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Short trips throughout the day

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Blumpkinson, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Oct 4, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    Blumpkinson

    Blumpkinson [OP] Fuelled by plutonium and wild animals

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    I am currently at community college (5min from my house:() and i work as a carpenter(In town:D). I usually start and stop my truck alot throughout the day and only travel a couple of miles each time. I always let it warm up but i'm sure that these short trips aren't great for the truck. I wanted to know if there is any preventative maintenance that would help out and what parts might need to be replaced sooner than normal? Thanks in advance guys.
     
  2. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:02 PM
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    HerNameIsLucy

    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    Follow the "severe usage" schedule in the owners manual. Same basic maintenance, but shortened time intervals.

    Letting it warm up is a very good thing, prevents moisture from building up in the crankcase, moisture from rotting your exhaust from the inside out. Also (I'm guessing here) probably prevents the ECU from learning all kinds of bad habits.
     
  3. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:26 PM
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    yotarob2005

    yotarob2005 Kiss My IFS

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    I am in the same boat, Interested to see what responses you get.
     
  4. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    This post is what you need to do:
     
  5. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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    j_cyrus

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    I would like this info also. I have no manual, do any of you know of a .pdf file I could d/l to read this?
     
  6. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    good call John!
     
  7. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:43 PM
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    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    I have a manual but it's 1st gen. Sorry.

    Anyone here know of a linky to a 2nd gen manual?

    J_cyrus the 1st gen manual is available on-line, but I'm on my laptop and it's bookmarked on a machine packed for the move.

    Anyone here have it?
     
  8. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:44 PM
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    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    Thanks Will (and Chris). Having bought my first car 35 years ago, I've learned a little something! ;)
     
  9. Oct 5, 2009 at 5:06 AM
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    Honestly? I wouldn't worry too much about it. As long as you're maintaining your truck regularly....it shouldn't let you down.

    What's the difference between having multiple short trips versus letting it sit in the garage too long undriven? Or the difference between driving it everyday for hours on end? Versus stop & go? Versus highway? Versus offroad? ...you get the point.

    If Toyota can't build a vehicle that stands up to all types of driving - then these trucks aren't the reliable things we all bought them for.

    My truck sees 9 miles to & from work (18 round trip)
    My husbands Acura MDX sees 5 miles to & from work (10 round trip)
     
  10. Oct 5, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    Werloc

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    Nothing to worry about. Your fine. When you here people say, "It's good, It's all highway miles." All that means is the miles on the vehicle are cruising straight. Not constantly stop and go, shifting, and all turns with typical around town/city driving. City verses highway: City driving, eats brakes quicker, and shocks/springs, and more work on the tranny. Short rides don't do any more damage, so your cool. Just do like you are. Cold starts, let it warm up before you go. Not sure about yours, but cold starts on my truck, the engine idle RPM's are a little higher. When she idles down, your good to go...;) Wear, and tear is "how and where" you drive, not how "long or short" your trips are.
     
  11. Oct 5, 2009 at 2:49 PM
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    ChrisYoTaCoMa

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    Do what I do. I treat my taco as if it is all severe driving. I change my oil every 2000 miles, I am using Valvoline high mileage synthetic blend. Florida weather as you know is hot as hell, so I change it a lot. Hey, you can never "overchange" your oil. Or trans fluid, etc.
     
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