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Is my engine in trouble?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by YotaNegro, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Feb 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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    YotaNegro

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    I bought this truck a couple of months ago. Was cleaning it up real good when I found signs of mud in the airbox, behind the filter, and in the intake tube. I cleaned everything up the best I could and put a new filter in. How bad is this? What should I do?

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  2. Feb 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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    Looks like the previous owner got stuck in a mud hole and sucked some into the intake. Just clean everything the best you can all the way to the Throttle body. I personally wouldn't spray anything into the intake in an attempt to clean it in fear of breaking some crud loose to get into the engine. If you want the intake clean, your best bet is to remove it to clean, and replace gaskets and injector O-rings. Also check your diff fluids, he may have sucked water into them as well. How's your engine oil look?
     
  3. Feb 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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    I have done all the hi-pro mods for a life time, since I got this truck at a great price, I will be happy with showroom new.
    Our trucks must be related. Mine was about the same, to a little worse ....
    think god it has been a "warm" winter up here so I have had the ability to take stuff apart, wash it in the tub, since I dont have a garage or yard.
    Got mine at the end of Nov. it came from a ranch near Ft. Worth I think... they told me it was dirty, ran good but just dirty, and it was.... but its been worth it so far. and i am still cleaning. Just search on here, there is good instructions for just about everything you will need to do.
     
  4. Feb 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM
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    I took everything on and cleaned it with degreaser and a brush. Took a long time but its clean now. I am just worried about any water or dirt that may have made its way into engine. Rest of the fluids are good. Should I be worried about the motor?
     
  5. Feb 25, 2012 at 6:57 PM
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    Get some motor flush, 2 oil filter and enough oil for two oil changes. Change oil with new filter, drive for a day, then put in motor flush and follow directions on bottle, change filter and oil, drive for another day, and change filter and oil. If there is anything in your engine, this will get it out.
     
  6. Feb 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM
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    Not a fan of flush fluids, I would change the oil and filter a couple of times though.
    Be sure to change the fluids in the differential, I would consider changing the trans fluids too.
     
  7. Feb 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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    Why not a fan of the flushes?
     
  8. Feb 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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    A lot of people believe it releases things that then get stuck in other small spots = bad

    Then overheating or other issues
     
  9. Feb 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    well no opinion on flushes, i do the seafoam, and there are tons of post here on that so look it up and lets just leave that one alone.... but if its running now and it seems to run fine, then it should be ok. I would think if it had swallowed water and dirt it would be running like a sick whore, Toyota builts a solid truck.... just clean, like the others said, change ALL the fluids and try to give the truck a fresh start like it was new.
     
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  11. Feb 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    So just a couple of oil changes in a few days and I should be good to go or should I do any other preventative maintance? Would this be a reliable truck to keep for a long time or should I not expect long life and long trips out of this one? It's got 130000 miles now.
     
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    I hydrolocked my truck the other day :eek: ...... But I got it running after I got towed to a house for some tools, toyota engines are tough, I wouldn't worry too much, just make sure to clean it good :D
     
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    I would change the oil once after 100 miles then use synthetic. JMHO

    I would expect it to still be a Toyota :thumbsup: (so be just fine)

    EDIT: I would also change the diff fluids and trans as well
     
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    As mentioned above, I'd look into changing the differential and transmission fluids also. If the truck was stuck in a deep mud or water hole, it could have gotten water in the differentials and/or the transmission through the breathers. If it's not displaying signs of acting up, I wouldn't be concerned with any long term affects.
     
  15. Feb 25, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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    I have done all the hi-pro mods for a life time, since I got this truck at a great price, I will be happy with showroom new.
    mine has 177,000 on her, and only 2500, are mine. so far she has not used any oil, it was full but black when she rolled off the truck, that was the first thing i did, tag was second, but in one way these truck in terms of miles are babies.
    There are people who are putting 500,000 to 1,000,000.00 on these trucks.
    My ol man is on his 4th toyota truck since 1981 and he only really trades because he "likes the way those new toyota trucks look!
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. It looks like I am going to be able to use this one as an expedition style rig as planned. Glad I have a good place to go for solid advice.
     
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