Toyota Tacoma

Named after Tacoma City, Washington, USA, the Tacoma is a pickup truck manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation from 1995 to the present. This vehicle is available in 4-door crew cab and 2-door regular cab body styles.

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What does Toyota TRO mean?

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Do you maybe mean TRD? if so, if is the in-house tuning company for toyota. it stands for "Toyota Racing Development" it is to Toyota, what SVT is to Ford, NISMO is to Nissan, and RALLIART is to Mitsubishi.

Truck door will not unlock all the way orr open how do i get it to open?

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If your truck door is stuck and will not unlock or open fully, here are some steps you can try to troubleshoot and potentially resolve the issue:

Check the Locking Mechanism: Ensure that the door is not stuck in the locked position. Attempt to unlock the door using the key fob or the key itself, depending on your vehicle. If it's an electronic lock, make sure the battery in the key fob is not dead.

Manually Unlock the Door: If the electronic locking system is not working, try manually unlocking the door with the key. Insert the key into the door lock and turn it in the appropriate direction to unlock it.

Examine the Door Handle: Inspect the door handle to ensure it's not damaged or loose. If it's damaged, it may need to be replaced. If it's loose, tighten any screws or bolts that secure it to the door.

Check for Obstructions: Look for any obstructions that might be preventing the door from opening. This could include debris, ice, or snow that has accumulated around the door frame. Clear any obstructions you find.

Lubricate the Lock and Hinges: Apply a lubricant (such as WD-40) to the door lock and hinges. This can help if the door is sticking due to rust or lack of lubrication.

Try Gentle Force: If the door is only partially open, gently apply some pressure to it while trying to open it. Be careful not to use excessive force, as you don't want to damage the door or its components.

Professional Help: If the door remains stuck, it may be a mechanical or electrical issue within the door itself. In this case, it's best to consult a professional mechanic or a dealership to diagnose and repair the problem.

Emergency Release Cable: Some trucks have an emergency release cable inside the door panel. If the door is completely stuck, you may need to access the cable to release the door. Refer to your vehicle's manual for guidance on locating and using this cable.

Always exercise caution when attempting to fix a stuck truck door, and do not force it open if it feels like it's resisting too much. It's best to seek professional assistance if you're unsure how to proceed or if the problem persists.

How do you remove brake rotors from a 2001 Kia Optima?

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First buy a Haynes or chiltons manual for your year model.This is a good reference to show illustrations of the components.I cannot keep this short with the general work to be done.I suggest loosening the lug nuts prior to jacking the car up.Next raise the car on one side.Then place a jack stand or concrete block to place under the car in a secure location.Once up and secure remove the wheel.Your rear disc brakes have what are called SET screws to secure the rotors to the hub.I recommend lubricating these with some liquid wrench and let sit briefly.These can be super tight and can strip out the head of the screw.I have had to heat these and even drill out and use a chisel to break free.At this point you will remove the slide pin bolts on the caliper 1 is on top and 1 is on the bottom.These should be a 12mm socket.Once the caliper is removed lay it to the side supported on the suspension OR use a bungee cord to keep the Brake line supported or from binding.Now your ready to remove the two(on the size it is either a 16 or 17 mm)socket bolts for the actual holding bracket.Once removed you can tap the rotor with a hammer left to right to break it free if stuck(this is normal).Reinstall install new rotor,I suggest using some permatex anti seize on the 2 Phillips head scews and install and tighten by hand.Next install the holding bracket and tighten the bolts and torque to 41 ft lbs with a torque wrench.Now your ready to do the actual caliper.You have two things to do.Make sure the rubber boots on the caliper are not torn or leaking grease as these may need to be replaced.Also Secondary you need to buy some permatex caliper grease for the slide pins.Coat lightly (VERY LIGHT) and reinstall in the caliper.Next is you have to have a caliper piston tool with a + sign (napa sells these for $12.00) and use's a 3/8 socket entension to go into it.You have to turn the piston clockwise to rotate the piston in until it is FLUSH.Then you can install the caliper over your New brake pad's as they are thicker and the piston has less distance to push the pads.Install the caliper and install the upper/lower slide pin bolts and torque to 17 ft lbs .Once the brake caliper is installed,install the wheel and tighten lug nuts to firm.Jack car up and lower to the point where the wheel touches ground but not completely lowered (so the wheel will not roll) .Then you want to use a torque wrench and torque the lugs to 85 ft lbs (technically Honda says 79) but I use 85 for my spouses 04 accord.I know my version seems complicated but,to do this correctly take's time a a good general mechanical know how.I just yesterday replaced a rear caliper,and both sides rotors,pads,grease slide pins and bleed the brake system in two hours.Cake for me reason I said buy a manual as this walks thru the steps 1-10 for example.I know I wrote a lot but this is as simple as I could make replacing rotors,as if your doing new rotors new pads and adjacent parts may need to be serviced and replaced in addition to the general work.

