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First inspection: dealer's recommendations. All DIY?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Drewski, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Oct 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Drewski [OP] Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2011
    People's Republic of Chicago
    '99 Prerunner SR5 Xtracab 4 cyl auto
    Hey all, just got back from a pretty thorough inspection of my newly purchased '99 2.7L auto Prerunner. This dealer seems pretty legit, and the recommendations are all typical wear items, at least for a 138k mile truck:

    • replace outer marker bulb
    • battery service (no pads)
    • drive belts: PS, Alt, A/C
    • spark plug wires
    • spark plugs
    • power steering rack (leaky rear boot)
    • exhaust gasket (manifold to pipe)
    • rear diff (drain and fill)
    • rear brakes - no additional notes with this, I'll assume it means brake job
    • wiper blades
    • fuel induction cleaner

    With the possible exception of the PS rack (although I'm not sure, I've DIY fixed a lot of cars and trucks over the last 25 years) this all seems like typical shadetree stuff I've done many times before; I'm not sure what battery service means though. Before I get started wrenching, I just thought I'd throw the list out there to see if there was anything unique I need to look out for.

    I've already checked out the spark plug change sticky as well as reading up on the diff service how-to.

    And I'll consult with a Master tech about the wiper blades. ;)

    Anything else to look out for?
  2. Oct 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    TacoMX TW's Official anti body-lift pundit

    Aug 24, 2011
    First Name:
    Deltona, Florida
    Sounds pretty run of the mill. Most of it sounds very DIY capable.

    Battery service is probably just test and replace as necessary.

    And where exactly is the PS rack leaking from? Is it leaking grease or PS fluid?

    I would also do the fuel filter, clean the MAF, and replace the PCV valve. Easy stuff.
  3. Oct 21, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    S.B. Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    First Name:
    SD, CA Now in Colorado Springs, CO
    08 Taco 4x4 TRD OffRoad Rugged Trail
    SAW 2.0s, Wheeler's 3-leaf AAL, On Board Air, 255/85/16 Cooper Discover S/T, CBI Sliders, Built right UCAs, 6" Harbor Freight Lights (converted to HIDs), KC Slim Lights.
    Seems pretty easy to do all of it. On the battery I'm pretty sure they are talking about the felt pads under the terminals, as in they are missing.
  4. Oct 22, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    wesrunner Team 4Runner

    Nov 1, 2010
    First Name:
    It's paid for.
    1999 T4R 4WD V6, Deck plate, B&M trans cooler, LED guages and dome lights, LED reverse lights, 2.5" spacer lift, highway tires.
    I'd recommend going ahead with the power steering rack. Mine went bad from I guess wheeling it too hard...

    I put it off for a year when I got new tires and the guy told me it was broken and quoted me 800 dollars after everything to replace it. Should've fixxed it right then.

    12 months later I was buying new tires because the slop got worse and caused excessive wear on the outside of my passenger front tire.

    Noone would align it either. Or atleast they wouldn't warrenty the work.

    Lucky me I had a donor truck and swapped the rack over from it. Pretty easy job actually. Maybe a 4 Hour job, tops.

    Did my own alignment too. Jacked the front end up, and with a piece of soap stone I spun the tires and made an even mark along the entire circumfrence of each of the tires. measured the distance between the too line at the front of the tire, and the rear. Adjusted accordingly.

    Though I wouldnt recommend leaving it like that, just to make it a few days till you can actually get an Alignment.
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