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2000 4Runner sitting for 3 years

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by Khaleahsi, Jan 14, 2022 at 10:24 AM.

  1. Jan 14, 2022 at 10:24 AM
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    Khaleahsi

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    I know little about cars in general so I hope I won't get torn apart too bad here.

    I got my 2000 4Runner Limited in 2013. It was my daily driver for 5 years. Now, it has been sitting in the driveway for the past 3 and a half years. Before I stopped driving it, it was having some issues. It was stalling and dying while driving, and there was a rapid clicking sound coming from the relay.

    At the time I didn't have the funds to take it somewhere to get it fixed so it just sat there. My eldest son will be 16 soon and I feel like it'll be good to try to work on it with him in the hopes we can get it running so he can drive it. I have my fiance, who knows more about cars than me, has the tools for us to use and can help when he can, so we won't be going in completely unknowledgeable.

    My main question is what should I do first since it's been sitting there for 3 years? I know I'd have to change all fluids, get a new battery, and what else?
    What could the issue be with the relay?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Jan 14, 2022 at 11:22 AM
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    With Me being a much more technical Person who has worked on many types of Toyota's and machines (doing Robotics now) One of the First things I do with something I know a little about is to get a service manual for that particular year and model to have something to look at.

    Second Identify what relay the rapid clicking sound is coming from and ask yourself the question did the rapid clicking sound come first then it stall? possible fuel pump issue But wait! Do not start Tearing Anything apart to try this and try that! because that is how to make things worst! it could be a loose electrical connection and that is where if you take the time and it does require patience's and care.

    So it has been sitting 3 years outside in the weather? I would not count on the Gas in it to be good so a fuel treatment is in order there, plus you may find a mouse home or two and hope they did not mess with the wires.

    Personally It may be best in look at the help option... Here are some ideas for that. Does the school that your son's is in have an Auto Mechanic Class? it never hurts to ask or a Vocational School associated with the School? there are lot's of students that take Auto Class that do not have something to work on and contact with the Shop Teacher can be helpful. Harder to do is local Toyota 4 X 4 groups but never hurts to try because there are amazing number of great people in them who have excellent skills with your kind of issues that you are looking at.

    But Like I stated here Do Not start tearing things apart and throwing money at the "try this and try that" parts swap outs since many times that only makes something simple turn into a ugly expensive mess.

    Prove the problem out Know what it is then fix. and Good Luck!
     
  3. Jan 14, 2022 at 4:25 PM
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    SlvrSlug

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    Welcome to the forum.
     
  4. Jan 14, 2022 at 4:46 PM
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    GodOfDirt

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    Well put wdsteven.

    I would suggest starting a note book (paper wont loose charge). Start with all the vehicle specs and numbers so they can be on hand when searching for parts or such.

    Detail the issues your attempting to resolve and keep track of what attempts have been made to fix.
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2022 at 6:03 PM
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    Superdave1.0

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    #1 is drain the gas tank all the way and start with fresh fuel. New battery. Maybe turn the engine over by hand to make sure it rotates freely. Oil change and any other easy maintenance items like air filter. Then get to diagnosing the issues you had before letting it sit.
     
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