1992 V6 XLE: What to Look for

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Old 15 Feb 2011, 12:40 am   #1 (permalink)
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My Sister just bought one with 150k miles on it. Supposedly it has a
new transmission and front axles (I've read about axles breaking - did
they design them for the four only???). What should I look for in the
way of problem areas, and how do I easily check for sludging? Would it
be too risky to switch the engine to synthetic blend at this point? All
helpful input appreciated.
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Old 15 Feb 2011, 08:00 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
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> My Sister just bought one with 150k miles on it. Supposedly it has a
> new transmission and front axles (I've read about axles breaking - did
> they design them for the four only???). What should I look for in the way
> of problem areas, and how do I easily check for sludging? Would it be too
> risky to switch the engine to synthetic blend at this point? All helpful
> input appreciated.


Was synthetic recommended in the original configuration? (Probably NO)
Stay with a high quality oil that has been used in it up to now. Dont try to
put synthetic into an engine this old and expect miracles.

Change the oil within the change recommendation. Now, if this one were
specked at 7500, take a wake up pill. Change at 4-5000 miles. The
high change intervals were a cockup.

I'm not aware of axle weakness.. Maybe just my lack of knowledge.
All FWD cars will eventually have to have axle service. Do it before
the joints break. They will often warn you by giving a clacking noise
as you turn right or left.

Cooling systems do not last forever. Change the coolant (antifreeze
plus water) every few years.. 3-5 years, maybe. Flush the radiator
and block and replace with a good quality antifreeze mixed into distilled
water.

Keep an eye on your belt drives, valve drive belts, hoses. Have them
changed before they give up and embarass you.

Rebuilt transmission means what??? Some wont make it a year...others
might be equal to new.



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Old 15 Feb 2011, 11:36 pm   #3 (permalink)
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hls wrote:
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> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
> news:7no6p.19323$kr5.3805@newsfe08.iad...
>> My Sister just bought one with 150k miles on it. Supposedly it has
>> a new transmission and front axles (I've read about axles breaking -
>> did they design them for the four only???). What should I look for in
>> the way of problem areas, and how do I easily check for sludging?
>> Would it be too risky to switch the engine to synthetic blend at this
>> point? All helpful input appreciated.

>
> Was synthetic recommended in the original configuration? (Probably NO)
> Stay with a high quality oil that has been used in it up to now. Dont
> try to
> put synthetic into an engine this old and expect miracles.
>
> Change the oil within the change recommendation. Now, if this one were
> specked at 7500, take a wake up pill. Change at 4-5000 miles. The
> high change intervals were a cockup.
>
> I'm not aware of axle weakness.. Maybe just my lack of knowledge.
> All FWD cars will eventually have to have axle service. Do it before
> the joints break. They will often warn you by giving a clacking noise
> as you turn right or left.
>
> Cooling systems do not last forever. Change the coolant (antifreeze
> plus water) every few years.. 3-5 years, maybe. Flush the radiator
> and block and replace with a good quality antifreeze mixed into distilled
> water.
>
> Keep an eye on your belt drives, valve drive belts, hoses. Have them
> changed before they give up and embarass you.
>
> Rebuilt transmission means what??? Some wont make it a year...others
> might be equal to new.
>
>
>


I'm familiar with general maintainence procedures. I was wondering
about this specific model - any issues it has. I wouldn't switch to full
synthetic at this point, but I was wondering about a weaker synthetic
blend. I haven't seen the receipts yet, but I'm hoping the trans is
either new, used or factory reman.
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Old 16 Feb 2011, 07:44 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
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> hls wrote:
>>
>> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
>> news:7no6p.19323$kr5.3805@newsfe08.iad...
>>> My Sister just bought one with 150k miles on it. Supposedly it has a
>>> new transmission and front axles (I've read about axles breaking - did
>>> they design them for the four only???). What should I look for in the
>>> way of problem areas, and how do I easily check for sludging? Would it
>>> be too risky to switch the engine to synthetic blend at this point? All
>>> helpful input appreciated.

>>
>> Was synthetic recommended in the original configuration? (Probably NO)
>> Stay with a high quality oil that has been used in it up to now. Dont try
>> to
>> put synthetic into an engine this old and expect miracles.
>>
>> Change the oil within the change recommendation. Now, if this one were
>> specked at 7500, take a wake up pill. Change at 4-5000 miles. The
>> high change intervals were a cockup.
>>
>> I'm not aware of axle weakness.. Maybe just my lack of knowledge.
>> All FWD cars will eventually have to have axle service. Do it before
>> the joints break. They will often warn you by giving a clacking noise
>> as you turn right or left.
>>
>> Cooling systems do not last forever. Change the coolant (antifreeze
>> plus water) every few years.. 3-5 years, maybe. Flush the radiator
>> and block and replace with a good quality antifreeze mixed into distilled
>> water.
>>
>> Keep an eye on your belt drives, valve drive belts, hoses. Have them
>> changed before they give up and embarass you.
>>
>> Rebuilt transmission means what??? Some wont make it a year...others
>> might be equal to new.
>>
>>
>>

>
> I'm familiar with general maintainence procedures. I was wondering
> about this specific model - any issues it has. I wouldn't switch to full
> synthetic at this point, but I was wondering about a weaker synthetic
> blend. I haven't seen the receipts yet, but I'm hoping the trans is either
> new, used or factory reman.


