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1999 Toyota 4Runner Problems

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Most Common 1999 Toyota 4Runner Problems

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 b...
If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.
The evaporative emission (EVAP) system may illuminate the vehicle's Check Engine Light due to intermittent failure of the charcoal canister purge control solenoid valve or canister failure. Upon fa...
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1 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Brakes Problem

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

4 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Drive Train Problems

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 b...
On vehicles with a manual transmission, worn shift bushings can cause the transmission to pop out of gear, especially when coasting down in 1st or 2nd gear. Replacing all the shift linkage bushin...
The 1996-2002 Toyota 4Runner with the automatic transmission may develop an issue which is commonly known as the "strawberry milkshake". The name is based on the color and consistency of the fluid...

2 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Electrical & Lights Problems

If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.
On higher mileage vehicles, an engine misfire may develop and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a failed ignition coil. It is not uncommon to replace all the coils when the first one ...

2 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Engine Problems

Loud rattling or loud slapping may be heard from the engine on the 1996-2002 Toyota 4Runner with the 2.7L I4 engine. These noises has two known causes: a failed balance shaft bearing, and a faile...
The Toyota 4Runner with the 2.7L I4 engine has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. The engine ‘breathes’ thro...

4 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The evaporative emission (EVAP) system may illuminate the vehicle's Check Engine Light due to intermittent failure of the charcoal canister purge control solenoid valve or canister failure. Upon fa...
When a mass air flow sensor problem occurs, resulting in a loss of power or hesitation on acceleration, the Check Engine Light will illuminate, perhaps indicating random cylinder misfire. The mass ...
The heater circuit for the oxygen sensor tends to have a higher than normal failure rate. Failure of the oxygen sensor heater circuit will illuminate the Check Engine Light. The internal oxygen sen...

1 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

Vehicles equipped with rear passenger heating may have issues with the engine coolant lines that supply warm coolant to the rear heater. These lines frequently leak, causing engine overheating and...

0 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Maintenance Problems

2 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Miscellaneous Problems

By 100,000 miles the ignition key tends to wear out and should be replaced or it may not work as well in the door locks or ignition lock cylinder.

2 Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Suspension & Steering 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...
At higher mileages (125,000-150,000) the input shaft seal to the power steering gear may leak. It is recommended to replace the steering gear with a quality rebuilt or new unit rather than attempt...

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Known 1999 Toyota 4Runner Problems & Complaints

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 b...
The evaporative emission (EVAP) system may illuminate the vehicle's Check Engine Light due to intermittent failure of the charcoal canister purge control solenoid valve or canister failure. Upon fa...
When a mass air flow sensor problem occurs, resulting in a loss of power or hesitation on acceleration, the Check Engine Light will illuminate, perhaps indicating random cylinder misfire. The mass ...
Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.
By 100,000 miles the ignition key tends to wear out and should be replaced or it may not work as well in the door locks or ignition lock cylinder.
On higher mileage vehicles, an engine misfire may develop and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a failed ignition coil. It is not uncommon to replace all the coils when the first one ...
On vehicles with a manual transmission, worn shift bushings can cause the transmission to pop out of gear, especially when coasting down in 1st or 2nd gear. Replacing all the shift linkage bushin...
The Toyota 4Runner with the 2.7L I4 engine has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. The engine ‘breathes’ thro...
A rough idle and even an emissions inspection failure for high HC and CO can be caused by improperly adjusted valves. Also, exhaust valves may become to tight which can lead to valve failures. Ou...
The heater circuit for the oxygen sensor tends to have a higher than normal failure rate. Failure of the oxygen sensor heater circuit will illuminate the Check Engine Light. The internal oxygen sen...
The 1996-2002 Toyota 4Runner with the automatic transmission may develop an issue which is commonly known as the "strawberry milkshake". The name is based on the color and consistency of the fluid...
Loud rattling or loud slapping may be heard from the engine on the 1996-2002 Toyota 4Runner with the 2.7L I4 engine. These noises has two known causes: a failed balance shaft bearing, and a faile...
Vehicles equipped with rear passenger heating may have issues with the engine coolant lines that supply warm coolant to the rear heater. These lines frequently leak, causing engine overheating and...
Owners frequently complain of leaking rear axle seals, which leaves gear oil on the inside of the rear tires and on the ground near the wheels. The leaky seals allow gear oil to drip onto the rear...
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