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1996 Toyota Tacoma

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1996 Toyota Tacoma Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Toyota issued a recall on the lower ball joint due to the possibility of premature wear from improper finishing in production. The ball joints will be replaced under the recall. This recall applies to 2001-2004 models only. Please contact you local Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle is included.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Occasionally, the mass air flow sensor can go lean and set a code P0170 for fuel system lean. This in not an oxygen sensor problem. If there are no vacuum leaks, the mass air flow sensor may need to be replaced. Our technicians remind us to use a factory part because the aftermarket rebuilds are very inconsistent.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Throttle Position Sensor can get out of adjustment due to wear in the throttle body or due to carbon build up. This will cause the idle timing to advance more than 30 degrees which will cause very high HC and NOx emissions. Conversely, the Throttle Position Sensors can wear out and not properly advance the timing which causes a lack of power and poor fuel economy.

Engine -- Verified

Some engines have had the problem of the crankshaft pulley bolt coming loose. This will make a rattling noise as the engine idles. Our technicians tell us that the pulley bolt should have a thread locker applied and then retorqued.

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...

1996 Toyota Tacoma Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, January 2, 1996

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Toyota is recalling 1996 T100, Camry, Celica, Corolla, and Tacoma models because the cruise control system may fail to hold the speed set by the driver and can accelerate above the intended set speed. This can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the cruise control assemblies.

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Suspension & Steering, September 6, 1996


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1996 Toyota Tacoma Questions and Answers

fritzcf, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 2.7L 4 Cylinder, Norfolk, VA

I would like to get my engine overhauled or rebult and I have no idea where to go. I am new to the Norfolk area and know no garages very well. Plus, i have no idea how much it should cost. Please h...

hunter49, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 3.4L V6, Seattle, WA

I have a squeek in the front end that will not go away. I have sprayed lude all over . Any suggestions

the blurr, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Everett, WA

truck has always started, even without oil or water. but after being parked for a week it will not start. it cranks real good, but won't start. engine has close to 300,000 miles. Just pulled a...

toyotaluvr, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 3.4L V6, Great Bend, KS

For the past year my fan has been acting weird. When i was in California it would work in the summer but not the winter, but now we are in kansas and it is doing the same thing, but it is colder h...

toyotaluvr, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 3.4L V6, Great Bend, KS

Where is the Blower Motor Resistor located?

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1996 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

1996 4WD bought this truck with 2k miles in 96' when I was 18 just out on my own from high school. Dealership that sells Chevy and RV's got it as a trade in from a guy who wanted to haul his tow-behind RV with it. It didn't have quite enough balls to do the job, so he traded them both for a Bus RV. Almost 16 years and 245k miles later this truck is still looking good and running strong. No truck payment since 2000 and maybe $1500 in non-scheduled maintenance since then. Rough Chicago winters, Chicago potholes and Chicago cab drivers can't kill it. If some people on here got a lemon, I got the opposite end of the spectrum. It's like the Terminator of pick-ups. I swear, if i put this truck in a car crusher, the cube would un-crumple itself and start on the first key turn. I replaced the starter in 2009 and the exhaust from the catalytic back in 2010. Other than that, all major components are factory. I will admit, it's a little puny compared to American trucks and even the new Tacoma's. If you see one used buy it, you will get your money's worth.

Since day 1 my Tacoma has been a work truck. I fitted a rack on the roof, a camper shell, wench, etc and have used this truck day in and day out for hauling. The engine is still pulling strong with over 176k miles on it. The clutch is going but it's held up until now. The suspension squeaks but I have the original shocks. I'll probably drive this Tacoma until it has 200k miles on it then get myself another. Definitely recommend Toyota trucks!

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