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 Bits and Pieces about Your Toyota 4Runner Engine.
 About Toyota 4Runner

Bits and Pieces about Your Toyota 4Runner Engine.

Did you know that the first 4Runners were built upon one of the original Toyota trucks? Basically Toyota took their little pickup with a 22R motor, and covered it with a full body SUV unibody with a removable fiberglass top. This looked similar to the Ford Bronco and GMC SUV' s, although quite a bit smaller. Along about 86, they added rear seats to all of the different models.

The original 22RE motor was a carbureted 2.4 L motor and then also with '85 changes fuel injection became an option, this motor is still a sought after, economical, powerful motor for light trucks and cars. It had a tendency to go well over 200,000 miles with regular care and maintenance and was powerful enough to use in trucks and SUVs, and also made fun little sports cars for a four-cylinder motor. The 22 RE engine also came later down the line as a turbocharged motor, you often saw it Toyota Celica's and Supra's, and the non-turbo version in Toyota Corolla's.

It wasn't long before the 4Runner had a larger engine as an option with a 3.0 L V-6 also known as the 3VZ-E. The 4Runner became more powerful with this motor and had to have a new transmission and transfer case to keep from having the motor destroy the running gears. Along about 1990, a 2.4 L four-cylinder engine became available as well as a diesel engine, a 3.0 L turbo diesel, along with this change came a complete phase out of the gear driven transfer case, and all Toyota 4Runner's were given the chain driven transfer cases.

By the late 90s, the reliable 22 RE motor had been phased out, although in many Toyotas today the 22RE motor is still running strong. Today's 4Runner engine comes with many different power options. With a 4.0 L V-6 and an option for 4.7 L V-8, allowing for different ranges of power and economy. These engine changes in the 4Runner made the Toyota 4Runner a long-lasting, versatile SUV. The Toyota 4Runner is still a popular midsize SUV, frequently sought after, whether it's a newer model or one of the original '84's.

The Toyota 4Runner has proven its reliability, versatility, and economical ability to stay a front-runner in the SUV market. As long as Toyota keep keeps up with the safety changes, engine changes, and maintains this SUV's, versatility and economical ability, along with the long-lasting engine reputation, the Toyota 4Runner will maintain its popularity in the American public's eye.

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Your Toyota 4Runner is a safe, economical SUV, but when it comes to winter driving with that 4x4 it's no different from anything else. Wintertime driving on icy and tractionless roads still requires the same safety features that you would use if you were driving a rear wheel or a front wheel drive vehicle.

Your 4x4 4Runner traction is better in compact snow than some other vehicles, but unless you've added weight to the 4Runner rear wheels, you can still slide easily on icy conditions, so add a little bit of weight to your rear wheels, such as sandbags, bricks or tires. There are many items you can purchase to do this neatly and cleanly in the back of your 4Runner.

Always engage your 4Runner four-wheel drive, before you hit bad traction areas. Remember to slow down, and give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going. After all, the idea is to get there with your 4Runner, without visiting our body parts page. When you allow enough time in winter driving conditions you're going to be more relaxed, more aware, and have a good chance of smoothly avoiding someone else, who is going to fast. Chances are you'll see that 4x4 in the ditch up the route, if they're traveling too fast for conditions.

Owning a 4Runner four-wheel drive does give you more traction in wintertime driving conditions, but if you don't slow down, you can still wind up in the ditch. Remember that if there is no traction for a 2 Wheel Drive vehicle. You're 4Runner four-wheel drive vehicle still has no traction, so slowdown, leave a little earlier and make sure you get to your destination.

Being safe with your 4Runner during wintertime driving, takes a little planning. You'll want to pack a few extra things to make sure that you not only maintain your traction, but also if you do get stuck, you'll be as comfortable as possible until help arrives. So be sure to pack your 4Runner chains, an extra blanket and water, a bit of food, a flashlight, and a good book. It will also help if you have your cell phone and don't forget your charger, these days, you can be tracked using your last cell phone connection. Use your cell phone sparingly; if you do become stuck, you never know how long you're going to be there. Stick to heavily trafficked roads; don't go off wandering by yourself without telling someone where you're going. Those backcountry roads can be inundated with snow and cover you and your 4Runner in no time at all, and if it's not traveled frequently, you probably won't see a snow plow.

Stay safe with your 4Runner in wintertime driving, pack sensibly, carry chains, a cell phone and charger, and maintain safe 4Runner driving habits. Remember to slow down; your four-wheel drive does not make you invincible, so you and your Toyota 4Runner can get to your destination safely with good planning.

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