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2000 Toyota Avalon #4886078 10/03/18 12:41 AM
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A GOOD longtime friend/customer was letting his step-daughter borrow his Avalon because she destroyed her car, Took her a little over 6 months to destroy this one! The radiator developed a leak & she kept on driving it for who knows how long? I went to his house for some BBQ & beer a few weeks ago & to diagnose the issue......
So much water/coolant had been ingested that the engine was hydrolocked & a oil/water mix was flowing into the air-box, Antifreeze jugs littered the back seat floorboard & truck (At least 20 of them).

I have taken care of this car since it was new & has 144,xxx miles on it now, It was in need of valve cover gaskets (seeping) & a high pressure P/S hose the last time I saw it at 110,000 miles but declined as he didn't drive it much it being a third vehicle & all. It wasn't leaking bad yet.
I had put 4 new OE struts, Rebooted the CV axles, Brakes all around, Timing belt, Water pump, Idler, Tensioner, Drive belts, Cam & Crank seals, Thermostat, Trans service, Differential service & some things I forget 6 years ago at @ 90,000 miles.

Enough with the rambling......I asked him how much he wanted for the car.........He gave me the car outright, Dragged me to the sub-courthouse & paid $45 to transfer the title (Gifted) into my name the following Monday. I must admit that I HATE people giving me anything, Makes me feel uncomfortable as I've worked for everything I own & don't ask for hand-outs! He's a very good guy & KNOW it's nothing he would bring up later.....He's just sticking it too the Wife & her daughter!

Bought a JDM 1MZ-FE VVTi/A541E package from another friend that I've known for 25+years (about the same time he immigrated form India to the US on a work visa) since he worked as my apprentice at a Cadillac/GMC/Pontiac dealer, He started importing JDM engines as a hobby about 15 years ago & grew it into a full time flourishing business. He sold it to me "raw" right out of the container from Japan without the pressure washing & brightening salesmanship bling.

Had the car towed to my work, As it sits in "The Pen" .........


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A gold Avalon? puke

Should have sent it to that great junkyard in the sky where it belongs and put it out of it's misery!


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JDM engine package.....

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Very nice. Do you plan to lower the subframe onto a hydraulic table and do the swap that way?


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Cool. I have a 2000 Lexus es300. Very similar car. Same engine. It's very reliable. The engine is not a power house but it's fun to wring it out.


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There are two knock sensors on this engine under the intake manifold under the air intake plenum. Mine need to be changed. There is also a knock sensors harness that connects the 2 knock sensors to the main harness. Sometimes those wiring harness go bad. Might want to give it a visual while the motors out. Also there is a coolant bypass tube under the intake manifold. It's made of the same rubber as the other radiator hose. As much as it sucks you might want to change that hose so you know it won't leak or blow and leave you stranded or worse overheat the engine.

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Originally Posted by clinebarger

I had put 4 new OE struts, Rebooted the CV axles, Brakes all around, Timing belt, Water pump, Idler, Tensioner, Drive belts, Cam & Crank seals, Thermostat, Trans service, Differential service & some things I forget 6 years ago at @ 90,000 miles.


Is that amount of work @ 90,000 miles normal?


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In addition to what joegreen suggested, pull the oil pan and check the engine for sludge before installing it (these engines were known sludge monsters). I would also change the sparkplugs, PCV valve, and do a timing belt/water pump/idler pulley service on it while it is out of the car. A couple of hundred dollars worth of maintenance now will save you a lot of hassles later.

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Originally Posted by 2015Corolla
Originally Posted by clinebarger

I had put 4 new OE struts, Rebooted the CV axles, Brakes all around, Timing belt, Water pump, Idler, Tensioner, Drive belts, Cam & Crank seals, Thermostat, Trans service, Differential service & some things I forget 6 years ago at @ 90,000 miles.


Is that amount of work @ 90,000 miles normal?

Twenty years ago sure. About half those parts are not that uncommon today on the last of the TB cars. Some of that stuff aged out (like the seals).


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We had one of those several years ago, same year and color! That thing would definitely scoot around for being such a large car. Unfortunately electrical gremlins were popping up left and right and we sent it on its way at around 70K.


