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Hello,

I am a landcruiser guy at heart, I love em. But, for my daily driver I just picked up a 96 V6 Tacoma.

I love it to death, a great rig (not as great as my FJ's!!! LOL)

However, here are my concerns:

1. I have a sound coming from what sounds like under the steering wheel that sounds like the ace of spades in bicycle spokes. A high speed click noise. It is speed dependant, but VERY annoying.

2. It takes FOREVER to fill up with gas. It has a 3" body lift on it which I am guessing is the culprit, but if I put the gas gun in, and pull the trigger with 10 seconds it gurgles up the throat and click-stops the filler.
So, I have to sit there and HOLD it every so slightly and fill it up. Takes anywhere between 20-25 min to fill up. I looked under there, and didnt see anything pinched or obvious, but man, what a pain!

Thanks for any insight!

ragman
 

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Look for a vent hose attatched to the filler neck..Make sure it's not pinched or shut off for any reason..That would explain the fill up issue..
 

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check that filler tube again, the backyard mechanic that installed the body lift may not have seated it properly. another option is to remove the extension, cut out a larger area where the filler tube meets the gas door and use the stock length. I did mine like that and I never have any probs. Check you CV boots for the noise, inner and outer, and look to see if the disk brake dust shield is comming into contact with the rotor.

Good luck
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Any chance the 'card-in-spokes' sound is coming from low / behind the dash, and is your speedo cable chattering? 96's still had mechanical speedos (I think...)... Speedo cable chatter can be intermittent / speed-specific...
 

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yeah, the noise is definately internal, and a light noise. As far as speedo cable, I think that's it.

Is this a wd-40/grease fix, or a new speedo cable?

Thanks,

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The best thing for the cable is a graphite lube..If you have a bicycle shop around you can pick up some cable lube from them..
 

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Ragman said:
yeah, the noise is definately internal, and a light noise. As far as speedo cable, I think that's it.

Is this a wd-40/grease fix, or a new speedo cable?

Thanks,

ragman
New cable time, I tried graphite, I tried hoseing it down with WD40, I tried light machine oil. Nothing would stop it. I finally fixed the noise when I replaced the entire cable after it broke at the t-case. No noise since!
 

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Sounds like a speedo cable to me too. I've replaced a few on toyota trucks. I've put a few of them in my fj40. Funny thing is, they never make any noise, the speedo just stops moving. I find the gas thing funny, I have to be careful how I insert the pump into my FJ40 or it does what you are describing on your tacoma. Probably is the body lift, check the tubes going to the tank.
 

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As far as your fueling problem goes; if you don't find anything pinched from the body lift install, take a look at the purge valve on the canister assembly, it probably is causing the problem. They had a few of those go bad on those year models; I think you have to order the whole canister to get the purge valve.
 

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My guess would be speedo also. There is a tools that will grease cables, it operates on pressure and seals around the outer shield. I dont know the price of this tool, but guessing it will be more than cable. With motorcycle cables I have always hung them up and dribbled lube down the tube. This can be made easier by duct taping a small funnel to outter shield and filling with oil and hanging.
 
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