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Tune up help!?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by kimstarrr, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. Aug 5, 2010 at 7:56 PM
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    kimstarrr

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    ok i recently just got my tacoma a couple of months ago with 102k miles on it it is now almost 104k i feel like i need some sort of tune up on it spark plugs engine check regular stuff... any suggestions on a socal shop thats cheap? or would it be better to just find someone to help me tune myself.. i am new to the tacma so i have no idea how to even start that but im willing to learn... thanks for any help

    ps i feel like theres some sort of rubbing noise on my front right tires but i dont see any signs of rubbing at all any ideas??
     
  2. Aug 8, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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    anybody?
     
  3. Aug 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM
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    Is there anything actually wrong with it? I understand where you're coming from but "If it aint broke don't fix it".

    Have you ever used sea foam?
     
  4. Aug 9, 2010 at 12:19 AM
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    There really isn't much to do on these engines. I assume you have the 3.4 V6.

    The plug change interval is 30k miles. If you have a bad plug, the check engine light will come on, and the code will reveal it. If you have no idea when they were last changed, you can always pull one and check the gap and read the burn on it just out of curiosity. Just go with stock Denso plugs when it is time to change them.

    The only other items on the engine would be a thottle body cleaning (if it is running a little rough or throttle respose seems sluggish), and changing the air filter. If it is a V6, the timing belt should have been changed at 90k miles. But if you are unsure of spark plug work, you would not want to attempt the T-belt by yourself. You could remove the cover at least to see if it look like it is 10k miles old or 100k miles old.

    You should be able to find threads on all these topics under 1st gen of technical chat.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    If you just got the truck.....I would do all the maintenance on it that you possibly can. You have no idea when the last time it was done.

    I had a 96 3.4L that I bought with 60K miles on it. The truck ran fine although when I pulled the plugs there was twice the amount of gap as there should've been. Run some Techron or other fuel injector cleaner through.
    Has the 02 sensor been changed?
    Water pump?
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    oil change?
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    Radiator flushed & filled?
    Transmission serviced/change oil/flush?

    And the list goes on....
     
  7. Aug 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM
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    That's funny, I had the same issue. Does it have stock-size tires (265/70-16)? Mine had slightly larger tires (I think 265/75-16) and it turned out that my right front mudflap was missing the middle screw, which let it stick out just enough to be hit by the tire when turning. So make sure all the mudflap screws are present and tight, for starters.
     
  8. Aug 10, 2010 at 1:15 AM
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    i have no front mud flaps. also i know i might not have any problems now but i hope to keep this car until the end of its time. so i wanna understand whats going on with it and where its at physically. so i know what i need to look out for.
     
  9. Aug 10, 2010 at 1:15 AM
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    whats sea foam???
     
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