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Old 01-24-2012, 02:05 PM   #286
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Rolled it out and washed it this weekend. Gotta love that hi-tec engine.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:21 AM   #287
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Rolled it out and washed it this weekend. Gotta love that hi-tec engine.
Perhaps this isn't the right place for this question, and I confess that I feel like quite a bonehead even asking it, but here goes: What is the best way to wash an engine? I've heard various and sometimes conflicting suggestions. I'm not interested in making one so clean that I can enter it in a car-show, that's not my bag, just getting the major grunge off of it.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:24 AM   #288
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Perhaps this isn't the right place for this question, and I confess that I feel like quite a bonehead even asking it, but here goes: What is the best way to wash an engine? I've heard various and sometimes conflicting suggestions. I'm not interested in making one so clean that I can enter it in a car-show, that's not my bag, just getting the major grunge off of it.
Spray down with a hose. dont spray directly into/onto the air box/ air intake, or any electrical components. Don't use a pressure washer. Wipe clean if you wish.
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #289
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Toyota did replace the frame on my '00 Tundra in July '11.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=187

They came up with $1100 of stuff that needed to be done that wasn't covered. Legit items that I knew needed to be done, I just wasn't planning on paying for it all at once Muffler, rear shocks, timing belt, right parking brake actuator (rusted solid). I had to take it back for a clunk in the front end which they said was the right anti-sway bar connecting link ( I had already replaced the left one). Charged me $140 for the part and no labor - I think it should have been covered but didn't need any more aggravation so I just paid it. Also a clamp was off of the right CV boot, which they fixed.

Yeah, I'm glad they did this for "free" but it never should have happened in the first place. I now have rusty old shit bolted to nice new shit. I don't know if I will ever fully trust this truck again.

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Old 01-30-2012, 05:45 PM   #290
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Look at it this way, at least you don't have rusty old shit bolted to even rustler old shit. :-)
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #291
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:36 PM   #292
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03 Tacoma, one wheel drive, 2.4, auto, air, no power nothing, I added the Audiovox cruise control. ( got tired of using a stick wedged on the footfeet on long Montana trips)

$12000 new in March of 03 put tires, brakes, and a sensor on the exhaust in 83000 miles

Dealer blasted the sticky shit on the frame about 3 years ago on the recall

it just runs and runs and runs- 25 -28 mpg on the interstate



will buy another one when this one falls apart

might be awhile

hope they still make em small enough
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #293
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hope they still make em small enough
One of my retired co-workers just bought a brand new Tacoma 2.4 single cab with a manual trans and 4wd. Manual windows, locks, no toys (other than the 4wd I guess.)

I didn't know you could still buy trucks that small and it is heartening I tells ya. It's tall, yes, but it's short. I think list is about 20K for the 4wd version. If I were looking for a small truck, that would be the one.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:58 AM   #294
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One of my retired co-workers just bought a brand new Tacoma 2.4 single cab with a manual trans and 4wd. Manual windows, locks, no toys (other than the 4wd I guess.)

I didn't know you could still buy trucks that small and it is heartening I tells ya. It's tall, yes, but it's short. I think list is about 20K for the 4wd version. If I were looking for a small truck, that would be the one.
Yup, that's exactly what mine was.....'08 regular cab 4x4, 4cyl (actually a 2.7L)5speed, no electronic windows, roll 'em up & down. Mine was the most basic model except for 4wd. Had AC and a single CD player. Very decent little truck, although they are somewhat bigger than they used to be back before circa '03. You don't very often see the regular cab trucks, and, at least around here, almost never see them in 2wd version. My experience with the 4wd is that mileage is not that great, 20-21 on the highway, considerably less than that in the city. My ginormous 4x4 5.7L Supercharged Tundra is only about 2-3 mpg less. The big benefit to the Taco is that they are smaller/handier if you don't need a big truck, and quite a bit less $.

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Old 01-31-2012, 11:00 AM   #295
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Spray down with a hose. dont spray directly into/onto the air box/ air intake, or any electrical components. Don't use a pressure washer. Wipe clean if you wish.
That goes along with what I've read, but it doesn't seem to me that spraying with a low-pressure hose is going to accomplish a whole lot. I've seen some products in auto-parts stores for cleaning engines, but have no experience with those.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:48 PM   #296
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That goes along with what I've read, but it doesn't seem to me that spraying with a low-pressure hose is going to accomplish a whole lot. I've seen some products in auto-parts stores for cleaning engines, but have no experience with those.

dont bother they are a waste of money. use a little elbow grease...
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:25 PM   #297
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Simple Green. I have read all the warnings about it also. Here's how I clean my engine compartments:

Do this when the engine is cold. Use the "gentle shower" setting on a garden hose nozzle. Spray the whole engine compartment with hot water from the hose. Rinse everything down real good. Spray Simple Green full strength from a pump sprayer. Turn the nozzle so it kinda mists if you can. Close the hood for 10 minutes. Let everything soak. Rinse off again with hot water.

Close the hood and drive around the block let the engine get warm.

Done. Makes it look new again. Been doing this for several years on all our trucks at work also with no probs whatsoever
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:02 PM   #298
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:49 AM   #299
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Dealer blasted the sticky shit on the frame about 3 years ago on the recall
In, or on?

Hint: They are boxed frames.

And it's my understanding the problems arose from manufacturing processes that were omitted on the INSIDE of the frame.

I.e, on or outside is fruitless.

I've seen with my own two eyes frames that looked brand-new on the outside, corroded and broke in half from corrosion on the inside.


Put a locker in the rear and with driver skill you can embarrass most open diff'd 4WD's.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #300
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Which model years had the recall for frame rust problems?
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