Thread 87780 & 88817 Follow-ups

Submitted: Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 08:40
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Well, 8 weeks have passed since the Hilux motor gave up. The diagnosis of a shredded timing belt was a pretty apt description.

Removal of the head revealed well smacked piston faces which show a repeated valve piston contact. There was no evidence of leaking injectors and as everyone else thought, it seems to have been a timing issue all the while.

Consumer Affairs are onto my case now.

As for the repairs; Given the piston damage, I opted for a reconditioned engine. Whilst there, they replaced the clutch and a sticky starter motor too. All up, it's about $9000 to repair. Ho hum!

The Caravan park who stored the camper for us throughout the period waived the bill (bloody fantastic of them!) and the daughter has been reunited with her beloved Barbie doll.

I am now gingerly breaking the 3.0 litre 5L diesel engine in. There's so much varying advice out there that i'm opting for the middle ground. The common theme throughout is to vary the revs and gradually increase engine load as the ks click over.

Anyway, this seems to be the end of my saga. Thanks to all who chipped in their thoughts. It all helped me make good decisions.

Let the good times roll!


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Reply By: Member - Scooby (WA) - Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 13:37

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 13:37
Hi Joshua,
Thanks for the update. I am glad you have finally got it sorted. Any idea what caused the timing belt to let go?
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Follow Up By: Joshuah - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 08:35

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 08:35
G'day Scooby,

I bought the Hilux 23,000km ago from an army mechanic who claimed he had changed it at the 150,000km interval. The people who inspected it and those who repaired it after the failure doubt very strongly whether it had been changed at all... It was old and cracked and likely the original 1998 belt. She had 189,500 km on the dial at the time of failure.

That'll learn me for taking someone at their word!

The lesson for me was, unless there's a sticker on the cam cover, or you have a receipt showing so (or you saw it being changed), get the belt inspected! It's not worth the consequence, unless you need an excuse to get a new motor ;-)


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Reply By: garrycol - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:48

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:48
The best way to run an engine in is to drive it normally - just do not let it run at extremes - ie heavy loads and no load ie long idle. When driving around let it load up normally when going up a hill before changing down - just don't lug it.
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Follow Up By: Joshuah - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:05

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:05
Thanks for that garrycol.
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