I'm a born again Taco owner. I just bought a 2001 2.7Liter 4x4 with 96K, after a 3 years hiatus from the Tacomas (don't ask, it was a silly mistake). My new vehicle is awesome with the exception of a few things. I bought it off a guys who was the son in law of the only other driver, he claims to have no knowledge of any issues with the vehicle. I've tried to search the forum high and low for the last two weeks looking for exact answers to what I need but haven't been successful.
After getting a recent oil change I unfortunately found out that my oil pain has a leak in it due to rust. The oil weeps at a pretty steady click, hence why it was a 1/2 quart short when I got it home. I bought a new pan/adhesive today from a local Toyota dealership, but I wasn't sure if there was more to removing /installing the new pan than just removing the skid plates. Someone touched on removing front differentials in another thread. Do I need to? Is this pretty hard? I'm no wrench head for sure. And whats the estimated time to get this job done? Pics would be amazing.
Second I've got an issue with the breaks. 2/3 of the time when I depress the brake pedal the brakes will engage but it will (for lack of a better term) hit a wall and won't depress to its fully functional breaking power unless I press much harder and it pushes past this "wall" making a "clunking" sound and activating the brakes in a stronger manner. The severity of the clunk/wall varies. If I'm stopped I can keep depressing the brake and the wall seems to weaken however it never fully vanishes. I haven't had to stop on the brakes hard yet, but I'm some what concerned about the stopping power in a situation when they are really needed.
I greatly appreciate all your help, I've learned a lot about the truck just by reading other people's posts.
BTW first fill up averaged 21 MPG, the 4 cylinder kicks ass