems. They either have different problems or they are Secret Toyota Spys trying to misinform people about a little grease will fix a bigger problem.
Also, If you complained about this prior to your Warranty running out, perhaps it is still covered since it was not yet fix. My Dealer's standard phrase, was "I'd fix it if I knew what the problem was. Then he'd say I don't have a problem" Also, the dealer took me more seriously when I opened a file through Toyota Canada- Customer Service.
Let me know how you make out.
#2094 of 2607 2003 SR5 V8 - Starting Problem
Feb 06, 2007 (7:16 pm)
I have a 2003 SR5 V8 4WD with a starting problem. Sometimes when I turn the key nothing happens. The battery is not dead and if I move the shifter it will start. I'm sure it's something to do with the neutral start safety switch. I've had it to the dealer numerous times and they cannot duplicate the the problem so they will not replace the switch.
I've contacted Toyota and they said the same.
Has anyone else experienced the same problem?
I also have the driveline clunk, piston slap, driveline vibration 70MPH; and no heat from the driver's side vent under the dash problems in which Toyota has told me is normal for the vehicle.
#2095 of 2607 Re: 2003 SR5 V8 - Starting Problem [co_4runner]
Feb 06, 2007 (9:05 pm)
I have an 03 V8 Limited with 40 thousand miles and no problems yet. I bought a Toyota for dependability and quality and so far it has lived up to my expectations. The only problem with it is my wife thinks it is too big and will not drive it. I am thinking of selling it and buying a RAV-4, but that would be a real let down from my quiet, smooth running (bad gas mileage) 4R. Good luck.
#2096 of 2607 Re: Power door locks unlock, but dont lock? [kingcomedic]
Feb 17, 2007 (3:03 pm)
I had a similar problem, the remote keyless would activate "unlock" and the lights would flash and alarm beep but nothing would happen when you keyed "lock". The drivers door toggle would activate "unlock" too but not "lock". I pushed the drivers door toggle HARD forward to the lock position and back to unlock a few times and eventually the lock engaged. After that the remote keyless lock worked too. I think either the toggle was hanging up or the contact was not quite working. In any event the remote would not lock as I think the misaligned toggle somehow inactivated the locking feature.
#2097 of 2607 2004 4 Runner A/C Blower motor Help!
Feb 22, 2007 (11:06 am)
I just took my 2004 4-Runner in for its 30,000 mile chcck up. When it went in the AC was working fine. When it came out, the blower would not work. The dealer denies any blame. Says that the blower was not operated -- and they could not have caused the problem. They say that the motor is burned up and will need to be replaced. Service included changing the cabin filter. Motor is a V-8. Can any mechanic out there tell me if the service could have contributed to the problem?? It seems strange that it was working going in and was burned up comming out of service.
I keep the thermostat set on 72 and it was on 69 when they parked the car in the service area for pick-up. Yet they say they did not operate the A/C. Comments??
#2098 of 2607 Use of Walkie-Talkies in 4Runners and RAV-4s
Feb 23, 2007 (5:39 am)
I intend to buy a 10-16 mile radius walkie-talkie. The 2006 4Runner V-8 manual states the following on Page 79:
"Do not perform any of the following changes without consulting your Toyota dealer. Such changes can interfere with the proper operation of the SRS front airbag system in some cases.
*Installation of electronic devices such as a mobile two-way radio, cassette tape player or compact disc player..."
1. Does a pocket walki-talkie would fall into this category? Would it interfere with the ignition/ alarm system?
2. Does one need a license to operate a walkie-talkie that qualifies to communicate beyond 3 miles? (How to get it?)
3. Is there somebody who tried to operate a walkie-talkie in a 2004-2006 4Runner/ or Rav-4?
Your help will be highly appreciated! =Andrew
#2099 of 2607 Re: Use of Walkie-Talkies in 4Runners and RAV-4s [andrew17]
Feb 23, 2007 (8:13 am)
Andrew, are the walkie-talkie's you will be using be portable? Takes batteries?
If so, you'll be fine.
What the manual is referring to is a "hard wired" two-way radio device. Meaning that you actually wire the radio into your truck, positive...negative...etc.
Question 1; No, the pocket walkie-talkie does not fall into that category nor will it interfere with ignition/SRS/alarm systems.
Question 2; You will not need a license.
Question 3; I've used my portable walkie-talkie in my old '04 Highlander and currently in my '06 4Runner with no problems at all.
Hope this helped.