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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 1st4x4, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. Feb 17, 2018 at 11:10 AM
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    1st4x4

    1st4x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    tundra front clip, tundra brakes, cab cage, camburg long travel, archive garage rear shock relocate
    I live in torrance is there anyone close by that has a trustworthy mechanic. For simple stuff I have a mechanic but don't trust him doimg my valve covers as I've never seen him use a torque wrench and i know are valve covers arent on very tight
     
  2. Feb 17, 2018 at 11:50 AM
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  3. Feb 18, 2018 at 2:53 PM
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    Glamisman

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    If it were me I would go to the various auto parts stores in your area, NAPA, O'Reillys etc and ask them who returns the fewest parts. The shop name that keeps popping up is the shop to go to. If a shop has a lot of parts returns it means that the techs there are guessing at fixing cars.
     
  4. Feb 18, 2018 at 5:58 PM
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    Duty Bootie

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    Know an amazing guy in Norwalk if you need assistance.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2018 at 6:08 PM
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    1st4x4

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    I normally do my own work but have never done a timing belt or valve covers so was planning to pay someone to do it. Norwalk isn't to far if it's a weekend I'm down to help so I can learn. Got all new toyota oem parts.

    This is the list of parts I bought

    Timing Belt 13568-69095/YZZ03
    Idler Roller 13503-62040
    Tensioner Roller 13505-62070
    Front Crankshaft Seal 90311-40022
    Front Camshaft Seals 90311-38051
    Water Pump 16100-69398-83
    Water Pump Gasket 16271-62011
    PCV Valve 12204-62010
    Hydraulic Tensioner 13540-62021
    Thermostat 90916-03075
    Thermostat Gasket 16325-62010
    Air Conditioning Belt 99364-20870
    Alternator BeltToyota90080-91090
    Power Steering BeltToyota90080-91126
    Valve cover gaskets 11213-62020
    1/2 moons 11183-62010
    Cam plugs 11188-62010
    Washers for bolts for valve cover 90210-05007
     
  6. Feb 19, 2018 at 12:23 AM
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    Wyoming09

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    How did you go from valve covers to a timing belt??
     
  7. Feb 19, 2018 at 6:30 AM
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    1st4x4

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    I'm doing it all at the same time truck has 170k and factory timing belt
     

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