blown engine on '94 Hilux - what to do?

Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 18:17
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Hi everybody,

I am hoping you may be able to help me out here with some advice.

Last Thursday I bought a '94 Dualcab Diesel 4WD Hilux (2.8 engine, 320,000 km on it, but engine in there was reconditioned 60,000 km ago). Well, last Sunday after some fun on the dirt I blew the engine when I got back on the bitumen. Guess I was lucky it didn't happen while on the dirt...

Still, as you can imagine I'm absolutely gutted :(

The mechanic came over today and checked it out. He said all the oil is gone and that killed the engine. The oil was fine two weeks ago and everything was serviced 4000km ago. But admittedly very stupid me didn't check it again before setting off on the weekend.

Anyway, whatever the reasons, the engine's definitely dead now and my poor baby needs a new one.

So my question is now, what would people advise me to do? I don't think I can afford a brand new one (around 11k), so I guess it will have to be a reconditioned one. But what are the things to look out for with a reconditioned engine? Any ideas how much I can expect that to cost?

Also, google told me that the 2.8D engines aren't that great in the first place. So would it be a good idea to upgrade to a (non-turboed) 5L 3.0 engine? Is that easily possible?

And does anyone maybe know I good place to source engines from? I'm in Canberra, but guess I could travel a few kms to get my hands on a good engine.

Well, any advice or thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!!!

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Reply By: GT Campers - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 19:19

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 19:19
Just chuck a second-handy in it, from a wreckers
Anything else will be a) a PITA and b) over-capitalising
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Follow Up By: Jim M1 - Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 21:31

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 21:31
Hi I got a 1996 hilxu 3L and 2.8L there is not much differents in power 3L broke a piston. There is a place in sydney called east coats 4wd. He's got rebuilds sitting on the shelf cost me $4100 for the engine $1000 for the injector pump and about $400 for the injectors.
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Follow Up By: Unlucky B - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:37

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:37
Thanks Jim, I'll check them out :)
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Reply By: Michaeljp - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 19:37

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 19:37
Google has never owned one. Dont listen to him. Ive had 2 hiluxs in the past 25 years the first had over 500,000km i never put a spanner on the motor. the one i have now has over 400,000km on it and still going strong. If you look after the motor it will look after you.
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Follow Up By: Luckyphil wa - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 08:19

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 08:19
Hey mIchael,I am on my second hi lux too and the one I have now has got just over 200.000 kms and starting from cold makes a hell of a racket and lots of smoke .once warmed up seems ok.been like this for the last 60.000.have yours been like that.cheers westyphil.
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Reply By: Madfisher - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 20:19

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 20:19
Yep 2.8s last forever if you change the oil every 4000ks. They do have a tendency to glug the oil up so need frequent changes.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: rainbowprof - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 14:11

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 14:11
can someone tell me where the button is to start a new thread?
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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 17:08

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 17:08
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2cm below the red My Home label in the top LH corner.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 21:39

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 21:39
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:04

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:04
Luckyphil,
This is just a guess but it might be the injector pump or injectors causing your problem.
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Follow Up By: rainbowprof - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:28

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:28
Thx, found the 'new thread' button. Must clean my specs more often.

Sorry about your hilux, mate. Don't overcapitalize on a reconditioned motor. I've done it before when I blew up a motor in a 2 week old vehicle- burst a radiator hose going uphill on a 40 degree day with 7 people on board. Thought I'd stop at the top of the hill rather than hit the anchors immediately. All hoses had been replaced except a crucial inaccessible one that would've needed the motor to be dropped to access it. Whoops. Should've just dumped the vehicle but thought I knew better. The damage was more extensive than merely a replacement motor because of the heat generated. The quote didn't reflect all the extra work and problems. Monumental miscalculation on my part retrospectively. Cost a lot to learn a small lesson. But as they say, when you lose, don't lose the lesson. Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Unlucky B - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:45

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:45
Ouch, your story sounds even worse!

I've been thinking of getting a second opinion from another mechanic anyway before buying another engine. After your story that sounds like it could be well worth it to figure out what really went wrong with it. And where all the oil went that was still there a couple of weeks before the blow-up...
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Reply By: Unlucky B - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:48

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:48
Thank you all for your input ;)

Sounds like there's really no point in upgrading and spending heaps of money. So I'll try to track down a reasonably priced engine from the wrecker (or a reasonably priced reconditioned one if I can get one).

Fingers crossed that it won't need other things replaced on top of that...

Cheers,
Bianca
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