3rd Gen 4Runner FAQs

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3rd Gen 4Runner FAQ

-Color Code Chart- courtesy of Toyota Reference


-3rd Gen 4Runner owner's manuals- courtesy of Boris4runner
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
Don't disregard, there is a ton of great info in the owners manuals

-3rd Gen Buyer's Guide-courtesy of 4-Ripcord
4Runner buying guide

-FSM-
[STRIKE]courtesy of NCTTORA
Link to Factory Service Manuals[/STRIKE]
Taken down due to notice from Toyota.

-FSM and other hard copy publication numbers-
1996
Owners Manual 35679
Collision Repair Manual BR060
Automatic Transmission Manual A340E RM391
Automatic Transmission Manual A340F RM479
Repair Manual RM480
Electrical Wiring Diagram WD264

1997
Owners Manual 35694
Collision Repair Manual BR060
Automatic Transmission Manual A340E RM391
Automatic Transmission Manual A340F RM479
Repair Manual RM509
Repair Manual supplement RM509SUPP
Electrical Wiring Diagram WD277

1998
Collision Repair Manual BR060
Electrical Wiring Diagram EWD319U
Owners Manual OM35717U
Automatic Transmission Manual A340E RM391
Automatic Transmission Manual A340F RM479
Repair Manual VOL 1 DIAGNOSTICS RM580U1
Repair Manual VOL 2 ENG., BODY, CHASSIS RM580U2

1999
Collision Repair Manual BR060
Electrical Wiring Diagram EWD357U
Owners Manual PROD. UP TO 09/98 OM35730U
Owners Manual PROD. 10/98 & LATER OM35749U
Automatic Transmission Manual A340E RM391
Automatic Transmission Manual A340F RM479
Repair Manual VOL 1 RM663U1
Repair Manual VOL 2 RM663U2

2000
Collision Repair Manual BR060
Electrical Wiring Diagram EWD383U
Owners Manual OM35762U
Automatic Transmission Manual A340E RM391
Automatic Transmission Manual A340F RM479
Repair Manual VOL 1 RM720U1
Repair Manual VOL 2 RM720U2

2001
Collision Repair Manual BR060
Electrical Wiring Diagram EWD425U
Owners Manual OM35768U
Automatic Transmission Manual A340E RM391
Automatic Transmission Manual A340F RM479
Repair Manual VOL 1 RM796U1
Repair Manual VOL 2 RM796U2

2002
Collision Repair Manual BR060
Electrical Wiring Diagram EWD471U
Owners Manual OM35787U
Automatic Transmission Manual A340E RM391
Automatic Transmission Manual A340F RM479
Repair Manual VOL 1 RM887U1
Repair Manual VOL 2 RM887U2

-3rd Gen 4Runner History- courtesy of J.A. @ top4runners.com
Time line

-3rd Gen 4Runner 1999 Mid Gen Upgrades- courtesy of RonMAIDEN @ Toyota-4runner.org
Mid Gen upgrades w/pics

-3rd Gen 4Runner Brochures- courtesy of Toyota Reference
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

-Discounted OEM Parts Resources-
Cruiser Dan
-American Toyota- Albuquerque, NM
Mud member discount - 1-800-432-6668 ext. 8

-Ralph Hayes Toyota- Anderson, SC
25% off for mud members
1-800-868-8066

Toyota Parts People
-Toyota of Puyallup- Puyallup, WA
253-841-1922 Mon-Sat 9:00-5:00 PST *Order must be completed online for discount

TRDparts4u
-Toyota of Dallas- Dallas, TX
1-800-221-4696
Contact email

-TSB's and SSC's (recalls)-

-Engine-
TSB_EG003-02 (revised) - 96-02 readiness monitor drive pattern - Toyota drive cycle parameters

-Steering and Suspension-
SSC 50J Balljoint recall 01-02 T4R (covers some Tacoma, Sequoia and Tundra's also)
TSB SU002-96 Wheel balance adapter kit
TSB SU002-98 96-98 rear spring changes
SSC 20A 96-98 rear spring recall

-Brakes-
TSB BR007-00 Front brake vibration (The general consensus seems to be get good aftermarket pads and rotors)

-Drivetrain-
TSB DL001-99 Propeller shaft joint grease types and locations

-Electrical-
TSB EL010-00 Fuel gauge inaccuracy
TSB EL010-99 Fuel gauge recalibration procedure (text description of the procedure in the .pdf file as I couldn't find the original)