How do you turn off the airbag light in a 2001 Saturn?

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take it to the nearest Saturn or GM dealer to have it looked at

the only thing you can do is take it to the dealer. There are to many things that could be going on with the system and you do not want to fool with it.

How do you replace an antenna on a 1999 Montero sport v6?

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remove the black plastic liner in your front passenger side wheel-well...this can be done with the removal of a few screws or rivets..... The power antenna motor and assembly will then be easily accessed. Remove the old one (not much to it) and replace, sites such as Ebay offer new ones for under $40 dollars.

How do you change clock on 1997 Tacoma?

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If the clock is dead it is likely 1 of 2 culprits; the fuse or the clock itself. If it is not a fuse (check the 15A cig fuse near the left side of the steering wheel) it is generally a problem with the clock itself. Typically bad internal connections I offer a repair service; please check my bio page for the website and details. I have directions on how to remove the clock etc as well. Drop me a note if you have any problems, thanks!

How do you replace a dimmer and headlight switch on a 1994 Toyota pickup?

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1.Disconnect the negative cable at the battery. 2.On 1997 and later models remove the knee blocker. 3.Pull the headlight switch out to the on position. 4.Reach up under the dash panel, push the retainer button , then pull the control shaft out of the switch. the retainer button is on top of the switch component underneath the dash. Unplug the electrical connector unscrew the ferrule nut and remove the switch from the instrument panel. To install the switch, plug in the electrical connector, place the switch in position and install the ferrule nut. Insert the shaft into the switch until it is seated. I got this from the (Haynes manual chap 12-7.)

How much would it cost to replace a timing chain on a 1996 Toyota Tacoma?

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As for cost, Its a flag time of appx. 12 hours X labor rate plus I payed $252. for the kit & did it myself ( TAKE IT APART FROM THE BOTTOM(oil pan), the head removal way is Just another BIG cost(gasket set, NEW HEAD BOLTS,NEW HEAD BOLTS , ECT...extra 300-400 $$$$$)

P.S. IT S NOT TO FUN!!!!!!

GOD LUCK!!!!!!!

How do I install Radio in Toyota Tacoma?

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yes, if going with a single din radio, you will have to buy a kit to fill in the gap.

How do you remove the factory radio from a 2003 Infinity G35 Sedan?

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I just bought a 1994 q45 and I asked the same thing. i was told that you must remove the total paneling from the front of the radio by using a butter knife or flat object to lift the panel off of the middle console around the drive stick. then you must take out the screws so that you can remove the panel from around the radio. At thi spoint you can know take out the radio.

How do you remove the factory radio from a Toyota Tacoma?

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- follow steps 1-4 - once you get the black trim plate off, the stock radio is held in place by 4 nut/screws. - remove the nut/screws - pull the stock radio out - disconnect the harness - disconnect the antenna - disconnect any auxiliary input devices (i.e. CD changer) if you have them

- when you go to put your new deck in, just follow these steps in reverse


On a '01 Pontiac Grand Prix GT why would the ignition not turn all the way off so you can't take the key out?

