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    Oil Change

    Hi guys,

    So I read somewhere that the Toyota Previa (mine is 1990) only needs an oil change every 6,000 miles or so (vs. the standard 3). I am using conventional regular motor oil. Is this true?...
  2. Re: Driving on Highway when Van Died - Transmission

    Hi Tim. So this happened while still close to home. The transmission fluid is not burnt. Nor was it low. Running hot, the fluid was at the "cold" level indicator, which shouldn't be enough to stop it...
  3. Driving on Highway when Van Died - Transmission

    Hi :(

    I was driving on the highway. My van was just about to shift gears, when instead of shifting, it made a weird noise. I then noticed I could not accelerate and was slowly coming to a stop....
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    2nd Smog Failure - $150 in the hole - Leaving tomorrow, must pass - ANY tips?

    Hello,

    I have failed smog today for the 2nd time with the 1985 Toyota Van. It is a high NOx problem. The first test was $48, this second one was $40 and when it failed it was a $60 diagnostic....
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    Re: How to turn down Idle?

    Thanks a lot!
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    How to turn down Idle?

    Hi, so you may know from my previous posts that a "friend" somehow got my van into deep water. Shirt story: the mechanics raised the idle to get out the water and I need to bring it down for my smog...
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    Failed Smog - High NO - Any tips?

    Hi! So the Van (1985 Toyota LE) failed smog :( I was wondering if anyone had any tips. The only ways in which is failed was the rev was too high and that it was producing too much NO.

    So my...
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    Re: Mixing Fuel

    Thanks BB! Gonna try this, as you will see in my next post
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    Smogging advice?

    Hi, I have to go in for Smog and a friend recommended putting in 91 (I usually put in the cheapest available, which is 87 here) but will changing it or mixing it hurt the van at all? I am in...
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    Re: Oil Plug Leaking

    You're the best as always, Tim!
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    Re: Oil Plug Leaking

    Thanks a lot, Tim! I'm going to get one on as soon as possible. Question though: when you say cardboard, which do you mean? I've seen the sort of composite material ones, is that the one you mean, or...
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    Oil Plug Leaking

    Hi everyone!

    So, the oil pan is in and looking good! Except it is leaking from the drain plug -_- First I put it on with the old felt one but realized I should put on a new one. I tried putting on...
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    Re: Will this work for Power Steering?

    Awesome, thank you, Tim! Seeing "Automatic transmission fluid" scared me for the power steering fluid.
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    Will this work for Power Steering?

    Hi! I ordered Dexron III for my 1985 Toyota Van LE but then what arrived was this: (attached)

    Is is this safe or optimal for power steering? It says it can replace Dexron III but I want to make...
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    Re: Any way to test an oil level sensor?

    Thanks so much, BB! Helped a lot! It is two wires, so we'll take a paper clip to it!
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    Any way to test an oil level sensor?

    So, the new pan is on! We (mostly my friend Richard) installed the pan with the engine in tact and it went on great!

    My only question is this: we have two oil level sensors now, one from each pan....
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    Re: Question About Inside of Oil Pan

    You are helping me immensely, so thank you, BB!
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    Re: Question About Inside of Oil Pan

    What is a 4Y oil pan and a 3Y block?

    My "new" oil pan, I am not sure if it is from an 85' van. How would I be able to check on this? Also, is the oil light on the dash the oil level sensor light?...
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    Re: Question About Inside of Oil Pan

    Thank you, Gwen! But what does this mean for my pan?
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    Re: Question About Inside of Oil Pan

    $200?!

    I just ordered this one for $2, should I cancel it? I thought I had the correct part #: 9043027001
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    Re: Question About Inside of Oil Pan

    I believe this is the oil level sensor? Maybe while I'm down here I can install a new oil level sensor? Does anyone know which part number this is?
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    Oil Level Sensor issues

    Hi, what exactly are these two parts? There is a part on the inside and a part on the side. This is the new oil pan I am about to put on. What do I do with these parts? Should I use anything from the...
  23. Passenger Side Door Won't Open From Outside

    Hi!

    I can open the passenger side door from the inside (that's how I let people in!) but, no one can pull the handle on the outside when unlocked and open the door. Does anyone know what this...
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    Oil Pan Removal and Re-installation

    Any tips or tricks to know? It is on an '85 Toyota Van. Do I need to use sealant?
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    Re: Best bet with an oil pan?

    Thanks a lot, Tim! I'm trying the part #12101-71010 right now, and will keep you updated! I really appreciate your help!
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    Re: Best bet with an oil pan?

