Submitted: Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 11:10
Member - Arsenal Phill commented:
Hi Mike and Amanda.
Its a real shame that you are having issues with the Cruiser. Its the one thing that you really can't afford to have problems with without suffering major heartaches!!!
I don't know if you've had any time to read any of the forum stuff on your travels, but I recently posted and issue on behalf of my mate. His 200 wouldn't change above 4th Gear although it wasn't cutting out like yours. None of the mechanics could resolve the issue and it was duly booked into Toyota Karratha (he lives in Tom Price) where they also were pretty clueless just listening to the symptoms. Fortunately for Benno his in-laws were up visiting from down south. His father-in-law being a farmer by the way. Once he heard about the probs with the Cruiser he said to Benno that they should have a look themselves and get back to basics. Short of the story is that his FIL first went to the fuel filter and it was full of physical debris. They changed the fuel filter and hey presto...........she was cured. Sweet as a nut.
I know that yours is a petrol version and the fuel in essence is more refined than diesel, but I'd like to think that there is the heart of your problem. As you, they had no warning lights, and nothing showing on the computers at the mechanics. I hope that this does help a little and that you get to enjoy the rest of your trip, which I've been following with great interest.
We are planning a month long trip to Lake Argyle and Broome ourselves for next year, so this leg of your journey is of particular interest to us.
Wishing you and the family good luck
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Submitted:Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 11:19
Mike & Amanda replied:
Hi Phill! Thanks for your suggestions. As you can see we are posting these blogs late...it became too much on the day, on the road. We arrived home this week and I'm catching up. to cut a long story short (more in the blog) Toyota Broome are the bees knees. The workshop supervisor correctly diagnosed half a dozen vehicle faults in seconds whilst we were there. They has the car for a week and found the petrol tank full of dirt and varnish. Red dirt from me using jerry cans and varnish from cooked Opal fuel from central Australia. The petrol has two filters - one mid chassis under a bash plat and a strainer wrapped around the fuel pump in the tank. Both were chockers. This stupid Toyota design means that the tanks had to be removed (had to do this anyway to clean them) and the strainer cleaned in brake cleaner for 12 hours. You can't replace the strainer only the fuel pump for $1200, and besides no one has one in stock. They cleaned the strainer and away we went as good as new! Towards the end the engine codes 'lean fuel bank 1 &2 came up', Every warning light on the dash came on and the Cruiser stalled, needing a tow truck to get to Broome! Long Ranger tank and steel bumper/ wheel carrier for me now!
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