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warrenpfo Nov 20, 2010

  1. MarkW

    MarkW Well-Known Member I am in morocco

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    Looking very smart Andy.

    Just done the water pump on mine with the newer style all in one unit. This means a little more dismantling than expected hampered by a seized alternator bolt necessitating removal of the bracket and a/c compressor for clearance. Popped a new thermostat in and timing belt whilst I was doing it.

    Next is silicone oil in the viscous fan. Looks like someone has mashed 2 of the screw heads so that'll add to the fun.

    Despite the brake upgrade I've still got a pull to the right under heavy braking from 40+mph. Suspect it the rear left caliper as this is the only one not replaced or returned. Managed to pass the mot test with it though
     
  2. Ben Stratford

    Ben Stratford Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Upgraded calipers fitted today - what a difference. I can skid going down steep hills now if i want to!
    The only difficulty is the calipers fouling on the back plate so had to modify the back plate a bit. Should have fitted new caliper bolts as were a bit rusty but will do this next time the hub is stripped
     
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  3. AndycruiserguyLomas

    AndycruiserguyLomas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    On the 60 I had with them on the brakes were very strong with not too much pedal effort. It didn't lock the fronts up prematurely though, It may be an idea to adjust the load sensing valve to find the best balance point.
    I sold the truck last year but the calipers and pads are on the shelf waiting to go on the next road going 60,
     
  4. Ben Stratford

    Ben Stratford Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    5540D1D2-36E1-458B-AF06-80C0EA3A6FD3.jpeg It needs lots of force to skid so not concerned yet. Where is the load sensing valve Andy?
     
  5. AndycruiserguyLomas

    AndycruiserguyLomas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    AFAICR its mounted on the chassis with a thin rod to a bracket on the axle. I suppose it should be called a "brake proportioning valve)
     
  6. iwan_t24

    iwan_t24 Well-Known Member I am in wales

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    Superb upgrade to your 60 Ben! It is a really noticeable improvement on making the 60 brake well or much better! Forgot to mention to adapt the backing plate, it's the same deal for the lj70! :thumbup:
     
  7. Ben Stratford

    Ben Stratford Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Didnt take much care with the back plate mods as they are shot. Will take care of the new ones when the hub seals are replaced and they are fitted with new discs and wheel bearings etc
     
  8. Mark01

    Mark01 Member I am in england

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    IMG_0317.JPG IMG_0315.JPG Fitted new rear shocks today as the old ones were leaking on one side, this is in prep for an mot. I went for the pedders ones to match the springs. Will see how they go.
     
  9. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Got round to fitting my new EFS springs & shocks today......now need a pair of steps to get in!!
    The Old man emus that I took off were in surprisingly good condition.

    Just waiting for the dropboxes to arrive from Aus now, but they shouldn’t take long to fit
     
  10. BobMurphy

    BobMurphy Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Well, its not a Landcruiser, but it is a Toyota:icon-wink:
    After months of work, and the car running fine, No. 1 daughter's '07 RAV4 XT5 is back :angry-screaming:.

    When the head gasket blew last November I stupidly tried to buy some time by putting 'Steel Seal' into the coolant. It blocked everything up and while the engine was in bits I spent ages getting what looked like pieces of coal out of the waterways.

    One job I didn't do then was replace the heater matrix as it was spring when I finished the engine.

    Now it has to come out and the new (£200) matrix installed. There is no heat in the car.

    This is one of those "Ooooooooh Shiiiiiiiiit" jobs as the whole dashboard has to come out before one can get to the heater assembly. That includes the steel cross beam that also carries the Electric Power Steering servo motor and the brake pedal box.

    There are a lot of wires in there :shock:.


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    I have (naturally) been taking pictures as I go but I'm not convinced they are detailed enough to help me put the wiring back. This might take some time.

    Tomorrow a neighbour is coming over to help me dis-entangle the cross beam from the rest of the car and remove it. Naturally some of the wiring passes in front of it and then dives through the bulkhead to the engine bay :icon-rolleyes:.

    If that wasn't enough, I've discovered that she has a broken N/S headlight lens - with bits of feathers caught in the cracks. I e-mailed her . . . "Ah, I may have hit a pigeon" :crazy:.

    I may have to take the whole front off the car to get the headlight out Grrrrrrr.

    Its not as though I don't have cars of my own that need work.

