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Hello everyone, how are you all doing?

My name is Andre, I'm from South America but I am writing from NZ. This is my first post here. I have a 1997 EP91 Starlet and my girlfriend own a 1992 EP82 Starlet. Although I love them I wouldn't say I am an enthusiast. I also got an old rav4, I am more into 4wdring than hatchbacks. But well, I like working on cars.

Anyway, I will talk about the ep82. Her car has 303000km already and it was using alot of oil, something like 1 litre every 350km. It was also leaking oil everywhere, leaking coolant and the heater didn't work. I decided to rebuild the cilynder head to change the valve seals, replace piston rings and replace heater core. So yes, that is the job I did: replaced valve seals, head gasket, injector seals, clean eveything (engine burning/leaking oil for godknows how many km's... yep, it was messy), piston rings, pcv valve and coolant temp. sensor (that I snapped), thermostat, water pump, all front seals (oil pump seal, oil pump o-ring, cam seal, crank seal), oil pan gasket, timing belt, tensioner and idler, water pump belt, power steering belt. I think that was it. And also heater core.

Parts in NZ aren't cheap so I got everything I could from States (rockauto), but as they dont have starlets over there I had to find equivalents. All the timing belt related parts are from the Paseo 5efe EXCEPT the timing belt itself. Cylinder head gasket set and cylinder head bolts, piston rings, thermostat, pcv valve, temp sensor, water pump, oil pan gasket and heater core, all from Paseo as well.

My only intention with this post is to help someone that wants to do the same job. I am not a mechanic, still got alot to learn, I have no idea if what I did was right or if I should not have used those parts or not but I'm just glad I could make the car run again (let's see for how long).

I will post some pics. I hope someday I can help someone with this post.


Water Pump a little bit worn out.


If you look close you will see a piece of water pump right there.


Pistons very dirty. It was a mission to clean them. Alot of carbon.


After cleaned and with the new rings.



Little things that drove me crazy. As this deep number 10 I didn't have... or this stupid spline head head bolt that NOBODY in NZ has the right size. I had to use the hex number 8 (which I found out on this forum). I was sooooo scared of striping the bolts...




Heater doesn't quite match but It can be used. A knife and a little persuasion did the trick.








Now I just have just one question: which of this pins do I have to short to set the ignition timing? I dont have te1 and e1. Does anybody knows?


Thanks everyone and any questions send me a message.




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