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2005 Toyota 4Runner repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 155 repairs.
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2005 Toyota 4Runner repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (31%)

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Chart based on 141 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Toyota 4Runner

Engine not specified

Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Dec 2007

36000 mi
sunroof rattle, replaced new by manufacturer 

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2005 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

Toyota 4Runner in Michigan, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

128200 mi

US $140
Alternator failed and was replaced. 

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2005 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 4.7L V8 5-speed automatic AWD w/low range

Toyota 4Runner in Kansas, United States
Apr 2006 - Feb 2014
Jan 2006

12000 mi
Defective tailgate control module replaced. Apparently affected many of this model year. 
Jan 2012

81000 mi
Tire sensor needed reprogramming. 
Toyota 4Runner in Virginia, United States
Apr 2014 - Jul 2017
Feb 2015

109000 mi

US $652
Calipers frozen on front. 
Toyota 4Runner in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Jul 2015

76880 mi

C $1400
Replaced front calipers, rotors and pads. Stuck Piston in caliper 
Toyota 4Runner in Louisiana, United States
May 2007 - Apr 2017
Mar 2007

34000 mi
Upon acceleration from stop or at braking stop bang noise accompanied by a thud as if rear ended happens intermittently. Dealer unable to duplicate even though Lexus has recall for same problem.  
Dec 2010

84291 mi
Dealer says Toyota is aware of transmission yoke problem (bang sound rear ended feel). Dealer says no fix. Outright lie.  
May 2013

112500 mi
Binding driveshaft. 
Jun 2013

112000 mi

US $1700
Water Pump, coolant flush, belts(timing, alternator)and pulleys, spark plugs etc.  radiator grill paint (noticed after warranty period)peeled and cracked on radiator grill cover. 
Toyota 4Runner in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2016
Dec 2015

129000 mi

US $550
Right outer tie-rod had play & was replaced cracked exhaust manifolds finally replaced. 
Mar 2016

131000 mi
Frozen front caliper (again), inboard lower piston seized. Replaced caliper under warranty. 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2015

142500 mi
Got a letter from Toyota saying they were repairing cracked or sticky dashboards for certain year 4runner Avalon etc Replaced radiator, found to be leaking when I took the car in to see if it qualified for the dash repair. Parts for both ordered on one trip, replaced on a second. 
Sep 2016

155000 mi

US $500
Transmission hose blew. Replaced 3 hoses. 
May 2017

169000 mi

US $400
CV boots were cracked. Never been replaced and were just old. A few other maintenance items such as fluids 
Toyota 4Runner in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2014 - Sep 2015
Dec 2014

34000 mi
Frame of car has extensive rust. Mechanic said he never seen anything like it on a Toyota. Said to take it to the dealer. Dealer said from winter driving. Wife's car, Mitsubishi Montero, no rust. 
Mar 2015

35000 mi

US $2600
4Runner has hydraulic cross suspension. Worth it but expensive. Brakes needed calipers to be replaced. 
Toyota 4Runner in North Carolina, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2007

32000 mi
Rear U joint replaced under warranty 
Toyota 4Runner in Colorado, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2017
Feb 2017

167000 mi

US $300
Injection system 
Toyota 4Runner in Missouri, United States
Mar 2018 - Jul 2018
Feb 2018

89463 mi

US $650
Replace front axle boots 
Mar 2018

90637 mi

US $103
Replaced TPMS sensor 
Toyota 4Runner in Utah, United States
May 2016 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

152000 mi

US $5
Turn signal stopped working. Replaced bulb. Lasted about 15 minutes of driving. Blew bulb again. Then other side blew as well. Haven't had time to find a fix, but it should be simply replacing the connectors in addition to the bulbs. Fixed the turn signals by removing bulbs and repositioning them in the socket. Then I sold the vehicle. 
Toyota 4Runner in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2010 - Aug 2011
Oct 2010

73000 mi

US $100
Windshield cracked nearly all the way across the lower portion. Local autoglass guys replaced it in an hour in my driveway. No idea what happened, just one morning it was cracked and had been facing the garage overnight. Transmission vibrating (google 'rumble strip transmission issue') between 40 and 45 mph under light acceleration. Only happens if shifter in 'D,' never in '4'. Drained and refilled fluid 4x. Probably need to replace torque converter. 
Apr 2011

