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    Re: Full coolant flush tips?

    I just went through this and am fairly confident that my cooling system was fully filled with distilled water. I only got ~6 liters to drain out via the radiator, block, and full overflow reservoir....
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    Re: Tires for the stock rims on 4WD Van.

    I have had my Kenda's since Feb '18. The only issue I've had is that they rub at full turn, never over bumps. The rub is not on the body, but rather a flap of metal on the forward inner part of the...
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    Re: 195 75r14's on a 4wd?

    After getting the kendas I basically joined Costco for their price on tire mounting, balancing and disposal of old tires - $15 all-in per tire for a total of ~$75.
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    Re: 195 75r14's on a 4wd?

    Correcting myself: Here's how well the Kenda Klever fits into our spare tire carrier ... not so great.
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    Re: 195 75r14's on a 4wd?

    Hi John,

    >> The rubbing worries me, though, as far as I know my '88 isn't lifted at all. I may try them anyway and see if any modification is needed.

    I suspect that the tires would be fine in a...
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    Re: 195 75r14's on a 4wd?

    My 2c: After learning of the Kendas from Roger's post, I bought them last Feb and have driven about 2500 miles. So far they've been super!. Previously I had Mastercraft Glacier Grip II 205x75x14s...
  7. Re: Replacing piston rings on 87 Van LE?

    The post-wet test was done immediately after the wet test. I did not start the van between tests. Basically, the wet-test pressures seemed so high to me that I wanted to do the test over. After the...
  8. Re: Replacing piston rings on 87 Van LE?

    Hope it’s okay to add my story to this thread:


    My van burns oil. I am no professional mech, but like many others here, I enjoy learning as I go. In that spirit, I performed 3 compression tests...
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    I realize this thread has bifurcated, but I wanted to report that the Aisin hubs solved the problem of my axles bouncing around in the spindle. Here's a short video showing the difference in the...
  10. Re: 1985 PARTING OUT. FIRST DIBS PUT IN YOU'RE REQUEST

    How about the alternator wiring harness? Does anybody know if that would be the same for 87-89 4wd vans as it was in the 85 vans?
  11. Re: 1985 PARTING OUT. FIRST DIBS PUT IN YOU'RE REQUEST

    Do you have the power steering pump? If so, is it Toyota?
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    I found a set of Aisins on CL. $100. Haven't had time to install them, but preliminary results suggest that these are going to solve my problem. They are MUCH sturdier than the SW hubs. I'll post...
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    Should I have used copious amounts grease on the axle and in the spindle shaft?
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    I had no idea how much hubs would cost until after my last post, when I started shopping. Finding hubs is not nearly as straightforward as I thought it would be. Expected to be able to look up my...
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    I'm strongly inclined to order a new pair of Aisin hubs and compare them, out of the box, to my Superwinch hubs. If the inner toothed cylinder (the free-spinning part) sits firmly in the hub without...
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    Thanks Tim. It's actually good to hear that I'm not just being neurotic (usually the case with me and the van), and that there actually is something askew here.

    Since that repair I have driven...
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    Double checked this morning - there are definitely have spacers behind the snap rings. I remember ordering two of each size spacer, and after I got them out of the packages it was difficult to...
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    Re: metal knocking in 4wd

    Finally following up on this, as the axle chatter/clanks annoy me. I made a video that demonstrates how the axle moves when I manually push the axle up/down. Is this normal?
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    Re: How to: Remove the Dashboard

    Thanks, Cali Cruiser. Some of those recessed screw holes are difficult to see when upside down and in poor light. I was totally missing them. The housing came apart easily after removing all screws.
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    Re: How to: Remove the Dashboard

    Skyflyer or anybody else: Do you know how to separate the steering column housing, top from bottom? I have removed the screws, as shown in the picture above, and what's left are some small plastic...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    Really odd that the DS bearings were the bad ones. But it was easy to confirm this by spinning them in my hand (DS were gritty and chunky while PS were smooth and quiet. So I replaced both PS and DS...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    Thanks, Tim. Side A is the side that I can peal back to reveal the spring.
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    This may be a dumb question, but which side of the wheel/grease seal goes in toward the inner bearing, and which side goes out (toward the center of the van), A or B? Pictured are both sides of the...
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    Re: Rear shocks, RWD, new. Gabriel G63484

    Bump. I'm not looking to make money on this deal. Just want these shocks to go to a good home and want a small incentive to drag myself to the USPS for drop-off. Possible correction on the shipping:...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    This is what I found on the driver side front bearings - chips. Metal flecks come off in the paper towel as I wipe/roll them down. Noticeably more play overall in the driver versus passenger side...
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    Is it an LE? Does it have a fog light switch? If so I would like that.

