A helpful hint for late-model Toyota 4Runner owners

[singlepic id=680 w=100 h=75 float=left]Particularly those begging for that tire pressure sensor light to just burn out!

I’ve stared at that light ever since getting caught on a rutted-out road in a raging downpour, coming back from fishing. All four tires were set at 32 psi, but the light would not go off. I did not want to take this puppy down to the dealer only to find out it was something stupid. Instead, I did some digging, and found out it was (something stupid).

Contrary to what you might read on various forums, the 2005- 4Runners do not have a reset button on the steering column for this issue. And those tire pressure sensors are not statically-powered (meaning, they don’t have to be moving to work). I found this out after deciding to check the pressure on the spare, which I frankly hadn’t seen until this point. Sure enough, it was eight pounds low, and the moment I pumped it up the light went off.

[singlepic id=688 w=100 h=75 float=right]For those like me who’ve never seen their spare, and for those unlike me who don’t carry a portable compressor, don’t worry. Toyota makes it easy to get to that spare: pull out your jack kit, assemble and insert the crank rod into the little hole by your rear hatch catch, and turn away; the tire will lower nicely to the ground, where you can check pressure and inflate as needed. When you’re done, just crank it back up, and pull out of the service station like nothing ever happened.