12th Nov 2012, 04:57

Hi! This was my mechanic's advice after I have had my van overhauled, radiator-checked, aux fan installed; since I can see water marks on the radiator head, that means water leaks out. The problem is, I can't find any store here that sells anymore a radiator neck. Do you know of a store? By the way, I am in Iloilo City :( Thanks!

8th Dec 2012, 08:34

I am interested in your modification. Thanks for the tips. Can you tell me how much you spent on your modification, and what car shop did it?

2nd Jan 2013, 01:59

Does anyone here know where to take my LiteAce 96 model to fix my overheating problem every time I use my air con?

2nd Jan 2013, 10:54

Sounds as if your other radiator fan is not working, or you have a stuck thermostat; both real easy DIY fixes.

21st Feb 2013, 20:59

Adding an additional auxiliary fan to the condenser will not guarantee to solve the overheating problem of your beloved ride. I suggest bringing your ride to well known mechanic or shop, so that they can check all the problems causing overheating.

2nd Mar 2013, 07:11

I also own a LiteAce 1993 model. Bought this second hand 9 years ago, and 2 years after I bought this, I had this overheating problem. Because I also understand car engines, I personally fixed this. It appeared the head gasket was leaking. You can check this by observing the water circulation when you start the engine from rest. No bubbles should appear or water should not come out from the water inlet (without the radiator cover of course). Personally replaced the head gasket. The water inlet neck (attached to the engine) where the rubber of radiator cap is seated was already corroded, so water leaked to the reservoir when the engine became hot. Had condemned the existing water inlet and over pressure port. Had this plugged. Then cut the top radiator hose and reconnected the hose with a T-type connector with water input and radiator cap on one end. You can ask the radiator repair man to build one. I spent P200 in my case without the radiator cap. Since then, haven't encountered any over heating problems for 7 years now!

All in all, I spent below 1K PHP in fixing the whole problem, but this is because I personally did all the repairs!

6th Apr 2013, 06:21

Good day! How much is the cost of the distributor from a newer 4k? And how much is the cost of removing the fan blade and putting in an auxiliary fan, and where is the shop where you had it done? Thanks.

16th May 2013, 15:51

A leaky radiator cap will sometimes let un-noticeable steam escape, which will result in increased concentration of minerals in the radiator water. Eventually this will result in the minerals being deposited on the inside of the radiator tubing, which in turn will cause more overheating. Periodically checking for deposits and using distilled water will minimize the problem.

25th Jun 2013, 12:15

If you have a need to add water to your radiator often, make sure your radiator cap does not have a small leak. Steam leaking from the radiator will cause a mineral concentration in the radiator water, and eventually a buildup of mineral deposit on the insides of the radiator, which in turn will cause the radiator to lose capacity and overheat. Filling with distilled water will prevent the buildup, and if replaced often, will dissolve existing minerals and reduce an existing buildup.

26th Jun 2013, 10:45

Hi everyone!

I also have a LiteAce 92 model 5K engine, which only nearly overheats when the AC is ON.

Has anyone here resolved the problem, and pinpointed directly the cause of the overheating?


7th Jul 2013, 01:46

I own a 1993 Liteace and I am not happy with the fuel consumption. Is there a solution to solve this problem?

10th Aug 2013, 00:46

Just reduce the size of your jets to save gas, and drive slow (do not exceed 60 km/h). The Liteace was not designed for fast driving. Convert it to 7k; it will be faster, but the faster it goes, the more gas it consumes.

25th Sep 2013, 09:17

Hi sir. My LiteAce also throws water from the radiator to the reserve container. Would changing the head gasket help? Sir, please do email me at jakehubertctan@yahoo.com.

11th Nov 2013, 23:31

Hi, do you still have your LiteAce with you? I am very impressed with the mods you have done with your unit. I've made some of the changes, but not as many as you have done.

May I ask if you could help me make the modifications you've made?

Thank you.


11th Jan 2014, 14:53

What are the advisable size jets to replace, so we can all save fuel?

I have a '97 GLX. Just bought it last week. So far I have a gem, everything works wonderful. Except for the gas consumption.

