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Old 01-02-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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Dropped off the 4Runner this morning for surgery.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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Again, I want to thank everyone for their input!

My 2000 4Runner is out of surgery & drives like a brand new vehicle!!!
Dave's Auto Repair in Sarasota did an awesome job & I would recommend them.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Glad to hear all went well.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:39 PM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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Glad to hear all went well.

Everything that everyone mentioned needed the surgery....oh & it was the original timing belt (172K miles)!!!!!
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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My 2000 4Runner has a burning odor under the hood which is relating to the need for new gasket valve covers. At the present mileage (172K) I'm planning to do the timing belt & water pump.

Just did the rear brakes & all the belts except timing...

One of the car repair services has brought up the seals for front cam & crank shaft, idler pulleys w/bearings & intake spark plugs...all of which probably need attending to as I bought the truck in 2003 with 70K miles & haven't gotten into any of these repairs.

All parts will be Toyota with the exception of water pump/seals. I know this is an interference engine & if my timing belt blows there goes the engine...

Estimate was $1,500

I love my 4Runner & plan on keeping it. Thoughts?
I am a tech @ a Toyota dealership and also a fellow 2000 4runner owner and $1500 is about average for the work you have talked about. Im sure they were talking about replacing your Intake manifold gaskets as they must come off in order to replace your valve cover gaskets. Its a good rule of thumb to not re-use metal gaskets.

Also, just a clarification, the 3.4L engine in our 4runners is NOT an interference motor. So you dont necessarily have to worry about bending valves if anything happens with your T-belt.

As far as the seals go, they can be done in less than 10 min, unlike stated above. That includes both cam seals and the crank seal. But dont get me wrong, it is still an overall very labor intensive job.

At our dealership, labor times are as follow:

Timing belt 3.0
Water Pump 1.0
Seals 1.0
Valve Cover Gaskets 3.0
Spark Plugs 0.5 (if done while performing Valve Cover Gaskets)

but 1500 i would say is a fair price, unless you were local to me, i would do it as a side job for a lot cheaper than that :-)

hope this helps
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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wow i was a little late.... and also just read your location. I am an expert tech at Gettel Toyota in Bradenton on US 41 lol... small world. Let me know if you ever need anything. Im always open to help out a fellow 4runner owner
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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wow i was a little late.... and also just read your location. I am an expert tech at Gettel Toyota in Bradenton on US 41 lol... small world. Let me know if you ever need anything. Im always open to help out a fellow 4runner owner
Thank you anyhow...my 2000 4Runner came from your dealership back in 2003 with 70K miles as did my previous 2003, 2002 & 2001. The last three were all "sport editions" with hood scoop & sun roofs.

The only repair I haven't done is the cat converter due to the expense; my check engine light has been on since about 2005 or 2006 but last quote I got from dealership was about $3,500 to do the repair.

I'd always be interested in knowing if a 2002 comes through in a Sport Edition, preferably black or silver!!
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