Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 01:00 pm, by: Kris Antczak(Lexus_v8)
Just a follow up on what happened to my UZZ30. As mentioned in the other thread (1UZ sounding like a WRX), my V8 was running extremelly rough. In fact it too sounded like it was a WRX. It was idling extremely rough and rich. It was running so rich, I had pure fuel spitting out of the Left Bank exhaust, with a nice puddle to leave behind.
I took the car to Toyota to have it checked out (Big mistake, as they started with the most expensive repairs and used process of elimination, I had a few harsh words and they they stopped trying to screw me financially). Initially they informed me that it was running on 6 cylinders as 2 of the injectors were kept open. They believed the injectors were in need of a service and assured me that a good service SHOULD resolve the problem. Well, I had my doubts, as it was weird that two of the injectors would have gone cactus at the one time, and I assumed it would have been the ECU that was faulty.
Anyway, I took their word for it (Big Mistake # 2) and had the injectors serviced. When they put them back in, the problem did not go away, and THEN they said to me that it was the ECU... well, F***!!!!!
A new ECU from Japan was quoted to be $2,000, and I nearly fell off my chair. I asked if it can be repaired, and "supposedly" no one in Adelaide repairs them. (I found that hard to believe, so I contacted another well trusted Mechanic from Grove Auto) and he informed me of 2 workshops in Adelaide that do repair the ECU's. After many phone calls and a lot of running around, I had the ECU repaired at Automotive Service Solutions (they only deal with Trade, not general public). They informed me that there was a damaged (not sure if burnt out) Injector driver or something (maybe a capacitor) that needed replacing and a couple of other little faults.
Once I got the ECU back (only took them 1 day to do), I went back to Toyota to refit. I collected the car this morning and it drove like it used to (but we'll see over time as knowing my luck it will break down).
There was a lot of White smoke from the exhaust initially due to the unburnt fuel in the cat-converter, which was disappearing over time.
At this stage, the problem seems to have been resolved all due to the ECU having a fault.
I thought this may be of some use to others in identifying some of their car issues.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 04:40 pm, by: Kris Antczak(Lexus_v8)
Thanks for the feedback and support guys.
Peter from Grove Auto was very helpful and so was Dino from Automotive Service Solutions. Dino mentioned that there was quite a bit of work involved and he charged me a total of $260 for the repairs, which includes GST, Testing and Quote for repairs, with a 12mth warranty. I am very pleased