1997 Toyota 4Runner Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota 4Runner

1997 Toyota 4Runner Problems

Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor May Stop Working at Higher Mileages

At higher mileages (125,00+) the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor may intermittently stop working, especially when the vehicle is fully warmed up. This can result in illumination of the Check Engine Light and/or an engine stalling problem.

Car Won't Start Due to Worn/Corroded Solenoid Contacts in Starter

If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.

Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

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1997 Toyota 4Runner Questions

In hot weather brakes feel like their sticking, why? (2 answers)

I have a 5 mi. drive to work, morning drive is fine. 90* temps on way home in stop and go traffic seem to lock up brakes after 3 or 4 mi. Acceration is difficult and vehicle slows much to fast plus brake pedal has no play. mechanic says brakes and calipers fine. i replaced catilytic converter rec...

New battery, 2days, new starter 1 week. Still won't start. (1 answer)

Truck loses power. Dies. Used to jump it. Bang on starter. It would start. Replaced starter. Still had to jump it. Replaced battery. All in past week. Ran maybe 2hrs. Lost power. Won't jump now. Nothing. Had to tow it home. I'm guessing new alternator. And belts. Also has some weird wiri...

engine light on (2 answers)

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1997 Toyota 4Runner Recalls

Toyota Recalls 1996-1998 4Runners Due to Poor Steering Response with Heavy Load

Toyota has recalled 1996-1998 4Runner trucks because when they are loaded down fully, steering response and handling may be compromised, which can cause a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace the rear suspension parts.

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1997 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

430000 miles would drive to California love this truck
Gud Day All, I have a '97 that i purchased way back in '99, SR5 verison, and I love that truck. Currently i have 220,000 miles on her, and still running strong!!! I have a oil leak that is dropping i believe on the manifold which is causing smoke coming for the engine bay out of the passager side wheelwell. The compressor (heat) acts up once in a while, but it works..still good on gas, and i...
I have bought 5 of them. Sold 1, wife wrecked 1 and at last count I still have 3. All Ltd.s. I oviously like them and will buy another asap just to keep as a spare. Enough said.

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