1998 Toyota 4Runner Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Toyota 4Runner

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1998 Toyota 4Runner Problems

Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages

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.

Brake master cylinder may need replacing at 125,000 miles

At 125,000-150,000 miles, the Master Cylinder may need replacing. It is critical to adjust the brake pedal to Master Cylinder pushrod clearance or the brakes will drag and over heat.

Coolant Leaking from Rear Wheel Well

Vehicles equipped with rear passenger heating may have issues with the engine coolant lines that supply warm coolant to the rear heater.

These lines frequently leak, causing engine overheating and coolant dripping on or around the passenger side rear wheel.

To correct the leak, the hoses must be replaced.

To prevent the leak, the coolant should be flushed and replaced every 24-36 months.

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1998 Toyota 4Runner Questions

What should it cost for a shop to replace an engine? (1 answer)

I will supply new wring harnesses.

My car runs rough. I have a P0301(Cylinder 1 misfire) error code. I have changed the sparkplugs, switched the coil, and have used about a half a tank of gas that has Lucas fuel injector cleaner in it and still have a P0301 error. Fuel injector? (1 answer)

My question says it all... The check engine light blinks, sometimes stays on continuously, and sometimes does not display at all, seems that the problem is intermediate. Thoughts?

Head gasket related problems (3 answers)

I am having my head gasket replaced, along with machined head, timing chain guides, and all necessary gaskets replaced on my 4runner. What is a fair price to have to pay for a job like this? I feel as tho im being ripped off..

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1998 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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1998 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

based on 5 customer 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.

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