Timing Valve assembly installation completed – Land Cruiser Amazon 100, J10

I received the timing valve in the post and of course I head outside to install it to the injection pump.  I could complete the build up in a fraction of the time which took me to dismantle everything. I got a bit worried when I could not start the engine strait away. In fact it took me about 20 minutes to start the motor. The injection pump and pipes have been empty and it took some time to get everything running. I have used the little hand pump on the filter to push the fuel in to the injection pump,  but I’m not sure if this has made a difference.

I took the Land cruiser for a test run and after the engine warm up, it run perfectly. All what I have to do now is to put the bracket clamps on to the fuel line and the 2 covers for the injection pump.

If anyone ever experience the same problem on the Land Cruiser 100 with the HD-FTE engine and the injection pump 22100-1C170 the suction valve or the proper name Valve Assy, Timing  number is 09630-0580 from Denso. This valve can not be ordered via Toyota or Denso. It has to be 3rd party supplier and  I could not get it from Partsouq or Amayama in the UAE.

Can someone spot the mistake what I have made with the assembly?




Checking Valve Clearance on HD-FTE and other small tasks

As I’m still waiting for the new Timing Control Valve, which will be delivered soon, I got time left to do other tasks which I have pushed out far to long. One of those is to check and adjust the valves on the engine. The cylinder head cover No.1 and No. 2 are off and the access is very good.

On the outside of the intake manifold I have noticed a carbon deposits  build up and as it is everything stripped down I changed the gaskets and also cleaned everything up, so good as it gets. I did not bother clean the inlet ports on the head as I don’t want anything going down to the valve seats. On the end I would have to take the cylinder head of to cleaned out. No way.

Timing Control Valve – Land Cruiser 100

As I have mentioned on my previous post I noticed a small leak on the injection pump. Not a lot, but enough so I have to fix the problem.  I checked the pump and noticed the plug for the Timing Control Valve was soaked  in fuel and when the engine is running a trop of fuel came out every 10 seconds or so.

As it is always, the access to the valve is very bad  as it is located on the bottom of the pump. The only way to remove the valve is to dismantle the injector lines, brackets and pump stay.

It took me a long time to remove everything. Some people say it can be done without removing the injector lines but I could not get on to the rear bolts of the pump stay while the lines are in place.

This is the timing control valve or suction control valve which is a DENSO part. The problem is, the fuel is leaking  through the plastic connector which cannot be repaired. Unfortunately Toyota will or can not sell this part. They would rather sell me a new injection pump for an astronomical prize. I could source this valve from a specialist company but it will take some time to get it.

Oil Level Sensor – Land Cruiser 100

The other day I have noticed a slight oil leak on the Oil sump on my Land Cruiser Amazon.  The sump was covered with lub oil and it took me not very long to discover it came from the oil level sensor which is located  on the left side of the oil pan. I checked with Toyota and a replacement o-ring is available for the sensor. The sensor is connected with 4 bolts on to a flange which is glued to the oil sump. My concern was,  the leak is not from the o-ring on the sensor but on the flange connected to thee oil pan. As the lub oil needed changing anyway I dumped all the oil out and then it was very easy to remove the 4 bolts. The sensor is very easy to remove and I noticed the o-ring was in a bad state.

With the replacement O-ring came a description how to change it. I’m pleased I have read it as I found out the old o-ring is connected to a smaller o-ring on the sensor. The connection need cut off without disturbing the inner ring. Very easy to do and takes only a view minutes.

Before fitting I have given everything a good clean and also smeared a bit flange sealant on. Just in case. Added lub oil and give the Car a good run. Everything is fine so far.

As I have check it again  I noticed another leak. It looks like this time from the Injector pump but I have to do this on a another day.


Replace wiper assembly

Over time, I noticed the the windscreen wipers were starting to become out of alignment; obviously this is through the age of the car (and possibly the British weather!)

Luckily I was able to purchase the whole assembly for a decent price, and it was not very difficult to remove the old one.

Whilst the assembly was removed, this gave me a good opportunity to thoroughly clean it out.

Only four bolts was needed to remove the wiper motor, and to connect it to the new assembly was no problem.


Since I have had the Land cruiser 100, I’ve never bothered about Winter tyres. I live in a country where it is debatable to buy some, as wintery conditions are seldom therefore making it difficult to justify the purchase. The LC is not my main transport and on bad weather it can stay on the drive.

All the previous years when I travelled to the Alps in the winter, I was more than happy with the BFGoodrich in the snow. It seems, there is now not the amount of snow on the roads as many years ago and for 2 weeks it is just not worth.

I am planning to drive to the Alps at the end of the month; I will be travelling through mountain passes where winter tyres (and snow chains) will be needed.

I have purchased a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2 on original Toyota steel rims which  makes my life much easier when I change them over.

It will be interesting to see how the winter tyres compare to the BFGoodrich that I used previously.



I have raised the pressures in the tyres from 35 to 42 psi. Lets see if it makes a difference on the road handling



I like the way how Nokian put the safety indicators on the centre surface of the tyre. The numbers wear out as the tire wears down. Less the 40% the tyre should not be worn in wintery conditions.

Auxiliary Tank – completion

Finally I have finished the auxiliary tank. Frontrunner claim it takes 6 hours to complete the task, it has taken longer then i thought. Then again my extra paint jobs and the preparation took a lot of time. It was fairly easy to lift the tank in to the prepared brackets  and bolting it up. It was also easy  to install the spare wheel carrier it was a very tight fit needless to say.


I had great difficulty to fit the supplied hose for the connection between the aux. tank and the main tank. The hose is only 4 inches long  and needed to be connected to the original filler pipe. As the connection is to close to the crossmember No. 7,  I could not get a proper seal on it and I ended up using my old rubber tank filler hose instead. The hose clamp – circled –  was a nightmare to tighten. Eventually I got this right too. I hate to think that one day I will have to replace the hose.


Filler pipe from auxiliary tank to main tank. The small pipe is the vent pipe from main tank which is now connected near to the filler cap.


Main tank with new protector. It is much easier to remove the exhaust to fit the tank in place. I could save myself a lot of time if I  had removed it before hand.


Some modification needed on the tank inlet pipe for the extra breather hoses.


The spare wheel is slightly lower to the ground.