Hilux Surfing — FAQ

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Toyota Hilux Surf

Hilux Surf/4Runner Frequently Questions (FAQ)

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thinking of buying a Surf/4Runner, should I look out for or check?

to ask on the phone:

What engine it have? Is it Automatic or Manual What year model is it? it have ABS? Is it constant 4wd or selectable? Are there any panel or mechanical/electrical issues? Is it an import or a UK What colour is the interior and factory/aftermarket options are fitted? it have a radio or CD? Has it ever in an accident? Were you the original and does it have logbooks and history? How much life is in the tyres? How long has it been on the Home much MOT and tax is remaining? is the current mileage (and is Miles or Kilometres)? What is it? What condition is the paint in? Is any rust? Does it have an

Things to check at a test

Full steering lock and for clunk (steering stops). all 4WD transmission operations. Check for engine. Check for rattly Check service record for including recorded mileage at service. Check that the VIN Identification Number) recorded on one of the Car Inspection Report is identical to the recorded on the registration document Check MOT certificate. Check next cam-belt change is Check if airbag and seat-belt (if fitted) are due for specialist checking or

Check that the cooling fan is working OK — i.e. the cooling fan comes on automatically hot. Check radio not snapped off. Check rubbers for splitting and hardening. spare wheel, tyre and If applicable, check if key for locking nuts is present. Lift up door = 185 (post ’95). down = 130 (pre ’95). rradiator for stains or leaks. rear springs for butt sag hight = center of wheels to arches should be about 22 Check all electrics especially the back window Check dash light. Check window inc heating element. for window rattles and operation. for leaks in sunroof Check of driveshaft boots — holed? Check all switchgear. brake discs for scoring and Check for any oil leaks. Check chrome bumpers for rust almost certainly will be Check bodywork for corrosion, and scratches. Operation and fit/alignment of Operation of sunroof. Operation of all including child locks in the doors. Operation of heating/air-conditioning and heated glasses. Operation of seat-belts/damage to seat-belts. Operation of all lifts. Operation of in-car computer/navigation systems. Ensure of radio code are passed on to Operation of seat adjusters. All for cracks/damage/milkyness (de-lamination). All lights, interior lights, for operation and Check carpets and interior for Operation of screen wipers and including intermittent function.

to do after purchase:

Change all fluids to UK suitable especially coolant fluid, is very important. Renew Change timing belt known as cam-belt). Replace coils if vehicle is sagging height seems to be 22 from center to wheel arch). treatments (Redex etc.).

are the various model spec and which are the higher spec? the top model down: SSR-G SSR-V SSR Ltd. SSR


should I use the different H2/H4/L4 H2: Use for normal driving on dry hard roads, this position greater economy, quietest and least wear.

H4: Use this for driving on wet, icy or snow roads. This position greater traction than drive.

L4: Use this for maximum and traction. Use L4 for climbing or descendingsteep offroad driving and hard in mud sand or deep snow.

The 4-wheel drive modes not be used on hard/dry surfaces, when manouvering or turning damage could result here ).

How do I operate the different Transmission options? To shift H2 to H4, reduce your speed to than 80kmh/50mph and (for UK move the front drive lever or (for other press the 4WD button. No need to the clutch. If you have trouble in cold weather, reduce speed or stop the vehicle and The 4WD indicator light may not come on if you shift into H4 if the vehicle is when you start to move the will turn it on.

To shift H4 to H2, simply (for UK models) the front drive contol or (for other models) the 4WD button. The vehicle may be moving at any No need to depress the clutch.

To shift from H4 to L4, stop the or reduce speed to less 8kmh/5mph. With your off the accelorator pedal, depress the pedal and move the front control lever.

To shift L4 to H4, depress the clutch pedal and the front drive control The vehicle may be moving at any speed.

Never move the front lever if the wheels are slipping. the slipping or spinning before

How do I operate the different Automatic options? To shift from H2 to H4, the front lever with the release button depressed. The light may not come on even if you into H4 if the vehicle is stopped, out the vehicle will turn it on. If the is moving depress or release the pedal slightly.

To shift H4 to H2, simply move the front contol lever with the release button depressed. The may be moving at any speed. If you shift conering, you may feel a slight This is not abnormal.

To shift H4 to L4, reduce your speed to than 30kph/18mpg and move the drive control lever the lock release button

To shift from L4 to H4, simply the front drive control The vehicle may be moving at any speed.

Never move the front lever if the wheels are slipping. the slipping or spinning before

What is the red button on the automatic panel? This allows you to the gear shift out of park the engine is not running.

What is the button on the automatic transmission? the overdrive off the transmission will not use the gear. This is useful for and keeping up your speed up on

What is the ECT button on the automatic panel? The ECT button stands for Controlled Transmission and it changes the change points. It will let the rev higher before changing to the highest gear. This is for faster acceleration and climbing hills.

My trip counter and seem to be counting up too fast why? If you have an imported then your counters be displaying Kilometers (1 mile = Kilometers).

My timing belt light (T-BELT) is on — does it mean and what do I do? The light comes on at 100,000km to indicate that the timing (also called a cam belt) to be renewed.

Once the timing has been changed the warning (on some models) can be reset by the small rubber bung on the dash panel by the speedo and a small screwdriver or pencil and the tiny reset switch (see here for picture ).

Toyota Hilux Surf

is the Hard suspension button? stiffens the rear suspension can be useful if you are carrying or towing a load.

What is the Idle Up Some surfs have button and it increases the engine speed (tickover) but only the heater blower is on. The idea that it can be used to warm the up quicker in cold conditions.

What is the knob below the that looks a bit like a lever? It’s a hand-throttle to control the revs (similar to the Up button — see above) can be useful for warming the vehicle up in cold conditions or if you have a take-off or winch attached to vehicle that needs revs while in use.

is the interior fuse box located? a panel in the side of the drivers nearest the door.

What are the two loops in the passenger footwell? are to hold an emergency flare as by Japanese law (kind of an alternative to a triangle).

I have a large light/air-conditioning unit mounted in the of the roof. Whats that all This is the SE Asian market climate control type of unit. This aircon is a lot powerful than the standard

I have an alarm that on when I reach a certain What is it and how do I stop it? This is a warning alarm that is to Middle East models. If you to disable it, the alarm is located the dashboard clocks.


size is the rear number on an import vehicle? Second Surf (1990 — 370mm x 175mm

(other may be the same but not confirmed at this

What size wheels/tyres can I For narrow-body Surfs without the wheel arches without any modifications: 7 wide wheels, width tyres and overall of 31.

For wide-bodied surfs without any modifications: 8 wide wheels, width tyres overall of 31.

Larger diameter wheels/tyres require suspension/body lifts.

Why can’t I use 4×4 mode all the or on the roads? There’s drive to axles and the front and rear have different turning On hard/dry surfaces like there’s no give on the road so you’ll end up with windup on the which can destroy it.

Permanent 4WD like Range Rovers a differential in the transfer case to it to slip as you turn in circles. The is not intended as a permanent 4WD vehicle.

Where are they built? All are built at the Tahara Plant in Japan.

What does mean? Combine 4-wheel and off-road Runner, and you have

What does Hilux Aparrently it means High although the name was first to the Hilux pickup — I own one of and I find it hard to believe the Luxury could ever been used to descibe it. -)

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