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There is a solenoid & plunger next to the ignition switch inside the steering column that stops functioning. The plunger must be retracted in order for the switch to turn all the way so the key can be removed. I manually inserted the plunger and took out the key.

This part failed in my 2001 Grand Prix GT as well about a year ago. My local mechanic explained the part and what it does to me and recommended to just remove it and not reinstall a new one.

As it was explained to me, this interlock makes sure that the car is in PARK before allowing key removal. Note that without it, the ingnition can be switched off and the key can be removed while the car is moving (a dirty trick, which will lock the steering wheel). Also, without it, you might accidentally shut the car off and remove the key while parking without actually putting it in PARK.

Probably a nice interlock to have.

OR - You have the vehicle in gear. Shift to park and remove.

I thought the solenoid/plunger was the problem with our 01 Grand Prix GT as well (couldn't remove key and the steering wheel didn't lock) but the GM service shop told me the problem was the solenoid(?) at the base of the shift lever on the center console. Required replacement of the entire shift lever assembly as can't replace the solenoid part only. Total bill was $821.67 parts & labor. Bit of a shocker! Am wondering if I was taken!?

Let me put my 2 cents in, I have been dealing with the same problem for about 2 years. My work around is to tilt the sterring wheel up and reach under the column and press up on the solenoid while I turn the key out of the lock. A lot cheaoer than a repair.


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I just had to deal with a somewhat similar situation. I have an '03 GTP, coming home from work when I would go to use my directional the engine would shut down, every freaking light on the dash would begin to flash like a bad Las Vegas sign. The key wouldn't come out as well.

I got the car home and started checking the harnes for breaks. Everything was fine, good continuity on all the wires (combination switch, ignition switch, series II and leads to keyed tumbler). After doing some reading and talking with a fantastic non-GM mechanic I replaced the ignition switch itself.

Everything previously mentioned goes through the ignition switch and reports to the security system and, as far as my experience goes, grabs your key and holds it. Also, the book says you don't have to have power on to reset the ignition tumblers - BALOGNEY! If the battery isn't connected, the ignition won't cycle properly allowing the tumblers to seat correctly and the plunger to release your key! $94.00 cost for the new ignition switch purchased at an aftermarket parts shop. :)

How do you change an oil pan on a 1998 Toyota Tacoma with the 2.7?

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Take out the bolts and replace it. You may need to raise the motor to get enough clearence, may have to drop it down a bit and remove the pickup tube to get it out.

How to replace speakers in 2008 Toyota Tacoma?

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If the 6x9 speakers are behind the back seat take the covers out look for screws,if you don't see any open the trunk and you should be able to do it from there.

Try to use Toyota speaker adapter plugs so you don't need to cut wires and mess the electric system up. You can get them from Ebay or Amazon.

How often should you change spark plugs on a 2000 silverado?

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With the new fuel injected engine and improved ignition systems you should be able to go 100,000 before tune-up

How do you change out a stock stereo in a 2003 Toyota Tacoma?

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First you must remove the climate control knobs, then unsnap the cover panel with a screwdriver. Remove the two screw behind the panel and from behind the drink holder. Unsnap the plastic frame from the radio and lift it up to remove. Then remove 4 more screws fro the radio and it will slide out.

How do you replace the timing belt on a '97 Toyota Tacoma?

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Labor Times - hrs

Remove & Install:

Contour/Mystique 3.40

Cougar/Escort 2.70

Special Tools

Camshaft alignment tool - No. 303-465 (T94P6256CH).

Crankshaft timing pin - No. 303-574 (T97P6000A).

Remove spark plugs to ease turing engine.

Turn crankshaft in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).

Do NOT turn crankshaft via camshaft or other sprockets.

Observe all tightening torques.


1. Raise and support the front of vehicle.

2. Remove:

Right hand front wheel.

Engine lower splash guard - if fitted.

Right hand inner fender lower splash guard.

Accesory drive belt.

NOTE: If the accesory belt is to be re-used,

mark the direction of rptation on belt with chalk.

Water pump pulley.

Acessory drive belt tensioner.

