This is more of a diary in case someone else goes down this road. I don't expect anyone to read it. It's a 1ZZ motor, by the way.
Lesseee... I took the block test rental back, and rented a pressure tester. Pulled the radiator out, pressurized it and... sure enough, a stream came out with each pump, in the drivers' side bottom facing
the fans. Ordered a new radiator online, like 50 bucks shipped, seemed like a better deal than a trip to the radiator shop for rehab.
Also ordered a thermostat, tstat gasket, upper and lower radiator hoses, and a radiator cap.
Radiator came in like two days early. Then the hoses from auto zone. They didn't give me the tstat and gasket when I ordered the hoses from their hub, so there was a little issue when I picked the hoses up.
Get home, get everything laid out, wrong lower hose. So, there's a lost day.
Take it back, show them. Sticker matches correct. McDonald's menu picture looks
like my hose (that I had to slit to get off the motor side so it wasn't like I could just reuse them.) Hose they handed me, and it was my fault, I should have been paying attention, looked NOTHING
like the lower hose.
No problem sir, sorry about this, we will order another one, and I promise it will be right.
Another three days. I try to swap the thermostat. What a mess!
I watched some russian on youtube and read the factory service manual, seems easy enough.
The alternator bushing on this one was out juuuust
a little; so no
way was a socket going on the bottom nut. Or a long wrench. Or a stubby wrench. Or a deep well socket. Or any mix of the above, in any size (1/4, 3/8, 1/2) with a u-joint / knuckle. Top of the thermostat nut was a direct drive.
Tried pulling the bolt then prying on the bushing. Tried putting the bolt in a couple of threads and sort of tapping on the bolt, screwdriver prying, fit an open end wrench in there. Nope. Did I mention that it has alternately been either raining, snowing, frozen or a combination of these last few weeks?
Went looking for a crowfoot. Also ordered a serpentine belt and a hydraulic tensioner off eBay, if I was going to have to take the alt off, might as well replace the belt, and apparently the tensioners can go bad, so, ****, why not?
Auto zone does not sell single crowfoot (crowfeet?). $25 later, I have a complete set. I'm almost 50, I've never, ever, EVER needed one before, now I got like ten.
This does, eventually sort of work. Bright spot, my lower hose comes in! Go down there, wrong **** hose AGAIN. Show the lady manager person. Does that photo (not even a line drawing, an actual PICTURE) look like that hose right there?
Sorry sir, this is terrible, can't understand how this could have happened.
Twice, ma'am. This has happened twice.
Oh. Well, give us a chance to make it right. Let us order one more from the hub. Be here Tuesday. Promise it will be right.
Reverse flush the engine and heater core. Little red little brown comes out, mostly clear. Put the celica on the battery charger, because it's been sitting for a few days now.
Tuesday comes and goes without a call.
I buy a cheap 10mm deepwell socket from a pawn shop. I cut a chunk out of the side. I use this to tighten that lower nut down a quarter turn at a time. Dumb, but if it works....
Come home today to an enormous box on the porch. It is the size of two car batteries side to side. Inside is the belt. Just
the belt and a ton of air pouches. I paid extra for a Gates belt. They send some off brand, so... initiate a return with Ebay.
Hose is in!
Go down there, and.... yup. Another mislabeled hose.
Give me my money back. Now. We can do in-store credit.
Um, no, I am done with Auto Zone forever. You've jacked me up and left me without a working car for weeks now. Put it back on my card, or give me cash. Now.
Ok sir, very sorry.
Leave there, drive directly to Oreilly's (I don't even know how to spell them, never been in there). They say, mmm. We may have one here.
). Sorry, nope, have it here by 430pm
Sure as ****, right hose. Gates product. Cheaper than Auto Zone. Same day.
Fly home, light's fading and it's supposed to snow again tomorrow.
Throw everything back in. Start loading coolant.
Park it on a severe incline, put the overflow bottle up on the hood latch, shake the car and fluff the throttle, watch occasional pretty bubbles for an hour or so. Drive it down the road and back.
I AM BACK AT SQUARE ONE AGAIN.
No leaks this time, but no heat in the cabin
. Blowing cold air, engine temp gauge at peg 2.
That says there is a bubble in there.
Shouldn't pressure be building up when I drive it?