1997 Toyota Tacoma Repair and Maintenance
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1997 Toyota Tacoma ProblemsToyota 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.
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.
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.
1997 Toyota Tacoma QuestionsStarter 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
I have replaced the fuel pump, EFI relay, and the coolant temperature sensor. I have also checked every fuse in the truck.
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 ...