We’re a top rated local Toyota 4Runner repair services shop in San Leandro, CA.Getting a 4Runner usually means you’ve got a least a little thirst for adventure in you, a drive to answer the call of the wild and get out there and explore and experience. But, that also means extra wear and tear and stress that a typically commuter vehicle just doesn’t have to deal with. Looking to get your 4Runner back to running like new so you can take it back out on the road for your next adventure? Precision Auto Care’s got your back. We service vehicles in the San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, and San Lorenzo areas. Here are some of the common problems we see in 4Runners, and the maintenance work we can do to fix them.
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Frame rust is a serious problem and can even be the end of a vehicle if it’s serious and goes undetected and untreated for too long. Unfortunately one of the known issues with the 4Runner is premature frame rusting, which can total your vehicle if you’re affected. There is a lawsuit against Toyota concerning this problem, and in some cases, you may be able to file with the company for a replacement frame, but it can still be incredibly difficult to fix this issue. If you suspect you’re dealing with the 4Runner frame rust issue it’s critical to get your vehicle to a mechanic and confirm the problem. A rusty frame isn’t just a difficult problem to address, it’s also an incredibly dangerous one. Don’t wait for trouble to start, get your 4Runner checked so your mechanic can go over options and let you know what to expect.
The 4Runner is also known for having a couple of different airbag issues. One is a non-deployment problem, while the other is that some consumers complain that the airbags are too aggressive and cause bruising when they deploy. That said, the non-deployment issue is the bigger problem, and also one that’s difficult to know about in advance. You can check for computer codes and errors indicating that there is a problem with the airbags, but this is often a ‘silent’ issue that isn’t discovered until it happens. If you’re concerned about the airbag problems in the 4Runner, consider discussing with your mechanic to learn more about the issue and see if there is any troubleshooting or other options to help address it.
There are two notable problems with the 4Runner’s brake system. One is that the brake caliper stays active when it shouldn’t be, causing premature wear and tear to the rotor and other parts, and the other problem is anti-lock brake failure, which can result in accidents and is most common in the late 90’s and early 2000’s models of the 4Runner. Both issues are serious, but brake checks and regular brake maintenance can help catch problems before they happen on the road and turn into accidents. It’s particularly important to check the brake sensors and wiring on 4Runner models because those are common failure points that cause the most common brake problems. Additionally, your mechanic needs to keep a close eye on your rotors since excessive rotor wear is its own issue, and can also be an indication of caliper and brake sensor problems that also need to be addressed.
4Runners also have an issue with blown fuses, which is the most common cause of electrical failures in the vehicle. If your electrical accessories aren’t working, chances are a blown fuse might be to blame. Fuses can be replaced when this happens, and it’s not a major repair, but it can be irritating when it becomes a repeat issue. That’s why we take extra care to inspect the system and make sure there aren’t any other reasons for the fuses to blow accidentally.
Dashboard plastic is another known issue when it comes to 4Runners. Cracking and melting are both common and can also interfere with airbag function. Unfortunately, once these problems start, they are likely to continue. The most common fix is to replace the affected interior panels, however, that doesn’t prevent the problem from reoccurring. If you’re looking for some 4Runner maintenance or repair work, Precision Auto Care is here to help. Contact us to set up your next appointment, today.