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#2509 of 2607 Four wheel drive system
Jan 11, 2010 (8:52 am)
I bought a new 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 a few years ago, and am not sure if the four wheel drive system is working properly. When I first used it, I wasn't really paying attention to the indicator lights. I read the manually, and it says that when i turn the four wheel drive to the H4 position from H2 the indicator light should blink several times then stay on. I also click the center differential button, but that does nothing. Can someone help me
#2510 of 2607 Re: 4Runner transmission service [rsmith8]
Jan 11, 2010 (3:56 pm)
The car manufacturers are starting to feel that they do not want the owners to have access to the fluid level of the transmissions. There have been some problems caused by overfilling. I didn't think most people even opened their hood!
But I agree with you.
#2511 of 2607 Re: Four wheel drive system [need_ans_plz]
Jan 15, 2010 (1:46 am)
Going to H4 (unlocked) does turn a dash indicator to green. Locking the differential turns the indicator to yellow. If this isn't happening, then see the dealer. I'm doing this off of memory as I don't care to go outside at the moment to look at my dash.
Sounds like you've correctly interpreted the owners manual, so the vehicle may have an issue. Some of us early on found out the 4H took too long to engage and you'd be stuck before the 4wd actuated. The remedy was to leave it in 4H unlocked all the time.
#2512 of 2607 Re: 2010 4Runner 4WD torque setting for oil element question [agnosto]
Jan 15, 2010 (4:51 pm)
I just purchased, from the Toyota dealer, two oil filter elements for my new 4runner. Have not got under the car yet, but the instructions on the side of the filter box say "tighten cap to torque indicated on Cap top surface with SST" (SST = special service tool). Presume that means there are some torque specs that become visible when the piece is taken off. Further down on the side of the box, where the instructions refer to the small O-ring and bolt assembly, they call out a torque of 12.5 + or - 2.5 N-m (9.5 + or - 2 ft lbs).
Do you really need the SST? Or will one of the many faceted cartridge oil filter grabbing tools work?
#2513 of 2607 Re: 2010 4Runner 4WD torque setting for oil element question [warreb]
Jan 15, 2010 (6:12 pm)
I have the generic metal oil filter grabbing tool, but I went to Wal-mart and purchased the SST (FRAM brand 65mm 14 flutes) for under $4.00 which is a hard plastic (the more expensive one is metal). I have not used it yet, but I did find the torque settings for the oil change (after I had to correct multiple times Toyota Customer Support providing me the incorrect info for the wrong engine type). Here are the torque settings for the oil change in a 2010 4Runner:
1. Oil drain bolt/plug (bolt to drain the 6.6 US qts of oil) 30 ft-lbs of torque
2. Center cap drain plug (small O-ring to drain the oil from the Oil Filter element) 10 ft-lbs of torque
3. Cap with Oil Filter Housing element (big O-ring to remove the Oil Filter housing element with the 65mm 14 flutes special service tool) 18 ft-lbs of torque
I had to buy the Craftsman torque wrench (5-80 ft-lbs), since the one I had was for higher torque setting (25-125 ft-lbs).
Jan 22, 2010 (8:17 am)
I have a 1990 V6 4runner and on random occasions when the 4runner is warm and only when I press the brakes the idle jumps between 500 and 1500 rpm like im reving the engine. I was wondering if anyone knew the cause of this doesn't effect the running its just really annoying.
#2515 of 2607 2010 Oil Change
Jan 23, 2010 (6:44 am)
I have a 2010 4runner limited and brought into the dealer for an oil change at 5k miles as instructed in the owners manual. Service told me this truck has synthetic oil and should not be changed until 10K. I am somewhat concerned that I am not following the owners manual.
#2517 of 2607 Help - Solutions
Feb 05, 2010 (10:23 am)
I bought a 2002 Toyota 4runner SR5 a few months ago and yesterday afternoon it started sputtering under load at low rpm's. It's been snowing and raining a few days now and I thought it might be a fuel issue or a electrical issue. Thoughts on problem solving to determine the issue? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#2518 of 2607 Re: Check Engine: P0171 DTC on '99 4Runner [drex1]
Feb 07, 2010 (5:46 am)
The solution - New Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. Replaced it and have not had a check engine light (or P0171 Code) or any problems since.