1st Feb 2009, 06:29

I am also interested in converting mine to power steering. Any idea where to go for? I live in Manila.

6th Mar 2009, 10:27

Hi lite acer.

It is possible to put a double cylinder gasket, coz I think my cylinder has been shaved by the previous owner.

22nd Mar 2009, 21:14

I have a model 1995 GXL Lite Ace. When I bought it way-back in 2004, it had an overheating problem and is now gone.

After having your radiator cleaned and find that there are no more leaks, but still you are losing coolant daily (1 liter or more after a 10 KM run), check your cylinder head gasket for leaks.

Do this by : removing your radiator cap and run the engine. Try to rev up the engine, and IF a lot of water gushes out of the radiator filling neck when you rev the engine up, chances are your cylinder head gaskets are leaking.

And when replacing head gaskets, make sure to tell your mechanic to use the best quality available. Mine was replaced with an original Toyota gasket. Never scrimp on this part, the labor cost is so high (PHP 2K to 3k) while the best gasket is only about P 1K.

Never had a major overheating problem since then.

27th Mar 2009, 21:50

Any updates on power steering conversion?

Will appreciate everyones' inputs.

Moreover, one mechanic told me previously that the local PH Lite ace shares common steering parts with Tamarraw FX.

Based on this, can the rack and pinion of the FX be installed in the Liteace?

Thanks again.

4th Jun 2009, 22:21

Hello Guys.

My Lite Ace 1991 GXL has rack and pinion problem. Where can I get it's rack and pinion repaired? This is not power steering.

15th Jul 2009, 07:20

I have a Lite Ace GXL 2 litre 1990-1991 automatic. I have a problem with my alternator. I took it off because it was broke. Cut a long story short, I threw it away. I got a second hard one from scrapyard, but no clips to connect wires together. All the alternators have the same color, but my wire is different. Any help is better than none. Please phone 07930157861

22nd Jul 2009, 07:47

In addition to sir JOEL TIPS on overheating, maybe after doing all those procedures, as I have experienced, check your water pump, even though it's mechanical and still pumping water, it doesn't mean it's working good.


1. Remove the water pump

2. Rotate the pump with your hand while your ear is near the pump hole.

3. If the hole sounds like "vacuum" every time you rotate, it means it's working, otherwise it's not.

21st Aug 2009, 06:44

I am a 92 model Liteace owner...I'm just wondering if it is normal whenever I start my engine (cold start) that a bit of water comes out from my exhaust tip... then it disappears when the engine starts to heatup... mine is 5k engine... thanks!

27th Aug 2009, 07:27

This forum is very informative, now that am also a new owner of a LiteAce 1991. Also have encountered the same overheating problem. Still doing different test and repair before I purchase a new OEM radiator from evercool or roberts to ensure a no overheat travel even in traffic. I will heed the advice of many LiteAcer's in our country.

Thank you.

13th Oct 2009, 05:06

Hi there, I have just purchased my 1992 Liteace diesel 2.0 litre automatic... please could anybody advise me as to the location of the battery, I checked in the engine compartment under the seat and under the van hahaha, but it is a loss to me where it could be. Thanks in advance. Jacks.

27th Oct 2009, 04:44

This simply means that your engine is burning the fuel efficiently! The product of perfect combustion is water, and that goes out of your exhaust pipe as it is still cold, otherwise, the water becomes vapor and you will not notice it.

To jacks- if you have a Philippine Lite ace, the battery is located at a compartment behind the right side front seat.

18th Jan 2010, 21:31


I bought my 1991 Liteace last year, and after 1 month it give me a overheating problem, so I always pour water into the radiator, but it still exists and it became worse when my cousin sent us off to Cebu for vacation last December. It was worse than I expected cause when he reached c5 the van stopped running. When we came back from Cebu, it was dead. So the mechanic says I have to new cylinder head, but the other mechanic says it only needed reface and change the cylinder head gasket. So we try refacing it and change the gasket and fixed the engine fan. It was sight for me for it runs now that the temp does reach only the first line.

22nd Apr 2010, 18:30

I like to convert my Toyota Lite Ace steering to power steering. From which Toyota car model we can get and fix the power steering to a Light Ace? I'm leaving in Bacoor, Cavite. Anybody know in this place or near place who are doing this conversion?

11th May 2010, 07:05

I am also a Lite Ace owner. I am looking for a clutch fan (second hand). Any ideas where I could find one?

15th Jun 2010, 00:26

Am driving a 92 LiteAce van here in Legazpi City, Albay Province. I am just wondering if there are LiteAce clubs that I can join, because as I've seen there's a Volkswagen club in our area, so am just wondering where's ours? I love LiteAce.

23rd Sep 2010, 06:46

I got a 91 LiteAce!! What engine replacement will fit?

12th Oct 2010, 21:12

I'm from Malaysia. I own a LiteAce 90.

I did a top overhaul 6 months ago, with new water pump, radiator clean and flush, cylinder head skimmed, but overheating has reappeared. I have water gushing out to the roof when starting from radiator mouth, and when revving the throttle, water flows out (but doesn't gush out).

Please help.

7th Jan 2011, 10:23

What boost can I do in my 5k engine? We have no problem in overheat.. it can go to Baguio with 8 persons with luggage...

I've shorten the small tubes on the carb to have shorter air travel and replaced an open type filter, and it's effective :) What modifications can I do? I want more boost on my LiteAce '93.

1st Mar 2011, 03:53

Hi all. Reading through the comments and the technical information just made my day. I own a Lite Ace '92, my parents bought it second hand with only 5000 km in its odometer, and I still have it to this day. Since 1992, we never had a problem with it (except overheating) until last year when I had to have the engine overhauled for the first time (that's after 18 years!).

Regarding overheating, yeah I followed some advice like changing the rad cap seat with thermostat, overhauling the radiator, and having the clutch fan fixed in place. Overheating solved - but without air conditioning. That will come later.

Anyway, with a fixed clutch fan, while the engine is running, no problem. Killing the engine and letting it stand for at least 30 minutes would make the engine heat up because of no air circulation, since the engine is enclosed by its cowling and not much air goes into it. This makes the engine hard starting, because of near-overheating. However, once started and the fan blows out the excess heat, it's OK again. Maybe many of you have experienced this.

Probably I'll follow the advice of changing my radiator into a 3-row one, and follow some maintenance tips provided here.

Thanks very much for the information and the tips.