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Does it look like a tank with a drain at the bottom of it? If so it could be the fuel filter water level warning light. This means there is water accumulated in the bottom of the fuel filter. Open the drain on the filter and catch the contents in a container. If water is present it will be noticeable as it will be separate from the diesel fuel. Replace the drain and pump the button on the top of the filter housing while starting the engine. Keep pumping until you notice the pump going hard.
Another possibility is that it is the brake light warning light, if it looks like a car with lights shining out the rear then it is possible that when you put your foot on the brake to engage the gear shifter, it picked up that there is a blowen brake light bulb. Check the bulbs. To replace them you need to pop the cover off the rear door, it is quite tight and held by many plastic clips. Some models have a provision that allows you to remove small plastic covers to access the bulbs.

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Mar 10, 2011

There are several likely causes, none very rosy: 1) head is warped (was it surfaced and/or straightened in conjunction with the new head gasket?). 2) gasket damaged during installation. 3) head is cracked. 4) block is warped and/or cracked.
If you are committed to the car I'd recommend finding a re-manufactured head from a quality supplier and have it professionally installed. That covers 1 -3. #4 is very difficult to access without removing the engine from the car and taking it apart and having it magnafluxed. The only sure thing is a complete engine with a warranty. Cost of the reman engine is probably in excess of the value of the van.
Good luck

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Mar 02, 2011

Check your tranmission fluid level, if its low it can cause your transmission to shift slower, if its drastically low your transmission will slip in and out of gears or free rev (act like its in neutral) under acceleration or when shifting to a higher gear. If your fluid level is good, then you need to change your transmission filter. If your not mechanically inclined, take your vehicle to a shop and have them replace your filter for you, any repairs or maitnance envolving your transmission can easily go bad and potentially destroy your transmission if you do something wrong.

1. Buy new filter & transmission pan gasket

2. Raise vehicle, block tires, and use jackstands (never rely on any type of jack to hold the vehicle up.) and get a container or drain pan to catch the old transmission fluid.

3. Put drain pan or container under your transmission pan, start loosinging the bolts that hold the pan to the transmission. If you loosen the bolts alittle at a time you should be able to minimize spilling fluid everwhere and be able to catch it in your drain pan easier. (if your transmission has a drain plug remove it before loosening the pan bolts, this is not very common though and if you have a drain plug your lucky) once the majority of the fluid has drained from loosening the plugs, continue to loosen bolts so you drop the pan easily cause its gonna be full of fluid (unless you have the drain plug, if you do the pan should be virtually empty and you can remove it fully without alot of mess).

4. Locate the bolts that hold your filter to the transmission, be sure to only remove the bolts that hold the filter. Use the new filter for a visual aid so you can be 100% sure your only removing the filter. (The filter is bolted to a metal cover plate that houses the transmission clutch assemblies, spring valve assemblies, and floating shutter pins and they all operate under hydraulic pressure). Once the bolts are out of the old filter you should be able to slide the goose neck of the filter out of the filter port (again use the new filter for a visual aid) The goose neck should have a rubber o-ring type seal (or equivilent) make sure its on the old filter when you pull it, If its not then gently feel in the port and make sure the seal isnt sticking inside the port.

****** If you were to remove the cover plate thinking it was the filter, the hydraulic slide valves would move and you could seriously damage your transmission turning a $30.00 problem into a 1500.00 problem. I speak from experiance, so please use the new filter for a visual, I can't stress it enough*

5. Clean the pan's gasket area maticuliously, removing all of the old gasket, do the same to the transmission. Prep the pan side of your new gasket (I like using permatex gasket sealer) and install it to your transmission pad. (you can do this before you clean the transmission's gasket area so the permatex has time to adhear to the pan while you clean the gasket area on the transmission)

6. Using transmission fluid lube up the new filter's o-ring and slide it into the filter port. line up the bolt holes and start puting the filter bolts back in, tightening them evenly much like you would do to lug nuts if you had to change a tire.

7. Now get your pan and prep the other side of the pan gasket (gasket should be well tacky and sticking to the pan at this point) once the gasket is prep'd line the pan up with the transmission and begin installing the pan bolts tighten them the same way you did the filter bolts,

**Note**FWD** Depending on your vehicle's make/model, you may have to drop one of the control arms to remove the pan.

**Note**RWD** Depending on your vehicle's make/model, you may have to remove the cross member to remove the pan -or- drop the drive shaft, remove the bell housing bolts (bolts through transmission into engine block) remove the starter, and flywheel cover remove the bolts that connect your torq converter to your flywheel and slide the transmission back from the motor far enough so the transmission pan is no longer under the cross member.


1992 Toyota... | Answered on Feb 03, 2011

Hi and welcome to FixYa!
If the gears are acting unusual I strongly suggest that you replace the torque converter and transmission fluid. A smooth ride and shifting will be noticeable after the procedure.
Hope you find this information helpful enough and thank you for using FixYa! Have a good one!

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Feb 03, 2011

Bad Head Gasket

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Jan 30, 2011


wait a moment pls

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Jan 17, 2011

jack up and stands ,then slacken handbrake cable right off and try again if it still will not move put wheel on back to front and place a plank against rim and wack with a 14lb hammer

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 17, 2010

prolly sad shaft bushings 100 bucks on eBay and not to much expertise needed

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 12, 2010

look under seat there is a lever push down on it seat pops up use recline option to go higher up with seat but to replace starter u have to go under i like to use a long extension with a swivel and a 14 mm there are 3 bolts along the starter and a 12 mm at side of starter un hook the 12mm to starter and one lil wire u squeeze it and pull

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 12, 2010

what u mean by fix are u talking repair it or are u wanting replacement

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 12, 2010

about 6 1/2 with filter

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 12, 2010

if its taking a jump start then it needs a new battery ,end of story

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 10, 2010

if you are comfortable taking the door apart you should stop by a honda dealer and look at their illustrated parts breakdown on the door. that way you can see what parts you will need and find out whether they are even available on a car that old as they are going to be dealer parts if they can be had at all. all your door wear parts are worn out and any used parts as going to be nearly 20 years old as well.

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 02, 2010

Sounds like the oil seal on the main driveshaft in the transmission is leaking.It's not a big job but it does need the transmission removed to do it.

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Nov 30, 2010

old vehicles like this are normally under the vehicle by the fuel tank

1992 Toyota... | Answered on Nov 27, 2010

could be the tps or maf sensor,have them checked.


1992 Toyota... | Answered on Oct 21, 2010

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