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I have a 2004 tundra that I purchased used with 78k on it. Now it has 95k. So far i have enjoyed the toyota feel. (this coming from a dodge dakota)... However it has several issues. I get a popping noise from the passenger front end when i apply the breaks heavy and some times when i turn. I know there was a recall on one of the ball joints and that was already replaced. Also as many have posted on here the 4WD system is a fluke on this model... it worked fine 2 days ago and tonight i went to turn it on while traveling some slippery roads and all i gott was a light clunk and the light blinking at me.. tried all the tricks to make it engage and nothing... also the steering wheel makes a popping noise if i do a hard fast turn.. i can rock it laft to right and duplicate the popping noise.. also uner heavy exceleration the engine sometimes produces a noticeable tiking noise.. I change the oil every 3k with a high quality oil and even use lucas. oh and the check engine light is on.. believe it is an o2 sensor..just had 2 replaced under warranty 2 weeks after I purchased the truck... I bought a toyota for quality but im starting to wonder how long this truck will really last.. I drove a 99 Ranger with a 3.0 V6 250,000 and never had any major problems.. It would prob still be going strong had it not met a telephone pole at 35mph.. any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated...
 

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Regarding the popping have you tried lubing the chassis? As for it not shifting into 4wd this is taken straight from the manual.
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM SYMPTOMS TABLE
Use the table below to help find the cause of the problem. The numbers indicate the priority of the likely cause
of the problem. Check each part in order. If necessary, replace these parts.
Symptom Suspected Area See page
Noise
1. Oil (Level low)
2. Oil (Wrong)
3. Transfer faulty
TR−5
TR−5
TR−6
Oil leakage
1. Oil (Level too high)
2. Gasket (Damaged)
3. Oil seal (Worn or damaged)
4. O−ring (Worn or damaged)
TR−5
TR−6
TR−36
TR−6
Shift from 2WD to 4WD (4HI) impossible
1. 4WD fuse
2. Wire harness
3. 2WD/4HI switch
4. Vehicle speed sensor
5. 4WD position switch
6. 4HI indicator light
7. Actuator assembly
8. A.D.D. control system
9. 4WD control ECU
10. Transfer assembly


TR−39
BE−86
TR−7
BE−86
TR−39
SA−59
TR−39
TR−6
Shift from 4WD (4HI) to 4WD (4LO) impossible
1. 4LO switch
2. Vehicle speed sensor
3. L4 position switch
4. Park/neutral position switch
5. 4LO indicator switch
6. Actuator assembly
7. Wire harness
8. 4WD control ECU
TR−39
BE−86
TR−7
DI−993
BE−86
TR−39

TR−39
Shift from 4WD (4HI) to 2WD impossible
1. 4WD fuse
2. Wire harness
3. 2WD/4HI switch
4. Vehicle speed sensor
5. 4WD position switch
6. 4HI indicator light
7. Actuator assembly
8. A.D.D. control system
9. 4WD control ECU
10. Transfer assembly


TR−39
BE−86
TR−7
BE−86
TR−39
SA−59
TR−39
TR−6
Shift from 4WD (4LO) to 4WD (4HI) impossible
1. 4LO switch
2. Vehicle speed sensor
3. L4 position switch
4. Park/neutral position switch
5. 4LO indicator switch
6. Actuator assembly
7. Wire harness
8. 4WD control ECU

Hopefully something here helps you out.
 

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Interesting first post.
Ticking noise = possible cracked exhaust manifold
Pop noise in steering = probably steering rack bushings.
CEL = pointless to speculate until you no what the code is.
These don't really seem like "major issues" to me. You should expect to put a little money into a vehicle with 95K on it.
 

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For the "popping" noise from the front end, also take a look at the sway bar links...one of them may be broken.
 

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CV joint?
 
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