30th Jun 2014, 06:11

Good day! I had the same problem. What I've done is to remove the condenser near the radiator and the one on the front lower portion... and replaced it with a dual condenser and mounted it to the lower center front portion. Wow, the temperature reading is normal, even in heavy traffic.

6th Jul 2014, 20:15

Try to change your alternator to 90 amperes, overhaul the radiator, use Wilkins distilled water in the radiator, and also replace the radiator cap; try to buy the original one.

I hope that will help you.

Fredy of Laguna.

9th Jul 2014, 12:15

I also own a Toyota Caldina 4s engine. It was also characterised with hard starting when it is cold, but when I changed the water temperature sensor, I no longer experiencing the problem.

18th Aug 2014, 02:36

I will write you an email, but maybe for the sake of others here, let us know where to buy a 90 amp alternator for the LiteAce.

Also I assume my 95 LiteAce GXL is a 5k motor gas, but people here talk about a 4k motor also. I get confused. Did they come with both a 5k and 4k motor?

I want to convert mine to a solid state distributor. I read you used a 4k late model one. That is part of my confusion of the 4k and 5k engine question.

Just a comment on the overheat questions. I had to have my head gasket done twice to stop the overheating problems. Once done "right", I never had any more problems, and the water remains full and the gauge shows normal all the time, regardless of the weather and steep roads. Air con raises it a little, but not much.

My gas mileage is in the tank also.

24th Oct 2014, 09:10

Hi guys,

I'm driving a '96 LiteAce KM36, and I was thinking of converting the point breaker distributor to an electronic type.

Can I just plug and play let's say a Petronix electronic distributor and still be able to use the existing cap and mounting/shaft drive?

I've asked a parts shop, and they told me that I need to change the entire system if I were to change to an electronic type.

What are the options I have if I were to change to an electronic type. What brand can I use?

Highly appreciate your help. Thanks.

6th Jan 2015, 03:44

Hi guys, just want to ask what battery size is for a LiteAce 93? I bought it 2nd hand. The battery is a 1 SN Motolite. Thanks.

8th Jan 2015, 09:40

I bought a LiteAce GLX 1995 model with a 5k engine. My problem is do they still have available parts and accessories on the market? And I have plans to change to CDI from contact point, and I also already changed the generator to an IC type alternator 90 amp. Is my idea to upgrade those parts that cause trouble sometimes OK?

Thank you.

26th Feb 2015, 13:33

Sir, you need to change the position of the condenser.

2nd Apr 2015, 09:41

To all LiteAce owners out there, I own a 1994 model with a 5k engine. I ran out of gasoline 2 days ago, and when I refilled the gasoline, I tried to pump the gas pedal several times and tried to start the engine, but it won't work. Do you have any suggestions to help me? Thank you.

26th May 2015, 13:50

Hi, I'm Lex from Tondo. I'm also a Toyota LiteAce van 3rd owner. I read some problems about overheating, especially in a traffic situation.

My recommendations:

#1 Take out or remove the thermostat. Manila is not a cooled country.

#2 Modify the blower and make it fixed, not free wheeling. To do this call an expert, and maybe if you do this your headache will fixed forever.


10th Jun 2015, 00:24

I own a 95 model LiteAce, and the main problem is overheating. Every solution has been done to eliminate this problem, but it still recurs. We are suspecting that the engine block may be damaged because of boiling water coming out from the radiator every time the van runs.

Is there anything that we can do to resolve this overheating problem?

Thank you.

15th Jun 2015, 09:31


What does the T-type connector look like in your engine and what does it do? Does the water still go to the reservoir tank? Thank you.

25th Jun 2015, 09:50

Hi there Acies... I have a turbo charged 3CT diesel LiteAce 92, & have trouble finding a replacement fuel pump... and I'm told it's up $1500 to recondition it... Yow!! Any help suggestions/help appreciated as have bought this little honey & hardly got to enjoy her.

Thanks, Evie.

6th Jul 2015, 04:46

Mine is a 93 model, 13km per liter city driving, Baguio City PA.