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Unread 03-07-2014, 01:35 AM   #1
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Question Engine Rebuild (Beginner)

I'm a beginner when it comes to automotive repair but am mechanically inclined and learn fast. I have a 22r Toyota pickup engine and plan to tear it down and rebuild/check everything (electrical wires, pistons, carb, transmission, etc). The truck will not stay running and is now making some serious noises (grinding, clicking, weird smells). The main questions I have are: What main tools do i need? (like a torque wrench? or lock ring pliers? breaker bar? pressure/vacuum gauges? ? ?). What are some key points/precautions I should take while taking the engine apart? Chilton or Haynes? This is a small engine and seems like a manageable job. I plan to be using a cherry picker to lift the engine out of the truck. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you
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You'll need all of those tools and then many, many more. It's not an easy job to rebuild a motor, and you should have someone who is experienced helping you.
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alright thanks.. I'm pretty broke and am to the point where i dont care if the truck ends up at the scrap yard. Really looking for knowledge more than anything and getting it anywhere I can. Plan to take an Auto shop course at a local community college soon but just learning as i go until then.. thanks again

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A full tool set, with the addition or a decent gear/pully puller, breaker bar and good 3/8" and 1/2" torque wrench are all needed. Other odd ball things may be needed depending on how far you go with doing it your self, like pulling valves and springs.

Chilton or Hayes will be fine, if you have a general understanding of how an engine works, its pretty simple really. I can stress how important organization is! Take tons of photos as you remove things from the engine bay and during dis-assembly, plus use tape and a sharpie to write on parts them selves.
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A full tool set, with the addition or a decent gear/pully puller, breaker bar and good 3/8" and 1/2" torque wrench are all needed. Other odd ball things may be needed depending on how far you go with doing it your self, like pulling valves and springs.

Chilton or Hayes will be fine, if you have a general understanding of how an engine works, its pretty simple really. I can stress how important organization is! Take tons of photos as you remove things from the engine bay and during dis-assembly, plus use tape and a sharpie to write on parts them selves.
is the two different torque wrenches (3/8 & 1/2) used to prevent snapping lower torque bolts? can i just use a 1/2"? thanks

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A torque wrench is really used to insure that the bolt/nuts are tightened properly. Every bolt has a specified torque value, and you need a torque wrench to achieve that value correctly. U need a bigger and a smaller since a 1/2" wrench will not read anything under 25-30lbs likely, and smaller bolts may often be in in/lbs not ft/lbs.

Be sure to have a proper manual like the chilton to know proper torque values, and sequences for vital things like head studs and crank pulley, and main bearings/connecting rod bolts etc.
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A torque wrench is really used to insure that the bolt/nuts are tightened properly. Every bolt has a specified torque value, and you need a torque wrench to achieve that value correctly. U need a bigger and a smaller since a 1/2" wrench will not read anything under 25-30lbs likely, and smaller bolts may often be in in/lbs not ft/lbs.

Be sure to have a proper manual like the chilton to know proper torque values, and sequences for vital things like head studs and crank pulley, and main bearings/connecting rod bolts etc.
Ok cool, I will use both 3/8" and 1/2". Thanks for the input.

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Pics of the truck would make us all happy too! And do a build thread while your at it! I love those old Toyotas! The are indestructible!
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