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Seems like you know your way around them. Toyota Avalons/Camrys always did well for my Family members with ownership. Good luck with it & keep us posted please.


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Originally Posted by The Critic
Very nice. Do you plan to lower the subframe onto a hydraulic table and do the swap that way?


I have access to a lift & a engine table......Though I haven't decided if I'm going to pull it out the top or drop the subframe. I'm leaning toward pulling it out the top, That way I can push the car off the lift & have time to clean-up the engine harness, Replace any connectors with broken lock tabs & re-wrap it with Tesa Tape. The Texas heat combined with underhood eat kills Toyota electrical connectors for some reason.


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Man, some people should only ride a bike, take the bus or use Uber if they can't maintain a car.

Looks like you have a project on your hands, the MZ series Toyota V6s might not have the same power as the Honda J-series V6s, but they are a good motor as long as they are maintained.

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Originally Posted by wag123
In addition to what joegreen suggested, pull the oil pan and check the engine for sludge before installing it (these engines were known sludge monsters). I would also change the sparkplugs, PCV valve, and do a timing belt/water pump/idler pulley service on it while it is out of the car. A couple of hundred dollars worth of maintenance now will save you a lot of hassles later.


I'm fully aware, It will be tore down to a long block & completely re-sealed, And the pistons soaked with GM Upper Engine Cleaner.
Spark Plugs, Water pump, All new OE timing components (even the plastic cover packing), Clean & flow the injectors, New radiator, ALL coolant hoses, Thermostat.

This will be my wife's car & must be mechanically perfect, My middle daughter is getting the Corolla....Which was supposed to go to my oldest daughter but I found a cheap 2009 Honda Civic for her that I had to rebuild the transmission on, I just hope the R18 doesn't [censored] the bed anytime soon!


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Originally Posted by dishdude
A gold Avalon? puke

Should have sent it to that great junkyard in the sky where it belongs and put it out of it's misery!


If I can make a reliable ride out of it for $4000, I win! It's not for me.....It's for my wife & she doesn't care as long as it's reliable, Has good A/C, & doesn't leak fluids.


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Keep us posted on the progress as you always give us great advice sir smile



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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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Under the valve covers.....

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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.

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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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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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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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Nice work. Your wife will love that Avalon.
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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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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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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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Tensioner set-up that was on the engine......

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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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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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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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Pulled the lower intake manifold, Replaced the hose from the thermostat housing to the water outlet manifold.....It was in good shape like every other gasket/seal/hose I've replaced on this engine! I did not reseal the valley plate because of this.

Replaced the thermostat along with the O-ring on the Inlet Pipe.

Flowed the Injectors with straight GM Upper Engine/Injector Cleaner followed with straight E0 93 octane gasoline, If ya'll want pictures of my Injector Cleaning rig....I'll post pics.
They cleaned-up nicely......I'm not quite used to seeing the "Split" spray pattern used on engines with 2 intake valves as I've worked on LSx engines the bulk of my career.

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Where did you get the hose under the intake manifold?

My brother had a 96' ES300 and was up in Montana on vacation in 2014. He called me and thought the head gasket was leaking. I drove up there to bring him down and we discovered it was the intake manifold gasket. After taking that apart we found that hose, and while it wasn't leaking yet it was about to, was bulged etc.

We searched and searched for a hose, called a Toyota dealer and had them order one for a Camry, ordered one from O'Reilly's, and both were sort of S shaped. Had 2 bends. The hose we pulled off had one bend. We had no choice but to use it, but trimmed it to make it fit.


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Looks great! I see a lot 2 and 4 spray pattern injectors on 2 intake valve heads, notice one spray stream aims at each valve, some older multi valve turbo engines have strange patterns (eg 2 sharp needle streams with no real atomization) as they like a straight shot, DI is a perfect solution for these units.


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Originally Posted by Nick1994
Where did you get the hose under the intake manifold?


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On the other hand....Any GM dealer can procure & look-up parts per the VIN regardless of marque!

Some good news is......Sewell Lexus of Ft. Worth had the VVT solenoid I needed in stock. So I guess a Toyota dealer can't browse Lexus part inventory either!!!


