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  1. Re: Tough to start after rain, and oil in one spark plug

    Oil in a spark plug well wonít cause a starting problem in the rain.
    There is only one coil and it lives inside the distributor.
    There is a thread in history that is almost identical to this one....
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    Re: Steering Wheel Shenanigans

    If all these problems are only occurring since your repair attempt then go back over everything you have touched. You have probably missed a connection or something. Itís easy to do, especially if...
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    Re: Steering Wheel Shenanigans

    The problems you are encountering are more about your procedure, than they are peculiarities of the van.

    The procedure for removing the steering wheel is pretty universal.
    (I can see air bags...
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    Re: Steering Wheel Shenanigans

    Is the "gasket" still incorrectly installed?
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    Re: How I fixed my broken horn

    There's a method for that.

    First put the nut back on the top of the shaft (this step saves a trip to emergency to repair the broken nose that can occur)

    With the nut on the shaft pull up on one...
  6. Re: 1986 Toyota Van LE - 1 day old battery is refusing to be charged by 1 day old alt

    Sounds like you need to slow down a little, firing that parts cannon before diagnosing gets expensive fast.

    Most of the usual suspects wont be hiding in the dash so no need to start there.
    This...
  7. Re: Fuses/fusible toyota van 1988 (warning graphic content for toyota lovers)

    The layout is the same, I didn't bother trying to zoom anything as the label states "87MY"
  8. Re: Fuses/fusible toyota van 1988 (warning graphic content for toyota lovers)

    Reading electrical diagrams is an art, or at least an acquired taste.
    Reading the 5 or 6 pages prior to the diagrams does help, as it will teach you how to identify what your looking at

    As I...
  9. Re: Fuses/fusible toyota van 1988 (warning graphic content for toyota lovers)

    If you can narrow down exactly what you need I can try to take some pics of my manual but you have to understand the electrical section is comprised of double sided, 3ft long fold-outs.
    They do not...
  10. Re: Fuses/fusible toyota van 1988 (warning graphic content for toyota lovers)

    Putting a higher rated fuse than what is called for is not a good idea.
    The fuse is there to protect the circuit in the event something goes wrong, bigger fuses tend to cause fires.

    Over here,...
  11. Re: Fuses/fusible toyota van 1988 (warning graphic content for toyota lovers)

    Klent - You will need to find an 88/89 manual.

    Engine management systems changed for 88MY, I dont know what else, but I would want the correct manual, before trying to solve issues.
    I do not envy...
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    Re: Leaking coolant reservoir

    Zo - that end just vents to the ground.
    Like if the engine overheats and pushes coolant into the overflow and it overflows, it pushes out that hose onto the ground.

    You have cooling system issues...
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    Re: Rear Wheel Cylinder Inquiry

    And nothing beats new OEM, at any price
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    Re: Rear Wheel Cylinder Inquiry

    Given parts availability these days, grab what you can locally and get your ride on the road.
    Keep the old ones and when you get time, overhaul them.
    Hopefully you can find OEM parts but A/M will...
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    Re: FL 1.25b fusible link modification

    Have you read thru this thread yet, all the answers you seek are covered in the first 2 pages

    The fusible link thread
  16. Re: Rear differential leak following exhaust fix

    No worries, glad to help.

    I'd pop the driveshaft off the diff (please mark it first) and articulate it thru its motion, just to be sure.
    You might even get away with a visual inspection, if you...
  17. Re: Rear differential leak following exhaust fix

    Its not an entirely uncommon occurrence, but it isn't the shops fault.

    Most times, this situation is caused by a seized rear U-joint.
    It doesn't cause a lot of obvious issues to the driver, more...
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    Re: Multi-Contribute Problem Diagnosing

    As to the oil leak at the spark plugs, once again, the search function is your new friend with all the answers:

    Oil leaking from spark plug housing

    And for the record, when the spark plug wells...
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    Re: Multi-Contribute Problem Diagnosing

    VSV= Vacuum Switching Valve
    They are used for a variety of systems, to supply vacuum when needed.
    For instance, one of them should raise fuel pressure for a hot start, to reduce the tendency to...
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    Re: Multi-Contribute Problem Diagnosing

    No engine will run right if the vacuum lines are either compromised or incorrectly routed.
    Sorting that should be your first order of business, then you can evaluate what else is going on.

    Heat...
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    Re: Setting Throttle Position Sensor TPS

    What your looking for is located in "articles"

    Cleaning the Throttle Body
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    Re: Van Starting Emergency!

    I thought we were just talking about the starting circuit.

    I think* there's a start protocol that turns the pump on, until the other sensors come on line.
    I do know you can hear the pump fire...
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    Re: Van Starting Emergency!

    The "no start" situation is fairly common.
    There are many threads on the subject and nearly as many "fixes"

    Occurs when the voltage to the trigger wire is insufficient.
    Often times its just the...
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    Re: Intermittent Horn

    I typed "horn" into the search bar at the top right corner3rd thread
    "How I fixed my broken horn"
    I am link challenged for some reason today, so you'll have to search it yourself
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    Re: Exhaust Gases in Coolant, Now What?

    I would start with changing the coolant.

