View Full Version : Happy to report

08-10-2012, 04:46 PM
Well I'am happy to report that after $3500.00 and getting rid of the mechanic that had my car for 1 1/2 years and it still would not run, it is running now. The more I drive it the better it runs. I used my other trac as a comparision and figured out a few things on my own. One thing that I'am concerned about is when I first start it up the oil pressure is about 1/2 way between 0 to all the way to 100, around 50. But after it really warms up the pressure goes down to 1/4 or 25? Any way I'll be putting in a new oil pump before another 10 miles is put on the car.

08-10-2012, 04:55 PM
It could be the sending unit for the oil pressure gauge.

08-10-2012, 06:34 PM
Idk about an altrac but 50 psi at start up sounds pretty good
My 5s sets at 60 at start up en 20 after she's warmed up (25 when oil is fresh)

08-10-2012, 08:46 PM
I was told that the sender was not stock. Do they still have OEM senders at the dealers?

Also just remembered,, will it hurt to put the red hi heat sealent around the dip stick tube if it is leaking oil?

08-10-2012, 09:04 PM
Because cold oil is thick. It's normal.

I wouldn't use sealant, yank the tube and put a grommet on it.

08-10-2012, 11:53 PM
Mine runs around 50 at start up and after it warms up goes to around 20-25 at idle. Sounds OK.

08-11-2012, 02:43 AM
Would the dealer have this grommet or is there some where else I can get?

Well I wouldn't worry about it idleing at 20/25 after warm up but this is after the warm up and while I'am doing 35to 50 miles an hour it does not get above 25!!! Is this ok?

08-15-2012, 01:59 PM
Glad to hear you got the trac running!
Have to make your way over to Columbus some time!

08-15-2012, 02:04 PM
A fellow member told me to check the oil filter to see if it covered the whole sealing serface where the filter screws on and come to find out that the oil filter that toyota says to use does not cover the whole sealing surface and thus the oil leak I thought was comming from the oil dip stick tube. Went an got a filter that fit a toyota land crusier with a V-8 is the one to use. Put the new filter on and started the car to check for leaks and no leaks. Even the oil pressure was better after warm up. It would rise and fall acording to the RPM of the engine. At idel it would stay around 20/25 and at higher RPM's it would rise as high as 45. Much relieved. Also I am take it up to Lima Ohio tomorrow so this fellow member can work on it to see what all he can do. He also told me that I bassically have an all gen 4 engine. Where as The PO told me it had a 3rd.gen short block with a 2nd. gen head, This guy went by [NAVYMAN} so if any one knows him, let me know of how to reach out and touch him!!!
Any way it looks like things are starting to come along with the trac.

08-22-2012, 11:25 PM
On my way home from church the trac started to make a clicking noise like an exhaust leak. Drove it up to Lima today and found out it had a cracked head around where the Alternator bolts on to it. Tryied to make it back home and used over a half tank of gas in about 20 miles. After stopping and filling the tank. I started it back up and got about 5 miles down the road and blew the fitting out of the valve cover and sprayied oil all over the fire wall. Car died and would not start again.
So now it is start over time again with a 2nd gen head, ARP head bolts, gen 1 or gen 2 intake, universal FMIC, 3" exhaust,
MR2 t3t4 turbo kit, gen 2 side feed fuel rail.

Never knew about the alternator needing a support bracket to keep the head from cracking!!!
Is there a recall on this?

08-23-2012, 01:32 AM
a recall on a 20+ year old car?

08-23-2012, 04:12 AM
I'm guessing he's asking if there was a recall back in the day.

08-23-2012, 12:58 PM
Yea, the question should have read " Was there ever a recall on the heads cracking?"

08-23-2012, 03:24 PM
Uhhh, I have never heard of anything like that happening on an alltrac. Certainly neither of mine or any of the ones I know of.

08-23-2012, 04:17 PM
All the 3s motors I've had (3sfe, 3sge, and the gen4 3sgte) have alternator supports. There's the main bracket on the block, then another bracket that ran from the front over to the side.

08-23-2012, 06:20 PM
Is your design different then the rest? My alt bracket has 3 bolts in different locations IIRC. No real way to have uneven pressure.

08-27-2012, 03:33 PM
As soon as my wife comes home from work I'll have her post pics of my Alternator and how it is braced. Than all of you can tell me if any thing is missing.