About Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Land Cruiser is a four-wheel drive vehicle manufactured by Toyota since 1951. The first Toyota Land Cruiser was developed in January 1951 as military demand. It is Toyota's longest running series, which led to huge popularity. Toyota Land Cruiser is the best-selling body-on-frame, four-wheel drive vehicle in Australia.
There were two versions of Toyota Land Cruiser, off-road oriented produced through four generations and comfort oriented produced through five generations. The fourth generation off-road oriented Toyota Land Cruiser (J70; 1984-present) was introduced in 1984 as the successor of the Land Cruiser 40 Series. As a compact SUV, it possesses off-road capability and durability and gets powers from inline 6-cylinder, 1VD-FTV V8 Diesel and 1GR-FE V6 petrol engines. In late 2007, the fifth generation comfort oriented redesigned Toyota Land Cruiser (J200,; 2007-present) was introduced. As a 5-door SUV, it is powered by 4.0 L V6 engine, 4.6 L, 4.7 L, 5.7 L V8 engines and 4.5 L V8 turbo diesel engine. All engines are mated to 5-speed, 6-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions and 5-speed manual transmissions. It is available in trim levels such as GX, GXL, VX and Sahara.
Toyota Land Cruiser Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
The main vehicle type for Toyota Land Cruiser is SUV, which means it is used mostly in terrible road conditions. In order to increase your Toyota Land Cruiser's lifespan, we suggest that you can know about how to diagnose and solve common problems on it provided by experienced drivers:
First, blue smoke and using oil as well as engine stopped suddenly. According to Toyota Land Cruiser users, engine would have performance issues such as decreased power and acceleration, rough idle, misfiring. What's more, oil needs to be added more often as well as Check Engine Light comes on. These could be caused by a poor EGR valve, spark plug, oil filter or fuel filter. Failed drive belt would also cause engine problem.
Second, premature braking system and cooling system failure. The importance of braking system speaks for itself. In Toyota Land Cruiser, drivers found that brakes became noisy and responded poorly as well as pulsating brake pedals. Bad brake pad set, brake disc and brake drum are often the culprits. As for cooling system failure, problems often go wrong with radiator, radiator hose and thermostat gasket.
Apart from above mentioned auto parts, bellhousing and sway bar bushing are also vulnerable auto parts in suspension system of Land Cruiser. While other more daily use parts such as seat belt, wheel seal and cabin air filter, if any problems happen to them, you would sense easily.
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