I have a 2003 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Double Cab nearing 100K on the oddometer. I need tires and will have timing belt and plugs replaced. Probably have ATF, coolant, Diffs, and transfer case fluids changed. The shocks/struts seem OK, but I do feel every bump on the road. I am into preventive maintenance and would rather replace now than break down later. Are these reasonable services to have done and should the OEM struts/shocks be replaced?
Country: United StatesMake: ToyotaModel: Tacoma 4x4Year: 2003
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As for your questions... Are these reasonable services to have done and should the OEM struts/shocks be replaced?
They are reasonable and the shocks/struts should be replaced around the mileage. The ride feeling is usually what we hear about when they are about to give in to their age and usefulness of life. The only item I did not see on your list is that when you do the timing belt, you might be prepared for the water pump and seals. The seals most likely will not show any signs of oil seepage as the the water pump may have some coolant showing but now would be the time because it will be awhile before you have to go back in that far into the engine.
Also an alignment would be a good idea when you get the shocks/struts replaced.
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