1997 Toyota Tacoma Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota Tacoma

1997 Toyota Tacoma Problems

Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue

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.

Lean Mass Air Flow Sensor Causing Code P0170

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.

Failed Emissions Test Due to Blocked EGR System

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 also wise to verify the EGR system components i.e. the Transducer, EGR Valve and VSV Solenoid at this time.

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1997 Toyota Tacoma Questions

Starter sounds like it is free spinning (2 answers)

Was starting fine replaced battery and started fine twice and then wouldn't start and a high pitched whining sound is coming from the starter

Truck will not start. What will cause the fuel pump to not work? (1 answer)

I have replaced the fuel pump, EFI relay, and the coolant temperature sensor. I have also checked every fuse in the truck.

whatcausesmyengine keeps heating upwhilerunning esp uphill,itjustdoes itrecently (1 answer)

just put in OEM coolant &thermostat just before passing smog, I ended up taking out the T'stat completely but still running hot up to the red mark, the OBD tester is all OK result. no coolant leaks or wter pump leakand it doesnt eats or evaporate coolant, i am a moderate DIY selfer. cant ...

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1997 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

I bought a new Tacoma STD cab 5 speed from the dealer in 1997, I now have 646k on this truck, never touched the engine, did put a bearing kit in the transmission at 489k. I always can depend on this truck.
Bought new one in 1997 V-6 Automatic 4WD. Owned it for 12 years Replaced tires, front brakes, and battery. Did recommended maintenance. 2 years ago Toyota made me an offer I couldn't refuse on rusted frame recall ! Big mistake! MISS THIS TRUCK DAILY! This was the finest , most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.!! Been looking for another ever since ! Someone help!!
I have a 1997 Tacoma with over 260,000 miles and is still running strong. The engine (3.4L) is big enough to handle a fully loaded 12' trailer or small boat and on the highway, I', getting about 22 miles to the gallon. No complaints, great truck with minimal mechanical issues!

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