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Agent_Outside: Adventures in a 4Runner Limited

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Agent_Outside, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Nov 16, 2020 at 4:39 AM
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    Seriously. Congrats!
     
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  2. Nov 16, 2020 at 6:13 AM
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    Thanks guys
     
  3. Nov 19, 2020 at 8:48 PM
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    Parts are really starting to pile up!

    My son said he wanted to replace the clock spring with me. He wants to use his little camera to take pictures of each step how to do it, then print them out, and staple them all together so we can send a copy to everyone in the world. That way everyone will know how to do it should the need arise lol

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  4. Nov 19, 2020 at 10:25 PM
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    I’ll get you my mailing address :D
     
  5. Nov 22, 2020 at 1:35 PM
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    Here it goes...

    Clockspring replacement as seen through the eyes of a 4 year old, documented with a kid's digital camera.


    Remove the plastic covers on both sides of the steering wheel
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    Heres a close up so you can see it better
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    They pop right out with a pocket screwdriver
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    Unbolt the airbag
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    Unplug the 2 stage ignitors
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    Remove this steering wheel
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    Use a pick to score the steering wheel and the steering column shaft to aid with proper alignment during reassembly
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    After you mark them remove the center nut
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    Unplug the connectors and wiggle the steering wheel off.
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    Next is the plastic trim pieces
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    Remove the screws
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    Split the clamshell
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    The clockspring is now fully exposed
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    Unplug the harnesses
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    Release the tabs and remove the clock spring
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    It's out, halfway there!
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  6. Nov 22, 2020 at 1:44 PM
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    Install the new clockspring and plug in all the connectors while carefully listening for the click on each connection
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    Pull the grenade pin that's installed in the new part to keep it from spinning during shipping
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    Feed the wires through and reinstall the steering wheel.
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    Make sure to keep the grenade pin forever because it's soooo cool, try to refrain from stabbing the touchscreen radio display with it
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    Tighten the steering wheel
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    Ready to install the airbag and column trim
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    Plug in the bag
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    Then get distracted by the garage heater and wander off when its almost finished
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    But make sure you’re back in time to give the horn its first test
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  7. Nov 23, 2020 at 2:09 PM
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    There’s a couple fittings on my 4Runner that are at kinda speed angles and I seem to get a couple pumps of grease on the fitting before I get any in the fitting trying to get the angle just right. I finally spent the money on Lock N Lube fitting for my grease gun.... I feel stupid for waiting so long to get this. It’s works 100% as advertised. 12 fittings between the JBA arms and all the factory points and not a drop of grease outside of the zero fittings.

    https://youtu.be/8-ce_tFXOVc
     
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  8. Nov 24, 2020 at 8:50 AM
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    Another thing I should have done a long time ago but didn’t want to commit the money to - transmission fillers!

    With the 4Runner and the Highlander both running the same transmission fluid and the same differential fluid I finally bought 2 fillers for home. The capacity is kinda small but the convenience is definitely worth it.

    One is dedicated to WS trans fluid and one is dedicated to 75W90 GL5 gear oil. You take the orange cap off. Fill the reservoir with a funnel. Pump the bottle up to 10-15 psi. Pick a hose attachment - the 90 degree hook is perfect for diffs. Open the valve and sit back as it pushes all the fluid through. No trying to line up and squeeze bottles or paying a bunch of money for boutique fluid in bags, it’s quick, it’s easy, and there’s no mess!

    Filling the front diff on the 4Runner
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    Knocking out the trans service on the Highlander
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  9. Nov 24, 2020 at 3:27 PM
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    Busy couple days, with the help of my 4 year old on his thanksgiving break we’ve accomplished the following on the 4Runner:
    -Replaced OEM front brake pad anti-rattle shims and clips
    -Cleaned and lubed the front brakes
    -Installed Toytec front stainless steel brake lines
    -Replaced OEM rear pads pad anti-rattle shims and slides
    -Cleaned and lubed the rear brakes
    -Adjusted parking brake tension
    -Brake fluid flush
    -Rear differential service
    -Center differential service
    -Front differential service
    -Full transmission service (including making a legit detailed how-to)
    -Clock spring replacement
    -Tire rotation

    Still a bit left to go, I still have spark plugs and a major cooling system refresh, then just deep clean and degrease the whole underbody before I put the skids back and wait for my bumper to eventually show up. I’m not confident that I’ll be able to get the 4Runner in the garage anymore once there’s a swing arm with a spare tire on it out back so trying to knock out as much as possible now. It can be “challenging” having a helper sometimes but as long as he’s interested and wanting to learn and help and use tools, I’ll never exclude him in the name of efficiency.
     
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  10. Nov 24, 2020 at 4:14 PM
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    How did you adjust the parking break tension?

    I've read there are a couple of different ways to do it.
     
  11. Nov 24, 2020 at 4:22 PM
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    I did a quick video on it a while back.
    https://youtu.be/it4BMOrM41g
     
  12. Nov 24, 2020 at 7:09 PM
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  13. Nov 24, 2020 at 7:34 PM
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    Awesome! Thanks!

    Will this reduce the distance the e-brake pedal travels?
     
