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Question Pre-Purchase Inspection, should I be scared away?

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I am in the process of purchasing a 2007 FJ with 115k miles on it. I took it to an independent Toyota shop and got the report back yesterday. Any purchasing advice is greatly appreciated. The FJ will be used as a daily driver and weekend warrior for backpacking/hiking some offroading to get to hard to reach places to camp.

Here is a link to the inspection: Inspection

I feel comfortable trying to tackle the suspension (control arms and such). Really worried about the timing cover leak.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Pre-Purchase Inspection, should I be scared away?

A minor timing cover leak is pretty common, and a bit of seepage (light oil film around the edge of the cover) isn't really a major concern. If oil is literally running down the front of the block and dripping onto the ground, then it's a major leak and requires repair.

Pressure wash the front of the engine to remove all grime and oil residue, and drive the vehicle for 1/2 hour. There should be zero to very, very little visible oil seepage after 1/2 hour of running after the engine is fully warmed up.
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Re: Pre-Purchase Inspection, should I be scared away?

As FJtest said, clean it off and drive it and check. If it IS leaking a little more than you like, you might want to just retorque the bolts. Break them and then retorque. Then clean and drive again. Heat cycles loosen bolts - just a mechanical fact.

You can also over-torque by about 10% on most bolts and nuts - there is a 15% safety factor in the specs that most folks don't even know exists...
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Re: Pre-Purchase Inspection, should I be scared away?

Look at the back window for a film of oil also. If oil is collecting there thatís a sign. Forward side of rear axle is more evidence of leak size


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Re: Pre-Purchase Inspection, should I be scared away?

I scanned through pretty quick, but I didn't see any notes regarding frame rust (or lack thereof). I would want to know about that. Some of that suspension stuff may not be an actual issue (I doubt if the lower control arms actually need replacing...).

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I scanned through pretty quick, but I didn't see any notes regarding frame rust (or lack thereof). I would want to know about that. Some of that suspension stuff may not be an actual issue (I doubt if the lower control arms actually need replacing...).
I was thinking the same, there were some items on there that were nitpicking. As far as the rust is concerned I did talk with the inspection mechanic and there was no rust damage. The car has lived in northern california its whole life, not near the ocean.

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Hi all!

I am in the process of purchasing a 2007 FJ with 115k miles on it. I took it to an independent Toyota shop and got the report back yesterday. Any purchasing advice is greatly appreciated. The FJ will be used as a daily driver and weekend warrior for backpacking/hiking some offroading to get to hard to reach places to camp.

Here is a link to the inspection: Inspection

I feel comfortable trying to tackle the suspension (control arms and such). Really worried about the timing cover leak.

Thanks in advance!

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I have owned my FJ for 13 years now and the timing cover has leaked for probly 12 1/2 years Nothing to worry about.

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Re: Pre-Purchase Inspection, should I be scared away?

We have a 2007 with similar mileage. Our timing cover also had a seep for years, but never enough to spot the driveway. I just ignored it, other than checking the parking space once in a while.

It was recently corrected when a timing chain guide broke, and the cover was R&R for the repair.

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