In many types of vehicles, whether the parts they are equipped with are the best or not wouldn't really matter. After all, most vehicles would run well even if their parts are not the best. Not for pickup trucks, though. Made to perform on all sorts of terrain, even on the most rugged ones, pickup trucks must be equipped with parts that can outlast all sorts of road tortures. Designed to carry tons and tons of loads, they must be equipped with high performance power train and drive train parts. And intended to look good despite of all their heavy-duty functions, they must be equipped with body parts that makes them look very sporty and aggressive.
Not all pickup trucks, however, are equipped with parts that are really designed for the function of the vehicle. But not Toyota pickup trucks, like the Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra. Toyota pickup trucks are equipped with parts that were designed to function just the way they are expected to function. The engines of Toyota trucks, for example, outputs a large amount of powerdefinitely more than the amount needed for them to capably carry all the loads that may be hauled in their beds and bodies. Toyota trucks are also equipped with tough and rigid body parts that can outlast any form of road tortures. And if there is nothing wrong with your eyes, you can definitely see that Toyota pickup trucks are equipped with gorgeous body panels that make them look great despite their functionality.
But tough, durable, rigid, high quality, high performance and elegant they may be, Toyota pickup trucks may still get damaged or worn out. Because of their heavy duty functions and the kind of pathways on which they trail, they are subjected to a lot more damages compared to other types of vehicles. But this should not fully worry you, as there are a lot of high quality replacement Toyota pickup trucks in the market that you can make use of.
Aside from the various stock and replacement Toyota pickup parts, there are also Toyota pickup accessories available from various vendors or from your Toyota dealer. These accessories may further enhance the functionality of your Toyota pickup, or greatly improve how it looks.
I've been having power steering fluid leaks with my Toyota Pickup. Lately, I need to add fluid every couple days. The problem is still not solved even after washing and cleaning the pumps. Help!
The first thing to do is to check your Toyota Pickup's fluid level; if there's still liquid registering on the dipstick, try topping off the fluid. Monitor how much fluid is leaking and how quickly it leaks. Regular loss of fluid means you need to have your pickup inspected by a professional. On the other hand, if you check the fluid level and nothing registers on the dipstick, you need to contact a repair facility immediately.
One common cause of leaks is a bad power steering pump. You may need to replace yours and have a professional do it for you. Using the wrong fluid can also cause the power steering to leak. Consult your owner's manual to know what your truck manufacturer recommends.
I keep hearing a rattling noise in the engine of my Toyota Pickup. What could be causing this?
If your Toyota Pickup has already racked up enough miles, the timing chain components may start to wear and develop a rattling noise. This is caused by failing timing chain guides. When you neglect oil changes for a period of time, the oil becomes dirty and abrasive causing wears to the timing chain guides until they fall. The best thing that you can do to prevent this from happening is to inspect the timing chain and guides each time you're having your pickup's valve adjustment. There are DIY guides available online that you can follow in case you'd want to replace the timing chain components by yourself.
For the last year or so, my Toyota Pickup's starter has gone out multiple times. It would work fine at one time and will just completely go out the next. What should I do?
If you turn the ignition key of your Toyota Pickup and it doesn't crank over, the most common culprit will be the starter. After around 100,000 to 125,000 miles, the starter tends to fail. The problem could only be the solenoid contacts but most of the time, a complete starter replacement is necessary.
If you are in the middle of the road and you get stalled because of starter problems, you should check if the small wire on the solenoid is secured in place. A simple step of reinstalling the wire could solve your problem. If that does not work, try tapping the solenoid with a hammer or the handle of a screwdriver while someone turns the ignition key. You can also make a short jumper wire to power the solenoid coil. Just be sure not to touch wire ends to avoid any accident.
I thought I was having a starter issue on my Toyota Pickup until I opened the valve cover and discovered the horror that is sludged oil. What's causing this and what should I do?
Oil gelling or sludging has afflicted not just Toyota Pickup but other models as well. When oil additives are burned off and oxidation occurs, various pollutants congregate in the oil—this produces sludge and varnish. According to Toyota, the problem is not particular to Toyota but the brand appears to have been affected more than other brands. As a solution, they have extended warranties on affected engines and have also reminded owners not to delay between oil changes. Keep your oil change receipts and ask your dealers for details on reimbursement.
The Story of the Toyota Pickup
Before the Toyota Tacoma was born, there was the Toyota Pickup. In North America in 1976, the name Pickup was more favored than Hilux, which is the name of the series of compact pickup trucks. Its presence, however, was short lived. When the Tacoma was introduced in North America in 1995, the production of Pickup/Hilux was discontinued.
1968-1972: The first Pick-up
Toyota started manufacturing the Pickup in March 1968 as a truck with a short wheelbase and a 1.5 L engine. After three years, it upgraded to a more powerful 1.6 L inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine. In 1969, however, a long-wheelbase version was produced, but it was only available in North America in 1972. The Pickup was equipped with a four-speed manual transmission. Towards the end of this generation, the engine of the Pickup continued to upgrade: from 84 hp to 109 hp.
1972-1978: Changes and upgrades
Though there had been a delay in having the updated Pickup available in the North American market, a 2.3 m long bed came in April 1972. A month after, the 1973 model of the Pickup was introduced; it boasts of a cozier interior and some minute changes in its exterior. However, the great overhaul took place in 1975, where a larger 2.2L engine was introduced together with the SR5 upscale trim package. It was also in this gen when the five-speed manual transmission was an option. The name “Hilux” was completely replaced by “Truck.”
1978-1983: Simple and automatic
With a simpler body style, the four-wheel drive Pickup with a solid front axle and leaf suspension debuted in this gen. From the Hilux series, it was the first automobile with an automatic transmission. Toyota was also able to enter the SUV market in North America, the Pickup being the model for three new SUV models: Trekker, Wolverine, and Trailblazer.
1983-1988: The bigger Xtracab
A two-door or four-door Pickup with a two-row extended cab option called the Xtracab was made available in North America in 1983. With a larger cargo space, there were also engine upgrades for the Pickup. Fuel injected engines, from diesel to turbocharged ones, are also introduced to level with truck competitors.
1988-1998: Hilux ends production in the US
A longer wheelbase of up to 3,099 mm with the Xtracab combo made the Pickup bag the Truck of the Year award from a popular auto magazine. Modifications, such as a grille change and the new Toyota emblem, were visible in the 1991 model. However, this gen marked the end for the Hilux series in the United States. The Toyota Tacoma replaced it in 1995.
1997 to present: The new Pickup
The Pickup was redesigned together with the Tacoma for selling in other countries. The latest upgrade of this model was the Toyota Hilux Vigo “Champ”–a five-speed automatic transmission with 3L 171PS and additional center headrest on rear double cab seat sold in Thailand. Nevertheless, the Toyota Tacoma remains as the standard-bearer for the Toyota’s truck line.