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'98 Tacoma - Timing Belt & Fuel Filter Maint?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by OysterCracker, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Sep 22, 2008 at 11:06 AM
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    OysterCracker

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    Hey - First time here, great forums!

    I've got a '98 Tacoma 2.4L with about 90K miles. No big issues, and I'm trying to keep it that way. Looking at the manual, I can't find any reference to fuel filter replacement, and timing belt replacement is recommended at 90K, except for "T100/Tacoma/4Runner with 4 cyl"

    Are both of these items considered "lifetime" service on my truck?

    Thanks for your help,
    ~OC~ :)
     
  2. Sep 22, 2008 at 4:58 PM
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    Janster

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    2.4L?

    I know the 2.7L's have a timing chain and doesn't need changed.

    Just not sure about the 2.4L....
     
  3. Sep 22, 2008 at 5:49 PM
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    Toyota says the fuel filter is a non-maintenance item, but with that being said, many have changed it out. But I hear it's a PITA to change because for the 4 banger you need to partially remove the exhaust manifold to get the filter out.

    The 2.4L also has a chain and doesn't need to be changed out.
     
  4. Sep 22, 2008 at 5:54 PM
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    Welcome to Tacoma World! Im pretty sure the 2.4 has a timming chain. Fuel filter is under the intake manifold. :)
     
  5. Sep 22, 2008 at 6:02 PM
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    Intake or exhaust? :confused:
     
  6. Sep 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM
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    Thanks for all the quick feedback. That's good news on the timing chain. What's the opinion on the fuel filter? About 90K of normal use, no off-roading, no towing, probably a 30/70 mix of road/in-town miles, no noticeable signs of fuel problems or mileage loss. Do I keep on truckin' unless a problem shows up, or is the smart move to replace the fuel filter, regardless of what Toyota recommends?? Thanks,
    ~OC~
     
  7. Sep 22, 2008 at 6:44 PM
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    i would go ahead and change the fuel filter, even tho it may be a pita.....you could potentially get better mileage with a new filter if it has never been changed. its just me, but i change fuel filters every 15k............peace of mind, and they arent really expensive either.
     
  8. Sep 22, 2008 at 6:58 PM
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    If you have the time, Give it a shot. I ran mine for 100,000 miles and didnt change it.
    Thats because on the V6 you can get to the filter even when drunk. :D
     
  9. Sep 22, 2008 at 6:59 PM
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    this is very true man!!
     
  10. Sep 23, 2008 at 8:14 AM
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    I would change it. I changed mine after 95,000 and it had a lot of trash in it. Was really glad I did after I saw that. Rick
     
  11. Sep 29, 2008 at 6:30 PM
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    1999 Tacoma 4x4, I did my timing belt at 60,000 because I bought it out of warranty and I wanted peace of mind, I also dit the h2o pump, which was showing signs of leaking, the 2 cam seals, and the fuel filter, which at 60K had all kinds of trash in it. Do it if it's on the cheap and it's good peace of mind.
     
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