On a hot day with AC going, I pulled into the garage, turned the engine off. A loud gurgling (almost like boiling) noise came from the left side under the hood and continued to about 5 minutes. Water temp was fine, oil pressure fine. No light indicators. I need to get it to Toyota dealer but want to be sure I'm safe driving it to them; about 15 miles away (can keep AC off).
Country: United StatesMake: ToyotaModel: 4-RunnerYear: 1997Engine: V8
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I think you will be okay to drive it to the dealership but before you do make sure that you check your coolant reservior and make sure it's not empty, if it is then buy some coolant and fill it before driving your vehicle.
And concerning the sound, you might have an air pocket caused by a coolant leak somewhere in the system causing the trapped coolant to overheat but not overheat the engine.
The vehicle's cooling system will need to be pressure tested to look for leaks first and then bled of air to verify that this is what's causing the gurgling sound.
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