-Emissions-
TSB EG005-01 Evap system operation information

-Engine information-
I4 3RZ-FE 2.7L
V6 5VZ-FE 3.4L

-Capacities/Specifications-
-Oil-
3RZ engine oil - 5.7 qt w/filter 5.0 qt w/o filter
5VZ engine oil - 5.5 qt w/filter 5.2 qt w/o filter
Oil Type (both engines) - 5w-30 is preferred 10w-30 ok ^ 0°F

-Valve Clearances w/engine cold mm (in)-
3RZ
Intake 0.15-0.25 (0.006-0.010)
Exhaust 0.25-0.35 (0.010-0.014)
5VZ
Intake 0.13-0.23 (0.006-0.009)
Exhaust 0.27-0.37 (0.011-0.014)

-Cooling system capacity-
3RZ
11.6 qt with rear heater 10.6 qt w/o
5VZ
9.5 qt with rear heater 8.5 qt w/o

-Fuel tank capacity-
18.5 gal.

-Power steering lubricant spec and capacity-
0.9 qt Dexron III ATF

-Transmissions-
W59 3RZ w/ 5 speed manual - GL4 or GL5 75w-90 gear oil - 2.6 qt
A340E (2wd) & A340F (4wd) - 5VZ w/ 4 speed auto Dexron III Automatic Transmission Fluid
A340E
Dry fill - 7.6 qt
Drain and refill - 1.7 US qt
A340F
Dry fill - 10.8 US qt
Drain and refill - 2.1 US qts......I found mine to be around 3.5-4 qts YMMV
Note: I have found it has been closer to 3.5-4 qt when I have done the drain and refill on my A340F...
R150F - 5VZ w/ 5 speed manual - GL4 or GL5 75w-90 gear oil - 2.3 qt

-Transfers-
VF3AM Transfer (5VZ) - 1.3 qt GL-4 or GL-5 75w-90 gear oil

-Differentials/Axles-
Front diff - GL-5 75w-90 gear oil 1.2 qt
Rear diff - GL-5 75W-90 gear oil
2wd = 2.9 qt
4x4 = 2.9 qt with E-locker - 2.6 qt w/o E-locker

-The importance of your oil change in pictures-
Clean 3RZ-FE courtesy of Merkaba - OEM filters and Mobil1 5w-30 every 5000 miles pictures taken at 185,000 miles


Still looking for an oil sludged 3RZ-FE pic rayray360@gmail.com

Clean 5VZ-FE courtesy of
Andreas Walter - OEM filters and Castrol 5w-30 every 3000 miles pictures taken at around 190,000 miles


Sludged 5VZ-FE courtesy of vr4boy - bought from someone who didn't understand oil change intervals - wouldn't start because one of the valves was stuck open from sludge
 
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- DIY maintenance -Write ups - Upgrades - Mods - Tech -

-Engine Maintenance-
5VZ 3.4L Oil change - courtesy of bob@4runners.org
5VZ 3.4L Fuel filter replacement - Raydouble
5VZ 3.4L Spark Plug Replacement - courtesy of zcruiser
5VZ 3.4L Valve Cover Replacement - courtesy of iceman601
5VZ 3.4L Drive Belt Replacement - courtesy of Honda Solutions
5VZ 3.4L Timing belt and waterpump replacement - courtesy of skjos
5VZ 3.4L timing belt and waterpump replacement - courtesy of Mike Ross
5VZ 3.4L timing belt and waterpump replacement - courtesy of Rix
A/C Idler pulley bearing numbers and rebuild procedure ....soon
Deckplate Mod 5VZ - courtesy of Rob @ NWToys.com


-Engine Electrical-
OBDII P code lists + probable causes 5VZ 3.4L
3.4L MAF cleaning procedure for 1996 to 06/98 - courtesy of Clemsonfan15
3.4L MAF cleaning procedure for 07/98 to 2002 - courtesy of JA @ Top4runners.com


-Brakes-
UltimateYota.com - Bolt-On Tundra Brake Upgrade for 96-02 4Runners - courtesy of bamachem
Tundra Big brake swap courtesy of off-road.com
'01 Tundra Brakes installed on '98 Gen 3 4Runner - YotaTech Forums - courtesy of Ritzy4Runner
ABS light on possibly no horn, no cruise control - Steering wheel spiral cable/clock spring tech - courtesy of Erik@4x4wire.com

-Steering-

Steering rack bushing replacement - raydouble
Steering rack guide replacement - courtesy of Yukon
One man Powersteering fluid flush - raydouble
Powersteering pump rebuild - courtesy of Mike Ross
Powersteering pump replacement - courtesy of Adam Fertig @4x4wire.com
SRS steering wheel airbag spiral cable/clock spring tech - courtesy of ErikB