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Originally Posted by Trav
Looks great! I see a lot 2 and 4 spray pattern injectors on 2 intake valve heads, notice one spray stream aims at each valve, some older multi valve turbo engines have strange patterns (eg 2 sharp needle streams with no real atomization) as they like a straight shot, DI is a perfect solution for these units.



Thanks man!!! I'm not really that happy with the way it LOOKS.....But I don't have the time to detail things like I normally would, (I don't have keys to the shop yet), At least it will run good & not leak.

These are 4 hole injectors with 2 streams per valve, They looked like 4 needle streams when hit with a 500 Millisecond single-pulse, Though I doubt they ever see that kid of duty cycle in service.
I don't know injectors like you....Just observations.


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So what's the word on those JDM engines these days? When I worked on consumer cars, the spiel was that they all had 30k miles. Some were decent, and some had clearly never had any maintenance at all.

As to the guy that mentioned the 1MZ-FE being sludge monsters, I was working at a Toyota dealer when they came out. The BIG issue was that people bought or more often leased vehicles due to the sterling reputation for reliability Toyota had/has, and then people NEVER changed the oil. I'd see cars come in at 30-40k miles, with the original factory fill, because the engine was making a "funny noise". Invariably the goop that used to be oil, was no longer able to do it's job...

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Looks great! I see a lot 2 and 4 spray pattern injectors on 2 intake valve heads, notice one spray stream aims at each valve, some older multi valve turbo engines have strange patterns (eg 2 sharp needle streams with no real atomization) as they like a straight shot, DI is a perfect solution for these units.



Thanks man!!! I'm not really that happy with the way it LOOKS.....But I don't have the time to detail things like I normally would, (I don't have keys to the shop yet), At least it will run good & not leak.

These are 4 hole injectors with 2 streams per valve, They looked like 4 needle streams when hit with a 500 Millisecond single-pulse, Though I doubt they ever see that kid of duty cycle in service.
I don't know injectors like you....Just observations.


Yes I see that also on some of them. Some maintain that pattern at operating psi while others will only show it at low psi and blend 2 streams to form one side of a fat atomized V. When testing I run them at low psi to insure I can see all 4 streams before turning up the pressure.
I will see if I can find an old paper I have here that shows the over a dozen different commonly used patterns and scan it so I can post it.

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As to the guy that mentioned the 1MZ-FE being sludge monsters, I was working at a Toyota dealer when they came out. The BIG issue was that people bought or more often leased vehicles due to the sterling reputation for reliability Toyota had/has, and then people NEVER changed the oil. I'd see cars come in at 30-40k miles, with the original factory fill, because the engine was making a "funny noise". Invariably the goop that used to be oil, was no longer able to do it's job...

I know that the sludge problem was mostly due to a lack of proper maintenance. Some people think that Toyotas are indestructible and don't need regular maintenance, in particular, some of the people I have known that trade them every 2 or 3 years or lease them.
I had a 98 Camry V/6 and changed the oil every 5k miles using Mobil 1 exclusively. I also check my fluid levels and tire pressures at least once a month. When I got rid of the car it had 220k miles on it and never developed an ounce of sludge buildup.
Toyota can certainly take part of the blame on this one though. During that era they went to a 7500 mile oil change interval recommendation. This could be problematic (and was) when using cheaper conventional motor oils combined with certain types of driving, and letting the engine run low on oil for a couple thousand miles during each oil change cycle exasperated the problem. Because of this, the 1MZ-FE wasn't the only Toyota engine that exhibited a sludge buildup problem, just the most severe. Also, you didn't see the problem as much in Lexus products with the 1MZ-FE because of the fact that most Lexus dealers were selling/using synthetic oil in their service departments.

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So what's the word on those JDM engines these days? When I worked on consumer cars, the spiel was that they all had 30k miles. Some were decent, and some had clearly never had any maintenance at all.


More like 45k to 65k according to the guy I buy from, It's hit & miss....No one knows the history of these engines. He gives 30-days for you to find out!!
He said he got burned on some flooded engines a few years ago....But other than that they have been good engines for the most part.

The local wreaking yard scene around here is scary, If they tell you 90k.....It has 290k!!! Buying JDM is a safer bet especially with older Japanese cars.


