Toyota LandCruiser – Maintenance Update Part II (105100 Kms)
Fast forward to Friday 10th September 2010
We had scheduled the work remaining the last time for today. This post you would have to excuse me for the crappy pics as I forgot to carry my camera and all pics are from the crappy phone cam!!!
Timing belt removal in progress
One worker pushing the rear wheel slowly so check whether the fuel pump is advanced or retarded.
The timing belt. Here you can also see the new fan belts that were put in the engine the previous week.
Some pics of the old timing belt
Fuel Filter Assembly
Old and new fuel filter assembly (side by side)
Installation of the new timing belt in progress
New Fuel filter assembly installed
Apart from the above all the lubricants were changed.
In summary the total work done on the vehicle involves the following
- Complete Service (including change of engine oil, oil filter, air filter & Fuel Filter)
- Suspension Overhaul
- Brake Overhaul
- All lubricants changed (Gear Oil, Transfer Case Oil, Front & Rear Differential Oil, Power Steering Oil, Brake Oil)
- Timing belt change, Alternator belt, AC belt and fan belt change
So I think that I have done quite an exhaustive service of the vehicle and the vehicle definitely feels much better after doing all the above.
MORNING STARTING BLUES:
The morning starting problem remained even after changing the fuel filter assembly, so three days back we again changed the fuel filter too. This has now solved the problem of morning starting and now the Cruiser starts without a hitch. The filter assembly needed to be changed too as when we used to manually pump the diesel, diesel used to start leaking from on top of the filter assembly.
Also done on the vehicle is
- Complete interior drycleaning
- Being a 13+ year old vehicle the driver side power window started acting up, so it was too opened up and serviced. Also done along with this was a checking of the all the other power windows and door locks. Here it was discovered that the old power locks or central locking locks are not original. I dint touch them for now as they are working perfectly fine. When they start acting up, I will be replacing them with originals.
- Changed the WIPER BLADES too. The old ones were BOSCH 19” and I bought HELLA 20”
Here is a picture of the instrument cluster. This is where generally the temperature needle remains when the vehicle is running normally in city traffic with the aircon on
Last but not the least, I exchanged the tyre that I’d bought in Navsari BRIDGESTONE (Size 235/70/R16) with Michellin 275/ 70/R16 LTX series. I was scouting for brand new tyres but they are not available. So I thought that as i would be using this tyre only as a spare I am ok with an old one, though I would have loved to buy a new one, alas they are now available and some shops that have, say that I have to buy 4 and they will not sell one. The manufacturing date on the tyre is 2008. Another option that I was getting was HANKOOK (same year of manufacturing) in the same size for a slightly lesser price. But I went with this, with the reasoning that the rubber and build quality of a Michellin will anyday be better than that of a HANKOOK and as I will be using that tyre as a spare it doesn’t really matter.
The other 4 tyres that I have on the cruiser are good for another 10-15 k kms and I think that I will change them next year before the summers.
Things that remain to be sorted out is the registration, which I would know the status when I visit Mumbai later this week and talk to the RTO Agents
So this is basically it, and now the thread is upto date
Cheers for now
FUEL EFFICIENCY UPDATE
Since the last tank full I’ve got an FE of 8.02 KM/ Liter Over 642 kms.
Of this 642kms, approx 200 kms was before I got her service. But even if the FE stays at this level I am quite happy about it.
Now this is a remarkable improvement over the previous FE that I got.