Speical Precautions:

Disconnect battery ground cable.

Do NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft with timing belt removed.

3. Loosen the crank shaft pulley bolt 1.

4. Turn crankshaft clockwise until No.1 cylinder at TDC of compression stroke with notch and pointer aligned 2.

5. Remove:

Crankshaft pulley bolt 1.

Crankshaft pulley 3.

NOTE: DO NOT turn the crankshaft when removing the crankshaft pulley.

Timing belt lower cover 4.

6. Loosen bolts of left hand and right hand engine mounts to allow engine to move slightly.

7. Lower vehicle.

8. Move the coolant expansion tank aside (leave hoses connected).

9. Disconnect cruise control cable.

10. Support the engine using a jack.

11. Remove:

Front engine mount.

PAS pipe bracket.

Upper timing belt cover 5.

Front engine mount bracket 6.

12. Disconnect accelerator cable and cruise conrol cables from cylinder head cover.

13. Remove:

Spark plugs cover.

Spark plug wires.

Cylinder head cover.

14. Install camshaft alignment tool No.303-465 (T94P6256CH) into slots at rear of camshafts 7.

15. Loosen the tensioner retaining bolt 8.

16. Using suitable Allen wrench, turn the tensioner clockwise to release tension from belt 9.

17.Undo the tenisoner retaining bolt four turns 8.

18. Unhook the tensioner bracket from the metal clip 10.

19. Remove plug from exhaust camshaft sprocket 11.

20. Using a wrench on hexagon to hold camshafts 12, loosen camshaft sprocket retaining bolts 13 & 14.

Attention To Removal Step #20 is critical to proper installation!

21. Remove and discard timing belt.

NOTE: DO NOT reinstall used belt. Timing belt must always be renewed once it had been loosened or removed.

IMPORTANT: To maximize Timing Belt System is recommended that Timing Belt Tenionser(s) and Idler(s) be replaced at the same time as Timing Belts!


NOTE: The lower guide pulley may not be fitted to some models a after 06/1999.

1. Ensure camshaft alignment tool installed correctly 7.

NOTE: Valves for No.4 cylinder should be on 'overlap' (camshaft lobes facing inward).

2. Temporarily install crankshaft pulley 3.

3. Check that the notch and pointer are alligned 2.

4. Remove plug from cylinder block 15 and install crankshaft timing pin 16

No.303-574 (T97P6000A).

5. Adjust position of crankshaft until it rest against timing pin.

NOTE: No.1 cylinder must be at TDC of compression stroke and timing marks aligned 2.

6. Remove crankshaft pulley.

NOTE: Under normal circumstances, the variable valve timing system will not return to its original base position. Ensure adjustable exhaust camshaft sprocket is reset as follows:

Ensure camshaft alignment tool installed 7.

Lightly tighten the camshaft sprocket bolt 14, to prevent sprocket hub turning on camshaft.

Turn the exhaust camshaft sprocket by hand fully counterclockwise.

Loosen the camshaft sprocket bolt 14.

Ensure the sprocket moves freely on the camshaft.

Turn sprocket until hole and largelug of sprocket hub at top.

7. Type A:

Ensure the tensioner bracket is unhooked from metal clip 10 and is at the 4 o'clock position 17.

Align 6mm Allen wrench hole 18 with the 'U' shaped notch in the pointer 19.

8. Type B:

Ensure the tensioner bracket is unhooked from metal clip 10.

9. Install the new timing belt in a counterclockwise direction starting at the crankshaft sprocket, ensure timing belt taut between sprocets on non-tensioned side.

10. Ensure crankshaft remains resting against timing pin 16 during the tensioning procedure.

11. Type A:

Hook the tensioner bracket 17 into the metal clip 10.

Position the 6mm Allen wrench hole 18 at the 4 o'clock position. Finger tighten the tensioner bolt 8.

Turn the tensioner counterclockwise 20 until 'U' shaped notch in the pointer 19 aligned with mark on bracket 17.

Hold the tensioner pulley in position.

