Fix or Maintain Your Toyota with YotaTech‘s ‘How-to’ Section

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Toyota How-Tos


Whether you have a 4Runner, Tacoma or Tundra, any technical problem can be fixed with a detailed write-up.

YotaTech is, without question, the greatest resource on the internet for solving problems with the Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra, as well as all of the other similar trucks and SUVs from the company’s past. The only problem is that with these nearly endless volumes of technical information, it can sometimes be hard to find the answer to your question.

Fortunately, the new How-Tos section organizes a tremendous amount of information by vehicle and category, so if you are looking to perform some repairs on your Toyota truck or SUV at home, the odds are good that the How-Tos section contains a write-up on your problem. Best of all, these write-ups aren’t just for experienced, seasoned mechanics, so even the most novice mechanic can find the help to save a few dollars in repair bills.

Also, since this is a section of generation How-Tos and not just technical information on repairs, you will even find basic information like how to properly lift your Toyota with a jack, how to clean scuffed headlight lenses, how to get the smoke smell of the cabin and much, much more.

Toyota How-Tos

Toyota How-Tos

Using the How-Tos section is much simpler than searching for a solution to your problem in the forum, but it is important to keep in mind that the best way to tap into the knowledge base of the members is to post a question in the appropriate forum. However, if you know what you are looking for, the How-Tos section is a great place to begin your research.

The How-Tos section begins with four options, one for the 1984 through 1995 4Runner, one for the 1996 through 2002 4Runner, one for the 1996 to current Tacoma and one for the 2000 to current Tundra. It should be noted that in many cases, the information write-ups apply to more than one model, so if you don’t have one of the vehicles listed above, picking the model that is closest to yours will often get you headed in the right direction.

Toyota How-Tos

Once you pick the proper vehicle section, you are taken to a list of 13 different categories including a General Overview, Brakes, Cleaning and Detailing, Powertrain, Exterior, Interior, Lighting, Steering and Suspension, Off-Roading and more. Once you select the category that applies to your problem, you are either greeted with a list of write-ups that apply to your problem, or in the case of Powertrain, you get to pick from four more categories.

Basic Toyota Maintenance

If you are new to the world of working on your Toyota, sections like General Overview will be of special interest, as this area has info on how to properly lift the truck, recalls, vehicle value, a buying guide and which modifications are the best or worst. If you haven’t done any work on your truck or SUV in the past, this category is a good place for you to spend some time reading just to learn more about your vehicle and the community.

Toyota How-Tos

Along similar lines, the Cleaning and Detailing section has gobs of information for new owners, as does the Lighting section, the Interior section, the Exterior section and the Wheels and Tires section. In these areas, you will find out how to upgrade your exterior lighting, how to shine up your vehicle, how to get a terrible smell out of the upholstery or how to change a tire.

Serious Repairs

Next, if you are looking to do some heavier duty repairs or maintenance, the Powertrain, Brakes, Steering and Suspension and Transmission sections have more intricate information. If you are looking to do something as simple as change your engine oil or transmission fluid, you will find write-ups on how to do it properly, while tougher projects like new braking assemblies, new shocks or new engine belts are included as well.


In each category, you will find lists of write-ups that generally include images and diagrams to help make the project go more smoothly.

In short, if you are looking to fix a problem with your Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra or any other truck or SUV, start your research in the forum How-tos section.

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