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  1. hi mike, really sounds like a bearing has let go, i think you are correct as it sounds like a big end bearing, either way you have to pull the motor and to be honest for the cost of a jap used motor which are generally pretty low milage and fitting i think its a lot better option than messing around with a conrod bearing, the bearing sounds bad enough that it has probably damaged the crankshaft so it would need to have the crankshaft pulled out and then regrind the journal,this would cost you a fair bit so i reckon all up the used jap motor would be a better option, reliability wise and cost w
  2. I am in Sydney (north West Sydney to be exact) The problem is the car is only worth 2.5K so I need to try a few things myself - Because pretty much everyone is going to say "Yeah Mate needs a new motor - $1800-$2500 bucks fitted" !!!! And the car just inst worth that much It sounds like "rod knock" - ie the bottom end But that sounds like the whole motor needs to come out and once you've done that you are up for 10-20 hours labour (and no one in Sydney seems to work for less that $90 per hour!!!) then the cost of a used egine - say $800 - Youch !!!! :cries: I am looking for things
  3. Does anyone know what this is ?? It started as little rattle then developed into horrendous noise oil light came on and the expansion bottle spewed the coolant back out. Seems to be coming from inside the block Should I try to pull it apart or just drop another engine in - Is this doable (with engine crane hire) by a DIY mechanic? Is it true the Toyota Camry engine exactly the same (it looks it from what I have seen) - Except ? Thanks :cries:
  4. OK I managed to read the diag codes - 63 which says Solenoid 2, Short open loom to solenoid or ECM On reading the manual further it seems to suggest that sticking solenoids wont actully cause this code and its only a short or open circuit that will cause this.. I checked continuity from the loom to the connection on the SCU all leads (blue/yellow pink/yellow and purple check out OK So I am thinking this is an ECM problem?? <_< Onto the suspect head gasket issue.. It looks lie it is head gasket... I have milk in my expansion bottle. I took the suggestion on disconnecting the HT
  5. I pulled off leads one by on but could not find any difference in ay of them ... weird BTW what OBD1 and OBD 2 mean ? Is that some kind=d of reference standard for diagnostic equipment ??
  6. Can I get the codes myself? Or do I need to take it to someone who has some sort of code reader (if so is the same codes as the Camry - ie my local mechanic can read them, or do I need to take it to someone who has Lexus equipment)
  7. Please help.. I think I bought a lemon… I bought a Lexus ES300 1993 (ok it was cheap) but it has some major issues… I was told it was overheating and I read all the stuff about head gaskets etc.. So the guy said he took to his mechanic and showed me pressure and gas test was all OK and that it over heated only on hills and at motorway speeds I had been reading the forums and eliminated fans and was confident he was telling the truth about the head gasket. I also notice it was slow on pickup and didn’t seem to change gears very easily and the O/D light just flashed – he told me the car had
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