    It's probably a waste of money and time, but what if the PO filled the system with used antifreeze that came from his truck with a blown motor?
    I know it...
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    Re: Exhaust Gases in Coolant, Now What?

    The threads you need are located in "articles" under "Tim's tech tips".
    Gwen posted a very useful article on how to search as well, its very handy if you use it.
    Given that it isnt over heating, it...
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    Re: Cooling system Mods

    This thread is more about cooling systems than AC systems and there are about a thousand threads on AC issues.
    That said:

    The reality is that when new, these vans had no cooling issues, it is...
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    Re: Sliding window glass replacement

    Just go to "advanced search" (top right corner) and type in "Carbonized" in the user name search and hit enter.
    Its down near the bottom of the page (#30)
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    Re: Sliding window glass replacement

    The window frame assembly comes out as a unit, then gets disassembled

    Carbonized did a blog write-up on it

    Sliding windows rehab.
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    Re: New old Toyota 1988 YR22

    How did you "check" the seal?

    If hot engine compartment air is seeping into the cabin the seals are always the first suspect in the line up.
    A visual is not sufficient, put a pice of paper over...
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    Re: Rear Wiper Motor Not Working

    I don't know if you checked the correct wires or not.
    However there are several threads on rear wiper issues.
    Lots of problems with wiring, especially where the rubber bellows are, near the hinges....
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    Re: van hums randomly when warm

    It sounds like an over worked or tired pump.
    When was the last time the fuel filter was replaced?

    We used to have a Jag that would make a similar sound.
    Rust residue in the tank would slowly...
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    Re: van hums randomly when warm

    It's been my experience that when fuel pumps start to be heard in abnormal ways, its just their way saying "please replace me, before I leave you stranded"
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    Re: Engine only turns over in 1st gear?

    Strange indeed.
    There is nothing I am aware of, that would link gear position with ignition

    If it were me, I would be checking all the ground straps, I have seen cars do weird things when...
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    Re: Engine only turns over in 1st gear?

    I'm confused, in my world cranking and turning over are the same thing.

    Does it only crank(turn over) with the key turned and the trans in 1st or does it turn over(crank) all the time, but will...
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    Re: game plan for upcoming flush

    PD - if your referring to the article Gwen did on getting to know your coolant hoses, then yes, in that picture the tee is indeed on the heater output.
    It's also noted in the text that the Tee came...
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    Re: game plan for upcoming flush

    As for those sticky levers, try this thread:
    Thread: HVAC Climate Control Spider & Cable
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    Re: game plan for upcoming flush

    PD - Any name brand product is going to work for your flushing.
    No idea what the difference is between the 2 Prestone's, marketing perhaps??

    I am not familiar with water hammer products, other...
  39. Re: Bought a 1986 Van: Hoping for Help with Initial Diagnostics

    Unburnt fuel smells are bad, especially when you cant see a leak.
    You know what they say about assumptions.

    See this thread for what can happen
    Thread: Ebay Offering: '87 4WD
    Warning: The...
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    Re: Power steering system noise?

    If you aren't noticing significant difference in steering resistance with engine on or off you definitely have a problem with the power steering.
    No need to chase front end stuff, other than for...
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    Re: Power steering system noise?

    WT -Sorry to hear of your troubles.
    I am confused by a few things you stated:

    "I did notice at times when the van was idling the ps-pulley would seize up, so I decided to replace the pump...
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    Re: run rich only in open loop

    I think your assumption (of an electrical fault) is off the mark.
    (It shouldn't run like that, ever)

    To have that much fuel on start up, enough to cause smoking and shaking I would be looking at...
  43. Re: Liftgate / Rear hatch alignment frustrations

    Usually you can just line up the paint marks and call it a day.

    That said: The hinges are horizontally mounted so adjustment is fairly easy.
    Moving the hatch forward (toward the van) will close...
  44. Re: Oil Mysteriously Pooling behind driver's seat by battery compartment????

    That is very weird.

    Is it actually wet or is it a soaked in/dry stain?
    If still wet, can you smell anything from it?
    Are you using any fluids that would indicate a significant leak?

    What do...
  45. Re: Oil Mysteriously Pooling behind driver's seat by battery compartment????

    There isnt really anything that could leak there.
    First thought would be an old spill not cleaned up.
    But there is another possibility.

    The floor is covered in a sound deadening material that...
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    Re: Trying to diagnose rear wiper troubles

    So, if I understand correctly, with everything in place and the cover off the motor, it runs for a bit, then stalls and wont "restart", yes?
    If so, is this your basis for flagging the motor as the...
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    Re: Seat Belt questions

    And I hadn't checked your links, but they do look like a capable work around.
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    Re: Seat Belt questions

    My bad, forgot about those guys.
    You could probably make something work, but the factory ones are much more robust and I would hate to take a chance, given its purpose.

    A pick&pull would be your...
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    Re: Seat Belt questions

    If the vehicle already has the welded-in nuts, the best thing would be the proper bolt

    Seatbelt bolts are different threads so as to not get mixed up with regular bolts, that being said, they are...
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    Re: Trying to diagnose rear wiper troubles

    I have a rear hatch door that came off a JDM van, but an earlier version no doubt.

    11077

    The motor assembly bolts to the door, and is comprised of 2 subassemblies, the electrical side with the...
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