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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,000 miles

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1998 Toyota 4Runner electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 032011

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that a small fire erupted under the hood after driving the vehicle for 100 miles. The contact saw smoke coming from under the hood and when the hood was opened, there were flames coming from the alternator. The fire damaged the wiring harness but was extinguished quickly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the alternator was replaced. The dealer advised that the fire was started by a defective voltage regulator to the alternator. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the failure was a maintenance issue. The failure mileage was 101,000 and the current mileage was 102,000. Updated 9/25/12 updated 10/04/2012 updated 10/16/12 the consumer stated the first dealer failed to the contact of pending altenator failure, after the consumer told the dealer both ABS and battery warning lights illuminated. Updated 10/18/2012

- Oxnard, CA, USA

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