Toyota Tune-Up

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Old 09-15-05, 02:16 PM
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Toyota Tune-Up

I have a 1985 Toyota Corolla (1.6 L). I have changed the spark plugs, air filter, oil and oil filter. Is there anything else I can do to complete a modest tune-up without taking to an expert auto mechanic. For example, I am a little leary of spraying anything into the carburator (dangerous?). Also, is a timing light a good investment for a weekend mechanic? Thanks.
 
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Old 09-17-05, 05:00 AM
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Fuel filter
Tranny service - fluid and filter for automatic (might have a cleanable screen vice a throw-away filter); drain and refill gear oil on a manual
Distributor cap & rotor
Check/replace belts and hoses as needed
Drain and refill coolant (properly dispose of old stuff).

Beyond that, Toyotas are fairly bulletproof and you'll have hit the high points.

Trying to recall if/how the timing is set on that year Toy. For the most part timing lights are of little use to the average DIY nowadays due to the design of the electronic ignition systems.
 
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Old 09-19-05, 06:09 PM
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Thanks...your advice is very much appreciated.
 
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Old 09-19-05, 06:26 PM
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Trying to recall if/how the timing is set on that year Toy. For the most part timing lights are of little use to the average DIY nowadays due to the design of the electronic ignition systems.
If it is the SOHC 4A-C engine you still adjust the timing after disconnecting the vac hoses
The DOHC also, but the procedure is more complex (Electronic Feedback Carbs)
But I think you still have the SOHC in the '85

The investment in a good light is probably not worth the money for this vehicle
A neighbor must have one that you can borrow, if you think it's out
It's usually not an issue with these engines
 
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Old 09-19-05, 07:52 PM
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pcv valve

A pcv valve is cheap.look at yard sales for timing lights a few bucks I have a couple from there.
 
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Old 09-20-05, 08:11 AM
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Yes...a SOHC. Thanks again.
 
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