-Electrical sensors and mods-
"Gray" wire mod for 4Runners - courtesy of Matt Starr
VSC (vehicle stability control) reset zero point calibration - Yaw sensor calibration - Deceleration sensor calibration - courtesy of FogRunner and eric-the-red
Installation guide for a 2000 Toyota VIP RS3200Plus - courtesy of skjos
Hilux Surf Field monitor install thread - courtesy of Rock Slide

-Suspension and Axles-

General Toyota differential information courtesy of Erik@4x4wire
Making your own E-locker control courtesy of Dick Foster

-Suspension/lift-

Yotatech - New Suspension Setup - TRD Front Lift for a 3rd Gen 4Runner! - YotaTech Forums
Toyota-4runner.org - 3rd Gen 4Runner Lift Information and FAQ's - Toyota - 4Runner . org Forum

-Starting and Charging-
Starter Clicks but won't start - testing procedure - courtesy of 4crawler.com
5VZ 3.4L Solenoid contact and plunger replacement - courtesy of CoMarc

-Exhaust-
Cracked exhaust manifold on your 3RZ 2.7L? - OEM mini header install and part numbers
Test your oxygen sensors 96-00 except 99-00 cali emissions - courtesy of Dick Foster


-Transmission and Transfer Case-
A340F auto transmission fluid flush and filter replacement - courtesy of skjos (A340F (4x4) procedure for A340E (2wd) should be almost identical)
Transfer case differences for all years of 3rd Gens - courtesy of brian2sun
ATF temp with ScanGaugeII - code only works for 99-02 3rd Gens courtesy of cloudcap

-Supercharger and Intake-
5VZ 3.4L Supercharger Install Instructions - courtesy of TRD
5VZ Supercharger parts, extras and real world info - courtesy of SAR_Squid79
Supercharger Maintenance - courtesy of Gadgetonline.com
Intake silencer removal mod (ISR) 96-98 and 99-02 - courtesy of Bob@4runners.org

-Exterior-
The 3rd Gen 4Runner came with 3 different grills - Find out which one you have.
Power Antenna replacement - courtesy of 2ndGenToyotaFan
OEM fog lamp bulb replacement - courtesy of zcruiser

-Emissions-
Curing buzz from evap canister under hood - courtesy of eyebugeye

-Strawberry milkshake-
The term refers to when the radiator's lower transmission cooler develops a hole, allowing the engine coolant and ATF to mix. It resembles a runny, foamy milkshake

The solution is to mount a dedicated trans cooler in front of the radiator and bypass the stock cooler location all together.

A couple options-
B&M 70268 SuperCooler 11" x 7.25" x 0.75"
Hayden 405 10" x 15.875" x 0.75"
Hayden 678 11" x 9.5" x 0.75"
Tru-cool LPD thin 4454 [SIZE=-1] 7.25" x 11" x 0.75" [/SIZE]
Tru-cool LPD fin and plate 4543 [SIZE=-1]7.25" x 11" x 0.75" [/SIZE]
Perma-cool 1012 7.5" x 12.5"x 0.75"

Any one of these should be just fine considering the OEM radiator cooler looks like this. - photo courtesy of Jin Chris
OEM trans cooler
from this thread...
any body ever crack-opened up OEM rad, if not, here we go! - YotaTech Forums

-Armor-
Sliders
-Shrockworks
-Stubbs
-4x Innovations
-Savage Offroad
-Irbis Offroad
Front Bumper
-Shrockworks
-4x Innovations - w/winch mount
-Savage Offroad
-Irbis Offroad
-ARB USA -Find a Dealer
ARB 4x4 Accessories Renton, WA (425) 264-1391 - Source for "scratch and dent" and factory reconditioned parts.
Rear Bumper
-Savage Offroad
-Irbis Offroad
Skid Plates
-Budbuilt
Custom Work
-Sonoran Steel Tempe, AZ (480)-201-4139
-Armorology Colorado Springs, CO (719)-632-8125
-CBI Offroad Fab Rigby, ID (208)-528-0664
-Irbis Offroad Aurora, CO (720)-276-6697

-Common torque specs-
Wheel lugnuts - 83 ft/lbs - If your wheels are alloy, don't forget to re-torque them after about 500 miles of use.
Spark plugs - 14 ft-lbs (2RZ/3RZ), 13 ft-lbs (5VZ)
Oil pan drain plug - 29 ft/lbs
Front diff - drain plug 48 ft/lbs - fill plug 29 ft/lbs
Rear diff - drain and fill plugs 36 ft/lbs
Drive shaft bolts - 54 ft/lbs