Just my $0.02, but I think it is foolish to switch to even a partial
synthetic blend in a car like this.

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Old 16 Feb 2011, 09:44 am   #5 (permalink)
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hls wrote:
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> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
> news:JwI6p.36421$nZ2.5211@newsfe03.iad...
>> hls wrote:
>>>
>>> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
>>> news:7no6p.19323$kr5.3805@newsfe08.iad...
>>>> My Sister just bought one with 150k miles on it. Supposedly it
>>>> has a new transmission and front axles (I've read about axles
>>>> breaking - did they design them for the four only???). What should I
>>>> look for in the way of problem areas, and how do I easily check for
>>>> sludging? Would it be too risky to switch the engine to synthetic
>>>> blend at this point? All helpful input appreciated.
>>>
>>> Was synthetic recommended in the original configuration? (Probably NO)
>>> Stay with a high quality oil that has been used in it up to now. Dont
>>> try to
>>> put synthetic into an engine this old and expect miracles.
>>>
>>> Change the oil within the change recommendation. Now, if this one were
>>> specked at 7500, take a wake up pill. Change at 4-5000 miles. The
>>> high change intervals were a cockup.
>>>
>>> I'm not aware of axle weakness.. Maybe just my lack of knowledge.
>>> All FWD cars will eventually have to have axle service. Do it before
>>> the joints break. They will often warn you by giving a clacking noise
>>> as you turn right or left.
>>>
>>> Cooling systems do not last forever. Change the coolant (antifreeze
>>> plus water) every few years.. 3-5 years, maybe. Flush the radiator
>>> and block and replace with a good quality antifreeze mixed into
>>> distilled
>>> water.
>>>
>>> Keep an eye on your belt drives, valve drive belts, hoses. Have them
>>> changed before they give up and embarass you.
>>>
>>> Rebuilt transmission means what??? Some wont make it a year...others
>>> might be equal to new.
>>>
>>>
>>>

>>
>> I'm familiar with general maintainence procedures. I was wondering
>> about this specific model - any issues it has. I wouldn't switch to
>> full synthetic at this point, but I was wondering about a weaker
>> synthetic blend. I haven't seen the receipts yet, but I'm hoping the
>> trans is either new, used or factory reman.

>
> Just my $0.02, but I think it is foolish to switch to even a partial
> synthetic blend in a car like this.


Could be. The other options are something like Castrol GTX, or a
high mileage" oil, which would have a little synthetic in it but
probably not a lot.
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Old 16 Feb 2011, 05:05 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
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> hls wrote:
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>> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
>> news:JwI6p.36421$nZ2.5211@newsfe03.iad...
>>> hls wrote:
>>>>
>>>> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
>>>> news:7no6p.19323$kr5.3805@newsfe08.iad...
>>>>> My Sister just bought one with 150k miles on it. Supposedly it has
>>>>> a new transmission and front axles (I've read about axles breaking -
>>>>> did they design them for the four only???). What should I look for in
>>>>> the way of problem areas, and how do I easily check for sludging?
>>>>> Would it be too risky to switch the engine to synthetic blend at this
>>>>> point? All helpful input appreciated.
>>>>
>>>> Was synthetic recommended in the original configuration? (Probably NO)
>>>> Stay with a high quality oil that has been used in it up to now. Dont
>>>> try to
>>>> put synthetic into an engine this old and expect miracles.
>>>>
>>>> Change the oil within the change recommendation. Now, if this one were
>>>> specked at 7500, take a wake up pill. Change at 4-5000 miles. The
>>>> high change intervals were a cockup.
>>>>
>>>> I'm not aware of axle weakness.. Maybe just my lack of knowledge.
>>>> All FWD cars will eventually have to have axle service. Do it before
>>>> the joints break. They will often warn you by giving a clacking noise
>>>> as you turn right or left.
>>>>
>>>> Cooling systems do not last forever. Change the coolant (antifreeze
>>>> plus water) every few years.. 3-5 years, maybe. Flush the radiator
>>>> and block and replace with a good quality antifreeze mixed into
>>>> distilled
>>>> water.
>>>>
>>>> Keep an eye on your belt drives, valve drive belts, hoses. Have them
>>>> changed before they give up and embarass you.
>>>>
>>>> Rebuilt transmission means what??? Some wont make it a year...others
>>>> might be equal to new.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> I'm familiar with general maintainence procedures. I was wondering
>>> about this specific model - any issues it has. I wouldn't switch to full
>>> synthetic at this point, but I was wondering about a weaker synthetic
>>> blend. I haven't seen the receipts yet, but I'm hoping the trans is
>>> either new, used or factory reman.