    Hey Tim, just keeping you posted. So I ordered it and hoped hard, but alas I just got the email that the part is discontinued :(

    Any other thoughts on this? I definitely don't want to move it with...
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    Re: Best bet with an oil pan?

    I would so greatly appreciate that Tim. I am PMing the incitement to you right now
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    Re: Best bet with an oil pan?

    Is this it? http://www.toyotapartsoverstock.com/p/TOYOTA_1985_VAN2000CC-EFI--AUTOMATIC--4-SPEEDWAGON--LE/PAN-SUB-ASSY--AUTOMATIC-TRANSMISSION-OIL/3907880/3510728010.html
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    Re: Best bet with an oil pan?

    Thanks a lot! Is the price usually around $120? I thought it would be around $60?

    Also, does anyone know how hard this replacing the oil pan is to do? On a scale of 1 - 10, 10 being most...
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    Re: Best bet with an oil pan?

    Geat idea BB! Do you by chance know the part number for the oil pan in an '85 Toyota Van?
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    Best bet with an oil pan?

    Hi!

    In getting my van back up and running after the water fiasco, I went today to get the oil changed. However, Jiffy Lube said they wouldn't touch it because there was a butterfly plug as the...
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    Got it, thanks a ton Tim! I believe it's around a quart every 800 or so, but, does this fact change anythibg?: The oil is pitch black after only 1,000 miles? This is scaring me.
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    You are the greatest, Tim! I am ordering this now.

    2 questions: 1. Is there a thread on how to replace to o2 sensor? If so, would you mind linking me to it?

    2. Even though it might be...
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    Thank you all so much for your help!

    I have checked the trouble code! I believe I have a 5-5. To be certain, I snapped a video to eliminate any confusion:...
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    Thanks a lot!
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    Thanks Tim, a lot. I understand now the transmission fluid situation. My only question still, and I apologize if I am missing a lug nut in my brain, but I can't seem to determine how to get to check...
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    You are absolutely right Tim. I have been trying to check the codes. When I opened the link you provided about reading codes, it appeared as if the place to check was behind the driver's side seat --...
  38. Re: Question: How to uninstall driver's seat

    Thanks for the help everyone! After some lube and muscle and removing the back of the back of the seat, it moves!
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    Would this work on the vans? (Link)

    This man, Tim Johnshon, built a blue barrier to protect himself and his Toyota. Could this help us and our Toyotas (noting that we have no crumple zone, could this protect us)?
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  40. Question: How to uninstall driver's seat

    I'm sorry if this has already been posted, but in my search I found nothing. Does anyone know how to take out the driver's side seat? I have taken out the passenger seat many times, but after...
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    Thanks again Tim!

    **UPDATE: (I thought I should put this here since it's all a part of the same problem)
    I haven't had a chance to check the codes, but, driving it around more, I have noticed a...
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    I am now browsing Wikipedia to learn what an exhaust manifold is and does. Thank you for your suggestion!
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    Re: So much exhaust -- long story made short

    Hi Tim! Thank you so very much for your reply and I apologize for being late on mine. When you asked "Has oil consumption increased," how exactly would I be able to tell if it has?

    Also, what...
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    So much exhaust -- long story made short

    First I will tell the story as the short version:

    During a drive from coast to coast, (I drove the van from California to New York), there was a flash flood in Baltimore. Someone (not I)...
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    Re: New Leak -- Back of engine diagram?

    Thank you truly so much Tim! Going now, really appreciate your help!
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    Re: New Leak -- Back of engine diagram?

    Hi Tim!

    Looking at it, I believe it is. Here are some pictures even though its dark -- maybe you can confirm?

    And just two questions: I am going to a mechanic tomorrow at 9 a.m. Could this hose...
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    New Leak -- Back of engine diagram?

    Hi!

    I unfortunately have another leak and am leaving tomorrow on a trip, so this is a bit of an SOS. I have another leak but we are so far unable to find a direct candidate. Some thoughts are that...
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    Re: Temperature Gauge Problem

    Tim, problem SOLVED!!!!!!!!!! This was EXACTLY it and the van is back up and running perfectly!
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    Re: Can't Seem to Find Temperature Sender

    Tim, my gratitude knows no bounds. Thank you so very much, this is immensely helpful :)
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    Can't Seem to Find Temperature Sender

    Hello,

    I am trying to replace to temperature sender, where I will replace it. I have the part, I took out the seat, I just don't know how to access it. Am I looking in the right spots? Can I see...
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