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by lannvouivre
Fri May 01, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Inner / Outer tie rod removal
Replies: 16
Views: 2885

Re: Inner / Outer tie rod removal

Well, I'm going to give that special puller tool a try. I think I have one in the garage. This is the first time I have ever struggled with a tie rod end.
by lannvouivre
Fri May 01, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

Well, the back end is very bouncy. I did see on newer Toyotas that blown shocks will impact rear camber. However, the shocks were blown for a long time, so I don't doubt the springs are also worn as well. Unfortunately the outer tie rods won't detach from the knuckle even with the help of an air ham...
by lannvouivre
Fri May 01, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

I don't know if the head gasket did need it, but the valve seals were definitely no longer rubbery and the exhaust valves had tons of deposits on them. The A/C compressor is locked up, which is unfortunate in TX. The heater hoses were swollen from oil on them, the radiator hose was previous-owner'd ...
by lannvouivre
Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

Got the oil pan siliconed and installed today, and also lapped valves and reassembled the head. Now I just need a torque wrench. Honestly, wow, I'm pretty close to being done. The second steering rack boot gaiter is here, so I can install inner tie rods and replace the boots soon. I also got tons of...
by lannvouivre
Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

If that's what was making the oil dirty, that's good, because I can't do anything but a compression test to check and see if there's blowby past the piston rings at this point. I got the valves out of the head and sprayed it down with my last functioning can of carb cleaner. I will need to clean the...
by lannvouivre
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

I pulled the oil pan and its gasket was so bad I couldn't tell whether it was cork or rubber. It definitely wasn't silicone bead like the service manual recommends. It was just totally chewed up. Crankcase also looks good. Thick layer of metal powder at the bottom of the pan and the strainer had stu...
by lannvouivre
Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New from TX
Replies: 19
Views: 2413

Re: New from TX

I don't see how it's a nerdmobile, the Tercel is pretty cool and looks unique.
by lannvouivre
Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Using Toyota OEM 50/50 coolant?
Replies: 8
Views: 1443

Re: Using Toyota OEM 50/50 coolant?

I run it in my Tercel since replacing the factory radiator with an Aluminum core radiator. Where did you get this aluminium core radiator? ;) My personal car uses the Toyota coolant, so I plan on running it in the Tercel for the sake of convenience. I really need to get some stuff to test the coola...
by lannvouivre
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:14 am
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

irowiki wrote:How are those tires holding up?
They looked fine when we got home despite the wrong camber in back. We'll still need to replace them ASAP (his gdad's 8 year old tires which had almost always been in the garage had to be replaced when a huge piece of one flew off so hard it dented the wheel well).
by lannvouivre
Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

I take the attitudes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", saves time and money not to replace serviceable parts unless there is a reason to do it. Many of the after market parts can give you trouble as compared to the 30 year old, but still good, factory parts. Problems with the new parts caused you ...
by lannvouivre
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: vibration when car stops
Replies: 22
Views: 2437

Re: vibration when car stops

Thanks, Tom. I think I got the wrong part. The vibration is not subtle, I have been drive 4 cylinder cat for several years, and it's worse than that. on flat ground, it's hard to accelerate over 70, the speedometer has 110 on it, so I suppose it can do better. it got 33 while driving under 65. The ...
by lannvouivre
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

marlinh wrote:Why did you remove the frost plugs?
Cuz they were $2.40 for a set and I have seen them leak on other cars a lot, although these were domestic cars I saw it on. I figured I might do it just since I never got a chance to do them before.
by lannvouivre
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

Freeze plugs are out. Removing the A/C bracket was a pain in the ass, a P/O used different non-flanged bolts so I had to use my 1/4" drive ratchet, a size 14 mm deep socket, and butcketloads of nervous sweat to break the top bolt loose without rounding it off. So I only got the plugs out and then th...
by lannvouivre
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback
Replies: 80
Views: 12000

Re: Zach's 1985 Toyota Tercel DLX Hatchback

I used my cordless drill to lap the valves: put lapping compound on the seat, install the valve and than chuck up the stem in the drill, reverse directions several times and pop it up and down. keep the speed low, easy peasy as the Aussies say. I can not do it by hand any more either, so I use my c...
by lannvouivre
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New from TX
Replies: 19
Views: 2413

Re: New from TX

teranfirbt wrote:What part of Texas are you in? I'm down in the Waco area.
Odessolation!