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I have a 98 ES300, 1MZ-FE, V6 with 190K miles. Almost no maintenance has been done to this car. I'm planning to change the timing belt, water pump, belts, but also need to replace CV joints, plugs, and fix valve cover leaks. With all that considering, for you experienced Toyota/Lexus mechanics, you do you think it would save me a little hassle to just pull the whole engine to change all the parts listed above all at once, or leave engine in and do each job separately? Thanks
If CV joints are coming out, that's the hardest part of pulling the engine, then I would pull it out to do all that maintenance.
Then again, I'd probably pull my engine just to change the spark plugs...
It all depends on your level of mechanical expertise. If you change your own oil, maybe you should leave it in, but if you've done some serious work, then pulling it out would probably be easiest. Maybe adds 2 or 3 hours to the total job, but you get it done quicker because you don't have to try to reach in hard places and what not.
I'll probably do the timing belt in the car first. At least this way I could break up the job in different parts.
Just curious, how many hours do you think it would typically take the pull the engine? I'm not too experienced with work on front wheel drive cars. I would like to just drop the whole cradle, but I don't have access to an auto lift.
No need to pull the motor, it's not that big of a deal to do the timing belt and water pump. In fact, there's a DIY written by Marc780 (any relation?) that I used when I did mine the first time. It's for a Gen 5, but everything on the Gen 4 1MZ is exactly the same.
You will have to pull the plenum to do the rear valve covers. It's a PITA, but can be done in an afternoon. If you do it, plan on cleaning the Throttle Body, the IAC valve, the AICS (on the passenger side of the plenum) Plan on an afternoon for that. But if you decide to do the valve cover gaskets, then put off the spark plugs because it will be much easier to change them with the plenum off.
Don't forget to change the PCV valve when you have the rear valve cover off. The rubber gasket gets brittle and breaks into many pieces and is very difficult to fish out with the valve cover gasket on the engine. It's a piece of cake with it off.
Here's an epic thread on how to do everything. Need Advice
Check out the sticky section at the top of the forum. There are lots of helpful DIY's on how to fix most everything.
1992 Camry LE, V6 (3VZ-FE), ABS brakes, dark emerald pearl, owned since new. Replaced HGs @332k, now at 344k
1996 Avalon XLS, ABS brakes, super white II, acquired w/ 139k, now at 280k
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Is rockauto the best place to buy the parts? What about amazon?
I should replace the serpentine belts also. What brand is OEM for the belts?
Rock Auto is one of the best places to buy parts. Once in a blue moon ebay will have a better deal but I have ordered dozens of times and Rock Auto has the best prices and quality. There is always a 5% off coupon floating around too.
I believe Mitsuboshi is OEM. They arent really a big player. Gates, Dayco, and Goodyear are all comparable.
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