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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4887503
10/04/18 03:27 PM
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In the shop
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In the shop
Keep us posted on the progress as you always give us great advice sir smile



Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4898943
10/17/18 06:06 PM
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Progress has been a little slow.......

The engine passed a Leak-down with flying colors & Soaked all the pistons with GM upper engine cleaner....Though it probably didn't need it.
Pulled both valve covers to see if I had a slugded engine on my hands.....One of the cleanest 1MZ-FE's I've seen in a while!! The spark plug tube seals are in like new condition, So I left those alone & changed the valve cover gaskets.

This engine is out of a Camry or something similar (Different than a Avalon chassis anyway)......I have to change the Oil Pump as this engine uses a different timing belt tensioner set-up to clear a engine mount that the Avalon doesn't have. Special order from my local Toyota dealer.

It has a broken (Rear Bank) VVT solenoid from the engine removal, Probably going to order a new OE one cause I don't trust the one's in the car after being exposed to coolant.

I need to sell the U140E trans that came with this JDM engine (My Avalon has a A541E), No big deal if I don't as this package was cheaper than any high mileage wreaking yard pullout around here.

Some parts pics......I got the Radiator in after these were taken, $133 from the Toyota dealer which I thought was really good considering what OE Japanese radiators usually cost! Right now......I have $700 in parts & $550 in the engine package.

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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4898945
10/17/18 06:08 PM
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Under the valve covers.....

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2010 Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FE/U341E
2000 Toyota Avalon 1MZ-FE/A541E
Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4899148
10/17/18 11:50 PM
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i was driving my moms 2008 Avalon for 4 years she is in a care home. it was a good car. but i had to sale it. the ride was a bit to soft for me. had lots of power. i was putting 70% high way miles on it. about 700 miles a month. didnt need to many repairs. an Avalon is a good car if you like a soft ride. i tryed running the tire pressure up to 45. but that didnt work as the suspension didnt match.

Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: red7404] #4900709
10/19/18 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by red7404
i was driving my moms 2008 Avalon for 4 years she is in a care home. it was a good car. but i had to sale it. the ride was a bit to soft for me. had lots of power. i was putting 70% high way miles on it. about 700 miles a month. didnt need to many repairs. an Avalon is a good car if you like a soft ride. i tryed running the tire pressure up to 45. but that didnt work as the suspension didnt match.


Not a bad thing in this situation, This is for my wife & she still misses her old 1996 Pontiac Bonneville that rode on the soft side.


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2010 Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FE/U341E
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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4900715
10/19/18 08:54 PM
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Got the oil pump installed, Along with the upper & lower oil pan cleaned & sealed-up. No sludge in the pan & the pick-up tube was clean.

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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4901161
10/20/18 12:11 PM
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Making great progress by the looks of it! I approve of the Ultra Gray sealing the lower pan and new oil pump. Did you have to pull the upper pan to change the pump or just the lower?

My 3MZFE went to its new owner with 190k on it, really a sweet engine, easy on oil and butter smooth and quiet.


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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4901328
10/20/18 04:16 PM
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Nice work. Your wife will love that Avalon.
Best kept Toyota secret.


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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: FlyNavyP3] #4901491
10/20/18 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyNavyP3
Making great progress by the looks of it! I approve of the Ultra Gray sealing the lower pan and new oil pump. Did you have to pull the upper pan to change the pump or just the lower?

My 3MZFE went to its new owner with 190k on it, really a sweet engine, easy on oil and butter smooth and quiet.


It's possible to swap the oil pump without removing the upper pan, But I would consider it less than ideal. I HATE oil leaks no matter how small.....Drives me nuts! So I pulled the upper pan.


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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4901530
10/20/18 08:45 PM
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Thanks for the update. I've never had to pull a pump on one of these so I wasn't sure if pulling the upper pan was required or just desired. I'm the same way I absolutely positively HATE oil leaks even of its just a weep. If the 341,000 mile rear main started weeping in my 4Runner tomorrow it wouldn't make it a week before I had the engine or transmission out to fix it.

Hope all is well.


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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4903462
10/22/18 08:36 PM
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Rounded up some bolts for the Timing Belt Tensioner......8mm-1.25 Main cap cross bolts from a LSx engine work perfectly! 10.9 grade as well.

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2006 Chevy 2500HD LBZ/Allison 1000
2010 Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FE/U341E
2000 Toyota Avalon 1MZ-FE/A541E
Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4903466
10/22/18 08:37 PM
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Tensioner set-up that was on the engine......

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2006 Chevy 2500HD LBZ/Allison 1000
2010 Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FE/U341E
2000 Toyota Avalon 1MZ-FE/A541E
Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4907920
10/27/18 09:00 PM
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Got a couple hours in on the project today.....I'm unusually busy for the time of year with this new job, When I was working on Race/Custom/Show cars, This was our slow time!
As soon as I get the time, I'll pull the engine out of the car. I need some parts off it to finish-up, Like the lower timing cover, Water outlet, & Power steering bracket.

Bank 1 VVT Solenoid is supposedly discontinued & my local Toyota dealer can't get one, I'm not about to use Dorman junk.....So I'll search for a NOS one, Or try to clean the one that in the car.

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2010 Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FE/U341E
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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4907952
10/27/18 09:59 PM
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This looks to be coming along nicely, i bet its going to run like new. You already know it but for the guys who don't. Ace hardware has a good selection of 10.9 and 12.9 metric bolts and nuts in regular hex and flange head along with hardened washers,
Some even have hardened stainless, good USA made stuff.


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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4908307
10/28/18 11:27 AM
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Wow, looking good!
Love the Snap-On hand tools, by the way.
I inherited a wonderful set from my older brother, who passed away in 1995 at 44.
He owned a 4 man shop in Santa Cruz, CA.
He used to tell me his job as owner was to keep the tools clean and lubed.


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