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post #76 of 547 Old 02-02-2013, 11:03 AM
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Got some parts in today.
Not ricing out the Avalon, just some engineering curiosity because of 1mz-fe sludging.

Oil catch can, Oil filter sandwhich and oil temp and pressure gauges. Going to wait until oil needs to be changed before I install the gauges though.


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hmmm am very interested. keep us posted. Really wanting to see the catch can hooked up. would love to get one

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Well here is the catch can installed. Because of the direction of the ports on the catch can it's not the cleanest install but it's in. The catch can was an ebay special. Really cheap for 23$ shipped. Pretty straight forward installation, had to buy a few fittings and hose but that was it. One thing that makes me think though is that the catch can doesn't have any mesh on the inside. I thought they were supposed to, to help collect oil.

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I washed it. Over the Christmas break I tried out my new Griot's Polisher, now the paint just shines.

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Nice man!

Changed out my hood struts FINALLY today.
Expensive part, but easy to do and well worth it. I was sick of using a bike pump to prop open the hood hahaha.

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ah very nice. liking the catch can too
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Cool

I add 2003 Acura TL type S rims !!

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Changed out my hood struts FINALLY today.
Expensive part, but easy to do and well worth it. I was sick of using a bike pump to prop open the hood hahaha.
I changed mine out recently, and the struts were inexpensive. $17 each. Stabilus parts ordered from RockAuto.

Expensive was the $25 little latch to keep the center console lid closed! I figured that had to come from Toyota only, so went to the dealer. I have not had good luck finding where to buy Toyota parts online with parts diagrams, etc. Just found Olathe Toyota Parts and they have the latch for $12! (Hood struts for $62 each - yikes). Anybody got a good place to get Toyota parts when you need stuff like interior bits that must come from Toyota?

Oh, and today I did nothing to my Avalon!

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Gen1 Rear Valve Cover, oxygen sensor, spark plugs

Friday this past week, I took up the courage to replace the second valve cover gasket, which has been leaking oil for over a year. After viewing this guy's youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KaJqN2_8mI
And digesting the Hanes manual, I decided to give it a go.

It really it just a lot of things to get out of the way. I used White-out to put little dots on hoses and their corresponding nipples for an easy re-installation. That was a huge help. The hardest part was figureing a way to move the wiring harness up and towards the firewall to get the valve cover off. I'm no mechanic, but I love to see how stuff works. While everything was off, I went ahead and replaced the three rear spark plugs, and the oxygen sensor that is just below(it's the 2nd of 3 I've replaced and the hardest to get to.)

I do not leak oil anymore! Cabin air smells so much better (duh), and i'm excited to see what else I can tackle in the future. I didn't take photos of everything, but some things I did. I couldn't get a video to upload properly to photobucket, but i'll have videos of different things I do later on. I think I saved a few hundred bucks doing this myself, even if it took me all day! This is my first post with photos. We'll see if this works.

^ Air Intake Plenum off.
[IMG][/IMG]^Air intake plenum Some of the hoses were a little hard. Not so hard that I needed to cut them, but I used an adjustable wrench to twit them free of the nipples then easily pulled them off.

^Valve cover is off! During re-installation I made sure to use RTV sealant on the same spots on the rear cover as what the Hanes manual says to do on the front valve cover. In fact, when I pulled the rear cover off, I could see evidence of the locations where they had applies previous dabs of sealant in addition to the gasket. Perfect!

^ The valve cover off. I .didn't clean the inside, just the trough where the gasket goes. I used brake parts cleaner and paper towels as needed.
The spark plug grommet things (I don't know their real term) came with the gasket kit. The entire valve cover gasket kit I bought on ebay I believe.

^The old gasket is hard as rock and worn in several locations. New one is red.

^ Old vs new Oxygen sensor. I haven't a clue as to how old the old ones are. But since I had already put 100k miles on the car, I figured I'd do the recommended maintenance and change them. Much easier to access from above while all the stuff is off and out of the way. From underneath, this would have been difficult (but possible I believe.)

Anyway, I love this site, my car, and actually get excited now about doing my own repair. Keep Moving Forward! (...and for a toyota tag line "even when you don't want to.") haha

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Nice man! How much those O2 sensors run you? I bet you mine are prob original thus my lower than average fuel mileage.

About the hood struts....I haven't found them 17 dollars anywhere. I looked at rock auto and a few other places and after shipping it wasn't worth ordering. Just went to Oriellys. Haha I have that same latch problem with my center console, I've just kind of dealt with it though.

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O2 sensor

The O2 sensors were cheap! I actually found them on amazon.com
$37.90 Denso exact replacements.
Here is the link:
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nice job man. and yeah that's a STEAL for a Denso O2..

i'm jealous of you're clean engine.. may we trade?
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Stuff I did over the weekend:

Lubricated the sway bar bushings front and rear.


Cleaned one of the wheel barrels just to see how clean it would come out.


Washed the LS
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lol didn't realize how many Toyotas you had

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