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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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    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

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    RCI Skid Plate CBI Ditch Light Brackets Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 265 70R17 113T Tires 1.25” Wheel Spacers 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 1.25” Wheel Spacers 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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    Installed new skid plate from RCI
     
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  7. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:26 PM
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    Changed the oil :yes:
     
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  8. Mar 17, 2019 at 1:54 PM
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    A little spring cleaning! Washed and waxed it!
     
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  9. Mar 25, 2019 at 8:28 AM
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    Painted my calipers with silver por15 caliper paint so they don't rust.
    IMG_20190325_134427.jpg IMG_20190325_134408.jpg
     
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  10. Mar 26, 2019 at 4:51 PM
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  11. Mar 30, 2019 at 4:32 PM
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    Drove her a lot!
    Half way to AL at Wolf Creek Dam
     
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  12. Mar 30, 2019 at 6:14 PM
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    Installed a new OEM spare tire hoist (chain type) as the other one was rusted to hell.

    Also I removed the OEM side steps a week ago and my wife still hasn’t noticed :) already makes the vehicle look way better.

    The benefit of the PO keeping the side steps on for its past 14 years of life though is pristine rocker paint condition lol. So that’s nice.

    Next plans are mild front lift with Taco shocks and replacing rear shocks at same time to be rid of the old and worn out XREAS.
     
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  13. Mar 31, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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    Unclogged the breather on rear diff. Planning for the rear diff mod.
    Cleaned my wipers with rubbing alcohol, looking to get a few more months with them.
     
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  14. Apr 20, 2019 at 12:57 PM
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    Installed a rear backup cam finally.

    And plugged the running board holes with plastic m8 bolts.
     
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  15. Apr 30, 2019 at 5:03 AM
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    New tires.....kept the stock size 265/65-17 until I get my lower control arm cam bolts replaced so I can get it lifted and aligned. Went with Nitto Trail Grappler G2's. I will try to get pics later after I can get it cleaned up.
     
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  16. Apr 30, 2019 at 7:28 AM
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    Replaced clunking Autozone Valucraft front sway bar end links. No more noise. So nice. 135000 miles
     
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  17. May 3, 2019 at 6:43 PM
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    Replaced in the past week:

    engine air filter
    rear axle oil
    spark plugs
    floor mats
    hood gas struts
    driver's headlamp assembly
    serpentine belt

    205,000 miles
     
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  18. May 4, 2019 at 12:31 PM
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    Replaced:

    all LED bulbs in climate control/trip computer module
    license plate lenses (2) and gaskets (2)
     
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  19. May 4, 2019 at 6:55 PM
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    transfer case oil change
     
  20. May 5, 2019 at 6:06 PM
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    Replaced the front left CV shaft.

    Tried to change the front axle oil but couldn't budge the fill plug. Broke a 10mm hex bit in the process. Need to regroup.
     
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  21. May 6, 2019 at 6:45 PM
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    Cleaned and conditioned the leather, jeez it soaked up a lot of conditioner after sitting for five months in the dry Colorado air (garaged). I use Lexol, good product.
     
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  22. May 6, 2019 at 7:14 PM
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    Toyota front diff Allen plugs are a longstanding problem, I hate them. Too bad it's the fill plug you're having a problem with, the fill is the only one you absolutely have to get out. The drain plug you can leave in, then use a transfer pump to suck the old fluid out via the fill plug.

    Maybe soak the fill plug with Kroil or PB Blaster for a few days. You said "hex bit", that was a 10mm Allen bit on a socket wrench?

    I wish you the best of luck, and when you get it out, you can replace the fill plug with a 24mm hex head from the transfer case or Tacoma manual transmission.
     
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  23. May 7, 2019 at 2:34 AM
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    @chassis @SonofBert yeah I hate those plugs. Had to drain and fill with a pump from the fill plug. Couldn't open the drain plug. Maybe I'll use a torch next time. I found a 1/2 hex bit I need to try, 3/8 breaker bar bent so much it arced, still wouldn't budge.

    Clay bared my 12 year old paint and waxed the chariot. Smooth as silk now.
     
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  24. May 10, 2019 at 5:48 PM
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    Turned off the TPMS flashing light for good, using the splice fix.
    Inflated all tires to 40psi cold.
    Achieved 24mpg on an 8 mile urban/suburban drive.

    205,000 miles
     
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  25. May 11, 2019 at 1:33 PM
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    Upped the ante trying to get the front axle drain plug (I was wrong in the above post) out. Hammered on it with a 1/2" electric impact and 10mm impact allen/hex bit. No go.

    Hit it again with Liquid Wrench.

    Just got a 1000 ft-lb pneumatic impact, will give it a try if/when it stops raining.
     
  26. May 11, 2019 at 6:27 PM
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    Hammered on the drain plug with the 1000 ft-lb pneumatic impact, no go.

    I will try some more Liquid Wrench and hammering, then see about a torch. Recently moved and can't find my torch...
     
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  27. May 12, 2019 at 12:01 PM
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    Benny123

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    Dammit I hate those plugs.
     
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  28. May 13, 2019 at 6:55 AM
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    One of my tie rod end boots was ruptured so I swapped them both

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  29. May 13, 2019 at 6:58 AM
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    I installed a Kenwood DDX9705S and Maestro RR iDatalink module so my wife could have CarPlay and keep the factory steering wheel buttons. A Kenwood backup camera is on its way and I will document that install.

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  30. May 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM
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    Best of luck. Could just leave the drain plug in. You really can get almost all of the old fluid out via the fill plug using a transfer pump.
     
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