AnswerID: 422156 Submitted: Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 23:24
Thanks everyone for your replies. I was at the Toyota dealer purchasing oil filter/fuel filter etc today, so picked up some factory genuine DOT 3 at the same time. Will see if the DOT 4 is useful for one of the other vehicles lying around here, or just take it back for a refund.
I rang Castrol, who advised me to use a different product for my Toyota (apparently all Toyotas including sedans use DOT 3 - even current release).
I'm with several members here - I do not trust what the salesperson at Toyota says on face value alone. There is a lot to be said from choosing your solutions from the collective opinions of a group with considerable background and experience.
With these issues, I think that discussion and debate is worthwhile - the manual for the 1HD-T was written two whole decades ago. Many of the specifications/recommendations may have been superceded with better products - ie: asbestos brake pads for one example. Never hurts to check what other people are doing!
Just re-packing wheel bearings today - probably a little overdue. The brake fluid will come in handy when I reconnect the brake lines tomorrow! (After a trip to find a 54mm socket or other appropriate tool for tensioning the pressure and lock nuts...)
Once again, I really appreciate your help! It's great that we have such a constructive forum
to sound ideas/questions off.
, Western Australia
Gracie "The Grey Ghost"
1991 Toyota Landcruiser GXL (HDJ80R)
4.2L 1HD-T Turbo Diesel
358,864 km and counting!
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