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  1. Re: Van Wagon weird sounds and rough running- Suggestions?

    Sounds, smells and noises (and mileage) are all things that contribute to a diagnosis but are not sufficient, by themselves, to provide anything of value.
    In order to get usable insight, one must...
  2. Re: Little to no rear brakes; proportioner valve delete?

    Nothing like having visual proof of why you need to flush your fluid every 2-3 years.
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    Re: Can't properly set ignition timing

    Odds are that one is after market, they often dont fit well and allow rotational movement, affecting timing.

    Personally I wouldn't waste any time "looking" at it, just stop by a Toy Dealer and get...
  4. Re: Little to no rear brakes; proportioner valve delete?

    If you're getting a good strong stream I would be looking at the wheel cylinders and shoes for something seized/not moving.

    If it was barely dribbling out, then it may well be back at the valve.
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    Re: Can't properly set ignition timing

    Are you are absolutely SURE that you are only moving the distributor shaft by 1 tooth?

    The only thing I can think of that could cause that would be if the cam timing is off.
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    Re: Replacing the alternator harness

    Pos box should have 2 wires with ring ends.
    One heavy wire coming from the battery, the 2nd heavy wire goes off to the alternator.

    The factory wire is fairly light gauge and I dont remember if...
  7. Re: Little to no rear brakes; proportioner valve delete?

    So what happens when you bleed the brakes?

    If the valve is causing the problem, you should be getting NO (or very little) fluid at the rear wheel cylinders.
    Generally speaking an internally...
  8. Re: Little to no rear brakes; proportioner valve delete?

    Sorry, missed the part where your mod improved action.

    Sounds like there may be air in the system at the valve.

    The van has 5 bleeders, bleeding process is in the manual, no one ever bleeds...
  9. Re: Little to no rear brakes; proportioner valve delete?

    RS - I assume that we are actually talking about the LSP BV?

    So Toyota put that thing in there for a reason (less load = less brake action = rear wheels not locking up and van wanting to swap...
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    Re: Upper engine disassembly

    :whs:


    I have tried a propane torch on a few occasions but found they dont generate enough heat, I prefer to fly with O/A.
    Gets the heat where and when you need it, without the long wait.
    Long...
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    Re: Upper engine disassembly

    Dont cut/destroy anything and dont remove the pulley from the pump

    DO grab a beer and have a sit down with the search function.
    Everything you are asking about has been covered a multitude of...
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    Re: Lug nut torque specs

    As far as wheel nuts/studs go:

    Thread pitch on wheel studs : 12mm x 1.5

    All steel rims use a "tapered" acorn nut

    Most alum rims use the shank style nuts with washers
    The length and...
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    Re: Power steering system noise?

    FYI - Your reservoir looks the same as the later ones and neither are intended to come apart.

    The "lid" is held on with metal tabs bent under, unbending the tabs is all thats required to separate...
  14. Re: Steel brake lines siezed, nuts getting rounded: NEED HELP ASAP!

    Sometimes you just cant save them, but usually with extreme patience, success will be had.

    Once the (metal) line starts twisting you're getting into metal fatigue territory.
    The metal portion of...
  15. Re: Valve cover gasket — Oil Leak from top of engine

    Oil consumption that is noticeably worse with highway driving, usually indicates an issue with stuck rings/worn cylinders causing excessive blow-by.
    Continual chasing of oil leaks is an indication...
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    Re: Control Arm Bushing Noise

    Those link ends do look old and cracked and definitely the first place to start.

    The Van is the same as any vehicle, really.
    Check anything made of rubber, both visually and with a bar.
    If you...
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    Re: Control Arm Bushing Noise

    IQ - you are correct

    I understand the thought that new is always better, however.

    The reality is that factory parts are of better quality and if you were installing OEM we wouldn't be having...
  18. Re: Fusible link (near battery) getting way too hot

    everything you need to know:
    The fusible link thread

    Cant seem to attach a link to save my life tonight

    If you search on the above phrase it will take you to Tim's bible on everything fusibly...
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    Re: Power steering system noise?

    Being yellow it was likely (hopefully) Power Steering Fluid
    When you cleaned the reservoir, what did the screen look like and did you clean it too?

    "sound really weird" is a little too broad,...
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    Re: Front Axle Seal Replacement 2WD

    I just searched "steering rack" and got 94 different threads.

    Perhaps you might check thru those and if you find one that is close to your symptoms, post in that thread, please.
  21. Re: Fusible link (near battery) getting way too hot

    B5C - You MUST learn to use the search function!

    There are absolutely pages and pages on fusible links, where they are, how to fix them and what to look for.
    Everything you seek is there, I...
  22. Re: Load Sensing Proportioning Valve and Bypass Valve ???

    The splitter has nothing to do with the valve.
    To find the LSP/BV follow the brake lines from the front down the chassis.
    The LSP/BV is not located on the axle itself, only the lever arm that...
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    Re: Running issue

    B5c - Codes 10 and 11 have been covered extensively, please try the search function

    Running an engine without coolant is a horrible idea and will do extensive damage in VERY short order.
    Having...
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    Re: Lift gate / rear hatch lock cylinder

    There are 2 methods of adjustment

    On either side of the door there are round, rubber coated cup washers that line up with the U-shaped receivers on the body.
    The cup washers are adjustable to a...
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    Re: Wheel spacers sizing

    Hey Rusty

    1) Welcome to the party
    2) PLEASE learn to use the search function, it will be able to answer 90% of any question you can think of.
    3) 4WD vans have different wheels/suspension from...
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    Re: Steering wheel shake, smoking right wheel

    Rubber flex lines are premade and vehicle specific. (and there is one for the rear axle too, if you're feeling preventative)
    Steel lines are best made on site using a flaring tool, but you really...
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    Re: Steering wheel shake, smoking right wheel

    Thats why its important to crack the bleeders, to find out if the system is being pressurized or not.

