View Full Version : Broke another lift-bolt :-(

06-15-2010, 09:25 PM
So I have noticed lately that the lift feature on my 7th gen, celica GTS seemed to be lacking power lately and I thought just to be safe, lets replace the lift bolts and see if that takes care of the problem, UNFORTUNATELY, the intake lift bolt snapped off! DARN IT ALL TO HELL!!! :-( To be safe, I did manage to replace the exhaust lift bolt as it was worn down to the point im surprised it didnt break off, I am definately NOT getting it done dealership! $1500 is ridiculous! I can buy a remanufactured motor, thankfully my trusted garage is willing to do it for ~$450-$500~, I showed them the bulletin and said it should be no problem. So, to all of you who have 7th gen. VVTL-I Celica GTS, for those of you who dont know about this problem, I highly recommend you change your lift bolts to the newer bolts as listed in the toyota service bulletin EG010-03 posted on May 19, 2003. Trust me, those 2 bolts which together probably cost no more than $1.15, will cost you TONS OF $$$ to remove and replace If you have to take it to a garage! :-(

06-15-2010, 09:54 PM
if they break, can you not use a bolt extractor?

06-15-2010, 09:56 PM
if they break, can you not use a bolt extractor?
Beat me to it. Seems like an easy solution to me?

06-15-2010, 10:39 PM
Sometimes you can if you are lucky, other times the end of the bolt falls inside the intake rocker shaft.

Instructions for removal thanks to Smaay!


06-15-2010, 11:06 PM
Since Smaay is a member here, maybe we should ask him to copy that write up and put it in the seventh gen section.

This site could always use more write ups.

06-15-2010, 11:56 PM
id be happy to do that, can the moderator make it a sticky?

06-16-2010, 09:48 PM
if they break, can you not use a bolt extractor?

My rockershaft had rotated and I was actually able to rotate to the point in which I saw the broken portion of the bolt, I tried to drill it out CAREFULLY...but no success and I didnt want to do anymore damage, the little bugger didnt want to come out so I left it be and replaced the exhaust lift bolt just to be smart. Bit I assume you can try to do so, I've seen some DIY's where some people pulled it out...

06-17-2010, 10:12 PM
i drilled mine and pulled it out with a saw file. i didnt do much damage when i inspected it later when i tore the motor down.

06-23-2010, 08:20 PM
im getting mine done this friday, I cant wait to have FULL LIFT again, im going to be safe and replace them every 15k-20k miles as I drive it ALOT for work, travel, and just a TINY bit of fun here and there...lol

06-23-2010, 08:57 PM
i guess i need to check mine every couple years too.

06-23-2010, 09:17 PM
wait, if you replace them they can break again? I thought this is what those new bolts were for

06-23-2010, 10:30 PM
they still wear on the bolts, it just takes a lot longer to break them supposedly

06-24-2010, 05:34 AM
wasnt this a recall?

06-26-2010, 06:59 PM
It should be a recall! If the older lift blot/flange is obsolete and breaks over time from stress, and a newer one replaces it, why not make it a recall? Would be nice, because I sure as heck will never pay the dealership repair price of near $1500! :-O