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Toyota 4Runner, Electrical, SUV
#21 of 41 Re: 4runner)01 sr5 vsc,check eng, track off [ojarquin]
Jan 25, 2008 (11:22 am)
My Toyota 4runner 1999 check engine light (CEL) came on five years ago. I paid the dealer $1122.00 to fix it after a few weeks it came back on for a few minutes and disappeared. The dealer told me to bring the car back when the light is onÖ it came on after a year and the dealer wanted to charge me another $1000. They wanted me to believe if I donít fix it the car would break apart. I refused and took my car with me.
I have driven the car like that for 4 years and the car always runs good. Several mechanics told me not to bother with trashing money at the dealers. The only problems were that red light on the dash, it can be distracting at night and I had to pay about twice the cost of inspection every year. After I spent a hundred dollars for inspection last year I decided to do something about it. I started to research online and within several forums, several contributors said they work or used to work for Toyota dealers and that most of the time the problem is caused by the Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF), and it is easy to clean it to fix the problem. Some forums even document step by step, with pictures how to clean the MAF.
To make sure the MAF is causing the problem you need to get you car scanned and get the error code. If you get P0171 System too Lean (Bank 1), then it is definitely the MAF. Most Auto Zone will scan your car for free. But I decided to buy the device instead from amazon.com: (Actron CP9145 AutoScanner Diagnostic Code Scanner with Live, Record and Playback Data Capability for OBDII (Post-1996) Vehicles) . The device is easy to use. I got the code, I followed the instruction on how to clean the MAF found here: http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/maintenance/tacoma_4runner_30k/maintenancep5.html , and I have not seen the CEL again since that time. I hope this help.
#22 of 41 Mileage Calculation
Feb 06, 2008 (6:08 am)
The mileage display in my 2006 4Runner seems to be getting more inaccurate. Driving a combination of city and highway it starts of at as much as 25 mpg and continues to go down to about 21 mpg by the time I have used 3/4 tank of gas. Then when I fill it up the calculated mileage is about 2.5 mpg less (18.5 mpg). Is there any way to correct this display and make it more accurate?
#23 of 41 Re: Mileage Calculation [mike805]
Feb 09, 2008 (1:13 am)
2003 4Runner here. There is nothing that can be corrected. You'll eventually get used to rarely looking at it. Mine is off by about 2 MPG, although it was almost exact when new. I average 15.3 in mostly city driving, so be really happy with your MPG.
#24 of 41 94 4Runner E-brake light
Jul 18, 2008 (9:40 am)
Hey, all. I got a 94 4Runner 3.0 V6. This morning on my way to work, while I was driving, my e-brake light came on for a second, then turned off, then came on for another second, then went off again. This was while I was in motion and not applying the brakes. The brakes worked fine the whole way to work, and I did not notice any drivability issues. This did happen right after I was adjusting the air conditioner, but that may be cooncidence. What do you guys think?
#25 of 41 Re: 94 4Runner E-brake light [da4runner]
Jul 23, 2008 (1:50 pm)
Looks like I may have been just a little low in the brake fluid. It was between the two lines, but closer to the MIN than the MAX. Hopefully, that takes care of it.
#26 of 41 fuel gauge always on full
Aug 03, 2008 (9:07 am)
1999 4runner gas gauge always stays on full even when ign. is turned off. I could use your great input on troubleshooting to lessen the brain damage I sustain when I think on my own!! Bryan.
Aug 16, 2008 (12:44 pm)
Hey, all, first off, the brake warning light thing was cured with a little fluid.
Now, there's another strange thing going on with my 94 4Runner 3.0 V6. Now sometimes when I make a right turn, especially when I do so at a green light (not stopped), my 4WD light will flicker real fast and make a "clicking" noise. No drivability issues have sprung up, it's just the light and noise. The flickering noise stops when I finish the turn, and doesn't happen every single time, but about maybe half the time. What do you guys think?
#28 of 41 1998 4-runner limited
Sep 11, 2008 (7:54 am)
What causes the fuel gauge light to flicker on the dash. This is constant.
#29 of 41 Check Engine-VSC Trac-Trac Off lights
Sep 30, 2008 (10:16 am)
I have an 01 4runner V6 w/ 261K miles. These lights came on in Cape Hat as soon as I got off the Ferry. After about 1K miles they turned off again....7 months ago I had the left side of the engine rebuilt due to head gaket I think for $2700 and the lights remained on...Mechanic said they will turn off after I replace the o2 censor so I did'nt worry about it then. Now I've attemped to get the emmissions inspection 5 times. The first time it flunked was due to 1. Misfire on cyliner 1 and 6. 2. Faulty o2 censor. 3. Collant censor or something like that...This cost $500 to repair and I was told to drive the car 50 miles before I had it retested so after 50 miles it still flunked due to the "Readiness". I was told by Jiffy Lube to drive it another 50 miles and bring it back but would have to charge me $25 again, I said I would drive it 100 miles to make sure but they insisted on only 50, so after 50 they took my $25 and rejected me again for "Readiness". After about 150 mile the lights came back on again...This time it was rejected due to "Random Misfires" and the Check engine light. It appears the misfires occurred while the car was sitting still and rpms were at 0 ( Zero) The mechanic couldnt figure out anything as his diagnostic showed zero misfires while idling, while driving and while reving the engine with the brake depressed....I unhooked the positive cable to the battery at my friends request and the lights went off....Yesterdays inspection failed due to "Readiness" in 2 areas, "Cat Converter" and I think the fuel system or something...Any suggestions would be appreciated! The truck runs great but I cant get a tag for it... fieldsws
#30 of 41 Fuel gauge problems
Oct 11, 2008 (1:07 pm)
My 99 4runner ltd's gas gauge operates properly until it gets down to 1/4 then stops moving. I have run out of gas several times. I had the gauge replaced by the dealer and it still does the same. Then we replace the sending unit. Still have the same problem. Any suggestions?