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What did you do to your 4th gen today?

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by wnelax04sr5, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Mar 9, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    golfguy

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    Replaced a CV axle yesterday and changed front diff oil.
    On the docket for the rest of the weekend is new spark plugs, oil change, rear diff oil, and transfer case oil, and a leveling kit install.
     
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  2. Mar 11, 2019 at 5:15 AM
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    Benny123

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    New water pump, thermostat, fan clutch, alternator brushes, radiator and new coolant. Whew! Saved about $2000 from dealer pricing. 133000 miles.
    IMG_20190308_051403.jpg IMG_20190308_051352.jpg IMG_20190308_065836.jpg

    Tip: the lower alternator bolt is a bitch. Tried to get to it several times in the past year to change the brushes and I always slipped off the bolt. When the fan and fan clutch are out of the way for water pump or radiator, try again. Went smoothly because I could fit an 18 in breaker bar in the area.
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2019 at 9:55 AM
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    HoBoDanny

    HoBoDanny Dude...

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    RCI Skid Plate CBI Ditch Light Brackets Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 265 70R17 113T Tires TPMS Bypass Mod Hydrocarbon Filter Removed Merca decal 2” leveling kit front only Black headlights
    Any reason why you changed it? Or just that time?
     
  4. Mar 11, 2019 at 12:56 PM
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    Benny123

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    Leaking radiator. Water pump was due (making noise and weeping), as was the thermostat. Alt was preventative maintenance. Fan clutch thermistor was quite rusted and apparently a bad fan clutch can ruin a new water pump. Was worth changing it out while I was in there. Alot of 4th gen rads eventually leak from lower left drivers side. (Alot of good posts on this here and T4r.org) If you're ever losing coolant look there first. It's very subtle. Drip drip drip.

    Oh and don't be afraid to do your own water pump. This was my first and if you can change spark plugs you can do this. I can't believe I was afraid of doing it the past few years. Buy an aisin water pump from Amazon (it's the OEM). Great video here. Watch it twice and do it.

    Rad was also straightforward. I spent more time cleaning up rust where the rad was, repainting and getting new hose clamps and transmission cooler hoses (and old ones off) than installing the radiator.

    Side note: if you've ever worked in beer or plumbing or kegged homebrew, you will find replacing the radiator to be very very easy. Kegging can run 10-30 psi, depending the task. The 4runner and most cars run at 15.6 psi and we all know CO2 leaks are way more difficult to stop than liquid leaks.
     
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  5. Mar 11, 2019 at 1:42 PM
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    HoBoDanny

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    RCI Skid Plate CBI Ditch Light Brackets Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 265 70R17 113T Tires TPMS Bypass Mod Hydrocarbon Filter Removed Merca decal 2” leveling kit front only Black headlights
    Cool I was planning to do mine as preventative maintenance at 120k so I’ve got 10k to go. Guess I may look into the radiator while I’m in there.
    I’m good with maintenance. I’ve done the timing belt on my Tacoma and my daily. So no worries there :thumbsup: thanks for the info! I’m gonna keep that water pump in a shopping list much cheaper than others I’ve found.
     
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  6. Mar 12, 2019 at 4:27 PM
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    HoBoDanny

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    Installed new skid plate from RCI
     
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  7. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:26 PM
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    HoBoDanny

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    Changed the oil :yes:
     
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  8. Mar 17, 2019 at 1:54 PM
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    golfguy

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    A little spring cleaning! Washed and waxed it!
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019 at 2:01 PM
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