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You are in the Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
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#2235 of 2607 2000 Toyota 4Runner engine sludge
Oct 18, 2007 (9:46 am)
Okay, here's my problem: My 2000 4Runner engine threw a rod last week. I have over a hundred thousand miles on my car, but it has not been abused. The oil is changed on a regular basis. I may be grasping at straws, but after hearing about Toyota's problems with oil gel sludge in a lot of their other engines, I called Toyota 1-800-331-4331, and was told there are no complaints about 4Runner engine problems. I also called NHTSA 1-888-327-4236, and filed a complaint at safecar.gov. My dealer wants $9000 to replace the shortblock. I have seen several posts about similar cases involving 4Runners and oil gel sludge. Please if you have a similar incident, call these numbers and file a complaint. Get a case number from Toyota, so if there is a recall you may be reimbursed. My first car was a 1986 4Runner and it had 300,000 miles on it when I got rid of it. I wish I kept it, now. That was back when you could drive two and three hundred thousand miles with no problems. This is why I bought another one.
#2236 of 2607 Re: 2000 Toyota 4Runner engine sludge [sicktoy]
Oct 18, 2007 (4:23 pm)
I think the Camry had the sludge problem. In any event 9k for a short block seems way high. You probably could buy an entire 2000 4runner for 9k. Depending on the condition of the rest of your truck a used motor might be the way to go. Best of luck with it.
#2237 of 2607 Re: 2000 Toyota 4Runner engine sludge [newdavidq]
Oct 18, 2007 (6:44 pm)
There has not been any sludge problems reported with the 4Runner. While I understand your frustration, sometimes these things happen. I do agree with this poster that states another 4Runner might be in order instead of a new motor. Also, those freebie "Green sheet" "Penny Saver" etc. newspapers are usually full of ads for used low miles motors from Japan. You may want to look in that direction.
#2238 of 2607 Re: 4Runner tires and TPMS warning [chuck1]
Oct 21, 2007 (5:30 pm)
I spoke to the dealer's customer relations manager to express several concerns including the environment charge. She tried to pass it off as a 'shop charge' but said that in the future if I don't agree with an environmental charge to say something and they would take it off the bill.
#2239 of 2607 2005 4runner illuminated switch
Oct 28, 2007 (11:03 am)
i have a 05 4runner sr5.i noticed that my power window switches are not illuminated.i took to a local mechenic and he says that it should have it and it could be a blown out bulb or so.can someone tell me if 05 4runner sr5 came with illuminated switch or without. thanks
#2240 of 2607 Oil change on V6s
Oct 28, 2007 (5:44 pm)
I've researched this board and found good information on how to do oil changes on 4Runner V8s, but haven't had much luck finding the same for V6 engines.
The filter is on the top, so that looks fairly easy. I'm curious about the oil drain plug. Do you need to remove any of the skid plates to get to it?
By the way, I don't own a 4Runner, at least not yet. But I'm real serious about buying a new one.
#2241 of 2607 Re: 2005 4runner illuminated switch [amir]
Oct 29, 2007 (12:40 am)
I have a 2003 model. Only the drivers door switch is illuminated. The other three doors are not. My 1997 Blazer had all the switches at all the doors illuminated. Eventually, you'll get used to it, but your guests won't like it.
Oct 29, 2007 (2:44 pm)
My dummy light came on in my 2000 4Runner. Coolant sensor malfunction. Can anyone point me to it's exact location? I thought it would be near the gooseneck, but I am not seeing it. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
#2243 of 2607 Re: Clunking when accelarating and stopping [silor]
Oct 31, 2007 (12:12 pm)
I'm having the same problem with my 2003 4Runner SR5 (64K) and I just got it back from the dealer and they say they lubed it, AGAIN (3rd time). I feel it when coming to a complete stop or right when I let off the brakes, which makes it feel like the brakes are doing it. But, the first time they greased the drive shaft the problem was gone for about a month. Like I said I just got it back so I'm sure it'll start clunking again soon.
Did you ever get the Lexus part installed and did that fix it?
#2244 of 2607 Extended warranty question...
Oct 31, 2007 (1:59 pm)
Just bought a 1998 4runner 4cylinder with 120k miles. Everything seems to be working except for a slight rattle in the rear end (any ideas? ).. Also I got the extended warranty, but was wondering if it is really necessary for a 4runner at this mileage?
All std. maintenance was done on the truck through the dealer (got records).. Anyway, it I got a 2 year 24k warranty on everything (not just powertrain), a level II through western general, for about $2k...
Any experience with this company? Is the warranty really needed? Reading this board suggests otherwise as a lot of people seem to have high mileage late 90s 4runners that are still running with minimal problems...