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Originally Posted by Trav

Yes I see that also on some of them. Some maintain that pattern at operating psi while others will only show it at low psi and blend 2 streams to form one side of a fat atomized V. When testing I run them at low psi to insure I can see all 4 streams before turning up the pressure.
I will see if I can find an old paper I have here that shows the over a dozen different commonly used patterns and scan it so I can post it.

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Thanks Trav......I was running them a 30psi, I was clamped onto the cut-off nylon feed pipe.....So I didn't push my luck with more pressure.


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Minor updates.....

Got the engine out of the car, Went pretty smooth considering I've never pulled a 1MZ before.

Stripped the harness off the old engine & got it wrapped with TESA 51036 cloth tape, Use this tape & you will NEVER use vinyl electrical tape again for engine harnesses! Very price competitive to Scotch/3M Super33+.

Timing covers cleaned-up & installed, Used the JDM 100,000KM timing belt service upper cover for some flare, Decided to try the A/C compressor that was on the JDM engine.....The clutch cover was bent, So I drilled out the rivets holding it on the clutch.
The compressor on the car is identical besides the guard/cover, Anyone know why this was installed??

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Originally Posted by clinebarger
Pulled the lower intake manifold, Replaced the hose from the thermostat housing to the water outlet manifold.....It was in good shape like every other gasket/seal/hose I've replaced on this engine! I did not reseal the valley plate because of this.


I'm dreading having to do that job on my parent's 3MZ-FE in their Sienna, from what The Critic told me, it's a fairly common thing for the valley plate to leak on these but more so with the cars using pink SLLC?

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Thanks for the tip on the TESA 51036, I ordered some today. I have been using an older 51608 version of this.
The 3M Temflex 2155 self vulcanizing rubber is what I use to wrap damaged insulation on wires that I cant cut out or waterproofing a connector by wrapping it.
It only sticks to itself but after a few hours its almost like a solid piece of rubber if you try and remove it.

Edit: For those who have never used the 3M you must stretch it when applying or it will not stick to itself.

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Nice tip on the tape, I've used self vulcanizing tape like Trav mentioned in the past or super 33. I'll have to order some up!

How's the project coming? Will you change the transmission front pump seal and flush the converter while the engine is out, or assume if it's dry now, leave it alone?


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Nice tip on the tape, I've used self vulcanizing tape like Trav mentioned in the past or super 33. I'll have to order some up!

How's the project coming? Will you change the transmission front pump seal and flush the converter while the engine is out, or assume if it's dry now, leave it alone?


The trans is getting re-sealed with new pump seal, pan gasket & both axle seals. I'll just drain the converter after checking the internal end-play.

It's coming along very slowly with the holidays/family & all, I did reseal the JDM PS pump with a Toyota seal kit. The pumps are the same, The brackets/feed pipe & pulley are different.

Bought the Reservoir to Pump hose & Return Hose from Toyota which was expensive in my opinion ($160 for both with my discount)
The high pressure hose is not leaking at the moment, Toyota wants @$335 for a new one.


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That is way more money than I'd expect for 2 low pressure hoses, I too appreciate OE parts, but man they make it tough when simple parts like that are so expensive. Still better than doing the job twice with JUNK aftermarket parts.


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I had a local hydraulics shop redo two AC lines for me, he also told me he can do power steering lines with Parker or Aeroquip hose but too many people buy parts store hoses for that.

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That is way more money than I'd expect for 2 low pressure hoses, I too appreciate OE parts, but man they make it tough when simple parts like that are so expensive. Still better than doing the job twice with JUNK aftermarket parts.


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Originally Posted by nthach
I had a local hydraulics shop redo two AC lines for me, he also told me he can do power steering lines with Parker or Aeroquip hose but too many people buy parts store hoses for that.


I've had a few made by hydraulic hose shops......They NEVER get them clocked right. I would buy an Edelmann replacement....But they have the same issue with clocking & they use JUNK price-point hose.


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How's the Avalon doing?


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The engine is ready to go......Still need to reseal the trans.

I just haven't had the time to be honest, Been building a few transmissions on the weekends. I'll keep ya'll updated!


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The engine/transaxle is finally ready for install.