-3.4L 5VZ-FE Common part numbers-


-Starter solenoid rebuild parts-
28235-54380 Plunger magnet switch
28226-54340 Kit starter repair
28226-72010 Starter kit

-Timing components and water pump-
13568-69095 Timing Belt
13503-62040 Idler #2
13505-62070 Idler #1
13540-62021 Tensioner
90311-38051 Cam seal
90119-16006 Crankshaft damper bolt
90311-40022 Crank seal
90916-03075 Thermostat
16325-62010 Thermostat gasket
16100-69398-83 Waterpump

-Tune up and maintenance items 5VZ-
90915-YZZD1 Oil filter 3.4L
90915-YZZD3 Oil filter 4.0 & 4.7L (slightly taller and brings the oil capacity right to 6 qt)
90430-12031 Oil drain plug gasket
17801-07020 Air filter
23300‑62030 Fuel filter
12204-62010 PCV valve
90919-01192 Spark plug = NipponDenso # K16TR11 or NGK # BKR5EKB-11 (both are OEM)
19037-62010 Spark plug cables
90080-91090-83 Alt-fan belt
90080-91126-83 PS belt
99364-20870-78 AC belt
11213-62020 Valve cover gasket
11193-70010 Spark plug tube gasket
00295-01281 Orange FIPG
00295-00103 Black FIPG

-Steering rack-
45504-35031 Steering rack Guide sub assembly (01+ upgraded solid guide)
90501-26074 Steering rack guide spring
45524-37010 Steering rack guide spring cap
90179-48003 steering rack guide spring cap lock nut

-Switches-
00550-35976 Dash fog lamp rocker switch - illuminated
PT297-89013-SW Dash fog lamp rocker switch - non-illumnated

-Lighting Part Numbers-
Online guide for interior and exterior light bulbs - Sylvania

-Links-
NWToys All Toyota Search Engine - search over 100 Toyota sites w/ a custom Google search - courtesy of WATRD

Top4Runners.com - your Toyota 4Runner information resource

4Runners.org - maintain it, mod it

4x4wire.com - 4Runner and Tacoma section

Marlin Crawler - new diff/gears break in procedure

Gadgets Supercharger page - courtesy of Gadgetonline.com

Bob is the oil guy - connoisseurs of fine oil and oil knowledge

3rd Gen Tutorial and Documentation reference thread - courtesy of ksroqclimber

Toyota Gear Installs - Zuk master of the ring and pinion

Erik@4x4wire - 97 4Runner build
 
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I'd add the dreaded "strawberry milkshake" radiator/trans cooler line failure.

I changed the radiator on my 4R as a preventative measure and have no regrets.
 
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Anyone have the complete FSM for my 96 4runner? the complete version link isn't working and I don't want to join over 1000 pdf files together to make the complete FSM

thanks for any help!
 
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Anyone have the complete FSM for my 96 4runner? the complete version link isn't working and I don't want to join over 1000 pdf files together to make the complete FSM

thanks for any help!

Both links work for me....
http://www.ncttora.com/fsm/1996/Totota.4Runner.1996.2002.SIL.rar
and
http://www.ncttora.net/1996/Totota.4Runner.1996.2002.SIL.zip

You should know that while this manual covers most everything having to do with a 96, it's for a 2002 model year and several things are different. Like, there is no mention of the 3RZ 4cylinder engine, cause it didn't come in a 2002 4runner.
peace

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Both links work for me....
http://www.ncttora.com/fsm/1996/Totota.4Runner.1996.2002.SIL.rar
and
http://www.ncttora.net/1996/Totota.4Runner.1996.2002.SIL.zip

You should know that while this manual covers most everything having to do with a 96, it's for a 2002 model year and several things are different. Like, there is no mention of the 3RZ 4cylinder engine, cause it didn't come in a 2002 4runner.
peace

:beer:

All the links I have for the online FSM have been taken down.
 
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Just wanted to say this post is very comprehensive.

Love the Timing Belt/Tune up sections with OEM part numbers. Made me join the board just to post my sincere thanks!
 
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Just wanted to say this post is very comprehensive.

Love the Timing Belt/Tune up sections with OEM part numbers. Made me join the board just to post my sincere thanks!

No problem. If it helped any of you at all, it's done what was intended.
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