Toyota 4Runner Fluid Specs

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For more than 20 years, the Toyota 4Runner has been a common sight on America's highways. As with other motor vehicles, the 4Runner requires a variety of fluids to keep it running properly. Fluids include those for the windshield washer, manual transmission, automatic transmission, engine crankcase, cooling system, transfer case, power steering, brakes and of course, the fuel tank.

  1. Fuel Tank

    • The engine of the Toyota 4Runner is designed to run on unleaded gasoline with a minimum octane rating of 87, though the Toyota owner's manual does not discourage the use of higher-octane fuels. The fuel tank capacity of the 4Runner is 18.5 gallons.

    Brake Fluid

    • The 4Runner's brake fluid reservoir is located under the hood. The level should always be maintained between the "MIN" and "MAX" level lines stamped onto the side of the unit. Toyota recommends using DOT (Department of Transportation) type 3 brake fluid.

    Power Steering Fluid

    • The 4Runner's power steering dipstick is also located under the hood of the vehicle. Toyota recommends using only Dexron II or III rated power steering fluid in the vehicle.

    Windshield Washer Fluid

    • Toyota suggests that in warmer climates, ordinary tap water may be used in the windshield washer fluid reservoir. However, the company also suggests that in areas where temperatures drop below freezing, that the owner use a commercially available windshield washer fluid containing some type of anti-freeze.

    Engine Oil

    • The 4Runner's crankcase and filter require slightly less than 6 quarts of motor oil to fill the engine to the proper level. The company recommends 5W-30 weight oil, but suggests that in warmer climates 10W-30 weight is an acceptable substitute.

    Cooling System

    • A 4Runner equipped with a rear seat heater will require approximately 11 quarts of coolant. Toyota recommends using Toyota brand "Long Life" coolant, but also suggests that any ethylene-glycol based coolant is acceptable. 4Runners lacking the rear seat heater require approximately one less quart of coolant, but with the same formulation.

    Transmission Fluid

    • The fluid capacity of a 4Runner equipped with a manual transmission is slightly less than 3 quarts. Toyota recommends using 75W-90 weight gear oil. If a 4Runner is equipped with an automatic transmission, the fluid capacity is approximately 2 quarts. Toyota recommends using Dexron III or II rated transmission fluid.

    4-Wheel Drive Transfer Case

    • The fluid capacity of the 4Runner's transfer case is approximately 1.5 quarts. As with the manual transmission, Toyota recommends using a gear oil with an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) rating of 75W-90.

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  • "Toyota 4Runner 2000 Owner's Manual"; Toyota Motor Corporation; 1999; Pages 240, 241, 251 and 261 - 263


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