79000 mi
Driver side rear window shattered for no apparent reason. No one was in the truck at the time. The glass appeared to have broke from the inside of the truck out. The truck was in my driveway and it was during the day. Replaced it myself. Symptoms gradually went away after the last transmission fluid drain and fill. I consider the problem solved as I have not had the symptom for several months now. 
Aug 2011

83000 mi
Very noticeable ticking sound when engine cold, can be heard very easily outside truck or from inside with windows down when taking off from a stop. I believe it's the dreaded Toyota V8 cracked exhaust manifold problem on the passenger side. 
Toyota 4Runner in Washington, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

129000 mi

US $235
Replaced front driver side drive linkage because CV boot was torn and leaking grease. 
Toyota 4Runner in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2011 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

144000 mi

US $430
Both emission control valves (heads) were stuck closed and had to be replaced. The third emission control valve had to be replaced. 
Toyota 4Runner in New York, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2017
Mar 2014

100000 mi

US $80
Mud flap detached, scraping tire. Harsh NE winter. 
Feb 2016

121000 mi

US $90
CEL, VSC, VDC lights on. New gas cap required. 
Feb 2017

130000 mi

US $1599
Exhaust pipe from manifold rotted through. 
Toyota 4Runner in Kentucky, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2018
Mar 2010

59000 mi

US $80
Skid plate bolts rusted tight. Needed to be drilled out and tapped. 
Oct 2010

65000 mi

US $50
Took to shop due to squeak from chassis - unknown cause. Mechanic discovered leaking, non-functioning shock absorber. 
Dec 2010

66000 mi

US $300
Mechanic diagnosed broken right front strut causing suspension noise. The car was driveable for local trips. I ordered two new front struts and replaced them myself. 
Jun 2016

107000 mi

US $600
All four brake calipers had one or more seized pistons and had to be replaced. Wear items were not included in the cost. 
Aug 2016

109000 mi

US $1569
Secondary Air Injection Pump and related valve assembly. Symptom: Howling sound at startup. Endemic problem with 4.7 engine. Toyota extended the warranty for this on the Lexus GX 470 & Tundra 4.7 but has done nothing for 4Runner V8 owners. 
Oct 2016

109700 mi

US $500
Alternator died. Battery warning light was on all day, but ignored until it was too late. 
Nov 2016

110700 mi
ABS, Stability & Check Engine light on. ABS and stability control disabled. Checked codes & showed "evaporative". Fixed by replacing old gas cap with new and clearing codes. 
Toyota 4Runner in New York, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Jul 2009

26000 mi
Replaced valve readers as low pressure tire light kept coming on.  
Apr 2010

31000 mi

US $400
very small clip on bottom of rear window clipping two rubber ends together. 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2014
Jul 2011

32000 mi

US $103
Sunroof got stuck open. Originally told $2700 to replace entire unit, but they subsequently got it working again. 
Toyota 4Runner in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2016
May 2014

105100 mi

US $900
Right front axle boot was torn and axle needed to be replaced. 
Feb 2015

109900 mi

US $600
Boot cover ripped - Replaced right axle 

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2005 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Toyota 4Runner in Georgia, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2012

223800 mi

US $8
Head gasket leak into #6 cylinder. I fixed it with GM stop leak tablets. It hasn't leaked since putting in the tablets. 
Toyota 4Runner in Nevada, United States
Aug 2015 - Jul 2016
Nov 2015

124000 mi

US $800
Rear door would not open. Probably caused my accidentally driving the car on dusty roads without the rear door being secure. Rear window would not open 
Jan 2016

US $350
Rear door latch now working 
Toyota 4Runner in Arizona, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2013
May 2008

38800 mi

US $1200
Tire pressure valves failed and replace. Not covered under extended warranty by Toyota. It is a safety item but not to Toyota. Nuff said. Been having this problem since 30k miles. Window on driver door failed and not working correctly. Loose in the door 
Jun 2009

39000 mi

US $300
TPMS has serious problems on my tires. Had to pay for it myself...even though I have extended warranty and problem was handled prior to 30k miles. Also, all windows are rattling in the doors and no assistance from the dealer or Toyota. No Toyota again. 
Jul 2009

40000 mi

US $60
TPMS keeps malfunctioning. Had to haved it repaired elsewhere. Even with ext. warranty.. Toyota Dealer told me to go to pound sand, more of less. 
Feb 2010

47000 mi

US $887
Had to replace the rear shocks. They failed very early in the life of the auto. 
Jul 2011

61000 mi
Had to replace the Front Struts @ $600.00 
Toyota 4Runner in Colorado, United States
Jun 2017 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

124000 mi

US $50
emissions related lights issue 
Toyota 4Runner in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2009 - Jul 2013
Jan 2010

63700 mi
4runner took 4-5 full seconds to start when weather was cooler. This is the 3rd time it's been in for this but they always claimed it was normal. They replaced the entire fuel pump after noticing a fuel pressure drop as the car sat parked. 

