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Preventative maintenance on 99' 4x4 2.7L with 130K?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by hobo_hut, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Apr 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    I just bought a 99' tacoma 4x4 5spd with a 2.7L and 130K. I have been a jeep/vw guy all my life, but I have always like the look of 1st gen tacomas so I decided to finally get one. Besides whats in the manual for routine service is there anything that is known to be a problem and a must fix for a truck at 130K? Like for example mkIV vw's had a shitty plastic water-pump from the factory and it was a know problem so most guys replace it with a metal one right away to avoid future problems....anything like that on this truck that I should be aware of?

    Also how long can I expect the clutch to last?

    Thank you in advance to anyone who replies.
     
  2. Apr 26, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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    Get a grease gun and grease up the drive shaft zerks. Also I would just change all of the fluids out to synthetic (I have Mobile 1 in the diffs and Redline MT-90 in the manual tranny). Other than that, that truck is going to last you a LOOOONG time with the dependable 2.7L.
    Depending on use, the clutch should go 200,000 miles.
     
  3. Apr 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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    I agree that the clutch could last a long time. My stock one is on 160k now.

    Where in Ky are you? I am in Florence Ky.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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  5. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM
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    Did you hit the frame with a hammer before you bought this truck? It might look alright but they rust from the inside out. My 95 fell to this frame problem. Before you do any preventive maintenance make sure this truck is safe to be on the road by checking out the frame.
     
  6. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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    I live in Southgate, so pretty close to Florence. Ill have some pics tonight.

    Yeah I was already planning on greasing everything and replacing all the oils with synthetic and flushing the coolant. I didn't hit the frame with a hammer, but its something I'll do tonight before I pick it up and sign the title. The previous owner said he had the frame checked by Toyota, but I guess you can really never trust anyone 100%. I am really glad I probably won't have to worry about the clutch for awhile. Thats a job I'm not looking forward to, but see it as a necessary evil.
     
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    My frame had some surface rust about the size of a dime by the drivers side spring shackle. It looked like nothing. I hit it with a hammer and it caved in like peanut brittle. The frame was ate up from the inside out. The passenger side was fine. If I were you, I would take my own hammer and go over the whole frame before I would buy it. Just hit any surface rust that you see on the frame.
     
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    I checked the frame out with a hammer, actually I used a small rock pick because I thought it would detect bad areas better than a hammer, and everything checked out. Very solid everywhere except the rear bumper, but I plan on making some new bumpers anyway so that doesn't matter.

    Can anyone recommended a place to buy synthetic gear oil from? The local advanced has mobile 1 synthetic at $10.00 a quart. Anywhere to find it cheaper online or local?
     
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    Thats a pretty normal price on the M1. I got mine from Autozone. The Redline MT-90 transmission oil has to be bought online.
     
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    I`ve got a 95 taco with 365,000kms bodies rough but runs great because of good maintenanace.
    I change oil every 2500km myself 10w30 summer and 5w30 winter.
    Both diffs oil changed once a year also tranny and transfer case.
    change plugs every 40,000kms
    air filter every oil change if your off roading every day like me or every second if your more city driven.
    grease drive line every oil change.
    if your going through water or deep snow alot then extend diff breather so you don`t get moisture.
    Every vehicle I`ve had has got more than 400,000kms without any power train problems.
    I don`t use synthetic oil because it costs more and I get good results with changing oils more than most people.
     
  14. Apr 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM
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    Thanks for all the responses. Im going to do/did everything you all suggested. I see that the haynes recommends checking the valves every 30k. Do you guys do that? I plan to check them just to see where I'm at, and no reason not to check them in the first place. Also I see on here that some higher mileage tacomas have noisy cam chains due to worn chain guides. My engine seems to be running unbelievably smooth and quiet, but do you think I need to check on the guides anyway or not? Can the guides easily be checked with the valve cover off?

    I think I am a bit anal about this kinda stuff. But since its a used car and I don't know who or how it was taken care of I like to really get in there and check on everything, if only for piece of mind.
     
  15. Apr 30, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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    This is a very handy thread and now i dont have to ask lol, Im new and I will intro myself later in the appropiate forum, I just bought a 99 Taco from my father inlaw exact same truck mine has 140,000 miles so about the same as far maintenance recommendations, he is pretty picky about his maint. so Im not too worried about the truck it is great to hear how long these trucks will go because this one will be goin to my son in a year if he finds a job to pay for it, if not Im keepin it for myself because Ive always loved the truck anyhow. Ive already hammered on the frame when the recall/buyback happened and its very solid so I think Im good to go for many years to come.
     
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