Toyota 4RUNNER 1997 Owner Manual

Part 2, INFORMATION BEFORE DRIVING YOUR TOYOTA

Part 2, INFORMATION BEFORE DRIVING YOUR TOYOTA

Part 2
Off-road  vehicle precautions
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INFORMATION
BEFORE DRIVING
YOUR TOYOTA
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Off-road  vehicle precautions
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Break-in period
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Fuel
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Operation in foreign countries
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Three-way catalytic converter
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Engine exhaust cautions
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Facts about engine oil consumption
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Twin ground electrode spark plugs
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Brake system
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Brake pad wear limit indicators
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Luggage stowage precautions
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Your Toyota’s idenitification
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Theft prevention labels
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Suspension and chassis
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Types of tires
This vehicle is one of the class of ve-
hicles which have higher ground
clearance and narrower tread in rela-
tion to the height of their center of
gravity to make them capable of per-
forming in a wide variety of off-road
applications. Specific design charac-
teristics give it a higher center or grav-
ity than ordinary cars. An advantage of
the higher ground clearance is a better
view of the road allowing you to antici-
pate problems. It is not designed for
cornering at the same speeds as con-
ventional two-wheel drive vehicles
any more than low-slung sports cars
are designed to perform satisfactorily
under off-road conditions.
CAUTION
!
Always observe the following pre-
cautions to minimize the risk of seri-
ous personal injury or damage to
your vehicle:
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Avoid sharp turns or abrupt maneu-
vers, if at all possible. As with other
vehicles of this type, failure to oper-
ate this vehicle correctly may result
in loss of control or vehicle rol-
lover.
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Avoid loading any items on the roof
that will make the center of gravity
even higher.
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Always slow down in gusty cross-
winds. Because of its high center of
gravity, your vehicle is more sensi-
tive to side winds than an ordinary
passenger car. Slowing down will
allow you to have much better con-
trol.
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Do not drive horizontally across
steep slopes. Driving straight up or
straight down is preferred. Your ve-
hicle (or any similar off-road ve-
hicle) can tip over sideways much
more easily than forward or back-
ward.