1997 Toyota Tacoma Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota Tacoma
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1997 Toyota Tacoma Problems
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.
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.
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.
1997 Toyota Tacoma Questions
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 ...
no leaks, no coolant in oil
I started the engine and heard a unusual click noise and I quickly turned off the ignition key,but when the key off position the starter still running or cranking the motor, so I quickly disconnect the battery to kill the starter while the key is off. I appreciate for your advice to look for and ...
1997 Toyota Tacoma Reviews
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!
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 spent several months looking for a great deal on a Toyota Tacoma. These trucks have great resale value compared to Ford or Chevy. I got the 2.4 liter four cylinder, 5 speed, 2WD. With gas prices being a concern I routinely get 26 miles to the gallon. The truck has been exceptionally reliable. I would certainly recommend Toyota trucks. I would strongly recommend the extra cab, it is so handy ...