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Timing belt kit, upper and lower Ball Joints-What else?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Double Deuce, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. Aug 31, 2017 at 12:29 PM
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    Double Deuce

    Double Deuce [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Next week I will be servicing my 02 Double cab with the Timing Belt and Pump Kit below.
    NEW GENUINE TOYOTA OEM 3.4 L 5VZFE V6 COMPLETE 17 pcs TIMING BELT & PUMP KIT (Fits: 2002 Tacoma)

    In addition I will be replacing the upper and lower ball joints with OEM parts from Camel Back Toyota.

    Anything else I should be getting done while I am doing all of this?

    Right at 90k miles on the truck currently.

    Figured may as well get all of the maintenance done at the same time so I can start spending on the fun stuff next
     
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  2. Sep 1, 2017 at 8:25 AM
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    How's the steering rack - any play in it? Check it out. How 'bout front shocks and springs? I would replace those as well if they have not already been replaced. Finally, consider replacing the stabilizer bushings and the link bushings. (And for the best ride, don't use those steel-hard Energy Suspension bushings at the stabilizer links.)
     
  3. Sep 1, 2017 at 8:28 AM
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    I think I used that exact same timing belt kit. I was very happy with it.

    Check your tie rods too.
     
  4. Sep 1, 2017 at 9:24 AM
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    No play in the steering rack.
    Will be upgrading shocks with a lift in the very near future (likely OME but not set on that just yet)

    As far as bushings, with the truck being 80% road 20% light offload (Hunting, Ice Fishing , and occasionally playing) would like a ride that doesn't rattle my teeth. Any quality bushings you would recommend for stabilizer bar/link?
     
  5. Sep 1, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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    there are small hoses that come off of the rear of the block and go to the warm up device under the throttle body... they are a real pain to change on the side of the road so, while you are in there...
    and look at the vacuum hose's off of the "y" that is under the upper intake also while you are there.
     
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  6. Sep 1, 2017 at 10:15 AM
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    When I did my front end I did upper/lower bj's, inner and putter tie rods. Only because I wanted to get it aligned in one shot.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2017 at 3:42 PM
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    yep, will take a close look at the tie rods (both inner and outer when we have it up in the air)
     
  8. Sep 1, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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    MAF, O2 sensors, clean your throttle body, too
     
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    All that and replace the vacuum lines. Just because the look O.K., does not mean they are. My mileage didn't improve, but driveability certainly did!
     
  10. Sep 1, 2017 at 5:12 PM
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    MAF and throttle body recently serviced. O2 sensors, now on the list
     
  11. Sep 1, 2017 at 8:37 PM
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    I cleaned my MAF and throttle body about 1000 miles ago. While the MAF is cleaner, I'm not convinced it did the trick. I still want to get a new MAF, and rear O2 sensor. My mileage didn't improve like I thought it would, so hoping the o2 and a new MAF will do the trick.
     
  12. Sep 3, 2017 at 10:27 AM
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    No play? Great!

    Sorry I can't really recommend any. I've broken 3 steering rack links, all off-road. I bought the replacements from one of the reputable on-line stores. Can't recall the manufacturer, but they were a well-known brand, were so-called "Pro" links, and were a lot cheaper than the Genuine Toyota Parts. Couldn't really see any difference from the stock links, and I can't say how long they will last.

    I drive a lot gentler nowadays...
     
  13. Sep 3, 2017 at 10:44 AM
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    Radiator hoses? I've been thinking I'll upgrade mine to Silicone when I hit 100k but your truck has almost a decade on mine so may not be bad idea if you feel like it.
     

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