Last post on Mar 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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#2601 of 2606 Re: 1998 4Runner electronic issues, superficial [eddiearni]
Jan 05, 2013 (9:24 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 2606 Replace Timing Belt, etc. or Replace 4Runner?
Jan 09, 2013 (8:27 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?
#2603 of 2606 Re: Replace Timing Belt, etc. or Replace 4Runner? [foxyesq]
by kyfdx HOST
Jan 09, 2013 (6:18 pm)
I think doing the maintenance will probably add almost that amount to the worth of the car. Plus, while that might be a fair wholesale offer, a nice 4Runner would be worth more than that to me..
If you like it, I'd keep it.
#2604 of 2606 shift handle.
Jan 13, 2013 (9:34 am)
Can someone help me?
My 1998 4runner has 138000 miles and lately the shif handle it rattle a lot while I'm driving.
If I hold it with my hand the noise stop, is there any way that I could fixed my self?
#2605 of 2606 Re: shift handle. [njbenny]
Jan 15, 2013 (8:35 pm)
It is possible, but not easy. The difficulty is between that of changing disc brake shoes and replacing a timing belt. The source is wear if non-metallic spacing parts, usually bushings or washers that maintain the connection if the shift lever to a rod or cable connected to the transmission. The way it works is fairly simple and understandable on inspection. The difficulty is you need access to see and determine the faulty part, some skill to disassemble, replace and reassemble the shift linkage. A Haynes or Chilton manual for your 4Runner will show what the linkage looks like and some steps regarding access. You also can use the internet by searching on youtube for "shift lever rattle" and see examples of similar repairs shown and discussed by video. Royallen
#2606 of 2606 Lost mirror control, clock and stereo
Mar 20, 2013 (9:25 am)
I have a 98 4Runner, v6. I plugged a power inverter into the cigarette lighter to charge my cell phone and immediately the stereo, clock, and electric mirror control went out. I've checked all the "regular" fuses and they look fine, but one could be damaged and I cannot tell. There are also some block fuses, but I wouldn't know how to tell if they're blown.
Does anyone know which fuse controls these functions?