4Runner maintenance projects

Project 1: Replacing the alternator

There are three youtube videos:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Changing the ADD acurator

Take the battery negative off

Take the plastic cap
Loosen 14 mm bolt
Loosen 12 mm bolt
Loosen 10 mm bolt under the plastic cap
Disconnect the 10 mm connection
Disconnect the back cable (hard as it is in the back, has to push the correct lever)
Quarter inch loose the tensioner bolt, it sit on the U shape and we do NOT have to take it off,
Push in the alternator and remove the belt
Take the 14 mm bolt
Need to wage it off

8 minutes video for disassemble it In his hands though

To mount,

14 mm bolt first
belt on next
put in 12 mm bolt (4 tension) back in (in the back)
put another nut back in (front) ??
a plastic pack to keep the wire firm

Top: 14 mm bolt
Underneath 12 mm bolt
On the side 12 mm bolt for the tensioner
Two electric connector (plastic cap, and back connector)
Wedge out the alternator

Project 2: Replacing the front break pad and roter

This is a great detail video, which makes it seem VERY simple. But it misses the finishing steps, which I think can cause a problem. 
This one is better. 
Another one is Here

Here is the video from the same guru link on the rear break shoes.

Project 3: Toyota 4 runner front differential sensor

I need to remove the skip plate before I can reach to the part. I found this post gives very clear structure primarily for folks to change the differential oil. Another post on 4WD’s problem

This lady did this and posted three parts of youtube video clips.

	
  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III
  • Part IV
  • This did NOT work for me. It was not her fault but it wasted me $50 buying a good part when mine was not faulty!

    I am determined to figure it out.

    	
  • This post right on spot.
  • Here is how to replace ADD acurator
  • Another wise man's post on this
  • Details about the add acurator — Toyota part number: 41400-35031

    Trouble shooting with sequoia
    

    I want to check whether the differential oil level is correct. Here are a few videos for help:

    A guy posted how to change the oil, but he is incorrect as people suggested to test whether you can unscrew the "filling bolt" before you try to drain from the bottom bolt.
    

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