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2000 Lexus RX300. Can the crankshaft be removed from the block without pulling the engine?

3.0l 1MZ-FE. the main caps have bolts that go in the sides through the block. Is there a way to get these bolts out without pulling the motor.

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Sorry, The engine must be separated from the transmission to remove crankshaft. The engine has to come out. I would not recommend this job without a good Chilton or Haynes manual, and a big toolbox.

Posted on May 16, 2017

  • Todd Rohlfs
    Todd Rohlfs May 17, 2017

    Hi, I was afraid that was going to be the answer. Thanks for your time.



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Here is the procedure:-

  1. Remove setscrew from side of cylinder block.

  2. Remove oil pipe attaching bolts.

  3. Remove oil pump and strainer.

  1. Remove timing gear cover to case attaching bolts.

  2. Remove timing gear cover and gasket.


  1. Remove oil slinger and washers from crankshaft snout.
Using puller set 49 0839 425C or equivalent, remove crankshaft timing gear, Fig. 3.

  1. Position a clean rag between camshaft and idler gears, then remove cam gear lock bolt and washers.

  2. Using puller set 49 0839 425C or equivalent, remove cam gear from camshaft, Fig. 3.

  3. Remove idler gear to spindle retaining nuts and washers, then remove idler gear and spindle assemblies.

  4. Remove injection pump drive gear.

  5. Remove timing gear case to cylinder block attaching bolts, then the timing case.


  1. Remove tappets from cylinder block.

  2. Remove camshaft thrust plate to cylinder block retaining bolts and washers, then pull camshaft from block.


  1. Remove connecting rod bearing cap retaining nuts and bolts, then separate bearing cap from connecting rod.

  2. Using the wooden handle end of a hammer, push the piston and connecting rod assembly outward until piston rings clear cylinder bore. Remove piston and connecting rod assembly through top of cylinder block.

  3. To separate piston from connecting rod, remove piston pin retaining clips, then press pin from piston using a suitable driver.


  1. Remove rear oil seal cap retaining bolts, then the cap and seal.

  2. Remove main bearing cap to cylinder block retaining bolts, then the main bearing caps and thrust washers.

  3. Lift crankshaft from cylinder block.

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How many screw or bolts are needed to loosened or remove to take the plenum or manifold out to get to the rear spark plugs? I have Toyota sienna2000 and cannot take the manifold out after removing 7 nuts!

why not tell what engine is there. in the 2000 car, and country.
diff, counties use diffr. engines...(called options, etc)
we had this choice, in 2000
3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 (1998-2000)
3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 (01-03, VVT-i) 210 hp, 220 lb·ft

so 1mz.
spark out , the service manual covers that, buy one?
or use>?

to get the manifold off with all bolts off , takes hitting it with a
rubber mallet, to break the bond, (all cars made) if not lucky,.
toss a coin.
now that 1mz is known any one can google that. and the first hit lands.
using parking brake to get the engine to rock forward trick?

if compelled to do it FSM way, then read the FSM.
(large arms?)


knowing the name 1MZ , makes all this easy . no?

see what others do to cheat the book, (oldest story on earth this)

i think the issue is cab forward design of body, making sparks
a PITA to remove..
but is not, if you use the right tools. and techniques.
wobble sockets? , extensions, and universals. all help.

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2000 lexus Rx-300 Firing order diagram

For 2000 Lexus RX300 3.0 liter DOHC V-6 (1MZ-FE) check this diagra...


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I need timing marks on 2.2 toyota camry 2000

1. Remove the fan and generator V belt:

tdisline_543.jpg 2. TIMING CHAIN (2az-FE Engine):
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Drain the engine oil.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Negative battery cable
Hood Right-side front wheel Engine under covers Right-side fender apron seal Front exhaust pipe Engine moving control rod and bracket Right-side engine mounting stay and bracket Accessory drive belt Engine appearance cover Engine wire Alternator Power steering pump, leave the hoses connected Ignition coils Ventilation hoses Cylinder head cover Turn the crankshaft pulley to set the No. 1 cylinder to TDC compression. Align the groove on the pulley with the timing mark -0- on the front cover. Remove the crankshaft pulley as follows:
1. TMC made: Use Special Tool 09213-54015 to hold the pulley to loosen the bolt. Use Special Tool 09950-50013 to remove the bolt and pulley.

