November 2016 Project Update — 1999 Gen III Toyota 4Runner

November 2016 Project Update — 1999 Gen III Toyota 4Runner
October 31, 2016 Coleman Mcvea

By Coleman McVea—Low Range Off-Road, Media Specialist

Since I am a died-in-the-wool Toyota guy I bought this 4Runner from my daughter when she announced she wanted to buy a Subaru Outback. I almost kicked her out of the family for that, but now my oldest son works for Subaru. So I have softened a little toward that make.

It seems like I have spent half my life keeping fluids where they belong, chasing bad crimped electrical connections and solving problems associated with what some people call upgrades that are not up at all. So I just keep her stock.

She has 210k on the clock and the only real problem I’ve had in the past 20K has been a cracked flexplate. Initially, I thought it was an alternator noise; just a ticking sound. But over the past year it has gotten loud enough to worry about. So I stopped in to my good friends at Sav-Mor Auto in Orem, Utah. They put it up on the lift and sure enough we could see a crack in the flexplate.

Cracked Flexplate on 99 Toyota 4Runner

Cracked Flexplate on Coleman’s 99 Toyota 4Runner

So, one Saturday, my good friend Nick Schaefer, a Salesman/Technician here at Low Range Off-Road, helped me pull the Transmission and T-Case and replace the flexplate. After we got it all buttoned up we started it. Wow, it sounded like the starter was having to grind a new set of teeth in my brand new flexplate. Suddenly, the $100.00 I saved buying an aftermarket flexplate wasn’t feeling so good. So my new rule is, if any part takes more than an hour to replace, I am going to use OEM Genuine Toyota parts.

 

 

Thankfully, after about 20 start-ups it did start sounding better. The only bad sound now is during starter disengagement. I suspect one day my flexplate will take out the starter. But I have a lifetime warranty on that; so I figure I am okay for now.

All-in-all, I love my 4Runner. She’s clean, reliable and drives nice. And if I run into a little snow or want to do some off-roading on the hunt or a camp out, I can.

5 Generations of Toyota 4Runners in Front of Low Range Off-Road Headquarters in Orem, Utah, USA

5 Generations of Toyota 4Runners owned by Low Range Off-Road Employees—Left to Right: Mike Atkinson (1988), Jesus Osuna (1991), Coleman McVea (1999), Mike Atkinson (2008), Stephen Gardner (2015)

Coleman McVea's 99 Toyota 4Runner

Coleman McVea’s 99 Toyota 4Runner

Coleman McVea's 3.4L 99 Toyota 4Runner

Coleman McVea’s 3.4L 99 Toyota 4Runner

Coleman McVea's 99 Toyota 4Runner—See the deer up on the hill behind.

Coleman McVea’s 99 Toyota 4Runner—See the deer up on the hill behind.

Mule Deer Watching Coleman Take Pics of His 99 4Runner

Mule Deer Watching Coleman Take Pics of His 99 4Runner

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