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Old 03-22-2021, 09:48 PM #16
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Looking good- I am enjoying reading this. Similar to my own. I picked up a 97 with a locker about 3 weeks ago. It has 285k miles- new head, new tming and WP. Needed tires, rear axle seals, tie rod, alignment, muffler. Got it for 4k and will be in for 8 before you know it, but its awesome. I like it more than my old 4th gen 4runner and 2nd gen tacoma already! Keep it up!
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So its been a while since I've updated.

The 4runner now has a warm garage to sleep in, It's no longer daily driven. I have a Sienna and a Corolla for that.

I used the 4runner when it snows hard, or I feel like taking it out. Ive barely put 1000 or so miles on it in all this time.

However we just got some snow here in SW Utah, so I decide its a good excuse to bring it out, and lo and behold it's leaking coolant. It's not a small leak, it's a constant big drip coming from the rear of the engine.

So it's off to the mechanic for a look. I will probably also pay to have the valve covers done, and the P/S fluid changed out since the steering is pretty stiff.

OH WELL.

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Its been nearly a whole year since I've posted!

Squirrely Dan has just over 800 miles added to it since this last post. He spends most of his time sleeping in my garage, unless there is some nasty snow.

Work done this year:

- Fixed that Coolant leak
- Valve Cover gaskets
- Oil Change (258,415 miles)
- 2 headlight bulbs

During the oil change the engine was steam cleaned to get all the 258k miles worth of oil grime off.

Other than that, it's been a pretty quiet year!

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Its been nearly a whole year since I've posted!

Squirrely Dan has just over 800 miles added to it since this last post. He spends most of his time sleeping in my garage, unless there is some nasty snow.

Work done this year:

- Fixed that Coolant leak
- Valve Cover gaskets
- Oil Change
- 2 headlight bulbs

During the oil change the engine was steam cleaned to get all the 256k miles worth of oil grime off.

Other than that, it's been a pretty quiet year!
Would love to see some before and after pictures if you have them. But being able to only put 800 miles on that thing for an entire year is insane. At this rate I suspect you'll have it for maaaaaany more years to come. Have you done a timing belt/water pump job on it yet?
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Yes, the radiator, timing belt, and water pump were done at around 240k miles.

I do hope to keep this thing for a long time, which is why I am willing to spend more than I should (if you follow financial wisdom rules) to maintain it.

My next few repairs will probably be the rear bumper, power antenna, and replace the rear seat with one out of a 2001, because those have the LATCH system for car seats.

I dont have any recent pictures, ill get some once the weather lightens up.

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Current picture.

I need to have it detailed once winter is over.
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Flushed and replaced the power steering fluid. It was dark and gross, plus the steering was stiff when it was really cold outside. Also washed the 4runner! 258,742 miles

Its supposed to get cold and snow on Tuesday, ill see if it makes a diff.


To do the flush i went to harbor freight and bought the Pittsburg Suction Gun. Its on clearance for $8! The entire contents of the power steering reservoir can be sucked out in seconds with it! Well worth it!

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Flushed and replaced the power steering fluid. It was dark and gross, plus the steering was stiff when it was really cold outside. Also washed the 4runner! 258,742 miles

Its supposed to get cold and snow on Tuesday, ill see if it makes a diff.


To do the flush i went to harbor freight and bought the Pittsburg Suction Gun. Its on clearance for $8! The entire contents of the power steering reservoir can be sucked out in seconds with it! Well worth it!
Replacing the fluid is only half the battle. There’s a screen in the reservoir that gets gunked up and can restrict flow to the pump. I’d highly recommend removing the reservoir (you can leave the pump on the engine) and cleaning the screen.
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Yep! Cleaned the screen too! Lots of crud in there!

Using that suction gun got a lot of it out too. But I think my steering rack will need replaced in a year or two. I am just trying to buy me some more time. I will probably just do the rack, pump, and all the lines.
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You can run t3 or t2 fluid in your power steering rack as well. Folks say it's slightly thicker then synthetic atf newer dexron fluid. Maybe that will slow the leak down until you get that repaired.

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You can run t3 or t2 fluid in your power steering rack as well. Folks say it's slightly thicker then synthetic atf newer dexron fluid. Maybe that will slow the leak down until you get that repaired.

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It isnt leaking, the steering is just heavy.
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Today I replaced the lift supports on my 4runner's tailgate.

I ordered the aftermarket Strongarm replacements. They went in fairly easily, but I lost one of the e clips, so I had to run to Napa to get a new one.

The aftermarket supports are def thinner than the KYB stockers. We will see where they are in a year or two.

But right now they have no problem holding up the tailgate!
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It isnt leaking, the steering is just heavy.
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Today I replaced the lift supports on my 4runner's tailgate.



I ordered the aftermarket Strongarm replacements. They went in fairly easily, but I lost one of the e clips, so I had to run to Napa to get a new one.



The aftermarket supports are def thinner than the KYB stockers. We will see where they are in a year or two.



But right now they have no problem holding up the tailgate!
Looks like you went with the heavy duty ones. These things are great man. I just installed a set in December and I love them. They are phenomenal. The hatch pops right up with just a little pull. I have to stand back from it just to make sure I don't knock my own teeth out.

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hmm.. OK. :-)
I know it sounds strange, but even after the fluid change it feels like its got two flat tires when I try to turn the wheel. Unless the pump isn't working at all?
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