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  1. Re: Won't idle when cold

    o yeah I agree completely Tim. there still is much to learn before I go in and start tearing. the good thing is I'm not pressed to use the van much these days so I'm of the school slow and steady...
  2. Re: Won't idle when cold

    wow this has been a great read for me. my poor van has been sitting for close to a year meaning I haven't used it much because I have a new job and don't use the van much. after reading the symtoms...
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    Re: Oil comes on when engine has been running for a bit even when full?

    hi raven i'm thinkin that your safe for the moment. an oil light will always freak anybody out. you say it comes on when a bump or maybe a hard turn? i'm thinkin the harness that hooks up to the...
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    Re: passenger side low beam out no power at plug?

    thanx for the heads up technocj on the headlight bezel removal i ended up trying the wire wiggle method but really no use unless you have somebody to watch up front..lol. and its been a long time...
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    Re: A/C and Blower Motor Fan Wont Come On.

    nice see ya learn something new everyday. great tip tim
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    Re: A/C and Blower Motor Fan Wont Come On.

    the only prob i've ever had was no lower speeds on the fan. after removing the glovebox there was a part i replaced (kinda like a rheostat) i would check for power comming in and going out. thats all...
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    Headlights High Beams working; Low Beams out

    hi fellow van ratz with the help from our fellow owners over the years i've always been able to repair my lil van. i,m kinda scat now cuz i'm not that electrical smart. as stated there is no...
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    Re: Power Steering Leak

    thanx mahllek for the heads up on the cardboard trik. lucky for me i,m one of those guys that has been squirreling away parts for many years. lemme see i have 3 ps pumps on the shelf and 1 brand new...
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    Re: Power Steering Leak

    i,ve been going through this topic cuz i detect some ps fluid on my alt and i sometimes get a christmas tree dash for 10 seconds or so then it goes away. soon as the weather gets a bit warmer i,ll...
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    Re: Stuck distributor and possible damage

    craftech i too had a distributor that was frozen in place like yours. luckily i had a spare kickin round so i went in with some pb blaster and assorted prying tools. after some good swear words a...
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    Re: Need new front shocks '87 4wd

    pinkgrips thanx for posting the link to toyotaoverstockparts that appears to be really helpful in the near future. you guys know that alot of the parts for these lil vans are getting harder to find...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    jdm considering the way i was feeling it took me maybe 12 hours or so. however i dont rush anything and prolly could be done in say 8...jus guessing. as for a part # i talk with the sales rep at car...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    hi van ratz i wanted to give an update to my rack replacement. and the good news it is in and working fine. but mostly i wanted to let others know that you /i didnt have to remove the front diff ! ...
  14. Re: Replacing piston rings on 87 Van LE?

    i,m with burntboot with this situation. however i,d go just a lil further. find a 4ye motor bolt it to an engine stand and build a top notch new rebuilt motor. but only do this if yer gonna keep it...
  15. Re: Sat for a while, started up but stuck in first until I played with the throttle c

    my first toyota van was an automatic and i remember that it would,nt shift into overdrive too. i thought the tranny was shot but to my surprise all it needed was a water temp sensor. i hope others...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    news flash.. just my dumb luck. turns out that the rack is no longer available from rock auto. guess i,m gonna go with what jbishop did and use carsteering .com. i was able today to get it up on a...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    hey fellas i think there might be a lil hope for this task. i just was lookin at rock auto and they have a complete rebuilt rack with tie rod ends for $ 221.00 and a $100 core charge. that sounds...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    i havnt checked to see if the rack from the donor van is the same and not so sure i have the tools n the time to do this repair...i,m kinda jammed-up for the time being. i have this thought that if i...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    well i stuck my head under the van and found that yes there is a drip coming from the boot. so i guess that means a seal is blown out. at this time i cant afford to take the van off the road...i need...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    thanx tim and bishop for yer reply. i just went back and read burnboots sage and now i,m really scat! monday i,m getting it up on a lift. lucky for me i have a spare rack in stock. i just hate to...
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    Re: Early 88 4WD rack removal hope

    i,ve been watching this thread to see how this worked out? i ve sprung a leak on the left front and dont know how to approach this? but was freaked out if i had to remove the frt diff. gonna bring...
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    Re: still overheating after radiator recore

    i was bumpin around the net and i cant seem to find the pipe i,m lookin for. do you guyz have a prefered parts provider? i,m hoping that itsnot a dealer only part cuz i still need pay the mortgage.
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    Re: still overheating after radiator recore

    tim,s rv thanx for your reply and the link off the engine removal. i did spy out the freeze plug area of the block this morning and guess what? i found 2 lil tiny leaks on the pipe that hugs the...
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    Re: still overheating after radiator recore

    after a search for this topic i see that i could have a blown head gasket even though i replaced it 2 years ago. think i,ll wait till tonite take it for a drive then get it up on some ramps. i find...
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    Re: still overheating after radiator recore

    i recieved my new recored radiator yesterday and really took my time installing it. everything worked out fine. till today. i took the van for a 30 minute ride and when i came home and shut,er down...
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    still overheating after radiator recore

    hi van ratz
    i,ve been wrestling with a very warm van. seems it would sound like a volcano when i shut er down on a warm day and she,d hurl water out of the expantion tank. this problem is,nt...
  27. Re: 89 a/t 4WD - differential leak. Rusty w/ no removable cover!

