13th Sep 2011, 04:34

Try installing an electronic ignition from Alexan in Megamall.. This will help too!

26th Sep 2011, 23:50

Hi, I'm Jopet. I also bought a LiteAce van. I want to know how to change oil with my car? Thanks a lot.

17th Nov 2011, 14:51

Hi Joe.

Thanks for the very impressive solutions you have made in your Liteace van. I just want to know how much it cost you for all these modifications, where I can find the mechanic shop, and lastly how long it takes to finish the job? At least you can give me an idea, so I know IF my budget and timing can accommodate the expenses, I will be happy to emulate what you have done in your van. I have a 92 model with the same problem; overheating, water level goes down because it pumps out from the radiator going to the reservoir, and never returned to the radiator when cold.

Thanks, and hope to hear from you.


6th Dec 2011, 21:00

The radiator has been bypassed.. remove your thermostat bypass..

6th Dec 2011, 21:31

Hi! Joko of Marikina..

Avoid using ethylene glycol or propylene glycol coolant mix.

Water has a higher specific heat than an ethylene glycol or propylene glycol coolant mix. Therefore, it provides the best heat transfer performance in a cooling system; running with water as a coolant will probably solve the problem. When running water as a coolant for maximum heat transfer, a product that provides a corrosion inhibitor and water pump lubricant should be added to the water.

6th Dec 2011, 21:56

Joko of Marikina..

Testing your Liteace water pump..

While the engine is cold, try to put your finger inside the water inlet and give a little rev, and you will feel the water flow.. if not.. that means your thermostat bypass mechanism is bypassing your radiator.. remove the thermostat bypass and try again..

It is normal for a Liteace to blow the water out when the radiator cap is open, because of the water pump, since our water inlet is connected directly to the cylinder head, not on the radiator.. it is normal for this engine as long as the water level remains normal after having a long drive. If not, check your cylinder head gasket.

6th Dec 2011, 23:31

Joko of Marikina..

Cylinder head gasket..

It's okay if the number of water holes on the gasket is less; that will block some of the water passage. Since the passages are connected to each other, blocking some of these will promote better flow from the first cylinder (where the water pump is directly connected) all the way to the fourth cylinder, and then will go up to the cylinder head, back to the radiator.

Overheat and radiator tips:

- Getting a 3 row radiator will help a lot.. but it is too expensive..

- Try to overhaul your radiator and clean the radiator fins with a pressure washer.. same procedure with the condenser.

- Get a high quality radiator cap (OEM from Toyota).

- Check the alignment of the radiator fan shroud.

- Add an additional condenser fan, or relocate your condenser away from the radiator.

- Give your radiator a little space by putting a spacer on the mounting bolt located on the top of the radiator (a socket head as a spacer will do). It also improves air circulation.

- Check your radiator fan clutch. Fix it to produce larger amount of air. You can also add silicon oil if necessary, or put a piece of rug inside the fun clutch (like a sandwich :-) )

- Use premium or high octane gasoline.

- Adjust the ignition timing and check the vacuum advance. Getting correct timing will lead you to fuel efficiency, power, and save you from over heating. Too retarded or late will produce excessive heat and power loss, too advanced will give you a pinging or knocking sound when accelerating.

15th Dec 2011, 23:38

Hi Jonathan.

I have a Lite Ace Van with a 5K engine. I am planning to change it to 2C. Is there not much work to be done when changing to 2C?

Will the transmission of the 5K fit the 2C?

Please reply.

8th Jan 2012, 00:14

When the thermostat is cold, there will be no flow, it is designed to open when the coolant temp reaches the thermostat rated temp.

Cold engine does not need cooling yet. Hi rev a cold engine and the cylinder/rings wear out faster than normal.

15th Mar 2012, 06:08

Hi! I'm a proud LiteAce 95 owner. I don't have much problem with my unit, except for it being underpowered, which is normal for LiteAce vans.

My problem is my van always fails emission tests during registration. I just want to know if installing a catalytic converter will solve the problem, and if anyone can advise which shop to go to here in metro Manila?


15th Mar 2012, 23:17

Great advice. Thanks.

19th Mar 2012, 06:34

What is this electronic ignition you mentioned (which is designed for engines using contact points). Is there any particular brand or make of this? Where can I buy this electronic ignition? Please help.

Thank you.

27th Mar 2012, 01:10

I use 20/50 oil.

25th Jun 2012, 18:24

I replaced my old radiator with a brand new 3 row one, and it cost me 7500.00 including installation.

3rd Jul 2012, 04:08

Joko of Marikina..

Electronic ignition distributor assembly is available in autosupply along commonwealth. Near Batasan Pambansa, circle bound. 2500 php. No conversion needed.

3rd Jul 2012, 04:18

Yes, I agree with your advice, but the common cause of LITEACE OVERHEATING is thermostat bypass failure. If not prefer not to remove it, you should have it checked and replaced. 96 - 98 models of the Toyota Liteace don't have a thermostat bypass as per Toyota revision for stock configuration.

3rd Jul 2012, 23:51

The Liteace overheating is caused by an ineffective radiator cap, whose rubber seal does not properly press against the inner neck. The reason is corrosion of the inner neck, which at only a few mm, corrosion will cause a trickle escape of water and eventual overheating. To solve this problem, REPLACE THE NECK. That Liteace will last trouble free for a very long time.


7th Jul 2012, 00:54

Hi! JR of Pampanga here. I have a Liteace 92 model. For the past year, I've been having trouble with overheating. I just had my engine overhauled and my radiator flushed. Also replaced the radiator cap, but I can't still overcome my overheating problem. Every time I use the A/C, the vehicle overheats! And when I check the radiator, it's low on water. Any suggestions for a remedy? Thanks!

22nd Jul 2012, 21:22


Does anybody here personally know a good mechanic to overhaul my 5k carburetor?

13th Sep 2012, 20:22

Simple, just look at your speedometer, if it is in mph or kph, and you have your answer.

13th Sep 2012, 20:25

Replace the ignition coil, as it is already leaky.

21st Oct 2012, 20:33

Hi, I am Carmie who owns a 1995 LITEACE GXL. I have encountered many problems already... the radiator was overhauled already and the switch relay... but the main problem was overheating; it reaches up to 3/4 for a short distance only. I read Marvin's comments, and I would like to seek help from him. Please help.

22nd Oct 2012, 19:48

Hi Carmie, I own a 1994 LITEACE GXL, and I also experienced the same issue as you have before. I overhauled my radiator, and still the temperature reaches 1/2 to 3/4, then someone suggested that I should reface my cylinder head with a top overhaul, and it solved my problem of overheating, at least in my case. Check also your radiator cap, if it still fits nicely, and try to consult your trusted mechanic for this.