2004 Toyota 4Runner Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Toyota 4Runner

2004 Toyota 4Runner Problems

EVAP System Fault Due to Failed Charcoal Canister

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.

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.

Car Won't Start Due to Worn/Corroded Solenoid Contacts in Starter

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.

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Questions

What could cause my Toyota 4runner maint light to come not yet 2000mils aft serv (1 answer)

Why is my toyota 4runner maint light indicating while I haven't driven up to 2000miles aft my last servicing/engine oil change

What type of antifreeze do I need (1 answer)

Oil Leak, rear main seal (1 answer)

Just gad my car serviced and was told I had an oil leak at the rear main seal. Was told to monitor the oil level Is this all I can do at this time?

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Recalls

Side Curtain Air Bags Deploy Unexpectedly

The side curtain air bags may deploy unexpectedly, resulting in possible occupant injury. Dealers will replace the air bag control module with one that has improved programming free of charge to resolve the concern.

Accelerator Pedal May Stick Open

The accelerator pedal can become trapped under an unsecured or incompatible floor mat. This can cause the accelerator pedal to stick in the wide open position, increasing the risk of a crash. At this time, the remedy plan is still under development, but will most likely involve modification or replacement of the accelerator pedal and Toyota all-weather floor mats. No schedule of owner notification is available at this time. The Toyota recall number is 90L; the Lexus number is 90LG.

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

Love my 2004 4Runner! Bought it new on December 2003. It is currently 118K and so far, it's been great! I changed out factory tires at 60K for the Michelin tires at Costco. It is still under original gray paint. Still shiny after each wash. I've drove my truck down to CA from WA at least once a year. It has been through rain, sleet, and snow. LOVE IT!
Had a grand cherokee before that went to 167,000 miles. 3 sets of brakes, 2 sets of tires and 2 water pumps. This 4-runner is much better. I have 127,000 miles on this baby and I love it! Would buy another one in a minute. After 80k miles I put new tires on it, Nokians which is a better tire in the snow than Michelin. Bridgestone's were on the car and were terrible. One set of brakes put on f...
The best car I've ever had. I use it for a couple of long trips a year, pulling the fishing boat in and out of all sorts of conditions, and a 40 mile commute every day. 108k on it with no repairs. I keep the tires rotated and aligned and have gotten 55-60k each set. Still drives like new and gets 21mpg overall. I'll drive this one 'till the wheels fall off and gladly buy another..

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