Toyota FJ Cruiser Parts And Toyota FJ Cruiser Accessories
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The Toyota FJ Cruiser compact SUV debuted in January 2005 to much critical acclaim, but it was not without problems. Although lauded for its unique design and remarkable off-road performance, the FJ Cruiser has had several significant technical issues. Below are several common problems with the Toyota FJ Cruiser and how you should deal with them
One glaring problem with the Toyota FJ Cruiser is the significant blind spots on the side and the rear. The designers at Toyota put more priority on the FJ Cruiser\'s appearance-which closely resembled that of the classic Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser-but at the expense of blind spots that are not commonly found in other SUVs. This can make driving in reverse and parking particularly challenging. Toyota attempted to rectify this in 2009 by offering a rear backup camera as an add-on for that model year, but it has still left a substantial area of the vehicle out of sight.
If you have trouble maneuvering your FJ Cruiser due to its blind spots, you may want to consider investing in a rear camera for your vehicle. Using additional mirrors as well as wide angle ones can also help improve visibility a bit.
The 4WD configuration of the FJ Cruiser relies on two driveshafts -one in the back and another in the rear -to transfer the power from the engine to the wheels. These driveshafts are known to be fragile and can break down after around 100,000 miles or so. And once the driveshafts begin to fail, they can result in variety of problems ranging for clunking or squeaking noises when changing gears or accelerating to severe vibrations while driving.
If your FJ Cruiser has reached more than a hundred thousand miles or is exhibiting steering and transmission problems, we strongly suggest having the driveshaft inspected. Keep in mind that there is no effective means to repair a broken driveshaft, so the best option is to have the entire shaft replaced with a new one.
Many FJ Cruiser owners have also complained of the check engine light activating after around 60,000 miles, particularly in 2007 models and older. Known formally as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), the check engine light indicates the FJ Cruiser\'s engine computer has encountered an error. This error can be as mundane as a loose engine cap to a more serious problem like a broken catalytic converter.
Typically, once the engine light comes on, you should have it inspected in your local Toyota dealership. But if you are willing to do a bit of DIY, you can try using an OBD-II scanner. Available for rent or sale in many auto parts stores, the OBD-II scanner can be hooked up to the engine computer in order to obtain the specific trouble code. This trouble code can then be used to determine the exact cause as to why the engine light came on. Testing with an OBD-II scanner can potentially save you a lot of money in repairs, especially if the cause of the error is due to a minor issue that you can fix at home.