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#673 of 769 Re: oil change, 2010 4runner
May 22, 2010 (9:27 am)
To drain the oil it is necessary to remove a small access plate held by two hex bolts. The drain plug is then easily accessible.
However, to change the filter, the front skid plate should be removed. (Note that the front attachment of the plate is such that it is possible to get at the filter assembly by just "droping the back part down." However, most of the skid plate would still be in the way and be awkward, especially if the vehicle is not on a lift.) To remove the skid plate, my vehicle needs to be on ramps that raise the front wheels about 18" off the ground. The filter assembly is one piece plus two "O" ring seals that Toyota recommends be replaced at filter change. Also, the new filter includes an insert spout that can be helpful for pre draining the oil in the cartridge prior to unscrewing it.
Because of the hassle involved in changing the filter, I would urge anyone who has this performed in a shop to be real paranoid about assuring the work is actually done.
#674 of 769 Re: To Chris #667 [snooky1941]
May 22, 2010 (9:34 am)
See my message 673. If you want to just look at the oil filter assembly, you can remove the four hex bolts holding the front skid plate in place and it will swing down. The filter is at the very front of the engine, just left of the center line, as close to the radiator as it can be. Alternatively, you can peak around the skid plate (from the left) and see it using a trouble light and a mirror.
#675 of 769 Thanks warreb
May 22, 2010 (12:54 pm)
Thanks warreb, your post on the oil filter change was most helpful. Also a great warning, since most folks who change oil in dealers and repair shops are rookies and often could care less.
#676 of 769 Really appreciate earlier model more now...
May 23, 2010 (6:57 am)
After seeing the 2010 and reading what so many have had to say about the new generation 4Runner, I've come to really appreciate our 2008 4Runner V-6. Oil filter? It's right on top. Running boards, roof rack cross braces, locking gas cap, window antenna, LED taillights, etc... all standard. Given the devaluation of the dollar to the yen since we purchased it, it's no wonder Toyo had to make big cuts. I'm almost surprised they didn't discontinue the model.
#677 of 769 Not devaluation, most likely pursuig younger customers
May 23, 2010 (11:15 am)
The complaints you cited are minimal costs of less than $500, most likely less than $200, which most people would be willing to pay. I think Toyota is writting off the older customers attemting to attrack the young with the tailgate speakers, sliding cargo rack etc. The slide cargo and tailgate speaker are costing customers already almost $500, many of whom simply don't want them.
#678 of 769 Re: Not devaluation, most likely pursuig younger customers [tangman]
May 23, 2010 (3:28 pm)
I would like to know where you arrive at those costs figures? They are awfully low.
The things mentioned are left out because the bean counters were involved. Who would not want a locking gas cap, easier to change oil filter, and standard cross brackets on the roof, not to mention BRIGHTER, SAFER LED tail lights? And a radio antenna that can't be ripped off and broken easy?
Yea, you don't use the roof rack everyday, but when you need it, you really NEED it.
I believe the death march of the 4Runner is starting. Toyota cannot keep manufacturing low number niche vehicles.
BTW- I am an owner, not a hater.
#679 of 769 Checkup the cost at their parts department
May 23, 2010 (8:05 pm)
Substract our the prices of the sliding cargo. Then add the cost of the parts at a toyota dealer for the led tail light, locking gas cap parts, etc. This is only any estimate, but usually buying parts is the most expensive fully priced item. They can sell low numbers with high profit margins, which I think is the case. 4-Runners are higher priced than almost all comparible vehicles. They limit shipments to keep the supply down and the price up.
#680 of 769 Re: 4Runner a bummer [kris1987]
May 24, 2010 (7:24 am)
I have the same problem with my 2010 and I absolutely HATE IT! I took it back to the dealership for the braking noise and they told me to turn up the radio they all do it. So then proceeded it to take it to a second dealership who had the Field Service Tech come out and also told me it is normal. I have opened a case with the 1-800 # hoping I can get some resolution to this noise it absolutely drives me CRAZY!!!
Anyone had any luck getting this resolved?
#681 of 769 2011 Toyota 4-Runner Rumours
May 30, 2010 (10:19 pm)
Any rumours on the 2011. Anyone heard if the 6 spd trans, v8, locking gas cap, or led tail lights are in the near future? When do the 2011 usually appear? I am a diehard 4-runner fan but heard alot of folks complaining about power and gas milage in the 2010. The 6 spd should help that.
#682 of 769 2010 4X4 SR5 Steering Wheel Shake
Jun 01, 2010 (6:08 am)
I've had my 2010 4X4 SR5 for a couple of months now. Overall I like it. We still have our 2002 3rd generation, which we love, but for a general hauler (not towing) the new 2010 is doing great, except for one thing. When I first got it, I had it back in the shop the next week for a wheel vibration that started at about 60-mph. By vibration, I mean that the steering wheel kind of shimmies back and forth about a 1/2 of an inch in each direction (as if it were turning). It can do this shimmy almost violently, however it does not effect the driving line of the truck - in fact, I can even take my hands off of the wheel and it still goes straight. The shimmy is visually noticeable to driver and passenger. When I took it into the shop they balanced two wheels and at first I thought it was fixed, but it still does it from time to time - but not all of the time. The worst two times were in the morning after sitting all night (if that makes any difference). I also noticed this morning that when it does this shimmy, the passenger seat visibly vibrates as well. The shaking actually reduces as you get above 65mph. Other times, there isn't any shaking at all. This tells me it probably isn't a tire balance thing; the first time in the shop was probably just a coincidence as I wasn't doing hardly any highway driving at the time so I didn't get to the shake. But every time it does shake, it is right around 60mph.
Anyone else experiencing this or have any suggestions?