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new owner 98 tacoma - couple questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by PaulsTruck, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Aug 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM
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    PaulsTruck

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    I just purchased a 98 4x4 extended cab with a 5 speed and a 2.7 4 cylinder. 221k miles. I have a couple questions:

    1. It has the original clutch. I need to install a clutch. What clutch kit should I purchase?

    2. It had a timing chain replaced at 110k. Should I put a new one on?

    3. Are there any other typical items I should replace before I drive it daily? I was thinking stuff like a water pump, oxygen sensor, or anythign else that is a routine replacement that I'd rather do now versus breaking down on the road.

    Thanks in advance for your help. This ia great forum.
     
  2. Aug 9, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    Janster

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    Search the forums for maintenance items or look in your owners manual. At 221K miles - I'd do EVERYTHING in terms of maintenance and go beyond that by crawling underneath and looking around for obvious wear/tear.

    Timing chains don't normally need replaced unless they are worn/stretched - I would have it inspected. I wouldn't worry about oxygen sensor until the CEL comes on.

    Everything else....oil & filter, air filter, fuel pump, replace spark plugs, fuel injector cleaning?, radiator flush/fill, replace water pump, replace thermostat, fuel filter change, differential fluid changes, transmission fluid changes/flush, transfer case fluid change, driveshaft lubrication & inspection, brakes inspected & maybe flush out the old fluid with some new fluid, inspect brake calipers/cylinders, inspect brakes, inspect wheel bearings, inspect CV boots, flush/fill steering fluid, have allignment done, check steering rack for leaking & worn bushings, Inspect ebrake, and the list could go on....
     
  3. Aug 9, 2010 at 3:08 PM
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    Just to add on - I just also purchased a '98 Tacoma [extended cab, TRD, SR5, V6, 4x4] with 148K miles.

    I've started the maintenance blitz because I really don't know what has been done or what maintenance has been deferred.

    Done:
    • Oil & filter change
    • Air filter
    • New tires
    • AC Recharge
    • Spark plugs

    To Do List:
    • Drive line fluids [diffs, trans case, tranny]
    • Power steering fluid change
    • Brakes - inspection, pads, resurface, flush fluid
    • Alignment
    • Fuel filter change
    • Coolant flush
    • Inspect / correct any rust

    Timing belt was done at 122K miles so I think I'm good for ~35K miles. One of the niggles I've noticed is that the clutch pedal seems to "hang" a bit and I need to lift it with my foot at times.

    Would love to get feedback if anyone sees any critical missing items.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM
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    Probably need a clutch pedal bushing. I replaced about 4 of those things in a matter of 5 years.

    Here's a writeup. You can atleast inspect it to find out if you need one.
    http://www.lieblweb.com/clutchbushing.html
     
  5. Aug 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    ttime4four

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    This was the culprit. The bushing must have failed long ago as the spring was eating into the groove. Looks like a common problem -- found a different DIY instruction set here...

    http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=166

    I ended up replacing all of the bushings as noted in the other article.

    Toyota Part Numbers for Replacement Bushings:
    90386-05018 - 2 ea (Round for the sides of the spring)
    90389-05017 - 1 ea (U-shaped for the center of the spring/pedal groove)
    90386-13007 - 2 ea (Round for the center pivot tube of the clutch pedal)
    90386-08002 - 1 ea (fork plunger through pin bushing)

    Was a PITA - especially getting the nuts off of the CMC. Tip - take off the plastic housing in front of the CMC. I also removed the drivers seat to help with access under the dash.

    Now I have a Airbag warning light :mad: so I must have knocked something while under the dash.
     
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