Beware funny noises!!

Submitted: Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:32
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Just thought I'd share the fortnight I've had.

Noticed a intermittent whirring noise only under load in the Prado,
thought it sounded like something might be wrong in the power
steering or a pulley, something simple like that!!

Wanted to take the car to my mechanic for a check over before our
big trip to the Cape this year!!

Mentioned the noise in passing, took the mechanic for a spin so he
could hear it!! That's when things started going down hill.

Off to a transmission specialist, "mate, sounds like the torque
converter or pump" took it for a second opinion (to a guy I've used
before), and he said the same thing, so left it with him to pull
apart and see what was wrong.

They found metal bearing bits in the filter, the oil was like a
metal sludge, clutches and stuff all scored by the metal, total
rebuild. To top it all off there are no kick down cables in
Australia and one has to be bought over from Japan, have to wait
three weeks.

$3200 later we shouldn't have to worry about the gearbox for a while.

So if you hear a noise or it seems like it's not kicking down into
gear propery get it checked straight away, might save you some
money!!

Steve G (ACT)

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Reply By: kookaburra - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:55

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:55
hi, is that you in the water in the high country , cant wait to put my 70 grander in water over the headlamps o what a feeling,,,3200 your just starting. regards cu
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 23:43

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 23:43
Struth, looks like a Bass Straight crossing :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:09

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:09
That crossing was on a group trip, and I'd have to say the deepest and fastest flowing crossing I've ever done, and definitely a tight trouser moment!!!

Steve
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Reply By: Member - Paul M (VIC) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 19:12

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 19:12
your right there steve,but i have been chaseing this noise in the front of my gq for two years,anyway went to the Cape and back last sept with the noise still there,no probs.anyway after spending around $4000.00 ,most of it with ARB bendigo,we found it. new tyres ,just about a new front end ,body lifted off the chasis for new rubbers,each time saying they had found the problem.guess what ,it was a broken engine mount.2 new ones ,another $350.00. paul malherbe castlemaine vic
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:12

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:12
The thing I like about the guy doing my car at the moment is I can go in and watch him, he showed me all the damaged parts, filter and sludgy oil!

I'm past the "Oh my god" stage and now in the "Oh well, has to be done" stage.

Only gave up smoking three weeks ago, this has been a real test, there have been a few moments this week I really wanted one!!

Steve
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Reply By: Muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:45

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:45
Steve, do you drive with OD on all the time?

Have you done much towing?
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:15

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:15
I don't have OD on when 4wding or towing, or when I hit a big hill, but other that that it's usually on!

And I did tow a campertrailer for a couple of years, but I sold that around 12 months ago, and switched back to tent based camping. I have had a full service on the gearbox since selling the camper!

Steve
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 23:17

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 23:17
Hi Steve
Bummer.....not the cheapest thing to fix on your prado...however things could be worserer....the cruiser i just bought, came with a receipt to 5000 dollars for thesame thing.
Cheers to you and yours
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:18

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:18
I did call around for prices and most we're quoting around $4000, but even if they were cheaper I'd still stay with this guy!

Just a shocker when it's something different to what I was thinking was wrong. Here I was thinking it wasn't too bad, and then I ended up with a rebuild.

But like I said at least it's still two months until our Cape Trip, would have been worse if it was on the way there or somewhere up the top!!

Steve
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Reply By: G.T. - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 12:33

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 12:33
Steve , how many k`s had you done when this happened? Also, have you done any siginificant towing eg . heavy caravan or horse float ? Regards G.T.
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 15:18

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 15:18
I've done 191,000kms. and have done some towing of an offroad camopertrailer!

Have now picked up the Prado and apparently it started with the torque converter!

Steve
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