    hi jes i too have had a leaky differential on my 87 4wd van. my van was picked out of a salvage yard and had been sitting in the dirt causing the rust. the fix? i sanded the pumpkin and inserted...
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    Re: turn key - delay before starter engages

    thanx for comming back harbilly. for me it can never be that simple. i was able to get a swap for my lifetime starter. wont be in untill tomorrow in the afternoon. i see the high temp for tomorrow is...
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    Re: turn key - delay before starter engages

    hi all been awhile since i,ve been here and i,m sooo glad you guys are here. this is the prob i,ve come up against a damn intermitant starting problem uggggh. i did click on tims thread and read...
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    Re: Possible thermostat issues.

    after all this talk about t stats and radiators and having much of the same problems and symptoms that we all are having i went ahead and ordered a new t stat from the toyota dealer today. i had to...
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    Sticky: Re: Basic Van knowledge for new owners

    just makes me remeber just how much any part is worth to ya when ya really need it. the longer my parts van sits there the more i,m gonna need it!
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    Re: 87 toyota van head gasket

    just wondering what the status of this repair is? i,m guessin 66 is waiting for the head to come back from the machine shop or parts. so nova when you get a minute let us know howz it goin! and heres...
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    Re: 87 toyota van head gasket

    hey 66 nova i have done 2 of the head gasket jobs and on the second one i did cut a access port in the rear bulkhead. i cant tell you how much easier it made this task. there are a few pics in here...
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    Re: need a radiator for my 4wd van

    thanx for link tim. spent a good part of the day going to different so called radiator shops... seems they all send them out to an undisclosed location somewhere in maine. what bumbs me out most is...
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    Re: Wheel bearing parts

    man i,ll be watching this thread.seems my van has this same issue also.to keep these vans up n running its a real job.but i,m really happy to come to TVT and find what i,m looking for! hope this...
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    need a radiator for my 4wd van

    i,ve been lookin to replace my radiator and i can find plenty of rads for the 2wd style and i did find one that will work however its twice the price!!! funny thing the only difference that i can see...
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    Re: going in for the headgasket replacement !

    dj...go ahead and don't be scared just get a drill and make a few holes to make the rough outline of the shape of yer new acess port. in my case I cut 3 sides of the square and bent it over.when the...
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    Re: Van down, electrical

    hey toaster
    i came back to this thread to see how you were doin and was glad to see that you got it!! that is very cool. and i will file this check for future referance. and yer van WOW thats a ton...
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    Re: Van down, electrical

    toaster i,m just throwing it out there but, this is what has worked good for me over the years. first i checked out the battery cables i put 2 new battery ground to chassis and battery ground to...
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    Re: radiator hose help/??

    well i replaced the upper and lower hose and put in a new thermostat and all seems to be fine!! i did notice that the gauge now reads just a tic cooler too. the temp gauge now reads just a lil bit...
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    Re: Clutch engagement point jumping around?

    i had something simular to this. just cuz to replace the slave cylinder is so easy and fluid is cheap i did. and also bleed really good then do it again. to really set yer mind at ease go ahead n...
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    Re: radiator hose help/??

    thank you reducto and tim for your thoughts. i did order new top n bottom hoses for the primer van. now that i think long n hard about it, because these van make up alot of built up heat all the...
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    radiator hose help/??

    hi guyz i recently did a head gasket job on my van and noticed that the upper radiator hose would INFLATE really big while running then after it would cool down the hose would colapse flat like a...
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    Re: distributor wont come out?

    man i finaly got it out. i had to break off some of the housing and use the claw of my framing hammer to get it out .seems after sitting for so many years the aluminium electrolicized together! so if...
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    Re: going in for the headgasket replacement !

    well after 3 weekends i finnaly got the van running again! everything seems to be fine but, i,ve only put a few miles on it. i spect it,s me but, the motor feels tight. i cant explain what i mean but...
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    Re: distributor wont come out?

    thanx for the reply tim i removed 2 distibutors off of my 2 extra motors and they both came off easily but, this badboy is stuck in there pretty good! i was thinkin bout making 2 wedges and...
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    distributor wont come out?

    any ideas why it wont come out?i removed the cap and removed the 12mm bolt that holds it in and tried lifting it out ... nothin cant budge the thing. i noticed the the housing is flopping around(like...
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    Re: going in for the headgasket replacement !

    i recieved my head for the shop n all seems to be ready for reassembly. i,m kinda bummed that they did,nt really make it shiney so, i,ll go ahead n clean it. i also have many parts that need cleaning...
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    Re: going in for the headgasket replacement !

    thanx for that tim. well i started the headgasket job and i,m here to say... what a pain in the butt!! the nearest i can figure is cuz this van sat for so many years many of the nuts/bolts were just...
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    going in for the headgasket replacement !

    hi gang i made the decission yesterday to go ahead and replace the head gasket! seems recently when i start the van i wants to run on 3 cylinders then a few seconds later its fine. also i,m tired of...
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