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2005 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SUV

245-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2016
Feb 2011

126500 mi

US $800
front differential oil seal leak on driver's side 
Apr 2011

129000 mi

US $245
right front differential oil seal was slowly weeping gear oil 
Jul 2015

209000 mi

US $564
Right front wheel bearing broke and damaged the hub. Otherwise the repair would have cost much less. 
Dec 2015

214000 mi

US $190
Radiator with small leak. Easily replaced 
Toyota 4Runner in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

146300 mi

US $430
Alternator failed 
Toyota 4Runner in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2015 - Jun 2019
Apr 2015

139000 mi

US $1000
shop notice the left axle broken in addition to rear brakes worn. left rear caliper was broken too 
Jul 2015

140000 mi

US $700
inability to power steer to the right had to turn wheel with both hands mechanic says steering wheel knuckle failure require a new part 
Sep 2015

141000 mi

US $1300
oxygen sensors replaced with original parts front and back all 4 of them In addition joints of cat converter were rusted and emitting exhaust onto the o2 sensors- required new weld joints 
Nov 2015

143000 mi

US $1000
vacuum switch failure - inability to shift from 2wd to 4wd stuck on 2wd- dealer charged $450 for diagnostics and another $550 for install of the new switch 
Dec 2015

142000 mi

US $700
air bag sensor faulty 
Apr 2016

149000 mi

US $1500
radiator has started rusting at the bottom-replace serpentine belt beginning to squeal-replace right differential leaking replaced at same time water pump spark plugs 
Jun 2016

149000 mi

US $480
muffler and tail pipe replacement 
Jul 2016

154000 mi

US $370
faulty air bag sensor on steering wheel tripped 
Aug 2016

155500 mi

US $240
muffler gone bad rear shocks leaking air condition weak 
Feb 2017

163000 mi

US $300
environment console - leds bulbs blown for environment control mechanic claims new console required 
Jun 2017

163000 mi

US $15
drilled screws to remove rear registration plate rusted led holders. replaced led bulbs and new screws. i used youtube for instruction to replace in 30mins after mechanic wanted $100 
Aug 2017

166000 mi

US $24
drop in 50% engine performance on pedal acceleration- 5 sec delay reaction. 10oz of lucas upper cylinder treatment on next gas tank fill - problem went away engines with over 100k milleage has worn piston rings which create friction - lucas fuel treatment addresses this 
Jun 2018

174020 mi

US $228
p0306 diagnostic code - car shakes for 5 secs when started but ok after that/ can hear liquid moving on start / very poor fuel efficiency/ low coolant level but no visible leak or white smoke on tail pipe/ no smell of anifreeze in cabin/ mechanic replace foul plug on cylinder 6 and replaced coil at cylinder 6 - $220.00 - on replace coil and foul plug cylinder 6 , p0306 warning lights returned - added two Genuine GM Flui Cooling System Seal Tablets into radiator p0306 warning lights disappeared again as recommended by someone from this forum - cost $8, this slowed the leak - it a a total of 5 GM tablets to stop the leak on the car - i will leaving the tablets in till the next coolant flush 
Jul 2018

174050 mi

US $15
persisted coolant loss after adding gm coolant tablets which slowed down coolant loss. replaced old with new radiator cap 27$ bottom rear door starting to rust 
Aug 2018

176000 mi

US $10
heat-shield bolts underneath driver side rusted thru causing rattle -purchased stainless zip ties to hold the heat-shield in place 
Jan 2019

180000 mi

US $479
exhaust leaks on gaskets between the catalytic converters causing excessive noise and poor gas mileage old gaskets replaced with new gaskets sway bar repair and rear brakes pads and rotor 
May 2019

183000 mi

US $540
center muffler and rear muffler replacement due to rust brake lines replacement  and replace rear shovks 
Jun 2019

