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4Runner Help

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by DriverSound, May 28, 2009.

  1. May 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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    Hey guys, I know this is a Tacoma Forum but I also have a 4Runner and I know you guys have or have had 4runners too. I currently have a 1995 4Runner sitting in the driveway due to a blown head gasket. It's been replaced once already along with new heads and apparently this is a common problem with this 3.0 3vz-e motor. Can anyone recommend a fix for this? Brand/type of gaskets perhaps? I'd really like to keep it but I don't want to have keep fixing the same problem also. Thanks guys!
     
  2. May 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM
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    try to find out who did the previous replacement. One of the important things to properly replacing the gasket will be to properly torque the bolts.
     
  3. May 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM
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    from http://www.aa1car.com/library/gasket_failure.htm

    So, it looks to me like you want to get a nonstick gasket.
     
  4. May 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM
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    The 4runner was passed down to me since it was broken but a shop did it the first time. I think the mileage was around 150K or so and now 20K later, the same thing. I won't know what gaskets was used until I tear it down. I know its either the metal ones or the cheaper graphite gaskets.
     
  5. May 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM
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    from what I was reading, they seemed to prefer the graphite gaskets for this application.
     
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    I think I might have to go that route also but from the looks of it, this is gonna be a pita kinda job.
     
  7. May 28, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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    you might be able to find someone on one of the forums that has done one before that is located close to you.
     
  8. May 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM
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    Thanks for all the info. I'm sure I can do this myself. I'm just not used to working on Toyotas. I've done plenty of work on older Chevys and Fords though. It's just that this 4runner has all kinds of stuff to remove just to get to the heads. I might even do DIY since I'm gonna take pictures for referrence in putting it back together anyway. Thanks again.
     
  9. May 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM
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    I doubt it will be hard, maybe just time consuming.
     
  10. May 28, 2009 at 12:01 PM
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    I've heard multiple thoughts on why there is a headgasket issue with the 3.0 v6. I've heard the routing of the exhaust or the headers is part of the problem. I have also heard that it is imperative to keep your cooling system in tip-top shape to avoid the headgasket issues.

    TacomaWorld is my home, my family, but when I recently purchased my 92 4Runner, I joined YotaTech. There is a lot of info there on the older Yotas...can't hurt to look.
     
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