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I'm sure this has already been covered but my wife's family had two 1996 Avalons with the 3.0L. They were exactly the same. The even came off the assembly line together, one right after the other.

My wife's dad meticulously took care of his. Got the oil changed every 3,000 miles without fail and had complete maintenance records to back it up. It still sludged at 130k miles on the odo if i remember right (i inherited this car for its last 40k).

My wife's uncle had the sister car. He was just as anal about the maintenance but he is a big Amsoil guy. He ran SS in it and I'm not sure of the interval, but I think it was 10k. He still owns his to this day with almost 200k and no sludge issues.

I know people say these engines are fine with regular maintenance but I personally do not believe this to be true. I think anyone with these sludger 3.0L V6s would be best using full synthetics if they want to keep the car a while.

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Looking forward to having this in the car and running. It's looking good. Did you elect to replace the brushes in the alternator as a preventative measure? When I did the timing on Laurens 3MZ for the second time at 180,000 miles I installed new brushes, the original brushes were about 2/3 or maybe a little more worn. I figured that replacing the brushes was cheap insurance against getting stranded with a dead alternator. Ended up selling the car a few months later at 190,000 miles. I always loved how smooth the 3MZ was.


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I'm well aware of the issues with the 1MZ-FE, It will be fed Mobil 1 5w30 on a 5,000 mile OCI.

I believe there are other factors to this "sludge" issue, Such as.......If the engine never reaches operating temperature from a malfunctioning thermostat &/or short-tripping.

There was several revisions to the valve cover baffling & the PCV system during the MZ production run. I'm running the latest steel 1MZ-FE/3MZ-FE PCV Valve that screws into the VC instead of the plastic valve & grommet set-up.


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I believe there are other factors to this "sludge" issue, Such as.......If the engine never reaches operating temperature from a malfunctioning thermostat &/or short-tripping.

I agree.

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I'm well aware of the issues with the 1MZ-FE, It will be fed Mobil 1 5w30 on a 5,000 mile OCI.

I believe there are other factors to this "sludge" issue, Such as.......If the engine never reaches operating temperature from a malfunctioning thermostat &/or short-tripping.

There was several revisions to the valve cover baffling & the PCV system during the MZ production run. I'm running the latest steel 1MZ-FE/3MZ-FE PCV Valve that screws into the VC instead of the plastic valve & grommet set-up.



The one that sludged for us was used as a commuter car for my wife to drive to work. THe drive was 25 miles each way. THe thermostat was always fine and the PCV was still in operating condition. We had it fully checked out when the sludge appeared and everything was working properly. It just sludged.

It was never short tripped. When her father owned the car, his daily commute was 30+ miles each way. That thing cruised great on the highway. So comfortable.


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I'd imagine the guy who did 3k oil changes used dino, and the Amsoil guy obviously used synthetic. Could that have been the difference?


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Looking forward to having this in the car and running. It's looking good. Did you elect to replace the brushes in the alternator as a preventative measure? When I did the timing on Laurens 3MZ for the second time at 180,000 miles I installed new brushes, the original brushes were about 2/3 or maybe a little more worn. I figured that replacing the brushes was cheap insurance against getting stranded with a dead alternator. Ended up selling the car a few months later at 190,000 miles. I always loved how smooth the 3MZ was.


You seem to know me at little too well!!
The alternator was sent to a local shop (Fort Worth Starter & Generator) & had new Denso brushes installed, I'm using the alternator off the JDM engine & could have been put directly into service.
Had the same outfit install new Denso contacts & plunger in the starter.


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It seems to be coming along great. Would you know if that place sells original Denso brushes, its almost impossible to find any OE brushes and regulators other than Bosch.
Any idea when you will have it in the car? New CV boots and a regrease?


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It seems to be coming along great. Would you know if that place sells original Denso brushes, its almost impossible to find any OE brushes and regulators other than Bosch.
Any idea when you will have it in the car? New CV boots and a regrease?


They said they used Denso brushes.....But you saying they are almost impossible to find makes me pause & wonder.....But I will ask.

I rebooted the axles @50,000 miles ago for the original owner using OE boots & grease.

Got it installed today, Hopefully I'll have it finished up tomorrow.

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Thanks for asking them. Some are available with brush holder online but I was looking for ones for an older Mitsubishi unit and came up blank, it would be great if they had them.


