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#947 of 2607 Power door locks unlock, but dont lock?
May 11, 2005 (10:13 pm)
This might have an amazingly simple solution, but I am not afraid to ask the potentially dumb question. I bought a 2000 4Runner Limited yesterday. Tonight, when I left the vehicle in the parking lot, I attempted to use the wireless device to lock the doors/set the alarm and nothing happened. The unlock, rear window controls, and panic buttons all work (as the vehicle responded appropriately to each). I opened the door and tried to push the power lock button, nothing would happen when I pushed it to lock (no movement, not even a sound). But if I were to push it to unlock, normal noise and partial movement of already unlocked doors. I went over to the passenger side and tried the same thing, with the same result. The power door locks will not lock and I can't do it with the keyless device so that just leaves manually. I am worried though that the back tailgate though is not locking period since I can't get the "lock" to work. I tried starting the vehicle then shutting it down again to see if it might "reset", but to no avail. It is still not working.
I checked all the fuses and everything seemed in working order. Any ideas before I head back to the dealership? It is under the Certified Toyota Warranty still, but of course, it does not cover things like this. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated thanks...
#948 of 2607 Re: Power door locks unlock, but dont lock? [kingcomedic]
May 12, 2005 (2:13 am)
Review the owners manual if you have one. It may have the answer you seek. I have a 2003, and my manual is in the shop with the vehicle, and I don't know if the programming, if any, would be the same.
#949 of 2607 Re: Power door locks unlock, but dont lock? [kingcomedic]
May 12, 2005 (4:58 am)
This may be stupid....but I had a similar situation with a power door lock on my previous vehicle, a Ford Explorer. The remote door lock would not work....I could unlock but could not lock....turned out one of door panel lock buttons had gotten stuck in "locking" position, meaning the doors were sort of always trying to lock themselves....I got the switch unstuck, and everything went back to normal. Just something else to check!!
#950 of 2607 Re: Power door locks unlock, but dont lock? [canddmeyer]
May 12, 2005 (8:27 am)
I get the feeling this is a super easy problem. I looked through the owner's manual and the one thing it does say is that doors will not lock if either front door is open and the key is in the ignition. I checked to make sure the "buttons" that the doors depress when they are closed are indeed travelling and everything seems to work. There must be a sensor out of something to that effect... However, wherever all these signals and such travel too (the brain perhaps?), it is not disconnected at that point? Who knows... I guess this entails a trip to Toyota.
#951 of 2607 Re: Starter Relay [tony082050]
May 12, 2005 (7:04 pm)
I suggest looking back at message #777 for some starter information. As far as disconnecting the battery, all you end up losing is your presents on the radio and you have to reset your clock. Past that, no problems. Also, no problem with auto-theft protection.
#952 of 2607 1998 4 Runner Losing Its Pep
May 13, 2005 (6:39 pm)
My '98 4Runner has about 102K miles on it and is just starting to lose its pep. Also I'm hearing some diesling when I accelerate. When I try to go uphill the engine sounds like a go-kart (high pitched and it is really struggling). It eventually gets up to speed but not without a struggle. Admittingly, I need new spark plugs which I hope to do this weekend. Do you think this will fix the problem or am I looking at something more serious? Any guidance you good folks can provide would be greatly appreciated.
#953 of 2607 Re: 1998 4 Runner Losing Its Pep [willie4]
May 14, 2005 (1:30 am)
If you can afford it, just take it in. Tell them your symptoms and let them do the rest. The diagnostics may recommend something other than a tuneup. If you do need a tuneup, then expect to spend a good chunk of change for spark plugs, maybe wires, cap & rotor if yours has them, definitely an air filter, and maybe a fuel filter, or do it yourself. The parts are expensive enuf, and dealer labor runs $95 hourly in my area. Dealer would probably insist on an oil change, tranny fluid and filter (where applicable) change, and new transfer case and rearend fluids.
On the other hand, take a look under the hood & see if it looks like something you want to burn half a day or more on, provided you got the right tools, especially for the plugs. I’d pay someone to do the fuel filter if there is one to do. Myself, I no longer work on my current vehicles as they’re getting too complicated. Be careful of foot pounds and foot inches if you torque anything. You'll save yourself big $$$ obviously. Also consult your owners manual for recommended maintenance. If you still got problems, then take it to the dealer or a shop specializing in Toy's. Good luck.
#954 of 2607 Re: 1998 4 Runner Losing Its Pep [canddmeyer]
May 14, 2005 (2:57 pm)
Thanks Canddmeyer. It didn't take me but about 10 minutes under the hood to determine your advise was right on target. I'm taking it in to the pros. Like you said, the newer ones are just too complicated.
#955 of 2607 Re: '05 4runner brake pulse [theomd]
May 14, 2005 (6:46 pm)
I have a 2004 4runner with the same brake pulse. Had it in at the dealer, and was told that they have no other reported brake problems or recalls from Toyota Mfg. They will keep me informed. I tried the dealers 4runner and the brake pulsed a little, not as much as mine.
The technician said it was normal. I'm still unsatisfy with the answer. There is something fishy with the brake system. I just can't figure it out.
I find also that in stop and go traffic, sometimes when I release the brakes, I'll get a clunk as if the calipers are letting off too quick. It almost feels as if I've been rear ended by another car.
I'm wordering if anyone else out there have notice this.
In any case, the fact that other have my problem indicates I'm not special. That is a good thing I think?
#956 of 2607 Re: '05 4runner brake pulse [charlie4runner]
May 15, 2005 (6:43 pm)
Charlie4runner: Your problem in traffic is not the brake, but the driveline binding up at the slip yoke. I have had 3 4runners so far, the latest 05, and they all do it. Feels like rear ended by someone. The driveline has to be lubricated continuously and toyota is supposed to do this at every oil change ( they told me they do it even if not asked). Poor design of drive shafts and not likely to change. Once lubed properly, it may not occur for thousands of kms. Sometimes they dont do it properly, and once I was back there the next day to have it relubed again. This will solve your problem.
Never had any pulsing of the brakes, in fact, they are the best of any truck I have ever had. Got 80,000 km on 2003 4runner same pad and rotors and no vibrations.
The only big vibration problem I encountered was the Dunlop tires, pure junk. Usually out of round and you can feel this on highway speeds above 80 km or so. In fact on the ten tires with my two -2003 4 runners, I think 5 were out and could not be balanced. On my new 2005, I made sure it had the Michelins, and boy, what a difference! Vehicle is eerily silent up to 160 km/ hr so far.