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#140 of 302 Rear Differential 2006 4 runner
Nov 06, 2009 (12:41 pm)
We have a 2006 4Runner purchased 12/15/05 with less than 78k miles. Just found out our rear differential needs replacing. Not wheel bearings (hoped for this) but the whole rear differential. Confirmed by shop mechanic and dealership. They said not common event at this low mileage.
Toyota corporate is not even offering any good faith toward coverage even though only 17k miles over 60k warranty. We have owned 4 other Toyotas but not consistent buyer so we do not "qualify" as valued customer. Also no dealership convenient so had basic repairs done at local quality shop.
Anyone else have this rear differential problem and "customer service" response from National office? Local dealership from where we bought is helping some but still costing about $2k to repair!!!
#141 of 302 Re: Rear Differential 2006 4 runner [054runnerga]
Nov 10, 2009 (1:33 pm)
You did not specify, but let's say the issue is pinion bearings (not unheard of, especially if you let the gear oil get low, say, due to leaky axle seals).
$2k is absurd. It is because dealerships do less repair every year, instead replacing components. You can't blame them, but you do not have to pay them either.
You have several options. You can find and have installed (or install yourself, it is not *that* hard) a used, junkyard differential from a similar truck. This should run less than a quarter of that.
Don't fear used Toyota parts. My 4Runner has clocked over 200K reliable miles with them and I fully expect to make 500K with proper maintenance.
Another option is to find a *quality* 4x4 specialty shop (there are lots of hack shops; ask for referrals on 4x4 web forums in your area) that works on Toyotas and is familiar with yours. Regearing Toyota 4x4s for larger tires, etc. is commonplace and routine. It involves also replacing differential bearings, including the pinion bearings, so replacing pinion bearings is not a mystery, nor all that expensive.
Let's say you have a broken ring gear for some reason. Your options are the same.
So you really are not SOL. An independent Toyota shop has much more flexibility than a dealer, with used parts or actual repair - and here's a hint: dealership mechanics often do side work out of their own shop, and this could easily be the sort of thing he or she could do at a great discount.
Hope that helps,
#142 of 302 Re: Blown Transmission [shellmm]
Nov 20, 2009 (8:48 am)
I had the same problem with my 2001 4runner .The transmission hose blew out a year ago and now this year the Trans went. Well AAMCO wanted to charge me $4200 but I told them no thank you so I went t to a local trans shop which saved me a few bucks...I'm in New Jersey. The dealer charge is $3500 for a remanufactured transmission not including labor. Iím in the process of having the Trans rebuild now with my fingers crossed. please email me at brother8_2000yahoo.com
#143 of 302 Re: Blown Transmission [brother8]
Nov 20, 2009 (11:17 am)
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#144 of 302 Re: Blown Transmission [brother8]
Nov 21, 2009 (7:06 am)
Hey. well I did the rebuild also..wound up being 4200, for trans, radiator, etc. Also they had me come back in after driving it for awhile to flush all the fluids, apparently oil can come back out and cause more problems. Also checked all the hoses again for same reason. Actual charge for rebuild was 2875...labor is the killer. So far running fine, a little problem getting key out of ignition since? They lubed everything again. Probably have to have that checked again too, but seems to be better. Good luck! I'll keep you updated!
#145 of 302 The whole cabin shakes
Nov 28, 2009 (12:07 pm)
i have a 02 4runner with 169k miles nd now while in motion the whole car is having like a violent shake ....i think it might be the tanny slippin ...
any Suggestions or others with the same problem??
#146 of 302 Re: 94 4runner transmission shifting problem [94runner]
Dec 08, 2009 (7:36 pm)
Wondering if you got any feed back on this problem? I have a 95 4Runner with the same problem. It only acts up when its cold
#147 of 302 Re: 94 4runner transmission shifting problem [4runner46]
Dec 11, 2009 (2:20 pm)
I have the same problem on a 98 4runner. What was the fix ?
#148 of 302 2000 4 runner transmission problem
Dec 14, 2009 (5:37 pm)
I have a 2000 toyota 4 runner and when put into gear, mostly in the morning after sitting, the does not want to go. You have to give it gas and then it clunks into gear on goes. This has been going on now for about a couple of month. I just had the transmission fluid replaced about 6 months ago. The car has approx 114,000 miles. It is now in Washington DC. with my daughter. Has any one had this problem?
#149 of 302 94 4runner transmission problem
Dec 14, 2009 (5:46 pm)
I have a 94 toyota 4runner that will at times will not engage unless I put it in 4wdr low. it feels like the transmission is engaging but but will not move, when I take it out of low range it does the same same thing again until it sits there for a while at idle then it will engage and run fine. I have taken it and had the filter and fluid changed. seems to me the problem may be in the transfer case. any input would be helpful.