    Brake fluid should be changed every 2-3 yrs regardless of mileage.
    Up here in the rust belt,...
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    Re: Steering wheel shake, smoking right wheel

    Sorry to hear MT
    A little more detail might help.
    How long had you been driving, what was the trip like (stop and go traffic or hardly any braking)?
    Does it only happen on longer drives or only...
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    Re: Crankshaft Pulley seal replacement

    As to the rad, you may want to check price and availability on a replacement, before trying to remove the pulley with the rad in place.

    Ignoring Tim's advice can be expensive.
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    Re: Gas pedal / accelerator pedal

    The bigger question might be "where is the water coming from" that got it gummed in the first place.

    As to cleaning, any good solvent sprayed into the sheath with lots of towels to soak up the...
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    Re: Timing issue?? That's my guess....

    That can work too, I have even been known to use a long screwdriver in a pinch
    However, I would never recommend that procedure to others, as it comes with many dangers.

    Wire (and screwdrivers)...
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    Re: Timing issue?? That's my guess....

    And if you use a dowel, please make sure its a long one.
    Nothing worse than having a wooden stick fall down inside a cylinder
    Better yet, grab a wooden spoon from the kitchen.
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    Re: Timing issue?? That's my guess....

    Have you verified that the balancer is correct? (Zero mark is actually in the right place.)

    To do so, with the engine at TDC #1 you have to verify that the #1 piston is at its highest point.
    I...
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    Re: Timing issue?? That's my guess....

    If it is pinging that bad, it really shouldn't be driven.
    At the very least, if you MUST drive it, back off the timing until it stops pinging but still has some power.
    Then get yourself a timing...
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    Re: Timing issue?? That's my guess....

    Pinging WILL destroy a head gasket in very short order and that is not a repair you want to invite over early

    The engine should ALWAYS be at TDC #1, before tear down, wether it be for a...
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    Re: Rims for 1989 Toyota LiteAce GXL

    Currently running the (stamped steel) OEM rims with snows and its far too mucky out to be inspecting them.

    Summers are mounted on XL-7 alum rims.
    Just spent a 1/2 hr scouring them for a size...
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    Re: Idle adjustment question

    I know this doesn't help you, but it sure is nice to know that I am not the only one in the world that suffers from odd problems, that aren't easily resolved.

    Last straw in the box
    - How...
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    Re: Rims for 1989 Toyota LiteAce GXL

    Not sure what the width is but will see if I can get a look tomorrow.

    Gotta be careful with years the 2nd Gen GV was produced from 99-05.(XL-7 up to 06)
    After that the body styles changed, as did...
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    Re: Rims for 1989 Toyota LiteAce GXL

    I actually have a Grand Vitara with 16's and I did try them, several years ago.
    Factory tire size is 235/60 and is WAY too wide, slider hit the tread face (not the sidewall)
    Didn't have a bare rim...
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    Re: Idle adjustment question

    MT - did you replace just the one melted grommet/washer?

    If one was compromised, there is no reason to suspect the rest are still good
    The fact the idle smooths out once fully warmed would make...
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    Re: Steering wheel shake, smoking right wheel

    I always inspect the old parts, its the only way of knowing if your diagnosis was correct.

    If they scored, burnt or discoloured, then you can be pretty sure you've found your culprit.
    If however...
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    Re: Idle adjustment question

    MT - I hope your change to ethanol solves your issues but I am a little doubtful.

    All the cars i have seen that had issues due to ethanol required parts replaced prior to running again, and every...
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    Re: Idle adjustment question

    MT - seeing as you've now ruled out all the likely suspects I feel the need to grasp at straws. :)

    Long shot here but, is there any chance the throttle cables are mal-adjusted (throttle and/or...
  44. Sticky: Re: Have a small leak from this hose connection

    Power steering hose.
    It is also the reason for your alternator failure.
    The search function is your friend here.
  45. Re: So I just swapped out the under dash harness and...

    You are kinda in uncharted territory here.
    Not aware of anyone doing specifically the same thing.

    I know when I swapped from my(std trans) DX cluster to an (auto trans) LE pack there were several...
  46. Re: So I just swapped out the under dash harness and...

    It should be on the outboard side of the engine bay, forward of the air flow meter, just aft of where the wiring harness loops over the "frame", tucked in pretty good and hard to see
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    Re: Steering wheel shake, smoking right wheel

    Given that its not pulling I would concentrate on bearings.

    Had one instance of weird intermittent, hard to explain and diagnose issue on an old GM once.
    It would come and go and drove me nuts...
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    Re: Idle adjustment question

    MT - You can use ether and it works just fine but I find it harder to control as it usually under significant pressure, tends to spray all over.
    These days I use a propane torch, easy to control the...
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    Re: frozen bolt (to adjust alternator belt)

    Glad you got it fixed.
    $140 in debt is never good, but having your ride usable = priceless

    As for your oil pan, I would want to verify that is your leak.
    The pan is does not have a "gasket" per...
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    Re: frozen bolt (to adjust alternator belt)

    Manuals are designed to be used by mechanics, so there is a certain "expectation of competency".
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