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It seems to be coming along great. Would you know if that place sells original Denso brushes, its almost impossible to find any OE brushes and regulators other than Bosch.
Any idea when you will have it in the car? New CV boots and a regrease?


They said they used Denso brushes.....But you saying they are almost impossible to find makes me pause & wonder.....But I will ask.

I rebooted the axles @50,000 miles ago for the original owner using OE boots & grease.

Got it installed today, Hopefully I'll have it finished up tomorrow.

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I'd flush out that old brake fluid while you're at it.

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I'd flush out that old brake fluid while you're at it.


One thing at a time brother! grin

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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4993062 01/27/19 10:50 PM
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Got it running around 4:00 this afternoon, No drama to report. I need a vacuum diagram for the "Active" front engine mount.....Google & Alldata are no help. If any of you guys has a vacuum diagram I'd really appreciate it!!! The original harness it completely obliterated & I don't even want to know what Toyota wants for the vacuum harness......So I would rather build my own out of bulk hose.

*Dexcool for the coolant, I'm sure someones head will explode over this.......But I don't want to run 3 different coolants in my fleet! My 2010 Corolla has had Dex for a couple years now!
*Mobil Delvac 1 ATF (TES-295) in the trans & P/S, Again....That's what everything else has.
*Mobil 1 5w30.

I'm tired & my feet hurt cry

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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4993988 01/28/19 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by clinebarger
Got it running around 4:00 this afternoon, No drama to report. I need a vacuum diagram for the "Active" front engine mount.....Google & Alldata are no help. If any of you guys has a vacuum diagram I'd really appreciate it!!! The original harness it completely obliterated & I don't even want to know what Toyota wants for the vacuum harness......So I would rather build my own out of bulk hose.

*Dexcool for the coolant, I'm sure someones head will explode over this.......But I don't want to run 3 different coolants in my fleet! My 2010 Corolla has had Dex for a couple years now!
*Mobil Delvac 1 ATF (TES-295) in the trans & P/S, Again....That's what everything else has.
*Mobil 1 5w30.

I'm tired & my feet hurt cry

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Great pics and great job on the Toyota. Thank You for the post and pics and top notch work sir smile



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Originally Posted by 53' Stude

Great pics and great job on the Toyota. Thank You for the post and pics and top notch work sir smile


Thanks, And your welcome.

Took it for a test drive today, ALL readiness monitors cleared within 10 miles which I find odd for a Toyota. The Catalyst test completing so fast is what really surprised me......As it had Oil & Antifreeze dumped into them when the girl that was driving it kept going 'til it quit.
Passed state safety & emissions.

Was able to figure out the Active Mount Vacuum routing, The hose from the VSV to the Mount is @ 3/16"-1/4" in size. Couldn't get any of the bulk Vacuum (Kinked easily) or Fuel/Emissions (To stiff) to work in the 2" space allotted. Found that a reinforced silicone turbo wastegate hose off a ISB Cummins works perfect!

The variable intake runner actuator was bad (ruptured diaphragm), Makes a difference in upper RPM pulling power! MZ owners may want to check theirs.


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That's great! I couldn't find a vacuum diagram anywhere for that just the emission vacuum hoses. I am surprised the evap ran so fast not so much the cat.


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Originally Posted by clinebarger
The variable intake runner actuator was bad (ruptured diaphragm), Makes a difference in upper RPM pulling power! MZ owners may want to check theirs.

Was the actuator bad on both engines?

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That's great! I couldn't find a vacuum diagram anywhere for that just the emission vacuum hoses. I am surprised the evap ran so fast not so much the cat.


Thanks for trying, The vacuum diagram that suppose to be under the hood is MIA. Thought for sure it would set a P0420 after the oil/coolant bath they took! You know how low efficiency can stall the test from completing for awhile.

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Originally Posted by clinebarger
The variable intake runner actuator was bad (ruptured diaphragm), Makes a difference in upper RPM pulling power! MZ owners may want to check theirs.

Was the actuator bad on both engines?


The one off the JDM engine was good....So I swapped them out.