12 Type B:

Hook the tensioner bracket into the metal clip 10 and finger tighten the tensioner bolt 8.

Turn the tensioner counterclockwise 21 until the tip of the pointer 22 aligned with the mark 23.

Hold the tensioner pulley in position.

13. Torque the tensioner bolt 8 to 18.5 ft. lbs.

14. Remove Allen wrench.

15. Use a wrench on the hexagon of each camshaft to prevent camshafts from turing 12.

16. Torque the intake sprocket retaining bolt 13 to 50 ft. lbs. and exhaust sprocket retaining bolt 14 to 44 ft. lbs.

17. Remove the crankshaft timing pin 16 and camshaft alignment tool 7.

18. Hold exhaust camshaft using wrench on hexagon 12.

19. Torque the exhuast sprocket retaining bolt 14 to 89 ft. lbs.

20. Turn crankshaft slowly almost two turns clockwise.

21. Install crankshaft timing pin 16.

22. Turn crankshaft clockwise until it rests against timing pin.

23. Check that camshaft alignment tool fits smoothly into both camshaft

slots 7.

24. If not, repeat installation and tensioning procedure.

25. Remove timing pin and camshaft alignment tool.

26. Install a new plug into exhaust camshaft sprocket 11 and torque to 27 ft. lbs.

27. Install plug 15 and torque to 18.5 ft. lbs.

28. Install components in reverse of removal.

29. Torque the crankshaft pulley bolt 1 to 85 ft. lbs.

NOTE: If re-using the old accessory drive belt, observe direction of rotation markings.

ATTENTION: Installation steps #6 and #16 through

#24 are critical to proper installion!!

How often do you need to change your clow plugs in a diesel engine?

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The best answer is to follow the recommendations for maintenance in your particular car's owner's manual. A rule of thumb is every 30,000 miles for standard plugs and 60,000 for platinum or other precious metal plugs.

Don't forget the ignition system's secondary wiring. Worn plugs and damaged wires can cause ignition coils and other ignition components to fail prematurely.

How do i turn off the airbag light on a 1998 Acura CL 3.0?

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In general, you turn off an air bag light by fixing the problem that it is warning you about. The air bags are there to protect you in an accident. If they are not working, you need to fix them. Consult a trained and qualified mechanic. If this is a case where there is a passenger side air bag disable switch, there may be a key on the dash that you need to turn. It may be possible that the passenger side seat weight sensor is bad.

Where is the flasher for a 1996 Chevy c1500?

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Look in or around the fuse panel --left side of steering column

How to tell if head gasket blown?

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It really depends on how bad the problem is. If the problem is a small leak in the head gasket or head, then the engine will start and may even run ok for a little bit before it starts overheating. If the leak is bad enough a good deal of antifreeze might be inside the engine and starting it could result in severe damage (this is called hydrolock), and you will likely need another engine if this happens. No matter if you can start it or not, it is strongly recommended that you minimize any driving in it and get it fixed as soon as possible.

How to change the radio in a 2002 Toyota Tacoma?

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You have to remove the front right tire, and go up through the inside of the fender. A lot of work just to remove an antenna! I just did this on my 1999 Montero Sport. Once you remove the back of the fender, you just remove a few nuts from the antenna mount, unplug the power supply, unplug the antenna from the radio and pull the antenna cable out. You can save some time with a short screw driver and don't remove the tire, just the bottom of the fender (and flares). For mounting purposes is best if you use the original part. Before you remove the cable from the inside (if the antenna is not good) cut the cable and use it to pull the new antenna's one. Trust me the hardest part is getting that cable in. Need lots of patience and about 2 hours.. Check out this site for step by step instructions....with replace your electric antenna.....

Where is the coolant temperature sensor located on a 2006 Toyota Tacoma?

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The 2006 Toyota coolant temperature sensor is located on the front of the engine. The coolant temperature sensor will be a few inches above the thermostat housing.

Does a 2004 tundra have a cabin air filter?

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There is no cabin filter in a 2004 Tundra. Most Toyotas have them but not this particular year Tundra.