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#604 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [tangman]
Aug 20, 2004 (5:21 am)
Tangman, I have a 2004 V6 Limited 4Runner with the same shaky steering wheel. I have gone back to the dealer 3x and they found NOTHING wrong. I even drove a newer 4Runner off the lot and it shakes worse than mine. I notice it as being really bad between 59 and 65 mph. I was going to begin a buy back process but after reading other instances on the web, people have lost their cases because Toyota says this is not a problem. I have had the wheels balance 3 separate times to no avail. Good Luck with your shake, I think I'm stuck with mine!!
#605 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [dlxray]
Aug 20, 2004 (11:20 am)
What brand of tires are on your 4Runner?
#606 of 2607 STREEING WHEEL SHAKE
Aug 20, 2004 (11:51 am)
I KNOW THIS SOUNDS REAL STRANGE BUT THE SPEED AT WHICH THE STEERING WHEEL SHAKES IS IN THE 1700 TO 1900 RPM RANGE WHICH I THINK IS A INHERENT UNBALANCE IN THE ENGINE, WHICH BY THE WAY ALL ENGINES ARE AT SOME RPM UNBALANCED. ANOTHER THING, WHEN YOU FEEL THE SHAKE I BET IF YOU GRAB THE STEERING WHEEL AT THE BOTTOM AND NOT AT THE TOP YOU WON'T FEEL THE SHAKE AT ALL.
#607 of 2607 Re: odor coming from the dashboard vents [bhamm31]
Aug 20, 2004 (8:15 pm)
My daughter has a simular problem with her 04 4Runner. It was fine during the cold season when she took delivery.The smell is akin to a stale wet washcloth and it goes away after a minute of running. The smell is from the air vents.The Toyota dealer told her to keep the recycle air off and that has made no difference in the odor problem. Those who made earlier posts with simular problems makes me wonder how you made out and can you give me any advise. Bill C.
#608 of 2607 Planning to buy 4Runner
Aug 20, 2004 (8:20 pm)
Hi, I am planning to buy a SUV, it will be either a Highlander or a 4Runner. Can someone please give me some advices or point out the problems you are experiencing with this truck? Thanks!
#609 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [tangman]
Aug 21, 2004 (3:38 pm)
i just purchased a 2004 4-runner and am experiencing a vibrating steering wheel. the dealerships service manager examined it and said all was ok and nothing is wrong. i've owned six 4-runners over a 15 period previousely and never had this problem, i believe its an enginering problem that toyota is either unaware of or just won't admit. additionally, they let me test drive two other 4 runners to test if they too demonstrated this vibration and behold they also had the vibration? good luck, contact me if youd like at jefre1msn.com, jef
#610 of 2607 TRD Oil filter
Aug 22, 2004 (2:22 pm)
Has anyone used a TRD Oil filter for a 2003 4Runner V8 and if so what model#? My Dealer refused to put on a 00602-90915-004 they said it was the wrong filter however TRD say's it is the correct filter. Some web sites say that is the correct # others say it should be 00602-90915-007 does anyone have any experience with this?
#611 of 2607 Check Engine Light
Aug 22, 2004 (6:43 pm)
Is there any one with a 2004 SR5 V6 4 Runner that has had a problem with the Check Engine light coming on? I purchased my 2004 V6 4Runner March of this year and have been to two dealerships here in New York and Florida. The dealership here in New York (where i purchased it) claimed it was an oxygen sensor. Replaced the sensor and the Warning light came on as i headed down to Florida. Returned to New York dealership number two claimed it was a MAP Air Flow Sensor that was defected. Changed the sensor, light came on again heading down to Florida last week. Went to dealership in Florida and they scanned the sensors and couldnt find anything wrong. If there are any 4Runner SR5 V6 owners out there that has experienced this problem please let me know.
#612 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [dlxray]
Aug 23, 2004 (4:29 am)
I have an 04 Limited V6 and mine rides as smooth as glass - no vibration, no shaking steering wheel. I test drove 3 different Runners and noticed that on one test drive, one of the vehicles that had the Dunlops had some vibration/shimmy in the steering wheel. Luckily, my truck came with the Michelins and I've had zero problems.
Of course, and this has been discussed before, 4Runner tires should be balanced using the Hunter 9700 Force Variation balancer. This is pretty much the only machine that will solve the problems. I had a 2000 Limited 4Runner that vibrated and shook from day one. I went to 3 different dealers and none could solve the problem. I even bought new tires and wasted my money like an idiot. Talk about frustration - I had a brand new truck, nobody can solve the problems and I'm ready to kill someone. I finally went to Discount Tire because I did some research and read about the Hunter 9700 and found out that Discount Tire used that machine. Bingo, problem solved. It turned out that two of the wheels were slightly warped. Toyota covered them under warranty.
Now, I ONLY go to a shop that uses the 9700 when I get my tires rotated and balanced.
Hope that helps. If you need more info, I think the web site is hunter.com or something like that.
#613 of 2607 Roof Rack 2003 Sport
Aug 23, 2004 (5:47 am)
I need to buy a 25 - 30 foot extension ladder. Anybody used the roof racks on their 4-Runners to get one home? Owner's manual says not carry anything over a 120 lbs, so I should be okay there.
I plan on using some old carpet on the cross rails and tie the ladder down with bunggy cords. Any further suggestions would be appreciated.