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Joined: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:48 am
Town: Dar es Salaam
Vehicle: Hilux Raider D/cab 3.0 KZ TE
Real Name: PC

Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:49 pm

Hello fellow Hilux owners,

I did just join the forum after buying a year 2001 4x4 Toyota Hilux D/Cab Camper with the diesel 3.0 KZ-TE engine!

So I am new to the forum and would like to get some advice. Were can I download an operating manual and a workshop manual for this vehicle?
Is there any particular things I should check on the vehicle body or engine, e.g. change of timing belt or checking technical parts which are prone to fail on this vehicle and should be regularly checked?

Thanks for your help

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Joined: Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:43 pm
Town: Pretoria
Vehicle: '02 'Lux KZ
Real Name: Thabo
Club VHF Licence: x223
Location: Garsfontein

Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:11 pm


Welcome to the forum!

The Kz-Te is a good motor but prone to cracked cylinder heads around 200 000km. Check for water usage as well as discoloration of the water in the expansion tank. If the water turned grey/blackish it could be an indication of a cracked head.

Timing belt should be changed every 150 000km. I played it safe and had it changed every 100 000km.

Keep up with a good maintenance regime for long, reliable service.

One concern though: The fact that the import duty had not yet been paid, does that mean that you have all the relevant documents needed for the importation?

You can send me the VIN number and registration numer and I will see if I can get any history from Toyota on the car for you?
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Town: East London
Vehicle: '90 SFA Hilux DC 4X4, Full OME, 110mm lift. Brospeed branch, 50mm ss freeflow exhaust. 30 x 9.5 Discoverer S/T's on Viper mags. L/R tank. (AWOL) '98 LTD 2.4 SFA, dual battery system. Dobinson suspension, LR tanks, 31" BF mud's.
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Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:53 pm

Welcome PC! :thumbup:

Thabo has it right. Look after it and it will look after you. I'm no diesel expert, but even I know of the KZTE head problem, they really don't like overheating and some guys fit an EGT gauge to monitor it, especially under load. If the head does go, then fit an AMC head, better than OEM, no more head problems.

Something else to keep an eye on is fuelling. Unlike petrol motors, diesels run hotter if over fuelled and black exhaust smoke is a sure indicator. (White / grey exhaust smoke indicates oil consumption, like with worn rings end valve stem seals.)

Good luck and happy motoring. :winkx:
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