Landcruiser Prado 3L TD 1997 T-Belt Reset

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 17:53
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Just acquired this vehicle, am getting a trade friend to do a full service including T-Belt but he is not aware how to reset/extinguish the T-Belt warning light. I have done a quick search on this forum and found data for the 80 & 100 series but not my model, believe it is a 90 or perhaps 95 series. (How the H do I find out -- nothing in the small owner manual with the vehicle). Anyone any advise on this most welcomed.
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Reply By: herkman - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 19:42

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 19:42
Well according to my service manual.

1.Remove instruement cluster.

2. The photo which I cannot reproduce shows two screws on the back of the cluster, when viewing the cluster from behind, they are in the top half of the cluster, and are roughly 1/4 of the way across, from the right, when viewed behind.

3. The top one is called screw A, and the onw that looks to be about 25mm directly below it is called B.From the sound of it, there is really only the one screw.

4. The light is reset by swapping the screw back and forth between A and B, each time you change the belt.

If the light was not on, and so you are changing the belt early.

1. Remove the speedo from the cluster.

2. Slide the timing gear on top compress the spring to adjust the cam to 9 degrees to the right of the North and South positions.

3. Put the chsnge screw into which ever hole it was not in before, so if was in A, put it into B, or vice versa.

Removal of the cluster is acheived by.

1. Remove the screws I believe there are four, that hold the cluster top cover.

2. remove the four screws that hold the cluster itself into position, and pull the cluster towards you. Then disconnect the plugs which connect the electrics to the cluster.

3. The manual does not talk about any other attachments.

The manual states this operation should be done with the battery disconnected, however you should understand that this will remove any fault codes, and will require resetting of the radio codes.


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Reply By: ttizzard - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 19:50

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 19:50
Many thanks Herkman --- I will try that data -- and look to get a workshop manual over next few days.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:41

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:41
95 series is the 5 door; 90series is the 3 door (didn't come to australia).

Yours is a grey import - the aussie delivered ones will have the model designation written on the inside front cover and on the compliance plate under the bonnet. For future reference yours is a KZJ95.

As far as workshop manuals go, the Gregorys doesn't tell you how to reset the T-belt light. Out of interest, at what kilometres did the light come on?

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Follow Up By: ttizzard - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:25

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:25
Thanks Phil -- mine is the 95 series then, 5 door Japan import confirmed. All markings are in Japanese of course hence my lack of info on the engine etc. Thanks for the reference number.
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Follow Up By: ttizzard - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:26

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 22:26
Forgot to say it happened at 100K.
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Reply By: Sam07 - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:49

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 20:49
I have checked my toyota work shop manual but cannot find any reference to the timing belt light reset, Although i think i am missing one supplement book i have three manuals to cover the 3.0LT TD. If you find any reference to the light reset please let us know, I always thought you had to reset the light by shorting out a plug to extinguish the light like some BMW vehicles but maybe not.
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Reply By: herkman - Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 09:04

Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 09:04
I purchased a non OEM manual for our 2004 TD Prado.

The Toyota parts man steered me that way, mainly because of cost.

We purchased Max Ellery's model EPT034.

This covers all model Prado's 1996/04 and also covers Hilux, 4 Runner and Surf mechanicals.

Cost me less than $50 posted to WA.

Very well writen and clear printed publication.


Col Tigwell
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 13:37

Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 13:37
Gee that sounds complicated, the 3.0L Surf I've got (same 1kz-te motor) just has a rubber bung in the speedo cover next to the trip meter reset thingy. You just pull that out, stick a pen into the hole and push the reset button, light goes out. I did it to mine just recently.
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Follow Up By: madlee - Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 20:35

Friday, Apr 08, 2005 at 20:35
There is a trick with the rubber bung,most had this but about 1/2 still had screw in the back of instrument cluster.if it is reset through the bung you need to be gentle,I have one break and then still had to remove the cluster to reset.
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