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1997 Toyota 4Runner Repair and Maintenance

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

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.

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.

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.

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1997 Toyota 4Runner Questions

Won't start. Won't junp. Cleaned terminals & Put in new battery. Lights work, Turn key, get 1 click, lights don't dim.

it's like its not getting gas. could this be a gas line leak or a sensor? Vehicle want start it use to do this and start after about three times but now it doesn't start but will crank.

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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.

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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.

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