Toyota Prius 2002-06

Camshaft, Bearings & Lifters

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
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  5. Drain engine oil.
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  7. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait at least 90 seconds after disconnecting the negative battery cable to prevent possible airbag and seat belt pretensioner activation.
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  9. While wearing insulating gloves, slide up the lever of the service plug grip and remove while turning the lever to the left. Be sure to insulate the service plug with insulating tape.
    CAUTION
    Do not touch the high voltage connectors and terminals for 5 minutes after removing the service plug grip.

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  11. On 2002-03 Prius models, while wearing insulating gloves, remove the converter and inverter assembly as follows:


    1. Disconnect the battery power cable connector and insulate it with packaging tape.
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    3. Remove the inverter terminal cover.
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    5. Disconnect the circuit breaker sensor by first moving the outer cover section away toward the wire side.
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    7. Remove the circuit breaker sensor.
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    9. Verify that there is 0V by measuring the voltage between the terminals of the three phase connector (U-V, V-W, U-W), using a voltmeter at each terminal and body ground.
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    11. Remove the mounting bolts and disconnect the MG1 and MG2 power cables. Protect the connector parts with insulating tape.
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    13. Disconnect the ground cable.
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    15. Disconnect the 3 water hoses from the converter and inverter assembly.
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    17. Remove the 4 mounting bolts and the converter and inverter assembly.
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  13. On 2004-06 Prius models, while wearing insulating gloves, remove the inverter with converter assembly as follows:


    1. Remove the left and right engine under covers.
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    3. Drain the HV coolant.
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    5. Remove the radiator support opening cover.
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    7. Remove the inverter cover.
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    9. Verify that there is 0V at the inverter with converter, using a voltmeter utilizing a measuring range of DC 400V or more.

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      Fig. Verifying that there is 0V at the inverter with converter-Prius

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    11. Again, verify that there is 0V by measuring the voltage between the terminals of the three phase connector (U-V, V-W, U-W), using a voltmeter utilizing a measuring range of DC 400V or more.

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      Fig. Measuring voltage between the terminals of the three phase connector-Prius

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    13. Disconnect the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 inverter cooling hoses.
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    15. Disconnect the No. 1 circuit breaker sensor by first moving the outer section away toward the wire side.
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    17. Disconnect the 2 frame wire connectors from the inverter with converter assembly and protect the electrode and connector parts with insulating tape.
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    19. Use a small screwdriver to lift up the green lock pin, then disconnect the connector for the air conditioning inverter.
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    21. Disconnect any remaining wiring connectors including the engine main wiring harness.
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    23. Remove the mounting bolts and disconnect the MG1 and MG2 power cables. Protect the connector parts with insulating tape.
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    25. Remove the 3 mounting bolts and the inverter with converter assembly.
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  15. Remove timing chain.
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  17. Disconnect associated connectors and wire harnesses.
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  19. Remove the fuel pipe clamp.
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  21. Disconnect the fuel tube from the fuel delivery pipe. Even if the fuel tube is stuck and cannot be disconnected, do not use any tools. Push and pull the parts with the quick connector pinched to disconnect the tube.
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  23. Cover the disconnected fuel tube and fuel delivery pipe with a plastic bag in order to prevent foreign objects from entering them.
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  25. Disconnect the radiator inlet hose from the cylinder head.
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  27. Disconnect the hoses from the cylinder head.
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  29. Remove the bolt and disconnect the No. 1 water by-pass pipe.
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  31. Disconnect the hoses, remove the bolt and disconnect the oil dipstick guide.

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    Fig. Camshaft cap bolt loosening sequence-1.5L hybrid engine

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  33. Remove the No. 1 and No. 2 camshaft bearing caps in the proper sequence, then remove the camshaft and No. 2 camshaft.
    NOTE
    Uniformly loosen the bolts, keeping the camshaft level.

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  35. Remove the valve lifters. Keep the valve lifters in the correct order so that they can be returned to their original locations when reassembling.
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To install:

  1. Apply a light coat of engine oil to the valve lifter and install the valve lifter. Check that the valve lifter rotates smoothly by hand.
    NOTE
    If turning the camshaft with the chain removed, turn the crankshaft counterclockwise by 40 degrees from TDC/compression.

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  3. Apply engine oil to the cam and cylinder head journals.

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    Fig. Timing mark on the camshaft timing gear facing upward-1.5L hybrid engine



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    Fig. Check the front marks and numbers on the No. 1 and No. 2 camshaft bearing caps-1.5L hybrid engine



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