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post #136 of 549 Old 05-16-2013, 09:44 PM
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lol yeah, one of these days I'll have it re-done.

Replaced the radiator this morning. It was in good condition overall, except for the crack on the top.

Old radiator out.


New rad in.


Fans kicked on after running the engine at 3K rpm, job done.
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So what was involved in replacing the radiator? Is it pretty much unplug connectors, disconnect hoses and drain coolant, unbolt and remove rad and fan as one piece, transfer fans from old rad to new... install, new hoses, coolant, connect electronics? Any tips or tricks?

I rarely drive the Avalon, but somehow maintenance falls to me. This might be in my future - so if you feel motivated and can do it, take pics and do a separate writeup for us.
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Yep, that's basically it, except I drained the coolant first. Disconnected the lower hose on the engine side, same for the transmission hoses then swapped them over to the new radiator. Very simple job, 1hr tops.

I also flushed the new radiator with water and brake cleaner in the transmission ports to make sure nothing was clogged.
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Thanks, but 1 hour? You are a faster man than me. Would take me a hour just to clean up a work area, get out the necessary tools...LOL
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Anyone else also have a 6 seater avalon?
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replaced my shifter/base and put in solid cable end shifter bushings.. and i tell you what.. my right hand feels like it drives a new car! got a awesome u pick junkyard celica shifter for $8...

it's interesting i pulled the shifter from the same generation celica.(90-93)
but they seemed to redesign the shifter assembly in the later years.

this was the base i had before... the shift rod had a good 1/4"+ play in the base.before the cables moved.

heres what i had before


and my "new shifter"


i tore it all apart and rebuilt it with this "off-road/marine" grease from Tractor Supply CO.
it's pretty awesome..repels water(doesn't "wash out") and doesn't smell like lithium grease
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and these are my solid shifter bushings from Speed Source.
http://speed-source.net/
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it made a world of difference replacing this.. i havent had a miss shift yet. and i can readily clutchless shift at any given point or gear......i love it!
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I did a few fixes today on my car....nothing crazy.

Fixed the Power outlet....again....this time used bulb grease so hopefully it will last allot longer this time.
Also finally fixed the flooding floor problem that came back again. Apparently I had accidentally ripped the entire line out last time, so I installed a new line running out of the car for the AC box.

Lastly my windshield washer squirters stopped spraying and I kept losing water. I initially thought it was old and cracked tank, but had realized it was a silly little rubber "Uturn" they use to attach it to the line that runs up. Easily just strapped in a piece of tubing I had laying around and now that works.

If only I could figure out how the hell to fix my passenger window I think i'd be in business haha

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I remember when I had a sprayer issue. Turns out mice chewed out the tank and hose to the sprayers. Replaced the tank with a junkyard part and clear hose from home depot (clear=+5hp).

I haven't done much to my car. Last month I finally finished my led conversion, and today I changed the setting on my trd rear sway bar from track to street use. Ride comfort improved. This past weekend I got 3 pairs of audio rcas to replaces the crappy I currently have installed. My plan is to get that done this weekend.

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How much that sway bar run you? Sounds like of like a semi cheap and fun investment

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I think around $150. Whiteline is the brand to get.

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Down Stream Oxygen Sensor

Today I replaced a downstream heated oxygen sensor on my 97 toyota avalon. 258k miles. Took me a few hours, trial and error.
1. Removed Passenger captains chair (only 4 bolts, and an electrical connector
2. Removed door trim pieces and seat belt plastic trim pieces.
3. Lifted up carpet to expose the connector for the downstream O2 sensor which is located vertically along the right hand side of the shifter box area. It's not on the floor...more in the corner of the floor and the middle console wall.
4. Lifted up car and broke lose the O2 sensor using a crescent wrench and rubber mallet.
5. Pulled on the grommet that encases the O2 sensor wires leading into the car. With
the grommet out, I pulled the connector out, too; so that it was all hanging down below the car.
6. Took out the old sensor, cut the connector off, clamped the connector wires to the new sensor, and re-installed. The heated O2 sensor was purchased on amazon for $30 something dollars a few months ago.
7. Put everything back in the order it was taken off, and Boom! Engine light gone. Happy day! Can't wait to see what's next!

I tried to take video of all of this using a pair of "video camera sunglasses" I purchased off ebay some time back. Pulled out the lenses and placed over my prescription glasses. Very dorky, but it worked!....sort of. Once I figure out how to put it into a video and upload to youtube, I apologize for making any one "car sick." :P
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Damn that sure is a pain in the ass for a dinky o2 sensor

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