186000 mi

US $6700
blown head gasket leak cylinder 6 p306 sealed with gm tablets lasted 12 month before failing again in June Have replaced my bad design 2005 runner engine with 2011 tacoma engine - This is a very expensive repair but no way around it without risk of an overheat Replace radiator/thermostat/water pump, all belts/condense/oil change/air con recharge/alternator/starter 
Toyota 4Runner in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

200000 mi

US $100
Starter started to fail and needed to be replaced. 
Toyota 4Runner in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

84000 mi

US $200
Check Engine Light - timing adjustment. Still a problem. 
Mar 2017

88000 mi

US $300
Alternator replaced. Battery replaced. Both OEM. 
Apr 2017

88000 mi

US $800
Check Engine Light, which equals no Inspection Sticker. Fuel control Solenoid. Cleaning done, then replacement guidelines from Shop manual followed. Still not fixed. No known solution. 
Jun 2018

97000 mi

US $3000
Was showing P022 bank 2 error code. Turned out to be a bad casting from the factory. Engine should never have been assembled with the casting defect. Dealer - Prime Motors Boston - screwed me and previous owner. Never reporting a problem, that existed for 13 years. Replaced with a used head. 
Toyota 4Runner in Missouri, United States
Nov 2007 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

126000 mi

US $3500
Blown head gasket, replaced head gasket and re-machined the left and right head. 
Toyota 4Runner in Michigan, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2018
Aug 2015

113000 mi

US $4500
Head gasket went out and engine was severely over-heated while under previous owner. I replaced with a used engine, new radiator, and new water pump. 
Dec 2015

116000 mi

US $150
Stuck front caliper, replaced pads, rotors, and calipers. Replaced driver side CV axle, and re-greased and replaced clamps on passenger side CV axle. 
Sep 2016

121000 mi

US $350
Humming sound from front end. Replaced both front wheel bearings, passenger side was damaged and causing the noise. 
Nov 2017

128000 mi

US $100
Replaced alternator 
Jan 2018

130000 mi

US $120
Replaced downstream O2 sensors. Check engine light with code P0430 had occured 3 times in 3 months. 
Jul 2018

131000 mi

US $650
Replaced rear catalytic convertes (left and right), muffler, resonator, exhaust pipe, and all gaskets, hardware, and hangers. Original components had rusted out resulting in leaks and P0430 code with check engine light. 
Toyota 4Runner in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2016 - Oct 2017
Jun 2017

200880 mi
ignition coils malfunctioning 
Aug 2017

201580 mi

C $2000
Turned out it was not the coils at all. Took it to a different Toyota dealer. It was a leaky head gasket. Now replaced and running fine so far. 
Sep 2017

203360 mi

C $2000
head gasket replacement 
Oct 2017

203360 mi

C $250
tail gate latch motor had to be replaced. car is sold now. 
Toyota 4Runner in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

181000 mi

US $1700
Front struts (one completely shot), back shocks (one completely shot) Sway bar links Brake line and caliper due to seepage of fluid Replaced front right (passenger) axle due to ripped boot and bad bearings due to ripped boot. 
Toyota 4Runner in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2007 - Apr 2012
Aug 2010

60000 mi

US $350
Needed front brakes done. Said R & L calipers needed replaced. Inner piston frozen. Rotors fine. Bought rebuilt lifetime warranty calipers. Saved $500. 
Dec 2011

78000 mi

US $260
Driver side front 1/2 axle replaced because grease boot leaking. 
Jan 2012

80000 mi

US $449
The steering wheel felt very heavy to turn. First the replaced steering fluid to no resolve, and then returned with problem worse and they replaced lower steering shaft. Bad u joint. 
Mar 2012

82000 mi

US $75
Front calpers went bad lower piston sticking on both left in right side. purchase aftermarket parts previously so this time warranty on parts just paid labor 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

140000 mi

US $300
Right front wheel bearing replaced. 
Toyota 4Runner in Indiana, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

166000 mi

US $350
Noisy right front wheel bearing replaced. 
Jun 2017

190000 mi
Toyota issued recall for cracked dashboard on 4Runner. Had entire dash cover replaced with a new one. Repair took one day but had to wait two weeks to receive parts to begin repair. 
Toyota 4Runner in Michigan, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Mar 2013

