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Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« on: January 23, 2003, 04:48:08 PM »
Jan. 22, 2003 ( UTC -8 )

i just replaced its timing belt and tensioners.  what can you suggest more to replace right away?
thanks again!  :D

When I buy a 2nd hand vehicle, I normally have no clue about the history of the car, therefore will then assume it has been the worse for wear. Now, since Newbiewannabe has a Toyota that is famous for reliability, the cheap advice is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." However, doing preventive maintenance may yet be the cheapest advice in the long run. So, it's wise to:
1. Go to the previous owner and/or service shop to learn more about the caring of the vehicle, and what potential problems there may be.
2. Get the factory maintenance manual, and note the reading on the odometer. Itemize the tasks that should have been done with the vehicle at that point, and either know if it has been done recently, or else assume the worst and just do it yourself. The items include, but not limited to:
2.1. Change all critical fluids: engine/transfer case/diff oils, transmission fluids, engine coolant, bleed and re-fill the brake system, measure the brake pad thickness, grease the propeller shafts, re-pack the wheel bearings, etc.
2.1.1. Check the color of old engine oil, when changed. It should not have white or milky colors swirling in it, nor any metal particles swimming in it. It would be awesome the oil can be sent for analysis too.
2.1.2. If diesel engine, try to clean the fuel injectors.
2.2. Check the tyres for damage to sidewalls, the underbody for off-road damage, the brake lines/heater hoses/fuel lines for cracks, inspect battery health, drive shaft boots, air filter, steering linkages, engine drive belts, drive shaft boots, exhaust mountings, etc.
2.3. If gas engine, check health of spark plugs.
3. Join a club, or at least talk with people who have the same car that you do. Learn what's good, and what's bad.

Other things may have escaped me for the moment...


P.S. I found this maintenance guide, which is a good reference for the care of an aussie Hilux Surf, which maybe similar to your 4Runner SUV or Hilux pick-up:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Toyota_Surf_Australia/files/


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Re:Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2003, 11:12:20 AM »
drexx-

thanks for the info! I, too, am a Super NuB! ;D

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Re:Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2003, 01:56:54 PM »

  Check and adjust Tappet valve clearance..... and timing
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Re:Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2003, 04:56:29 PM »

  Check and adjust Tappet valve clearance..... and timing

Most modern vehicles newer than 10 years will have auto adjusting hydraulic lifters.

If more than 30,000 miles (50Kkm), might as well replace the oxygen sensor and pcv valve (positive crankcase ventilation valve).

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Re:Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2003, 01:43:20 PM »
thank you guys!  i really appreciate it! ;D

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Re:Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2003, 04:04:01 PM »

  Check and adjust Tappet valve clearance..... and timing

Most modern vehicles newer than 10 years will have auto adjusting hydraulic lifters.

  Maybe in the US this is true, like my '99 jeep. It has label in the hood that its engine need no timing adjustment. But here in Pinas...My '97 honda vtec before need checking/adjustment after 40 kms. Even my pajero has in/out clearance specs  attached inside the engine bay. Meaning...car engines here were old models of Japan and US.

If more than 30,000 miles (50Kkm), might as well replace the oxygen sensor and pcv valve (positive crankcase ventilation valve).

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Re:Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2003, 04:35:25 PM »
gee! i really don't know what to say!  i asked and you were all kind enough to answer...  I was never wrong when i first think of asking you guys.  and i was right all along that i could learn a lot from you.  thanks again autoindustriya.  thanks again sir drexx and to all the moderators who were kind enough to share... thank you! :'(  Hope you won't get tired of sharing. :D

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Re:Newbiewannabe: what to replace after buying a 2nd hand car?
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2003, 10:50:37 AM »
Maybe in the US this is true, like my '99 jeep. It has label in the hood that its engine need no timing adjustment. But here in Pinas...My '97 honda vtec before need checking/adjustment after 40 kms. Even my pajero has in/out clearance specs  attached inside the engine bay. Meaning...car engines here were old models of Japan and US.

Timing may be adjustable (don't remember) on a 97 Honda but tappet/valvetrain clearance won't be.  Honda's use hydraulic lifters.

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