  14. Nov 24, 2020 at 7:42 PM
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    Yes, the pedal travel is long when it’s poorly adjusted. It’s a chain reaction. The looser the adjustment, the further the shoes have to move before getting tight to the drum, which means the further the cable needs to be pulled, which means the further the pedal has to travel. Tightening up the adjustment will tighten up all of it.
     
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  15. Nov 24, 2020 at 7:43 PM
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    Excellent! Thanks again!
     
  16. Nov 24, 2020 at 7:44 PM
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    :cheers:
     
  17. Nov 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
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    I had a busy day yesterday.

    I replaced the water pump, thermostat with water inlet, thermostat housing, all the seals and gaskets, hydraulic fan clutch, serp belt, and spark plugs. ANd I found some more work to do in the process. While the front of the engine was disassembled I went through checking all the pulleys and accessories, I found the bearing in the belt tensioner pulley feels pretty grainy and makes a little bit of noise. The rest are all smooth and quiet, so I'll have to replace that pulley. When I pulled the plugs the driver's side rearmost pug has a very slight amount of oil getting in above the plug. It not saturating the coil or anything like that, so there's no major rush to repair it but I'll need to pull the valve covers and replace the spark plug tube seals. The final item I'll need to address is the C4 battery tray. The firewall mount cracked, that's something I'll have to address in the spring when the snow starts to melt before trails reopen, that pretty disappointing considering C4 claims it will hold a group 31 and I'm not running nearly that much weight on it.

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    This was pretty funny, Toyota's repair manual says you need to remove the alternator and the A/C compressor so you can remove the belt tensioner assembly from the side of the block because there's a water pump bolt behind it... or you can just not do any of that. Pull and hold the tension back and just take the bolt out while the pulley is out of the way. You can remove a bunch of shit or you can just hold tension on a wrench for 20 seconds.
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  18. Dec 3, 2020 at 8:05 PM
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    Agreed! Had a hard time getting past the $$ to buy it but man, one of the best products I have. So pleased I bought another one for my other grease gun.
    No more grease going anywhere but the zerk!
     
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  19. Dec 7, 2020 at 3:47 PM
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    This past week was pull your hair out levels of stress at work. Seriously l’ve never been that stressed ever. With COVID well on its way to fucking up another ski season I was looking for some dirt therapy.

    My 4 year old knocked out 11.2 miles of dirt singletrack with 840 feet of elevation gain or Saturday and another 5 miles Sunday. He wanted to get his 2 favorite trails on GoPro... who am I to say no :)

    I’m so impressed with how fast he’s getting!

    https://youtu.be/I4SRiAm3CLM
     
  20. Dec 10, 2020 at 11:35 AM
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    41 weeks (9 months and 14 days to be exact) but it’s finally here!

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    But did you notice something missing? The welder completely forgot to weld on the recovery points! They are currently building me a third bumper. What can you do but laugh at this point.
     
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    Sweet looking trail - where is it if you don't mind me asking?
     
  22. Dec 10, 2020 at 12:48 PM
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    I’m in Colorado, that’s the Erie Singletrack, it’s pretty fantastic for being literally right outside. In the video you see how much pavement is required to be in the neighborhood.
     
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    That's almost Gobi wait times. :D

    Badass looking bumper though. :cheers:
     
  24. Dec 11, 2020 at 6:36 AM
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    So did you ultimately decide to keep your current rig and not get the 2021 Pro?

    I don't remember hearing a conclusion to that thread.
     
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  25. Dec 11, 2020 at 9:41 AM
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    Yes, the 2011 stays. That was the reason behind doing the brake lines, the brake hardware, the cooling system, clock spring, etc. freshening it up to keep it for the long haul.
     
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  26. Dec 11, 2020 at 10:22 AM
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    Man, that looks nice! Until you look at those missing pieces! :angrygirl:
     
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    Why not ask them for the recovery points and have them foot the bill to have someone local weld them on? I wouldn’t want to wait for another bumper. This has been quite the saga
     
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    It was actually kinda funny. I texted their GM and said I got it with some pics right after I opened it up. He actually noticed before I did and brought it up to me.

    Same day he gave me options
    1 - full refund and I keep the bumper plus they will send the recovery points and I cause use the refund to have it welded and re-powdercoated locally, but he cautioned it’s a pretty intricate design and he wouldn’t recommend having someone other than their usual place do the powder coat.
    2 - partial refund and they build the main section and get it shipped out ASAP and I’d swap over the tailgate and swing arm and all that extra stuff when it arrives.
    3 - partial refund and they could engineer a way to do bolt on recovery points.
    4 - they would fly me out so I could punch each of them in the face for fucking this up so bad lol.


    I went with option 2, they had extra materials in stock and said the main structure itself is a relatively quick build. It’s already done and I’ll go to powder coat Monday.

    The situation is unfortunate but they have handled it the right way. In the end I’m coming out of this still happy, the end coat will be worth the headaches and waiting.
     
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    Makes you wish you could combine any offer with 4
     
  30. Dec 11, 2020 at 1:37 PM
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    Shit happens, we’re all human. They have handled a bad situation very well. If my experience was typical they would have been out of business years ago. No ill will on my end.
     

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