    What color is the interior? Got any pics?

    Thanks.
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    Rear shocks, RWD, new. Gabriel G63484

    FS, rear shocks for a 2WD TV:

    I bought these a couple years ago, by mistake. They were used for about 1 day in my 4wd van. It was obvious that they were too short and I took them out. The shocks...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    Sounds like it might be worth checking the D/S front bearings. Those are the ones that I did not inspect/repack when I replaced the rotors.
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    I have an extra rear end, one with 85K miles that I got from saucymonkey. Perhaps it is finally time to swap it out with the 314K rear end under my van. Haven't looked at it for a while but I...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    I have seen some videos where people diagnose bad bearings by lifting one drive wheel, starting the engine, and depressing the gas pedal to get the wheel spinning. Then compare to the other drive...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    Thanks, Tim. I'll check the rear passenger side bearings.
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    Yes perhaps it is the rear bearing. Removing rear wheel bearings sounds like no fun at all, based on posts in this forum.

    For now I'm going to go with the theory that my front PS inner bearing is...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    I believe I have bad front passenger side wheel bearings. There is an audible growl which increases with speed. It doesn't matter if I am stepping on the gas or coasting, have hubs locked or...
  34. Re: Stuck caliper 87 4x4

    What did you end up doing?

    This happened to me just last week! I went for a test drive after some repair work and realized I had a frozen caliper. I pulled into the shop and they confirmed the...
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    Re: TVT alternative look in Google Chrome

    Yes that was the issue. Thanks for showing me how to switch back to the default style.
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    TVT alternative look in Google Chrome

    Hi, I'm normally use the Google Chrome browser to view TVT. A few days ago it started looking like the attachment. Kind of an annoying format, so now I use a different browser for TVT. No idea why...
  37. Re: lift + shocks + tires 87 4x4

    Nice pics. Thanks for posting. Do you have any pics of exactly how you used the hose clamp to mend the Mr.Gasket?

    I have a set of Bilsteins that I have been meaning to install for a long time, and...
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    Re: 195 75r14's on a 4wd?

    Any thoughts out there on how loud the General Grabbers are?
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    Re: 195 75r14's on a 4wd?

    This is such a hard issue for all of us!

    I am currently running Mastercraft Glacier Grip II 205/75r14s and while they have great grip, the tires look and feel soft. I have gotten used to the...
  40. Re: 15" 4x4 wheels with Firestone Destination A/T tires (P205/75R15)

    I looked up the weight of the tires: 24lb.

    Overall size can be found here: https://tiresize.com/tires/Firestone/Destination-AT-205-75R15.htm

    In my search I found that rims alone can be shipped...
  41. Re: Oil loss, pcv responsible? How to diagnose? Advice needed

    Part replacement complete.
    A few notes:

    1. After comparing the new Toyota PCV (12204-15022), it became obvious that the old one was clogged, even though the old PCV did rattle to some degree....
  42. Re: best alternator brand?

    That's right. The AC Delco is charging the battery. If I could do it all over, I would have spent more on a Denso alternator. But I was in a hurry and forced myself to make a decision - any decision...
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    Turns out there is some play in the lower mount. I loosened the two bolts holding the lower mount and lifted the mount as high as I could (couple millimeters at best), then tightened it up. That...
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    Okay. I successfully moved the bushing. I used a 17mm wrench on the front side of the mount and used a 10mm threaded bolt with 14mm heads, and some big washers, to press the bushing. EDIT: BTW I was...
  45. Re: best alternator brand?

    Yes! That's the problem. Thank you! I'll try it without removing the bracket.
  46. Re: best alternator brand?

    I received an ACDELCO alternator from Rock Auto and the bottom bolt sleeve mount is too long - the thing won't fit in the lower alternator mount. Time to order a DENSO alternator.
  47. Re: 15" 4x4 wheels with Firestone Destination A/T tires (P205/75R15)

    The author of this howto article suggests that one could ship a set of wheels and tires across the country for less than ~$100. http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/how-to-ship-wheels-cheaply.html

    I...
  48. Re: 15" 4x4 wheels with Firestone Destination A/T tires (P205/75R15)

    Smart move. Those are too beaut to paint. Any idea what it would cost to ship those to Boston?
  49. Re: Oil loss, pcv responsible? How to diagnose? Advice needed

    That's reassuring. Here's hoping that's all there is to the oil loss, so that I can have a fun summer in the van :yes:. I will report back after I receive and install parts.
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    Yeah those plugs should be from the rebuild. Glad to hear they don't look bad. I'll replace them.
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