Last post on Oct 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM
You are in the Toyota 4Runner
What is this discussion about?
Toyota 4Runner, SUV
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
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#2322 of 2607 Re: 2000 Toyota 4Runner engine sludge [sicktoy]
Jun 21, 2008 (12:14 pm)
Thank you for this information with the phone numbers, etc., to report this sludge problem which WE now have on our 2000 4Runner with 120,000. The gentleman at the Toyota 1-800 number was very pleasant, and gave us the reference #, etc., which you said we'd get. I'll call NHTSA on Monday, as they were closed today -- Saturday.
Interestingly, when we had our car towed to the nearest Toyota dealership, after getting stranded in Kansas when the oil light came one (plenty of oil, which LOOKED nice and clean, too), they didn't mention that this sludge problem has been so prevalent. Perhaps they're discouraged from mentioning it??
I agree, though, that people need to get this word out, and apparently it's not just the Camrys and Highlanders with the sludge, either.
#2323 of 2607 Re: 97 Limited real seal leak [mr43]
Jun 25, 2008 (1:30 pm)
Do you still have this 1997 4runner? Did you ever come up with an answer? I am having the same problem with mine. It has been in the shop six times and they can't seem to fix it.
#2324 of 2607 97 4runner Rear Seal
Jun 25, 2008 (1:37 pm)
HELP! The rear seals keep leaking. The Toyota dealership repaired it the first time, therefore, it is under repair warranty. BUT it is VERY ANNOYING AND TIME CONSUMING. Not to mention the fear of it locking up. The fluid keeps getting on the rear brakes causing them to lock up. The dealership had the rear axle sent to the machine shop to have them press them on. No help, it did it again. It is at the shop once again and they are going to machine press them again. Why? I do not know.... After six trips I am very tired and frustrated. HELP!
#2326 of 2607 99 4Runner Maintenance
Jun 28, 2008 (7:31 pm)
Gentlemen: I purchased a 99 Runner this past March with no records.Now that it is almost 90,000 miles I will bring it to a Toyota dealer to perform only the necessary maintenance required.The truck runs flawlessly.There are absolutely no problems with it.What things need to be done? I don't want to give the service manager the go ahead to do whatever he recommends.I know they work on commission.Thanks...Joe
#2327 of 2607 Re: 99 4Runner Maintenance [mr10]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 28, 2008 (7:40 pm)
Check out the Edmunds Maintenance Guide. It'll tell you what Toyota recommends and will estimate how much it should cost in your zip code.
#2328 of 2607 Re: 99 4Runner Maintenance [steve_]
Jun 29, 2008 (10:18 am)
That is a good list to go by but the only thing they did in my case was change the oil for $143. I do my own repairs so I am always amazed as the dealer costs. Most of their servicing now is just inspecting things like stearing, A/C components, etc that anyone can do. If something looks wrong you can then take it to a garage for repairs if you don't feel up to the job. On a 4 gen 4Runner there is no grease fittings except 4WD driveline and no means to check the transmission level so there is very little to do except inspect components for damage or leakage.
Jun 30, 2008 (7:03 am)
I have a 2005 V-8 Limited edition 4Runner. I do regular maintenance and have had very few problems. My daughter took my car to Oregon from California and no problems until this a.m. when she was driving up hill and a clicking and grinding started. She turned the car off and back on without any cure. SHe pulled it over and is going to check it after her work at 12:00 - I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with anything which this might be - the vehicle has 93,000 miles and I use synthetic oil changed every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, full maintenance etc. Not sure if I should have her drive it to the dealership or repair facility.
#2330 of 2607 Re: 2005 4 Runner [spyder599]
Jun 30, 2008 (7:08 am)
May not be the motor. U-Joints?
#2331 of 2607 Re: 2005 4 Runner [chuck1]
Jun 30, 2008 (7:14 am)
Would the U joint make a clicking noise? My experience with U joint is it clunks and then car won't go but I could be wrong. It runs - when she turns it off and back on and puts it in gear it starts - I guess I don't know since I'm 1000 miles away whether it is engine or transmission what would be a good test for that?