My car has been at Toyota for the last two days. WOW did I ever make a bad decision to let them do a simple job!
They reckon pulling two codes (coolant temp sensor fail and vacuum leak) soldering two wires, screw in a new coolant temp sensor, drill-a-hole stick-a-union and connect a pipe from valve cover breather to air-box hose takes 3 hours at a cost of $575 (incl. $115 parts)....I DON'T THINK SO!
THE CAUSE OF ALL THIS FUSS
I snapped off the [coolant temp sensor(to-ECU)] electrical plug on the sensor housing while I was changing the distributor O-ring. I reattached it best I could and headed down to my local Toyota Service Centre as I figured they would tell me what I needed to know.
After experiencing a check engine light and MUCH misfiring on the way there I decided I didn't want to drive it until it was fixed. (apparently the sensor communicates with the EFI circuit?)
The only thing they did to benefit my situation was to tell me the codes that they pulled from the ECU....and that for some reason I have a 3SFE throttle body and coolant temp sensor housing....They called me saying “You didn't tell us you did an engine swap to 3SFE”...
“huh?! Are you styooooo-ped? You're supposed to be the Toyota expert! It's a stock engine nob-face!” [is what I wanted to say]
[END OF RANT]
Here's a funny/cool bumper sticker to break the rage.
I'm not a bumper sticker kind of guy, but I have never wanted a bumper sticker so much in my life!