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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#1 of 138 How to take care of your ECHO
Dec 09, 2001 (4:33 pm)
Put gas in it. Change the oil.
#2 of 138 It's not that simple.
Nov 14, 2001 (9:29 pm)
You neglected to include washing it and keeping the interior litter-free.
Seriously, does anyone have any recommendations on a good Service Manual for the ECHO?
#3 of 138 5W-30 Oil ?
Nov 21, 2001 (4:50 pm)
Is everyone using 5W-30 oil like the book says? I have no idea what Wal-Mart, Jiffy Lube, etc. puts in a car but I'm guessing 10W-40. I looked under my car and it appears very easy to change the fiter and oil. I was thinking of alternating oil changes between myself and a garage (e.g., 3,000 myself, 6,000 Toyota, 9,000 myself, 12,000 Toyota). I figure that way nobody can complain about my warranty since it will be changed by Toyota/garage every 6,000 miles.
#4 of 138 Wrapping the AC line??
Dec 08, 2001 (6:07 pm)
A good while back in the main forum, there were several good techniques for wrapping the cold AC line for better temp. control in the summer. Can anyone review those or give me some of the post nos.?
Thanks in advance
#5 of 138 Wrapping AC line
Dec 09, 2001 (3:00 pm)
I did not write it but I had made a copy. Here is a summary:
Go to a hardware store and buy a length of insulating pipe foam in the plumbing section. The stuff may be medium gray,
and is similar to the foam in which computer parts are usually shipped. Probably plastic-based rather than rubber-based
product, in one inch diameter.
Go to an auto store (NAPA) and get a box of insulating tape. It's a behind the counter item, not in a shrink-wrap pack. It
appears to be an asphalt-based tape, two inches wide with a paper backing that peels off. Fairly flexible, stretchable. You
will probably get more than you will use.
Open the hood. The ac lines are on your left (passenger side). There are two, one is smaller in diameter (high pressure line)
and one is fatter (low pressure line). Cut and fit the foam insulation around the low line (the one w/o the sight glass) from the
bottom of the engine compartment (it's left of the oil filter), up past the filler tube for the washer tank, all the way to where the line enters the firewall.
Once the foam is in place and your hands are grubby, start cutting the asphalt tape into pieces to wrap around the foam from top to bottom. It will be the world's worse looking (fat and ugly) ac low pressure line.
(The author checked out the possibility of heat melting the foam but found that no way it will melt, using a cookie sheet and set off the fire alarm).
So which post was this originally? I don't know. The person who wrote it deserves all the credit. Claimed that this will give about a ten degree drop in air temp. Someone find that original post so we can thank the author.
#6 of 138 Wrapping- AC line thanks!!
Dec 09, 2001 (8:31 pm)
#7 of 138 Toyo techs
Jan 11, 2002 (10:01 am)
Has anyone had any exsperinance with this repair shop or other in the area??
Toyo Techs Toyota Specialists
4185 Clairmont Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341
#8 of 138 Changing Gear Oil
Apr 30, 2002 (8:07 pm)
I just wanted to know if anyone has changed there gear oil yet? I have a 5-speed..Location of drain and or refill plug and what might be required.
Any help would be appreciated.
#9 of 138 Mfg Guide Intervals
May 19, 2002 (8:43 am)
Just Bought a 2002 Echo and was surprised to see Reccommended Mfg Intervals for Oil Changes and other maintenance is 5000- 7500 vs what I'm used to of every 3000 Miles or 3 Months. Are Echo owners following that guide, or still sticking with every 3000 mile maintenance?
#10 of 138 I change every 3000 miles
Jun 08, 2002 (11:37 pm)
Quaker State 5W-30 every 3000 miles at Wal-Mart tire lube...