>>
>> Just my $0.02, but I think it is foolish to switch to even a partial
>> synthetic blend in a car like this.

>
> Could be. The other options are something like Castrol GTX, or a high
> mileage" oil, which would have a little synthetic in it but probably not a
> lot.


I dont believe that Castrol GTX or the high mileage oils have any synthetic
oil in them. They have special polymers that help prevent oil leakage and
they
keep their viscosity reasonably well.

I dont know that this particular Toyota has any real problems. If your
sister is buying it, it may not have been well maintained before, and the
tranny -and I think you misunderstood me here - may be a weak point...
not because it is Toyota but because the car has some mileage on it,
and not all rebuilt or remanufactured trannies are worth a damn. And if
it is original, then prognosis is even less bright.

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Old 16 Feb 2011, 06:37 pm   #7 (permalink)
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hls wrote:
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> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
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>> hls wrote:
>>>
>>> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
>>> news:JwI6p.36421$nZ2.5211@newsfe03.iad...
>>>> hls wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> "Leftie" <No@Thanks.net> wrote in message
>>>>> news:7no6p.19323$kr5.3805@newsfe08.iad...
>>>>>> My Sister just bought one with 150k miles on it. Supposedly it
>>>>>> has a new transmission and front axles (I've read about axles
>>>>>> breaking - did they design them for the four only???). What should
>>>>>> I look for in the way of problem areas, and how do I easily check
>>>>>> for sludging? Would it be too risky to switch the engine to
>>>>>> synthetic blend at this point? All helpful input appreciated.
>>>>>
>>>>> Was synthetic recommended in the original configuration? (Probably
>>>>> NO)
>>>>> Stay with a high quality oil that has been used in it up to now.
>>>>> Dont try to
>>>>> put synthetic into an engine this old and expect miracles.
>>>>>
>>>>> Change the oil within the change recommendation. Now, if this one
>>>>> were
>>>>> specked at 7500, take a wake up pill. Change at 4-5000 miles. The
>>>>> high change intervals were a cockup.
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm not aware of axle weakness.. Maybe just my lack of knowledge.
>>>>> All FWD cars will eventually have to have axle service. Do it before
>>>>> the joints break. They will often warn you by giving a clacking
>>>>> noise
>>>>> as you turn right or left.
>>>>>
>>>>> Cooling systems do not last forever. Change the coolant (antifreeze
>>>>> plus water) every few years.. 3-5 years, maybe. Flush the radiator
>>>>> and block and replace with a good quality antifreeze mixed into
>>>>> distilled
>>>>> water.
>>>>>
>>>>> Keep an eye on your belt drives, valve drive belts, hoses. Have them
>>>>> changed before they give up and embarass you.
>>>>>
>>>>> Rebuilt transmission means what??? Some wont make it a year...others
>>>>> might be equal to new.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I'm familiar with general maintainence procedures. I was
>>>> wondering about this specific model - any issues it has. I wouldn't
>>>> switch to full synthetic at this point, but I was wondering about a
>>>> weaker synthetic blend. I haven't seen the receipts yet, but I'm
>>>> hoping the trans is either new, used or factory reman.
>>>
>>> Just my $0.02, but I think it is foolish to switch to even a partial
>>> synthetic blend in a car like this.

>>
>> Could be. The other options are something like Castrol GTX, or a
>> high mileage" oil, which would have a little synthetic in it but
>> probably not a lot.

>
> I dont believe that Castrol GTX or the high mileage oils have any
> synthetic oil in them. They have special polymers that help prevent
> oil leakage and they
> keep their viscosity reasonably well.



I know that GTX has no synthetic. I think the high mileage oil may
have a little, but I'm not sure.

>
> I dont know that this particular Toyota has any real problems. If your
> sister is buying it, it may not have been well maintained before, and the
> tranny -and I think you misunderstood me here - may be a weak point...
> not because it is Toyota but because the car has some mileage on it,
> and not all rebuilt or remanufactured trannies are worth a damn. And if
> it is original, then prognosis is even less bright.



I understood your point. Mine is that factory remans or used
transmissions from lower mileage vehicles are generally a better bet
than third party remans.
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