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1990 Toyota Pickup

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1990 Toyota Pickup Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

At higher mileages (125,000 -150,000) the power steering pump may begin to leak on the 6 cylinder vehicles and could require replacement.

Engine -- Verified

The timing chain can develop a rattling noise caused by failing timing chain guides. This is often due to extended mileage intervals between oil changes that allows the oil to become dirty and abrasive which wears away the timing chain guides until they fail. The timing chain and guides should be inspected at each valve adjustment, otherwise serious engine damage may result.

Engine -- Verified

The Ignition Coil wire insulation is often rubbed through by the Primary wiring harness which will cause a stalling/no-start condition. The coil wire will need to be replaced and the primary harness will need to be repaired and re-routed.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Our technicians report that by 100,000 miles, the ignition key tends to wear out and should be replaced or it may not work as well in the door locks or ignition lock cylinder.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Over the time the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system may become plugged with debris, the oxygen sensor may also be getting slow or 'lazy' around this time. When servicing or cleaning  the EGR system, it is a good idea to replace the oxygen sensor because it works in tandem with the EGR system.

1990 Toyota Pickup Recalls (Recent)

Suspension & Steering, October 5, 2005

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Toyota is recalling 1990-1995 4Runner, 1990-1995 pickup, and 1993-1998 Toyota T100 trucks because the steering relay rod may crack under stress. This may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering relay rod.

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1990 Toyota Pickup Questions and Answers

woodsman467, 1990 Toyota Pickup, 3.0L V6, Blythewood, SC

I replaced my water pump and had to remove the timing belt off the 2 cams to pull it, I thought that I put it back on in the same place but I guess not !!!! I didn't check I know Stupid right ...

saechaoeddie1, 1990 Toyota Pickup, 3.0L V6, Sacramento, CA

I put a new cam in my toyota truck 3.0v6 on the pasenger side and now it will not run it starts but its like the timeing is out and i have the crank at t d c and the cames lined up when i put th...

wilderness, 1990 Toyota Pickup, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Hanover, NM

It runs well when dry. I have replaced: plugs, wires, distributor cap, air filter, fuel filter, etc. The truck misses/cuts in and out when driving when humid. During rapid acceleration it tends...

rosiecoyote, 1990 Toyota Pickup, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Phoenix, AZ

My brake lights stay on after I turn off lights or engine. Also they will come on during the night when parked outside for over night.

panheadjohnv, 1990 Toyota Pickup, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Rollinsford, NH

leak is coming from crankshaft pulley or behind where seal is as i have diagnosed this on my own with gunk and steam cleaner it is the only leak what would the price be to have this done? this is t...

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1990 Toyota Pickup Reviews

My 1990 2 wheel drive pickup extra cab currently has 312000 miles. I bought it years ago and immediately threw the split front seat away and installed buckets from a Corolla. The engine has a hotter cam, an exhaust header and a k & G air filter. I change oil and filter every 5000 miles, using delo 15-40 oil. It has plenty of power and still gets a steady 25 MPG driving it hard. I have heavy duty shocks and bigger springs as I carry up to 1200 lbs often. I pull a 15 boat also. It is fun to drive!

1989 Toyota truck,No Spark have replaced the distributor the coil the coil igniter the computer the battery the coolant temp sensor ! What can a girl do next?

very good truck amazing braking on the 4x4 bad : for the mechanic very good motor but very expensive to fix the v6 3vze i did all the seals and belt it is alot of work to do this you at least need 500 just for labor

1990 Toyota Xtra cab V6 5spd 4x4 med red pearl..... Orig Owner and im with the first guy, I want another one brand new again just like mine!
Had the headgasket blow like all the V6's did, mine went at 80,000 well after warranty expired.. I paid around $3,000 at an indipendant shop to fix and only found out about the special service campaign about a year after all that. But I sent in my reciepts and Toyota reimbursed me almost the whole cost of the repairs...!!! Otherwise has always been the best vehicle I have ever owned. And my truck has more off pavement miles on it then any other rig I know...
And it still gets the exact same MPG now as it did 19 years ago...
Forget giving to my kids, this truck is like one of my kids...!!! People try to buy it often, but my kids are not for sale, nope. Im keeping this one... Even though it is at that age, where I worry about its age.. But still the safest bet to jump in and take off secure knowing it will go anywhere, and bring you back home everytime....

We've had this car in the family since 1990 when it was purchased new. After 18 years the truck hasn't had any major engine problems; has been properly maintained throughout its life. Hopefully I can pass this truck down to my kids.

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