Caring for you Toyota 4Runner


The Toyota 4Runner, known in Japan as a Hilux Surf, is a sport utility vehicle that has been in production since 1984. When it first came out, it was a compact SUV, not much more than a Toyota pickup with a fiberglass shell. The Hilux Surf models are frequently exported from Japan to countries like the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

The 4Runner remained popular for more than 30 years for its attractive, wild design, for power when needed, for its multitasking capability and for its numerous standard safety features. What does it take to keep a vehicle like the 4Runner running smoothly? Pennsylvania Toyota Care recommends the following maintenance schedule:

Six months or 5,000 miles

Check floor mats. This may sound trivial, but floor mats can become loose and floppy, presenting a serious hazard if the driver gets them caught around their feet in an emergency situation.

Inspect and adjust levels of all fluids. This includes oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid (in an automatic) and wiper fluid.

Inspect wiper blades. The rubber can gradually slip and slide off the metal arms, causing damage to the glass. Multitudes of tiny scratches can trap light at night and impair visibility, especially when it’s raining.

Rotate tires. Weight on the axles causes uneven wear. Rotating tires periodically evens out the wear and extends the life of a set of tires.

Visually check brake drums and linings and brake discs and pads. Brake pads can wear out and cause damage to the rotor. Fixing the rotor is labor-intensive and expensive.

The list of maintenance checks grows if you operate your 4Runner in dry, dusty conditions, if you drive while towing, if you make repeated trips at below-freezing temperatures or if you spend a lot of time idling or driving at low speed for long distances.

Whether you carry out these simple checks yourself or take them to a local garage or dealership, take care of your 4Runner and it will take care of you.


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