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#588 of 2607 Toyota 4Runner Antenna Problem
Aug 11, 2004 (10:26 am)
I have had three 4Runners. My first one was a 1993 (loved it, a 1996 (hated it), and a 2000 (pretty happy with it.)
My complaint is that on both the 1996 and the 2000, my automatic antenna quits working! I hear the motor and the clicking, but the mast stops wherever it is at and that's it! QUITS! Is this a manufacturer's defect? Are they only good for so many uses, or what?
Toyota is on CRACK! They want $500 to replace the whole thing.. I may be a chic, but I can figure it out myself! As long as I can hear the motor, do I just need to purchase the mast ($42) or the whole motor and everything?
Any help would be great!
#589 of 2607 Re: Toyota 4Runner Antenna Problem [4runnerchic]
Aug 11, 2004 (11:20 am)
The same thing happened with both my 1986 Celica GTS and 1988 4Runner. The Celica didn't come up anymore, but clicked away, so I replaced the whole unit with a regular antenna that had a detachable mast (for the car wash and the like). The 4Runner stopped working at the top, so I just left it that way. My 2004 4Runner has the antenna in the glass.
If you can't fix it easy enough, I'd replace it with a manual unit and save your money. Or you could always look if you could adapt an aftermarket substitute.
#590 of 2607 Shifting Beep
Aug 15, 2004 (7:25 pm)
On mine, if you shift into low 4x4 without the transmission in neutral, it will make a beeping noise on the V-8. You must have it in neutral for it to work, or it just beeps. I don't know your situation, but this is an example of something that I have experienced that has similar symptoms.
#591 of 2607 Antenna Problem.
Aug 15, 2004 (8:05 pm)
The mask is replacable usually without disambling or replacing the whole unit. Most antenna's have a gear track on one side. If the antenna come totally out the fix is not too bad. Otherwise, it can be chanllenging.
#592 of 2607 2003 Sport Corrosion and rust and...
Aug 15, 2004 (9:36 pm)
My 2003 Sport Edition's engine compartment has many fasteners and brackets that show signs of corrosion. It appears as a white crusty residue similar to road salt. This effect is worse around the oil dip stick. I had to pull very hard just to get the dip stick out to check oil level and now it won't go back in because the O-ring on stick will not get past the corrosion on the tube...great,this is why I left American products and paid 30K for this crap! The balancing weights on my wheels are rusted! There are two screws holding the trailer electrical connector bracket under the rear bumper, one is this white corrosion color...the other is...you guessed it...rusted!Throw that on top of a cracked windshield, ticking V6, crappy headliner, delicate dash gauges...why didn't I buy another Explorer? The deal I could have gotten last summer. Has anyone else seen this corrosion? Thanks!
#593 of 2607 Sport Corrosion
Aug 16, 2004 (5:22 am)
The engine compartment on my 2003 Sport V-8 got dirty very quickly after I bought it. Upon further examination, I noticed that there were several holes in the fender aprons that was letting road debris come in from the tires below. I went to a auto body store and bought an assortment of body plugs and plugged up the holes in the aprons. That helped a lot, so you might try that to help with your under hood corrosion problems.
My headliner is being replaced as the felt covering was damaged by previous attempts to fix the rattles in the sun roof, so we'll see what happens there. I agree too about the gauges, the first time I took a feather duster to them I saw scatches on the lenses.
Do you live in the rust belt? If so maybe you need to do the under carriage when you wash your car, that might help with your corrosion other issues.
#594 of 2607 Re: Sport Corrosion [69mach1]
Aug 16, 2004 (2:25 pm)
I too, see all of the holes in the fenders under the hood. I wonder why they do that? Anyway, I want to plug them as well, just to keep the dirt out. Can you tell me what to ask for with regard to "body plugs" and where you find such a thing? Would I find something like that at an auto parts store? Did you have have to buy all different sizes? How much did they cost? Thanks.
#595 of 2607 Plugging the Holes
Aug 16, 2004 (4:24 pm)
Right after delivery ( thanks to this forum), I went over the underhood area of my new Sport V8 4x4, and used small bits of duct tape to close up all the open holes in the underhood area. It's still as clean as new, after 9500 miles.
Aug 17, 2004 (2:43 am)
I purchased the plugs at my dealer. They are black rubber plugs. If you look at the pass side of the firewall you will see some of those plugs. Take one out and go to your dealer. They were about a dollar a piece. I have plugged every hole under my hood, I can go through hellacious puddles and I am dry.
In regards to your car corroding. Where do you live? Unfortunly our cars are not built using 100% stainless steel.
#597 of 2607 Re: Plugging the Holes [kullenberg]
Aug 17, 2004 (8:07 am)
Great idea with the duct tape. My 4Runner is silver, so I will even have a color match. Otherwise, I am going to the dealer today for an oil change. If they have rubber plugs, I'll buy a few.