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.
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1997 Toyota Tacoma Problems
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.
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.
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...
If the vehicle will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter, which tend to fail at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid contacts, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.
1997 Toyota Tacoma Questions and Answers
97 Tacoma 4x4 w/83K original miles, 5sp manual, 4cyl. i have replaced the fuel filter and run injector cleaner every 2-3 tanks. Bought used so dont know maint hist. Any thoughts as to problem/so...
Brake Warning Light on the dash board goes on & off. Gas Gauge is always half full. Any fix for this?
I need to know the bolt size for the Transmission Mount. I took my truck offroading and 3 of the 4 bolts fell out. So if anyone knows the answer I would really appreciate it.
I checked the heater control valve and flushed the heater core so hot water is flowing thru. Blower works fine and so does a/c, so what else can it be?
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!
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 to have somewhere to safely store your belongings without leaving them in the bed of your truck.
The only real criticism I have is the engine is a little under powered (but fine for my purposes), and the turning radius is awful.
I have 162,000 trouble free miles. The 4 cylinder engine uses a timing chain resulting in low over all maintenance costs.
I’ve driven the 4WD and unless you need 4WD the ride is a little rough for my liking.