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.

Crankshaft Pulley Bolt May Come Loose

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.

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.

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1997 Toyota Tacoma Questions

Clutch pedal went to floor (1 answer)

Changed slave and master cylinder, held for a couple weeks and went back to floor, any idea on what this could indicate as a problem?

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.

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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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