98000 mi

US $165
Stuck RF brake caliper. Replaced them both. 
May 2014

112000 mi
My left front brake caliper seized again. I replaced it under warranty, but had to do a complete brake job (rotors and all) because the rotor was so hot it became warped. It pretty much needed pads anyway (40%) but annoying about the caliper 
Toyota 4Runner in Connecticut, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

113600 mi

US $700
Muffler and tail pipe replaced 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Jan 2017
Jan 2015

152000 mi

US $225
Replaced CV boot on the driver's side 
Toyota 4Runner in Maryland, United States
Jan 2011 - Sep 2016
Feb 2011

100000 mi

US $410
Check engine light. I bought code reader and code was for oxygen sensor. Dealer came to same conclusion independently and replaced the sensor. No more problems. 
Aug 2011

104300 mi

US $225
Air conditioning not cooling. No leak detected, over half the refrigerant capacity was added and worked fine thereafter. 
Feb 2013

119200 mi

US $700
Replaced O2 Sensor Changed Spark Plugs 
Mar 2015

140000 mi

US $500
retaining clip for cv boot leaking on one side and missing on the other. 
Toyota 4Runner in Florida, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2014
Dec 2009

100000 mi

US $387
Front hub bearings replaced. 
Toyota 4Runner in South Carolina, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

58000 mi
Originally, the steering rack was bad, new one ordered.  
Feb 2010

59800 mi

US $2000
When I brought car in for the new rack, the pwr steering pump had gone bad due to over working from the binding rack. Then the power steering high pressure line was rusted to the rack. Had to replace all. 
Mar 2010

59000 mi

US $266
Replaced seized brake caliper Brake caliper had siezed causing excessive heat and friction. Replaced caliper.  
Toyota 4Runner in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2008 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

130000 mi

US $3300
Leaking head gasket 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014
May 2014

116000 mi

US $75
front passenger lock mechanism replaced with rebuilt unit from ebay. 
Toyota 4Runner in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2014 - Nov 2016
Mar 2016

102000 mi

US $3000
4wd actuator failed. Needed replacement. Finally fixed on third visit. 
Jun 2016

111000 mi

US $200
A/C re-charge 
Toyota 4Runner in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2018
Dec 2015

173000 mi

US $504
Replaced front left hub assemblv, bearing and seal. Replaced rear inner pinion bearing and seal Drain and fill rear axle. 
Nov 2016

175800 mi
Replaced dashboard. Replaced bearings in rear end. 
Jan 2017

180000 mi
Rear end problem again. Replacing same rear end parts. 
Toyota 4Runner in Tennessee, United States
Dec 2013 - Feb 2016
Dec 2014

95000 mi

US $800
AC evaporator replaced. 
Jul 2015

101000 mi

US $500
Cv axles needed to be replaced. 
Toyota 4Runner in Texas, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2015
Jun 2010

72000 mi

US $20
Replaced the trim piece that runs along the lower surround of the rear window. The existing piece simply had degraded due to years of exposure to the sun here in south Texas. 
Feb 2012

91000 mi

US $1200
Front brake calipers suffered frozen pistons, a known issue for these units. Cost includes pads, rotors and brake hoses (preventive) as well. 
Mar 2013

106000 mi
Fuel filler cap failed and no longer would remain firmly seated, resulting in activation of "check engine" lights, and warning lights indication deactivation of stability and traction control systems. 
Aug 2013

113600 mi

US $100
Replaced rear shock absorbers with upgraded Bilstein units. Rear units worn, performing poorly. 
Toyota 4Runner in California, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

164700 mi
Caliper piston stuck 
Dec 2016

168000 mi

US $450
Front wheel bearing noise. Replaced both front wheel bearings 
Apr 2018

186000 mi

US $200
Replace both front calipers and pads, replace rear pads, both front and rear rotors turned. 
Toyota 4Runner in Indiana, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Aug 2015

158700 mi

US $150
Replaced rotors, calipers, pads. Bled brake lines. Left axle had torn boot. Replaced entire left axle. 
May 2016

171700 mi
Company recall to replace the dash. It took two trips because they didn't properly reconnect the odometer reset button. 
May 2017

182000 mi

US $80
LF caliper froze. Replaced caliper and rotor on the drivers side only. 

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2005 Toyota 4Runner 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

Toyota 4Runner in New York, United States
Nov 2007 - Apr 2008
Feb 2008

65000 mi

US $665
Bad filter set engine light killed traction control. Part replaced. 

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