2. TMMK made: Use Special Tool 09960-10010 to hold the pulley to remove the bolt. Use Special Tool 09950-40011 to remove the crankshaft pulley
tdisline_544.jpg Fig. Removing the crankshaft pulley-TMC-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine

Fig. Removing the crankshaft pulley-TMMK-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine

Remove or disconnect the following:
Crankshaft position sensor Lower oil pan No. 1 chain tensioner Accessory drive belt tensioner

  • Support the engine with a suitable engine lifting device.
  • Remove or disconnect the following:
    Engine mounting insulators Right-side engine mounting bracket Stud bolt for the accessory drive belt tensioner from the block Front cover mounting bolts and nuts Front cover Crankshaft position sensor plate Timing chain tensioner slipper Timing chain vibration damper Timing chain Crankshaft timing sprocket
  • Turn the crankshaft counterclockwise by 90°, and align an adjusting hole of the oil pump driven sprocket with the groove of the oil pump.
  • Fig. Align the adjusting hole of the oil pump drive sprocket with the oil pump groove-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine

    Fig. Insert a bar to lock the sprocket in position-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine
    Put a bar in the adjusting hole of the oil pump driven sprocket to temporarily lock the sprocket in position. Remove the nut.

    Remove the bolt, chain tensioner and spring.

    Remove the chain tensioner, oil pump sprocket and No. 2 timing chain.

    To install:
    Set the crankshaft key into the left horizontal position. Turn the cutout of the drive shaft to the top


  • Fig. Align the crankshaft key and drive shaft cutout as shown for installation-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine
    Align the yellow colored links with the timing marks of the sprocket as shown in the illustration.

  • Insert the sprockets with chain to the crankshaft and oil pump shaft.
  • Temporarily tighten the oil pump driven sprocket with the nut.
  • Insert the damper spring into the adjusting hole, and install the chain tensioner plate with the nut. Tighten to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  • Align the adjusting hole of the oil pump driven sprocket with the groove of the oil pump.
  • Put a bar in the adjusting hole of the oil pump driven sprocket to temporarily lock the sprocket in position. Tighten the nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  • Rotate the crankshaft counterclockwise by 90°, and align the crankshaft key to the top.
  • Install the timing chain vibration damper. Tighten to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
  • Align the timing marks of the camshaft timing sprockets and bearing caps.
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  • Align the gold or orange colored link with the timing mark of the crankshaft timing sprocket.
  • Using Special Tool 09309-37010, tap in the sprocket.
  • Align the gold or yellow colored links with the timing marks of the camshaft timing gear and camshaft timing sprocket. Install the chain.
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    tdisline_554.jpg Fig. Set the crankshaft set key facing upward-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine
    tdisline_555.jpg Fig. Align the marked link of the timing chain with crankshaft sprocket timing mark-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine
    tdisline_556.jpg Fig. Tap the crankshaft sprocket in with Special Tool 09309-37010-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine
    tdisline_557.jpg Fig. Align the marked links of the timing chain with the camshaft sprockets during installation-2.4L (2AZ-FE) engine

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      Fig. 4: Always replace the thermostat with the correct temperature specifications 89553p21.jpg
      Fig. 5: Line-up the jiggle valve with the protrusion on the housing - 5S-FE engine 89553g10.gif

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    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait at least 90 seconds before performing any other work.
    2. Drain the engine coolant.
    3. Remove the battery.
    4. Remove the air cleaner inlet assembly.
    5. Remove the air cleaner assembly with hose.
    6. Remove the air cleaner bracket.
    7. Remove the air cleaner inlet No. 1.
    8. Disconnect the radiator hose outlet.
    9. Remove the bolt and water inlet pipe.
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