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I am going through the valve clearance for my 01 5SFE, I’m needing a 2.55 MM shim for one of the valves but I couldn’t find one that small in my local junkyard. Where can I get these shins online?


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the 5SFE shims are (I believe) 28mm OD and the Toyota factory numbers are as follows:

PN thickness (mm)
13753-74010 (2.50)
13753-74030 (2.55)
13753-74050 (2.60)
13753-74070 (2.65)
13753-74090 (2.70)
13753-74110 (2.75)
13753-74130 (2.80)
13753-74150 (2.85)
13753-74170 (2.90)
13753-74190 (2.95)
13753-74210 (3.00)
13753-74230 (3.05)
13753-74250 (3.10)
13753-74270 (3.15)
13753-74290 (3.20)
13753-74310 (3.25)
13753-74330 (3.30)


prices for OEM units between $ 7-14
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I am going through the valve clearance for my 01 5SFE, I’m needing a 2.55 MM shim for one of the valves but I couldn’t find one that small in my local junkyard. Where can I get these shins online?


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May I ask what is the mileage of the car and why are you doing this? It is a very rare topic. Is this a regular maintenance item? Any good YouTube videos to share? Thanks

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whenever the valve cover gasket is off (LOL its barely on with those 4 jumbo nuts!) you just use a feeler gauge under the cam lobe

This vid shows it well but its the easy way, head off one valve at a time:
On the engine you have to turn cam agaist valve spring pressure and the shims can be a challenge to get in and out; you need to compress the spring and the shim can stick due to oil
some blow them out with compressed air and a special pliers may be needed.
 

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I plan to visit junkyard to grab a handful of shims first. So I just need to remove the valve cover. Can I remove camshafts easily without cutting timing belt?

Next on my own car, I certainly need a tool to replace the shim while camshafts are in place. Any such tool to recommend? Thanks

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they make pliers like this
286799


and some autoparts stores may loan one, but they're not usually needed, usually you can pry the disk out of the tappet with a small screwdriver (only on the side, never on the smooth top surface) oil usually sicks it in place, sometimes compressed air breaks it loose. Once you remove cam you can just use needle nose pliers. You have to be able to swap shims while camshaft is in place, for that you usually need to compress tappet and pull out shim to the side, see here:
 
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