Toyota TDV8 Alternator Position

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:11
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Early in this engine's release, firstly in the 79 Series then the LC200, there were a lot of doom merchants hurrumphing over their cucumber sandwiches about the position of the alternator. The common moan was I wouldn't like to do a water crossing with that !!

There's an email doing the rounds with a series of pictures showing a TDV8 trayback crossing a flooded river in QLD (while towing a boat, too). Just a month ago.

Water up to the windscreen. Silly thing to do but he was successful and just drove off on his merry way.

If anyone wants to see the pictures MM me with your email address.
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:25

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:25
Mate, I think the bloke is the one with the limited life, not the alternator.
Yes he was successful , only because the road was still in tact.
Im not very experienced in deep water crossing's because we never get rain down here LOL
But got me thinking about it, and i dont think he would have been so successful in a wagon, I think the open area around the tray would let much of the side pressure go and this would have helped him a lot.
Good pic's of a good rig but!

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:28

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:28
Pesty !!!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 12:40

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 12:40
Further concern was that bloke had his kid in the front seat with him.
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Reply By: Crackles - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:32

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:32
Many Toyota alternators have been opperating reluctantly underwater for years so I doubt the V8 would be any different. The doomsdayers likely thought isn't they would simply stop working if submerged but rather over time the maintenance requirements may be higher particularly running in mud holes. A couple of my early Toyota's certainly had bearing issues that failed months after I played in the bogs. Operating any open electrical system under dirty water can not be doing it any good :-) Time will tell.
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:37

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:37
My friend travelled with me to Cape York last year and there were many times the alternator in his 79 v8 Troopy was under water.So far no problems at all.Iam sure Toyota would have done their homework when locating the alternator.
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:49

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:49
Although mine aren't the V8s, I have 4 Toyota's that do water xings twice a day every day for 180 days, and the Alternators go under water each and every time without a problem.

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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 12:28

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 12:28
It's like most things to do with 4wding, people have some strange ideas with no surport to back there claims.

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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 13:21

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 13:21
fine in water its the muddy crossings that will stop them. even the positioning of the old 1hz alternator left it vulnerable in just mud puddles. the mud just chews them straight out
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 14:48

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 14:48
Dead right its the mud that kills them, our Isuzus have the alt under the air con compressor and it can be a pain when doing a lot of muddy stuff.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 15:23

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 15:23
Same with the crummy 100 Series rear brakes .
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Reply By: 2517 - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 19:00

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 19:00
In the N.T. knocking the oil sensor off and pumping the oil out in not unheard off,
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Reply By: hl - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 21:17

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 21:17
Whether it survives or not is not the point.... It's pretty silly to place it at what must be the lowest point in the engine bay in a vehicle like that.

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