Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Engine Problems

Can I replace the master cylinder on my 2000 Toyota Prado with a second-hand one?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Oct 2020

The brake master cylinder fitted to your Prado uses an accumulator to ensure that there’s always some brake pressure available to enable the ABS braking to work instantaneously and seamlessly. You should be able to hear the pump running (probably the gurgling sound you’re reporting) from time to time, but not every time you press the brake pedal.

You may need a new master cylinder, but it’s also possible that there’s air in the system and it requires bleeding. There’s a specific procedure for bleeding this type of master cylinder, and it’s not the same as that for a conventional vacuum-boosted master cylinder.

In any case, your information that nobody reconditions these units any longer is incorrect. There’s an operation called Injectronics that can, indeed, recondition and test your existing master cylinder, usually for less than $2000. That, I would suggest, is your best path forward. Check out

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Toyota LandCruiser Prado 2005: Do I need a new turbo?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 May 2019

I doubt that you have a turbo problem, but you need to have a mechanic check to be sure. A mechanic would be able to find the cause of your problem and fix it.

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Toyota Prado 2016: How to fix problems?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Oct 2018

Start with the owners manual and familiarise yourself with things like finding and using the jack, changing a tyre, checking the engine oil and coolant in the radiator. I wouldn’t worry too much about making temporary repairs on the trip; there are plenty of mechanics that can help you if you strike trouble. There will also be plenty of other tourists who would be only too happy to help a fellow traveller in trouble. Have your car checked before you leave, so everything is in fine working order when you hit the trail. Make a note of the Toyota dealers along your planned route, and if you are going to remote areas make a note of where you will be able to get fuel, and the mechanics along the way who might be able to help you in an emergency.

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Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2003: Why won't it rev?

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2018

Start by checking the basics that control the fuel and spark, such as the coil, plugs and plug leads on the spark side, and the fuel pump on the fuel side.

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Will Toyota replace the engine in my 2011 Toyota Prado?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Jun 2018

I doubt that you have any comeback on Toyota, but have the engine checked by a Toyota dealer for the cause of the failure and then you will have some idea of the possibility of a claim.

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What's a fuel efficient SUV on the market?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Nov 2017

I don’t believe that what you want is out there, and can only reiterate past advice, buy a Patrol/Pajero/Prado/LandCruiser.

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Toyota Prado 2002: Weak when climbing

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Oct 2017

It’s clearly not well and needs attention, so take it to a mechanic and find out what is wrong with it. Any number of things could be wrong with it, from a simple as needing a service to being worn out.

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Toyota Prado 2002: Engine light

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Jun 2017

Each time you switch the engine off and then on again you are rebooting the computer. Sometimes that resets things and you can drive on with no further problem, but because it is doing it again and again there must be an underlying problem. I suggest you take it to a mechanic with the diagnostic gear to identify the problem and fix it.

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Diesel Particulate Filter clogging in HiLux, Prado and Fortuner?

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Feb 2017

There are quite a few reports of problems with the dpf clogging on the latest 2.8-litre diesel, but a Toyota spokesman told us there is currently no service campaign or recall related to the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) on any of the three vehicles you reference.

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Toyota won't fix what I think is a common fault covered by warranty on my Prado. What should I do?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Aug 2016

This is typical of a problem with the Prado blowing engines at high mileage. It was due to carbon buildup on the oil pickup in the sump, the carbon resulting from a leaking fuel-injector seal that allowed fuel into the oil and contaminate it. The dealer's report would suggest that this is not the case, as they appear to have checked the fuel and oil systems for contamination and carbon buildup. You could have an independent mechanic check the engine for you to see if they could find a cause that contradicts the dealer's findings.

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