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Cruiser woes and learning



Man - sorry for your troubles. U're had a hard time and also out of your
In the last few years I've learnt a lot from the 80s specific newsgroups
especially 80scool and lately i8hmud. The 80scool is changing its name to
lcool (checkout but is basically the same crowd. The Aussie
list may be more relevant to your diesel engine as most of the inhabitants
on the international list are US based and hence petrol engines.
However the Aussie boys know their stuff and have been running Landcruisers
in outback conditions for many a year.
So hop on the groups and browse and do some searching. A lot of good info.
Over time u'll figure out who knows their stuff (Norm, Robbie etc.) and
others that u have to take with a pinch of salt! This ELCO is also starting
to give good info and more-so as it builds more mass and knowledge
(particularily with those on expedition trips etc.) and also people like Jon
that (due to work/living conditions) push the limits.
PS Jon's offer of a trip over his way for a junkyard pickup sounds like a
good idea. I'd be up for a ELCO organised trip if I was over there! Go see
some new places, meet new friends, try new foods/cultures etc. :)
Lal in Colorado
-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]]On
Behalf Of john byrne
Sent: Sunday, November 21, 2004 7:35 AM
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: [ELCO] Brake Calipers
Hi Jon
Thanks for the info on the Calipers and the constant velocity joints(
icecream cones). When mine went the Cruiser would not move at all and needed
to be put on a flat bed for 31/2 hours to get back home. The treads on the
end were worn away, the Toyota garage who did the repair charged me ? 618
just for the part alone, thats about 400 odd ? nice ah. The part as they
call it is a shaft sub assy fr was only in the Cruiser for one week and
broke up. When they showed me the new part that had been fitted one week
earlier it had broken to bits. Inside the cone all the bearings were lose
and the part that holds the bearings was also broke. They replaced it no
charge and it seems to work fine. The big end bearing cost me in total ?
6000 to get fixed. This was because other parts hed to be replaced seen as
though the engine was open anyway, like the big end bearings, rings, main
bearings, big end, injectors, timing belt and bits, radiator, all the
gaskets, oil pump gear, and the head had to be skimmed. There was only one
place that would do this as the Toyota garage could not because they had not
got the equipment to carry out the job and every other garage just said no
because they could not deal with a six cylinder engine. Every thing here in
ireland for this cruiser is not listed by other dealers exept Toyota even
for an exhaust system I have to go to Toyota. I have heard that I will need
to replace the big end bearings again in 100,000 miles to be on the safe
side. Now I know from you that I will need to replace the constant velocity
joints every five years, I am learning.
The Cruiser is a 1992 Vx amazon 4.2 auto full time four wheel drive with
diff locks. Is there any thing else that I should replace every so often
because the Toyota garage only seem to know what to do when its already gone
wrong. I do not like the feeling of uncertanty when I go some where, will it
break down or not. The fuel injector had a problem twice which cost me ?
700. Just over the one year warrenty period for the engine job the head
gasket needed to be replaced at a cost of ? 1100. Now the rocker cover
gasket is leaking after two years after the engine job. It was only since I
started to research this type of Cruiser on the net that I am learning
about them and the problems that come with them. The day after I got the
Cruiser back after the new head gasket going , I left it in to the Toyota
garage to get a new timing belt fitted and guess what. The Toyota garage
asked to see me straight away. The timing belt had torn through the outer
casing and I was so lucky because if I had left it untill the next day I
would have needed another engine job. The retaining nut for the adjuster had
brokeand let the belt move into the casing, sent it all down to the people
who done the head gasket to complain, they said it was metal fatigue on the
nut that made it brake off, and I ended up paying up ? 350, got the tracking
done found out I needed a new tracking rod as well ? 390, needed a hose for
the oil cooler ? 50, two brake hoses at the front, ? 228, starting motor
went twice,. Im sure there is other bits as well. Now you know why I want
information on My cruiser if it helps me save money at all. The bearing
problem I learned is a problem with the HDJ 80 series. I found that out on
the net talking to other owners. The toyota garage dident know this nor did
the garage that fixed the engine after the bearing went. Its like an essay
isnt it but true. Is there any thing else that goes wrong with these
Cruisers that you know about. Thanks for your time Jon sorry about the
lenght of this post but I couldnt stop.
John c