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1998 Toyota 4Runner

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1998 Toyota 4Runner Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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The evaporative emission (EVAP) system may illuminate the vehicle's Check Engine Light due to intermittent failure of the charcoal canister purge control solenoid valve or canister failure. Upon failure of the charcoal canister, debris may circulate around the EVAP system causing other emission control problems.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The heater circuit for the oxygen sensor tends to have a higher than normal failure rate. Failure of the oxygen sensor heater circuit will illuminate the Check Engine Light. The internal oxygen sensor heater cannot be repaired, the failed sensor should be replaced to correct this concern.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

When a mass air flow sensor problem occurs, resulting in a loss of power or hesitation on acceleration, the Check Engine Light will illuminate, perhaps indicating random cylinder misfire. The mass air flow sensor may respond to cleaning, but replacement of the sensor is best.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

On higher mileage vehicles, an engine misfire may develop and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a failed ignition coil. It is not uncommon to replace all the coils when the first one fails in order to prevent return trips to the repair shop.

1998 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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1998 Toyota 4Runner Questions and Answers

bbb, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Portland, OR

1998 4 Runner w/trailer option. Have never used trailer light power connector until now. Hooked up to trailer w/good light system. Tail lights work, no brake or turn lights. Checked connector on...

amr, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Maidens, VA

Should antifreeze be added to the resovoir or the radiator and should the antifreeze be deluted with water?

Cassie Wagner, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Grand Junction, CO

When I try to start the engine the starter clicks but does not fire the engine. If you do it multiple times it will sometimes start but seems to have a hard time. Could it be the starter or somethi...

dategurl, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Senoia, GA

My CEL just came on..I need to drive it for 3 days before I can get it looked at..will it be okay ?

jeffhea, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 3.4L V6, Northampton, MA

I just failed inspection because the 3rd brake light isn't working. I replaced the bulb (although it looked good) still not working. Checked the fuse. Looks fine. Replaced the fuse anyway....

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1998 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

love the car no problems till now try to start just hear relay click nothing works on switch headlights and horn are good would be gratefull for any ideals


I bought my 3rd used 4runner in 2002 (a 1998) with 40,000 + - miles. It now has 178,000. However, the body has a LOT of rust. I hope they now make them more Vermont friendly or any place where road salt is a necessity in winter. The only other fault I've had is with the brakes. Overall, I have loved it and it has basically been trouble free. I would buy another if they were more affordable.

This is a very good truck my truck has got me trough anythang ive went through with no problem

Hunted out of this Four Runner for years just have to make sure to rotate the tires, They seem to cup with the four wheel drive, Had to change one injector from running cheap gas besides that really reliable.

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