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1997 Toyota 4Runner

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1997 Toyota 4Runner Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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 al...

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

On vehicles with a manual transmission, worn shift bushings can cause the transmission to pop out of gear, especially when coasting down in 1st or 2nd gear. Replacing all the shift linkage bushings is pretty straight forward and not expensive and will commonly correct this concern.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

If the engine will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter. These will tend to go out at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.

1997 Toyota 4Runner Recalls (Recent)

Suspension & Steering, February 28, 2002

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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 Questions and Answers

bobbieleeg, 1997 Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, WA

I have had to take the carpet out of my 4-runner due to a leak, from where, i dont know? I had the drain tubes in the sun roof replaced last year, all the seals around the doors look good...any sug...

Jim1953, 1997 Toyota 4Runner, 2.7L 4 Cylinder, Lancaster, CA

Changing spark plugs & plug wires caused it to go away for a couple thousand miles. Changing out the ignition coils and spark plugs caused it to go away for a couple more thousand miles. What i...

Wbed, 1997 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Strongsville, OH

Ideas of what may cause this sound. Tires? Axle? Transmission?

Wbed, 1997 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Strongsville, OH

Rumble feelings is felt on the floor board Car has 140.000 miles are we looking at major repairs?

dvanwey, 1997 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Hesperia, CA

When I accelerate quickly my 4Runner hesitates(best way to describe-is it feels like it's coughing trying to get air). We took it to the dealer & they replaced plug wires & did a fuel ...

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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 just love my runr...Thanks

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.

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 you won't be effective in chasing Toyota out of the USA to deceitfully bring GMC or whoever you what to thrive to the forefront, while you try to destroy Toyota.

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