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Re: 2000 Toyota Avalon [Re: clinebarger] #4999326 02/02/19 11:24 AM
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Looking forward to having this in the car and running. It's looking good. Did you elect to replace the brushes in the alternator as a preventative measure? When I did the timing on Laurens 3MZ for the second time at 180,000 miles I installed new brushes, the original brushes were about 2/3 or maybe a little more worn. I figured that replacing the brushes was cheap insurance against getting stranded with a dead alternator. Ended up selling the car a few months later at 190,000 miles. I always loved how smooth the 3MZ was.


You seem to know me at little too well!!
The alternator was sent to a local shop (Fort Worth Starter & Generator) & had new Denso brushes installed, I'm using the alternator off the JDM engine & could have been put directly into service.
Had the same outfit install new Denso contacts & plunger in the starter.


I didn't have any luck finding OE brushes anywhere in the US, all dealerships had them on backorder with no anticipated date. I ended up purchasing the brushes on eBay from a seller in the Middle East. Lauren's Lexus had a different style of starter that didn't take the normal Toyota or Denso plunger and contact starter so I left it alone.

Does your Avalon fall into the years of transmission that had issues with the planetary pinion gear pins that came loose and destroyed the gear train? Or is it new enough that it has the welded in updated planetary axle pins? I hope that it provides many years of faithful service to you and your family!


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Very cool thread!!! Nice to see a project like this for sure! I prefer to see stuff people work on, putting in some sweat as opposed to buying some new, overpriced car like the rest of the masses. My father and one of my older brothers taught me how to turn wrenches on vehicles, machinery etc. and how to trouble shoot and actually fix things. It is one of the greatest things I could have been given. I also never really liked my vehicles until I actually had to research them in order to diagnose and repair them. After that one feels a bit connected to them.


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Originally Posted by FlyNavyP3
Does your Avalon fall into the years of transmission that had issues with the planetary pinion gear pins that came loose and destroyed the gear train? Or is it new enough that it has the welded in updated planetary axle pins? I hope that it provides many years of faithful service to you and your family!


I believe your thinking of the U140E which was used behind a lot of MZ engines in the "late" Camrry, Highlander, "late" ES300, & RX300, Where the MZ powered Sienna, Avalon, & Solara got the A541E exclusively.
The early ES300 was the only Lexus to ever use the A541E as it does shift harder than a U140E......No electronic pressure control on the A541E.


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Originally Posted by Trav
Thanks for asking them. Some are available with brush holder online but I was looking for ones for an older Mitsubishi unit and came up blank, it would be great if they had them.



I talked to my rebuild guy, He basically has a huge inventory of NOS Denso & Delco-Remy parts he uses upon request during a rebuild but doesn't sell small parts individually. He said J&N Electric has some hard to find stuff. https://jnelectric.com/startpage.asp


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Thanks for that Cline, I will call them tomorrow.


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1500 mile update....

The only PS return hose I didn't replace was sweating fluid so I replaced with some Gates Trans Cooler hose, Toyota doesn't sell it separately.....Which seems to be a theme I'm quite irritated with!! It did allow me to drain & fill the PS system again that I was planning anyway. The arrow points out the hose.

Drain & fill the trans, Even tough I pulled the pan & drained the converter while I had it out....The fluid was still a little dark & had that Dexron II stink to it.

The good....
I couldn't find any other issues, The 115V Inverter even works. Going to have it aligned Monday along with 4 new Michelin Premier A/S tires mounted & balanced, The Chinese tires that are on it are not that old but absolute JUNK!

The front seats are in decent shape visually, But are broken down from the fat cow that was driving it, Got a pair from the wreaking yard that are near perfect for $75. Wanted a few more things, But the counter sales guy started getting greedy & I told him he can crush all that crap & get nothing for it!

New Continental battery, The Econo Interstate battery is my "work" battery for bench testing components & injector cleaning.

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Glad to hear all is well with the exception of a few items to address which is to be expected with the extent of the work performed. I miss Laurens ES330 but the 11 years of Upper Peninsula of Michigan winters it had endured under my mother's ownership was beginning to make it unpleasant to work on. I've always loved the 1MZ and 3MZ engines. I hope that it provides you years and years of faithful service.


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Looks really good and squared away. Good deal on the seats. thumbsup


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