    I was looking forward to a quiet retirement where I could get the house, garden and vehicles sorted out. Ten years later . . No chance.

    :lol:

    Bob.
     
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  11. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    The never-ending joys of parenthood Bob :lol:
     
  12. flint

    flint Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Eeek, what a rats nest…….above and beyond the call of duty, lucky daughter ! I usually just get suspension, servicing, general mangling and neglect to deal with, though older son did manage to take out most of the nearside panels a few years ago when a bollard drove into the side of him.
     
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  13. BobMurphy

    BobMurphy Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Yup, I get that too.

    I drove the RAV a couple of months ago and could hear a front wheel bearing rumpling. Also, the car was jumping and knocking on bumps & potholes.

    Two new hubs, front struts & springs, ARB bushes & drop links and bottom ball joints. Oh yes, I replaced a front tyre as well.

    So far this year I have spent £2,586.00 on a car that's worth £1,500 :shock:.

    Bob.
     
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  14. BobMurphy

    BobMurphy Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Well, the RAV4 Saga is nearing a conclusion . . . . . :whistle:.

    The heater assembly was eventually extracted and, after removing a retaining plate and a servo motor, the blocked heater matrix was drawn out of the side. That was a relief, I thought I was going to have to strip the entire plastic box with all its shutters & gears :angry-screaming:.

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    Old one out, new one going in.

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    The blower unit is then bolted on and its ready to go back in.

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    And this is where its going. At this stage the job becomes a bit daunting :?.

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    The cross-brace carries the brake pedal box and the bracketry for the steering column. I had some fun putting that back - (I lie, it wasn't fun at all, I got the power steering cables in the wrong place and it had to come out twice and hanging the steering column was a struggle. My hands are covered in cuts & bruises - can't do this in gloves!).

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    Slowly it comes together; does that cable go over that one or under it ? How does that one get through that panel ? What sequence do the plastic panels go back in ? Thank the Lord for photos on a memory stick and a laptop!

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    Once it was all assembled I took the precaution of checking that the coolant was clear in the block before connecting-up and possibly blocking the new heater matrix. A couple of lengths of 16mm OD pipe and some 16mm ID plastic tubing allowed me to check.

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    I'm glad to say that there was nice clear red Toyota Coolant flowing through it so I drained it down, connected the heater pipes and re-filled the rad. It ran without leaks :cool:. I forgot to take a picture at this stage :oops:.

    After vacuuming the car out and giving it a rub down with "Cockpit Shine" all I need to do now is clean the finger marks off the inside of the glass. Looking good :thumbup:.

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    I re-pressurised the Air-Con with one of those home cannister kits, but although I have 45 psi showing I don't see anything in the sight glass so I'll be taking it to a specialist to get a proper job done.

    Then she can have it back (and I'll get my Ford Focus back :dance:).

    Next I've got to replace the suspension units on my small (8' x 4') twin-axle box trailer and then get on with welding my '90' sills. Where has this year gone ??

    Bob.
     
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  15. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    Blimey Bob, that was a marathon.

    Brave to take it on IMO, I would have sent her packing with a pair of thermal socks for the winter and a car blanket. :lol:
     
  16. Towpack

    Towpack Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Well done that man! That ranks as one of the worst jobs to tackle on a vehicle IMO. Anything requiring a complete dash strip/removal is just a nightmare. Give me an engine rebuild any day.
     
  17. flint

    flint Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Definitely above and beyond, she's a lucky daughter ! My oldest son has now gone for a Nissan thing (Cashcow ?) on lease (!), which includes maintenance. It's nice enough, but so full of electronic bells and whistles I can feel a bad dose of spanneritis interuptus coming on if he decides to keep it after the lease is up.
     
  18. Dervis Garip

    Dervis Garip Well-Known Member Supporter I am in cyprus

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    Highly differicult undertaking there Bob I know because I changed my heater matrix a few months back myself....... Well done :thumbup:
     
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  19. Ben Stratford

    Ben Stratford Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Replaced Engine oil and filter. Topped up brake, clutch and checked steering fluid. Checked belt condition and tensions. Swapped out all 8 fill and drain plugs on diffs Gbox & Tbox to 10mm hex key plugs with magnets and refilled them all with fresh oil then changed the air filter. Then changed the fuel filter and got the grease gun out for the prop shafts, then replaced the windshield wipers.
    Should then be good for another 5000 miles
     
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  20. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    I think you missed a nought off there Ben :lol:
     
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