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altbeltthumb.jpg Toyota Maintenance: Toyota 3.0L V6 Belt Replacement
Changing your drive belts is very easy. You should replace them every 75K miles or sooner. I picked up a set of Kelly brand belts for around $25 at AutoZone. There are a total of 3 belts.

Energy Suspension bushing kit Toyota Maintenance: Steering Rack - Bushing Replacement
The steering rack bushings on 1995.5 - 2004 Tacomas are made of rubber and tend to wear out rather quickly, leading to vague or loose steering response. Energy Suspension makes a polyurethane bushing kit which can be modified to fit these vehicles.

axles_out.jpg CV Axle Replacement on 3rd Generation 4Runners and Tacomas
It's almost inevitable that if an IFS rig is wheeled hard, either a CV boot will split open or the CV joint itself will grenade. Jeff Bathke offers a step-by-step guide with some helpful tips to replacing a CV axle in a 3rd Generation ('96 - '02) 4Runner and a '95.5 - '04 Tacoma.


new_oxygen_sensor.jpg Time to Replace the O2 Sensor on your 3rd Gen Toyota?
Is it time to replace the O2 Sensor on your 3rd generation Toyota with the 3.4L V-6 or 2.7L 4 cylinder engine? The trusty "Check Engine" light may not be the best guide to tell you when this is necessary. So how does one know when it's time to replace this rather expensive sensor?

tbr_06.jpg Toyota 3.4L V6 Timing Belt Replacement
The timing belt found in 1st generation Tacomas, 3rd generation 4Runners, and T-100 Pickups require periodic replacement. Belts on earlier models need to be replaced at 60,000 miles, and newer models at 90,000 miles. The purpose of this article is to point out the many steps that may be omitted in a routine belt change, and to show the use of an aftermarket service tool made by SnapOn and other companies. It loosely follows the format of the Factory Service Manual (FSM) in a step by step manner.

booster.jpg Land Cruiser Brake Booster Replacement
Brake problems can manifest themselves in a number of ways. Shoes or pads can wear out, leaks can develop in the master or slave cylinders, or the power booster on a power brake system could fail. In this case, the problem was the brake booster leaking vacuum on a 1997 Land Cruiser FZJ80. A replacement booster turned out to range in cost from very expensive at the dealer to non-available at the cheaper parts stores. We sourced a quality rebuild from the local NAPA store.

Toyota Hydraulic Clutch Maintenance
Is your clutch moaning, clicking or otherwise sounding unhealthy when you depress the pedal? If you have ruled out the clutch assembly itself, you likely need to replace the clutch master cylinder and / or the clutch slave cylinder. For a small investment in a remanufactured unit, new replacement unit or a rebuild kit, we’ll show you how easy it is to swap out the offending hydraulic assembly for better actuation of your clutch and assure longer life of the disk assembly.

Starter Contact Repair
The Toyota 4WD starters generally provide long service, with the most common problems arising from worn starter contacts. If your Toyota doesn't start right away or you hear the infamous solenoid "click" when turning the key, you can save a lot of money by replacing the contacts yourself rather than buying a complete, new starter.

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