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Sep 19, 2012 (8:35 am)
I have a 1998 4runner, v6, 4wd. have had it about a couple months now, engine has been replaced prio to me purchasing it. have all the records for it, runs really good. the vehicle shut off on me a week and half ago idling in traffic, started right back up, drove fine, and has not done it since. Any ideas??
Also, the truck has a dull whining on acceleration and while idling, all fluids are full and clean. The Power Steering was low and i filled it, the noise isnt as noticable, but still there. Could this be the problem? Thank you!
#2594 of 2607 '94 V6 4Runner Ignition Problems?
Nov 07, 2012 (5:46 pm)
My 1994 4Runner has 250,000 miles on it and I'm at the point now where i can keep it running but as soon as i fix one part, something else wears out. Here's how it started.....
I began noticing a constant ticking in the engine that sounded metal tapping on metal. The ticking sped up as the RPMs increased when i accelerated, and over the course of a couple of months it gradually got louder and more persistent, even at a mere idle.
As the ticking got worse, the engine started to lope when i accelerated. The RPMs jumped around while I accelerated and it felt like it was sluggish, skipping and misfiring and such.
Then, I was passing a Semi on the interstate using moderate acceleration and i heard a loud (ping?) under the hood and the ticking stopped completely, but then i noticed an immediate loss in horsepower. Thankfully, I reached my exit and made it home. I had been driving at highway speeds for about 2 hours at that point.
The next morning, after the engine cooled and the overnight temperature dropped into the 40's I tried to drive it again. It started right up, but the engine sounded horrible, like there were rocks banging around under the hood, and it was backfiring all over the place. I tried to accelerate and with the pedal to the floor it only wanted to go about 5 mph and it was barely able to accelerate at all.
The exhaust was thick and blue, and a neighbor (who seemed like he knew a thing or two) said he could tell by the smell of gas in the exhaust that it was an ignition problem.
I'm not sure if I've been describing symptoms of multiple problems, or if they're all related to one central issue. Also, I own the Hayne's Repair manual for this vehicle, but I am young and I only have basic toolbox tools, not mechanic's tools, and I don't even know where to start in the troubleshooting section because of all the symptoms. I was hoping someone out there could tell me where to check first for an issue, and whether or not anyone else has had this same problem.
I drive this 4Runner everywhere I need to go, including school and work, so a timely response to my post would be greatly appreciated so I can begin working on it.
#2595 of 2607 Re: '94 V6 4Runner Ignition Problems? [booms36]
Nov 07, 2012 (6:41 pm)
Sounds bad, maybe a blown head gasket maybe worse.
#2596 of 2607 Re: '94 V6 4Runner Ignition Problems? [booms36]
Nov 19, 2012 (7:42 am)
If the plugs and plug wires are not recently changed, this would be an inexpensive way to eliminate these as a cause for poor ignition. You can remove all plugs, then crank the engine to see if the head gasket is leaking water into a cylinder-it could squirt out the plug hole. Also look for water droplets in the oil. Your manual should have pictures of abnormal spark plugs to compare to yours for sources of trouble.
If these are not helpful, you need a knowledgeable mechanic. Maybe your neighbor can help with this as well. Royallen
#2597 of 2607 denied warranty coverage?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 26, 2012 (4:09 pm)
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#2598 of 2607 1998 4Runner electronic issues, superficial
Dec 30, 2012 (9:36 pm)
Hi, I lent my 4R to someone who drove it for far too long (12,000 miles) and caused a number of problems. (The truck had 216,000 miles when she borrowed it).
I'll share the electronic problem.
Note that I first discovered an enormous coffee stain all over the instrument panel.
Basically, the lights on the climate control part of the control panel (the knobs and indicators for defrost, vent, recirc, etc.) don't work. And neither do the lights on the strip next to the shifter knob ( P R D 1 2). And neither does the "cigar lighter". The light in the ash tray doesn't work either. And neither does the light in the glove box.
The stereo works and so does the AC switch. And, all the lights on the right hand instrument panel ( MPH, coolant temp, etc.) work as well.
Any advice about troubleshooting and repair?
#2599 of 2607 Re: 1998 4Runner electronic issues, superficial [eddiearni]
Dec 31, 2012 (7:15 am)
Did you check the bulbs? There are little light bulbs behind the climate control dials. I would also think that there are light bulbs in the other areas of concern.
#2600 of 2607 Re: 1998 4Runner electronic issues, superficial [boats3]
Dec 31, 2012 (7:46 pm)
Is it likely that the little bulbs would all go out at once?
#2601 of 2607 Re: 1998 4Runner electronic issues, superficial [eddiearni]
Jan 05, 2013 (8:24 pm)
If you know where the passenger compartment fuse/relay block is located (typically to the left of the steering column and covered by a removable trim panel) then examine the diagram labels to look for a blown fuse serving the items not working.
Solving problems beyond replacing a single failed bulb or two or blown fuse are likely to be beyond most owners ability unless you have the wiring diagram and considerable expertise or it involves something you installed like trailer wiring. Royallen
#2602 of 2607 Replace Timing Belt, etc. or Replace 4Runner?
Jan 09, 2013 (7:27 am)
I have a 2005 4Runner V8 Limited with almost 88,000 miles. Toyota recommends replacing the timing belt at 90,000 miles. My local dealer quotes $1,600 to replace the timing belt (which is apparently an extensive job and also include replacing the water pump) but offered me 20% off, bringing the price to $1,280. A trusted local mechanic said that the job calls for 12 hours of "book labor" and that the dealer's price is not that bad -- especially since it includes a loner vehicle for the days that car is in the shop and a car wash, which is always appreciated.
I am also close to needing new tires, a new battery, an oil change and new air filter. All of these items will run somewhere between $2,500 -$3,000.
I looked at replacing the 4Runner (thinking BMW X5 diesel) and have been offered $10,500 on a trade, which I think is close to fair (with tax savings that makes the vehicle worth $11,235 towards the purchase of the new car).
This 4Runner has been my absolute favorite car, ever. Other than routine maintenance, I have had no problems and have put no money into this vehicle. However, I am reluctant to pay the equivalent of 25% of the value of the vehicle just to maintain an 8 year old car with close to 90,000 miles.
With this in mind, is it time to say good by to my beloved 4Runner ("Daddy's Blue Truck") or should I do the maintenance and hope that I continue to experience the same go anywhere in any weather reliability that I have experienced over the past 8 years?