1997 Toyota 4Runner Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota 4Runner
- Does a 97 4Runner,SR5 have a timing chain or belt?
- Runs rough/misfires intermittently, engine light flashes readout is #4 cylinder
- When I put on the breaks to slow down my 4runner starts to pulse/vibrate.
- CEL lit pulled codes P0440 & P0446. How to pinpoint problem and test VSV's
- Won't start. Cleaned terminals & Put in new battery. Turn key, get 1 click
1997 Toyota 4Runner Problems
At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.
The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is also wise to verify the EGR system components i.e. the Transducer, EGR Valve and VSV Solenoid at this time.
1997 Toyota 4Runner Questions
replaced plugs and wires,cleaned injectors,coils 1 year old. seems more frequent in cold weather
it does not matter if I am on the back roads, or highway or interstate
It sat for 2 years in Phoenix heat. Replaced any questionable vacuum lines. Vehicle running rich carbon residue at tailpipe exit
1997 Toyota 4Runner Recalls
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.
1997 Toyota 4Runner Reviews
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 couldn't be happier with my 1997 4Runner in every way ~ 146000 Toyota miles and going strong! Well kept/maintained, and it looks brand new. Back off Obama ~ stop trying to ruin this great Japanese car company who continues to run rings around every other car manufacturer, year after year. Consumers know their cars and we keep them for many years of safe and happy driving. Hopefully...
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.