Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Mid-coast Maine
2nd cam not engaging?
I've had the 2005 Elise out of barn storage now about a month. Since sunny and warm is only beginning here on the Mid-Coast, I haven't spent a lot of time driving it yet. And since I took early retirement two months ago, I don't need to drive daily. The old TT is used for the beer runs.
I'm concerned that the 2nd cam does not seem to be engaging. Noticed it about two weeks age when I had trouble passing (in a passing zone) a local POS up a long hill.
It usually jumps right out, at the appropriate RPM, WOT. The sound and feel should be there. But it's not. Accelerates strong 6500 - 8000 RPM, but doesn't seem to be on the cam.
No CELs, no idle or other accelerating probs. No 2nd cam problem when I last drove it before storage (I've always made it a point to get on the cam at least once per week to keep up with problems). I've searched here and through Googling 2nd cam, VVT, VVL, etc., but am not finding much help. I do have the factory repair manuals. I disconnected the battery today (for about 2 hours'ish) in hopes of resetting the ECU, but no change.
Is there any way to test for this, the VVT and VVL solenoids, since there is no CEL light showing? Oil change was done about 3000 miles ago, so don't expect a clog, and no indication of cam problems. No apparent rodent-chewed wiring. 50,000 miles. I don't know auto electric, so couldn't do tests myself, but since factory repair is about 4 hours away, I'd have to have my local guy (or Toyota, if necessary) do any electrical tests. Or should I just buy new solenoids and replace them myself? Or is this cost prohibitive? If they are Toyota parts, does anyone know the part numbers (didn't see them on them on the LT parts cross list) or the Toyota nomenclature for identifying what I need? Might there be a fuse or relay I can check or replace?
Any help/suggestions welcomed. It's still great fun to drive, but I do want the performance the car offers.