1. Mendel Leisk

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    I recall the first time I adjusted valves: got mixed up as to which side was intake and exhaust, reversed the clearances. Put everything back together, decided to start it up to check my handywork, and it was having a hard time holding idle, shuddering.

    Thought: wasn't this supposed to be an improvement? The light bulb finally came on, lol. At least I learned how critical the clearances are.
     
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    From above and no tranny removal. Removing from below would require subframe, tires, axles, tranny, and inverter to be removed. I saw another post were the guy removed the front clip???? Why??? As you see the empty engine bay, engine as removed with no other parts removed. Windshield was close.
     
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    Danlatu, great thread! Great pix and commentary!
     
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    You mentioned that you removed the head first and then realized it had a bent rod, so you then puled the engine. Do you think it will go back in as one piece? Or will you have to do block first then head? Love this thread!!
     
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    I will know really soon. The engine was easy to remove with the head off. I will try to reinstall whole.
     
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    What I was told is that you'll always find oil in the throttle body of a Prius because the Atkinson cycle blows fuel/air back into the intake during the beginning if the compression stroke.

    Hmm.. why it's oil and not fuel is a good question...
     
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    When you take apart the pcv hose and intake plenum, you will see wet oil build up. I do understand that in the engine cycle, the computer controls the vvti and can advance or retard which can push unburned fuel and o2 back into the plenum, wet unburned oil??? The burned oil found in the intake plenum can be coming from the egr and combustion chamber back through the intake valves.

    I'm sorry for no pics of the dirty intake plenum. It was really dirty. Looked as if i ripped apart a tdi
     
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    Danlatu, I really appreciate your insightful information. I have been telling people for years what you have just stated and I feel vindicated. You are very fortunate to be able to do the work you do. It is fun when one can do what they can on their own. For as long as God allows me, I will do all of my oil changes on my own. 3 years ago when I had my Scion XB, I was busy and decided to have a "quick lube" do it. They had to upsell everything on their shelves! And when I did the next oil change on my own, the filter was literally glued tight. Probably because I didn't do any of the upsells! I highly suggest anyone who had a car to learn how to safely change their own oil. And, if they can't, find a friend who can and reward them with a meal. You will always know it is done right!
     
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    nonsense, i corrected that a few times in other threads, but i guess it didn't stick.
     
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    I think I want that on a plaque. (y)
     
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    Mendel you crack me up!
     
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    Well... now I realize that fuel/air blowback won't leave a pool of oil...
     
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    Pistons are in, bottom end done, head is going in after dinner. The toyota engineer was smoking wasabi crack when he/she wrote the manual. Things are not written in order and taking more time to find all these torque specs. Good thing I'm patient.

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    Awesome work


    iPhone ?
     
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    The Toyota Repair Manual is like that end-to-end. Even basics like spark plug replacement:

    Spark plug inspection and spec in one section, spark plug torque way off in another section, lumped in with valve cover, and the procedure for removing wipers, their motors and the windshield cowl, off in another zone. All unreferenced to each other.
     
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    Completely unreferenced, except for the little blue buttons that jump right there when clicked....

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    I still want somebody to tell me why the oil pump chain is made with timing links.

    "There's yer problem, buddy ... the oil timing was off!"
     
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    2011 toyota prius timing chain alignment tdc marks marking camshaft cams
     
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    Very interesting thread. Love all the pictures. danlatu is the man!

    Have you noticed an oil galley plug outside the engine (other than the oil pressure switch)?
     
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    After seeing all the details inside this engine, I am more than happy to change my oil every 5k instead of 10k.
     
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