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djm228's maintenance thread

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by djm228, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. Jun 5, 2020 at 10:33 AM
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    This truck is my daily driver and I plan to keep it till at least the end of college (2023) forever. I'm emotionally attached to this truck now. I'm just looking up stuff on Youtube and Tacomaworld to do repairs. I am by no means a professional, I just have decent problem solving skills (and luck).

    QUESTIONS ARE MORE THAN WELCOME.
    I'm always happy to help someone with a similar problem if I'm able to.

    Done

    To do
    • fix low washer fluid light
    All my pics will be in spoilers so people don't have to scroll so much
    [​IMG]
     
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  2. Jun 5, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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    The very first thing I did with this truck was remove the cracked bug shield and the camper shell which had some holes in it. I unfortunately don't have any pics of the front end without the bug shield, but I do have some pics of the bed from when I had a cargo net and tarp in place of a cover (feat. "little" brother).

     
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  3. Jun 5, 2020 at 11:17 AM
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    Since I attend college in a rural area, I often find myself driving on two-lane highways in the dark. My high beams just didn't cut it, so I decided to invest in a light bar (with spot lights). I also purchased a license plate mounting bracket as I didn't want to drill any holes or cut anything. To mount the spot lights I bought a custom bracket off of eBay.

    I also purchased 2 light up switches and wired them so that the word illuminate with the parking lights, and the pictures illuminate when the switches are on.

    The wiring harness that came with the light bar had connectors for all 3 lights and 1 switch to control them all. I wanted to be able to control the spot lights independently from the light bar, so I bought an additional wiring harness and just cut the extra connectors off of the first harness.

    Since I don't have a diff locker, I moved the "clutch start cancel" button to where the diff locker button would be (closer to steering wheel). I made the original "clutch start cancel" hole bigger to accommodate my switches.
    Front end after installing everything.
     
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  4. Jun 5, 2020 at 11:19 AM
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    The next order of business was to put a proper cover on my bed. A family member just so happened to have a snap on tonneau cover from when they leased a '99 tacoma. It took a LOT of heat to get it to stretch at first, but now I can snap it back into place with no problems.
     
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  5. Jun 5, 2020 at 11:21 AM
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    I added some plasti-dip to cover up my rough looking wheels
     
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  6. Jun 5, 2020 at 11:26 AM
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    Ever since I bought the truck I've had a check engine light (P0172). I decided it's probably time to fix it properly so I don't need to worry about passing inspection every year. Apparently the engine was running rich for so long that it caused my O2 sensors to go bad after putting new ones in shortly after purchase.

    I replaced the O2 sensors and I'm currently in the process of replacing the fuel injectors and fuel filter, as I believe those are likely culprits. Spark plugs, coils, and wires have already been changed by the previous owner shortly before I bought it (I checked for myself).

    I'm now waiting for new fuel injectors and gaskets to be delivered. Everything should be here by June 10th.

     
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  7. Jun 5, 2020 at 7:41 PM
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    I forgot to add that my school has an auto department which pays its students minimum wage to perform work on student/faculty cars. The best part is FREE LABOR. One of the leafs had somehow slid out on the passenger side, so I had them replace both leaf springs and shocks because why not? I don't have any pictures of this, unfortunately.
     
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  8. Jun 5, 2020 at 7:47 PM
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    Today I covered up some rust spots (I didn't get before pics for anything other than the tailgate).

    It's not the best job, but it's better than rust!

     
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  9. Jun 5, 2020 at 7:52 PM
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    I did this last week, but here's a pic of my frame mid-undercoating
     
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  10. Jun 19, 2020 at 8:18 PM
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    I ran into a problem with the fuel filter while attempting to change it after putting in the new injectors. My truck hasn't been started in about 2 weeks as of right now.
     
  11. Jun 23, 2020 at 6:01 PM
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    The nut I ordered ended up fitting. The compression fitting that I have doesn't fit over the stock fuel line. It does fit over the new fuel line though. I decided to just add a small section of nylon fuel line that I'll clamp onto the hardline. The fuel line and clamps should be here within a few days.
     
  12. Jun 25, 2020 at 6:59 PM
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    I went to advance auto and got some fuel injector line. I cut it and slid it over the new fuel line section and the old fuel line and just used clamps to hold it on.
    The only problem I ran into now is a small leak on the "in" side of my fuel filter. It has the original nut and fuel line. I'm gonna try to fix it tomorrow, but I ordered another flare nut just in case.

    I'm honestly just happy that my truck is running again at this point. The fuel injectors and fuel line repair are the most involved/difficult jobs I've had to do on a car so far.
     
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  13. Jun 25, 2020 at 7:28 PM
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    It’s alive! Good job :thumbsup:
     
  14. Jun 26, 2020 at 2:15 PM
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    Thank you. The "easy" stuff seems to be the biggest pain in the ass on this because of rust
     
  15. Jun 27, 2020 at 3:49 PM
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    Now I have a vibration between 40-70mph. I made an appointment with AAA for a free 30 point inspection and alignment check. We'll see how it goes
     
  16. Jul 14, 2020 at 8:30 PM
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    black woolWax, green IFC, borlaCB, custom Line-X PC drums, skid, nuts, hooks, 1/4 silver frame...
    :popcorn: question!?
    has this truck been in NY all its days or where did you get it from?

    i need to change the trucks fuel filter too, its been on there awhile
     
  17. Jul 14, 2020 at 8:55 PM
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    The truck is from Idaho, then the next owner had it in Colorado, then the owner before me had it in Wyoming and barely drove it in New York. He only had it here for a couple of months.
     
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  18. Aug 8, 2020 at 6:04 PM
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    Whoops, forgot to post on here. Getting an alignment and tire balance did the trick for the vibration.
     
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  19. Aug 8, 2020 at 6:12 PM
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    I installed a rear dash cam/backup camera recently. I need to wire the camera to the reverse light tomorrow, but everything else is done as of right now. The one pic is towards the beginning of the install. I'll also get an interior pic soon.
     
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  20. Sep 24, 2020 at 4:07 PM
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    I upgraded the tail lights and turn signals to LEDs
     

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