Toyota Landcruiser Prado 1997 - Landcruiser Prado service  
Toyota Landcruiser Prado 1997 - Landcruiser Prado service - Ascii65

I have a 1997 Prado which is running fine and done just over 100,000 miles. I would like to keep this vehicle for several more years, what do I need to ask my local garage (not a Toyota specialist garage) to do at the next service to ensure its reliability into the future? I'm thinking of things like cambelt, tensioner, pulleys etc and maybe the water pump. Anything that is likly to cause extensive damage to the engine if it breaks that would be uneconomical to repair on a vehicle of this age.

Thanks in advance

Brian

Tags: owning maintenance and servicing repairs water pump

Toyota Landcruiser Prado 1997 - Landcruiser Prado service - Peter.N.

Hi Brian

I assume this is diesel, in which case at that age it will have an IDI engine, very much more reliable than the modern common rail engines. The cam belt and possibly tensioners if needed are by far the most important items to maintain to avoid a catastrophic failure, the engine oil should also be changed regularly, its the frequency of the changes rather than using very expensive oil that is the secret of long engine life. I don't know if the water pump is driven by the cambelt on this model, if so it would be advisable to change that as well.

I only run '90s diesels because not only are they generally more durable than the modern ones but also much cheaper to repair if they do go wrong, they may use a little more fuel but that will likely be more than compenasated for by reduced running costs.

Peter

Toyota Landcruiser Prado 1997 - Landcruiser Prado service - Peter.N.

Hi Brian

I assume this is diesel, in which case at that age it will have an IDI engine, very much more reliable than the modern common rail engines. The cam belt and possibly tensioners if needed are by far the most important items to maintain to avoid a catastrophic failure, the engine oil should also be changed regularly, its the frequency of the changes rather than using very expensive oil that is the secret of long engine life. I don't know if the water pump is driven by the cambelt on this model, if so it would be advisable to change that as well.

I only run '90s diesels because not only are they generally more durable than the modern ones but also much cheaper to repair if they do go wrong, they may use a little more fuel but that will likely be more than compensated for by reduced running costs.

Peter

Sorry about the dual post - that's what happened when I tried to edit it, now I can't delete it.

Edited by Peter.N. on 01/06/2010 at 11:53

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