Hi, My name is Randy. I am 18yrs old but act mature for my age and treat my truck with respect. I currently own a 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4Cylinder 2.7L SR5 access cab truck. It is in really good shape and only has 58,000 miles on it. I am the second owner. I have a number of questions as I am interested in getting to know more about trucks/vehicles and adding upgrades. I look forward to meeting various people on this forum.
So since I don't know where to post these yet I'm going to add them here and then once I figure out the organization of the forum I'll post in the respected area.
Question one: I noticed that my truck idles pretty rough. It mainly does it in drive but not only in drive. If I stop for a period of time its RPM's slow down to about 800 which is fine but then gradually it drops and stops between 800 and 500 and then drops again almost to 500 if not at 500. As the RPM's drop the entire truck defiantly shakes more and more. Is this normal? Anyone else experience this? I told the dealer at the 50,000 mile checkup and they claimed they tuned the idle and said 4 cylinders run that way but to me it doesn't seam right and nothing changed before and after they so called "messed with it".
Question two: I am looking to get a little more power and gas mileage out of my truck. I'm sure my first search will educate me on how to improve gas mileage but I was thinking about adding a K&N air filter since most people say there better and do increase performance and MPG a little bit. Is this a good idea? Just looking for some other opinions. I had also thought about adding a new K&N air intake system but its about $350 not counting install so I cant afford that right now.
Question Three: I am interested in seeing what my truck is capable of doing off-road. I am not looking to go extreme off-roading or heavy mudding but maybe a little mudding or off roading in an area where my truck would not get damaged. I do not have a TRD package on my Tacoma and I have noticed that there is a box that kinda hangs down from underneath my undercarriage. Could I even take my Tacoma off-road? Mudding a little?
Question Four: Now you guys are probably going to bust my balls about this one but I am a almost a complete newb when it comes to trucks/vehicle maintenance and upgrades. I have noticed that since my 2001 is 12 years old that some rust has started to form in some places. No holes or bad spots. Is there any type of chemical or spray anyone recommends using to prevent the rust from growing or getting worse or just ignore it unless it gets bad. Just looking for opinions. I do pay attending to details and little things like rust bother me, especially since I know how bad rust can get. (All the rust is on the undercarriage or frame, nothing on the actually body.)
Well I appreciate all the feedback if anyone replies and sorry it was long winded. I look to gain a lot of knowledge from this forum and look forward to trying some different things on my truck. Thanks again.