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#2124 of 2607 Re: shocks & tires [gdh3]
Apr 11, 2007 (12:36 am)
I replaced my OEM Dunlops on my 2003 4Runner SR5 4WD with Bridgestone Revo's. The wet and offroad traction is better, but the overall ride is stiff and bumpy and the Revo's increase the road noise heard from the interior. Everyone driving anything else loves their Revo's, so I've come to the conclusion that Toyota made the front end of the 4Runner too stiff. I was thinking of getting Cross-Terrains for a better ride when my Revo's wear out, but the prior post wasn't reassuring.
#2125 of 2607 Re: shocks & tires [canddmeyer]
Apr 11, 2007 (5:34 am)
Thank you for the replies. It sounds like you are not overwhelmed by the ride. There are so many choices with shocks and tires and given the expense I would love to hear from others about their experiences. I think Bilsteins have a good reputation for shocks??
#2126 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [charlie4runner]
Apr 11, 2007 (1:17 pm)
I have on 06 4Runner with 10k and I have had it in 3 times now. 1st time they told me that was normal.
It got worse and the 2nd time they greased it which worked for about 1 week.
Now it is in the 3rd time and they told me that is normal noise that the vehicle makes and will only grease it.
I don't think a noise that sounds like someone rear ended you is normal.
#2127 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [dirtdriver]
Apr 11, 2007 (2:42 pm)
How did you get in touch with the Regional Customer Service Rep? I have been to the dealer 3 times and they basically say there hands are ties and toyota doesn't give them authorization to replace anything, just lube which works for about 500 miles.
#2128 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [shanesplon]
Apr 11, 2007 (4:01 pm)
I have quite a history of my car clunking. I was told to lube the slip yoke, which will never work at getting rid of the clunk. Several weeks ago, I had TWO new drive shafts installed. The first one didn't solve the problem. The second one helped initially for the first couple weeks. But as of today, my car is clunking again quite regularly and I'm about ready to pull my hair out. I never knew a Toyota product could be such a maintenance nightmare. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT let Toyota push you around on this one. It is a real problem that will only get worse. Lubing DOES NOT HELP.
Hopefully you have looked at "charlie4runner's" responses. He wrote one to me on January 31, 2007 which I plan on utilizing when I one MORE FRIGGEN time approach Toyota on getting this problem corrected once and for all. Charlie4runner gives very pertinent and extensive information on correcting this problem since he had the same issue.
I just cannot believe that Toyota had my vehicle for a week and still didn't correct the problem. Stick to your guns. This is a real problem that Toyota is obligated to correct.
#2129 of 2607 Re: shocks & tires [gdh3]
Apr 16, 2007 (5:49 am)
Please consult a factory trained mechanic before replacing the original shock absorbers with a different type. The curve stability could be significantly reduced by the wrong set. If you check your shock absorbers the bad ones will show a little oil smear at the lower segment, a good sign to watch.
I check my shock absorbers by pushing down hard at each corner of the truck, if the rebound is "out of order" - I would replace all of them. If the rebound is OK, the problem is in the tire pressure.
A bad shock absorber would create scalloping (little dents) on one of the tire's running surface; in case of the 4Runner and Landcruiser the right hand side will go first.
Try to contact our host, "Steve", he always provides reliable advice! =Andrew
#2130 of 2607 Re: shocks & tires [andrew17]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 16, 2007 (8:19 am)
There was a great post here that got lost in the archives that I used to link to all the time. Maybe because some guy in Northern Idaho wrote it, plus he drove a Subaru.
Anyway the poster had worked as a car designer or engineer for Lexus iirc (and maybe some other outfit).
The upshot of his shocks/struts post was that the manufacturer spent a lot of time and money designing a shock specifically for the make/model and even the trim line for that make/model. The aftermarket places would design one or two shocks and try to make them fit a variety of applications and that a "universal" fit shock would never work as well as the one custom tuned for the car. So his suggestion was that you always stick with OEM shocks (unless you were going to do a lift perhaps).
Some companies do test their shocks to match a specific system - Old Man Emu supposedly does. Don't know about Bilsteins.
There's more over in the Shocking! Talk Shocks here! discussion too.
#2131 of 2607 Engine operates badly
Apr 17, 2007 (9:24 am)
My engine hesitates when I hit the throttle causing it to die. It still drives when I'm easy on the throttle. The check engine light does not go on. I have replaced the fuel filter, fuel pump, throttle position sensor, and the mass airflow sensor. What else could it be? By the way it's a 92 Toyota 4runner 3.0 liter V6.I Have done the jumper wire diagnostic also and the code reads normal but the engine still hesitates. It runs like their is something wrong with but it it doesn't want to tell me what is wrong with it. Like I said before, I could drive down the street but problem with it really couldn't get me anywhere. So no stored codes and some parts have been replaced but it still doesn't run great. I am thinking about getting my valves adjusted to see if thats the problem. I can't think of anything else. If you guys have any suggestions that would greatly help me.
#2132 of 2607 Re: Engine operates badly [jeremy18328]
Apr 18, 2007 (7:14 am)
Sounds like a lack of fuel. Have you checked the fuel pressure. I don't know the exact configuration of the 92 4Runner but there should be a pressure regulator valve that keeps a constant fuel pressure at the manifold and has a bypass back to the fuel tank. If this is bad it may be bypassiing too much giving you a low fuel pressure even though you replaced the fuel pump.
#2133 of 2607 Re: Engine operates badly [mike805]
Apr 18, 2007 (4:39 pm)
Thanks for the information. It turns out that it was a distributor problem. The fual pressure regulator was something else I was going to try to test. My feeling is that no code was stored in the ECM and if their was problem their would be. But I really don't know I am Inexperienced. The problem is fixed finally though.