Nick Branson

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About Nick Branson

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  • First Name
    Nicholas
  • Toyota Model
    Hilux Surf 4Runner
  • Toyota Year
    1998
  • Location
    Leicestershire
  1. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    The 4WD drive button on a small gear stick next to my Auto Gearbox Lever fails to illuminate a light on the dash when I engage it, but this use to work, Typical. Why would this fail ? I'm tired of chucking money at this car. please help
  2. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    Nearly two months later... My 4x4 garage has sorted the Surf ! They replaced a number of parts, Front & Rear Anti Roll Bushes, Steering Rack Bushes, New Rear Wheel bearings, 2 x New Wish Bones, Camber bolts. Having to CUT OFF the Wish Bones and Camber Bolts and replace with NEW allowed them to have the Wheel Alignment done. So the car drives straight but I'm not happy with the driving experience. It is no where near as comfortable as my Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 90. You feel every bump in the road, the cab roll is terrible over speed humps. Does the Suspension need replacing ?? My 4x4 garage replaced my Rear Wheel Bearings on the Surf too. The old ones needed to Pressed Out and New Bearings Pressed In. Then the car was sent for and MOT. At the weekend I wanted to take a look underneath and Grease all my new shiny parts to help Stop them Rusting from the Salt on our UK Roads. Annoyingly I found my Cigarette Lighter Power Outlet was no longer working. I cannot find a Fuse for this to check. Any idea how to fix this ? I find the Surf is very easy to spin the rear wheels. I don't like this. It's something the PRADO does not do as it's always in 4x4 motion. Thanks Nick from Leicester – England However, thinking back… The Front End Still Feels Loose over rough ground, The steering Column could still be part of the problem, in that a loose slip joint along in the steering column, (which is designed to collapse during a front end collision), develops a small amount of play over time.
  3. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    https://www.ttora.com/forum/2-early-...ay-rattle.html
  4. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    Oh dear, more problems... I had the Toyota Hilux Surf on a Hunter Alignment machine today (Saturday) at 8:30am and the Front Camber, Caster, and Toe are all out on the Front Wheels. Unfortunately I couldn't get it resolved due to the Caster / Camber Adjusters are Seized. I drove back disappointed. Geoff the mechanic will have to undo these.
  5. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    That is odd... Geoff today also advised I get the Toyota Surf's Wheel Alignment check done next too. That and replace the Rear Anti-Roll Bushes which I ordered today.
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    4x4 Shaking All Over

  7. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    I also heard a clunk from front left steering when parking yesterday (Monday) Moving the small gear lever out of 4x4 drive yesterday took some time to do. While in Park, I did hear noises and whining... But I eventually got it back into 2 wheel drive and the Steering was smoother / easier including full lock... I do also hear a vibration pulling away, but I've No idea what that noise is.... drive shaft ? Gearbox ?
  8. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    Hi Tony, I do hear a whine or vibration but I've No idea what that noise is....
  9. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    Thanks for the reply Tony. I also heard a clunk from front left steering when parking yesterday (Monday) Moving Car in and out of 4x4 drive I did hear noises and whinning... But I eventually got it back into 2 wheel drive and the Steering was smoother / easier including full lock...
  10. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    Hi Tony, I had left it in 4x4 mode due to the day before the rear wheels span in the rain. So, How can I check if the car has sustained Steering and transmission damage ? As mentioned previously I've only recently bought the Car. Regards, Nick
  11. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    Well this is bizarre ! Today while Taking Car out of 4x4 mode has allowed the steering at full lock to work easier ! ? I have a day off today (Monday) and took the Surf back to D&G 4x4. They were the good people who fitted the new Power Steering Rack Mounting Bush Kit and Drop Link Anti Roll Bar & Bushes for the Front which needed doing urgently. Today, I wanted them to look at more of the Forum's suggestions. IE the TIE ROD ENDS (inner and outer), UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS as these are very important, as another member pointed out, the lower ones just snap if worn. But Geoff is away from the Shop this week. What on Earth is going on with this TOYOTA !
  12. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    the problem is that a slip joint along the steering column, (which is designed to collapse during a front end collision), develops a small amount of play over time. Toyota has never done a recall for this issue, so it's probably safe to say that the slip joint won't actually come completely loose to the point that you cannot steer the truck. The upper steering assembly can be replaced completely, but many people who have done this report having the problem come back after some time.
  13. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    I think I have found the article to Weld the loose slip joint on the Steering. https://www.ttora.com/forum/2-early-...ay-rattle.html
  14. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    More Bad News from RoughTrax. We don’t list a steering box for your model, I see the link in the email states the video is of a 4Runner which is the earlier model to yours so I don’t think it will be of any use.
  15. Nick Branson

    4x4 Shaking All Over

    I wonder if this will FIX my Steering Problem ? Does my Car have this Steering Box ?