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    • Edited 3 times, last by theRanndom on .
    Good Evening all my name is Rann I live in Corpus Christi, TX. I'm married father of 2 sons with a 3rd baby on the way. I've always like cars every since I was younger but I never had the chance to dive into any kind of modding or anything until now. I was finally able to purchase a car I wanted rather than what I could afford and I was blesses to find a 2008 Scion TC and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can about it and working on making it my own. The only changes to it as of now are 1.5" (I think) lowering springs and some plastidiped interior prices. Looking forward to learning and cruising the forums.

    http://i68.tinypic.com/2e36h74.jpg unsure how to host directly to post here is a link to the car!
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    Hello theRanndom! Welcome to CStC!

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    theRanndom wrote:
    Good Evening all my name is Rann I live in Corpus Christi, TX. I'm married father of 2 sons with a 3rd baby on the way. I've always like cars every since I was younger but I never had the chance to dive into any kind of modding or anything until now. I was finally able to purchase a car I wanted rather than what I could afford and I was blesses to find a 2008 Scion TC and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can about it and working on making it my own. The only changes to it as of now are 1.5" (I think) lowering springs and some plastidiped interior prices. Looking forward to learning and cruising the forums.

    http://i68.tinypic.com/2e36h74.jpg unsure how to host directly to post here is a link to the car!


    welcome to CSTC (club scion tc) Rann! That blue you have almost looks like the blue blitz on the release series tC.. Unless it's just the camera, great color on yours!

    First think I'll tell you with an 08, and as I've been telling new members. Check your water pump, you can find it between the drive belt, left side of the engine (passenger side). Look down with a bright flashlight and look for any salty/ice looking deposits. If you don't see any, then good! It's just because from 05 to 08, Toyota had a bad designed water pump. In 09 they updated it, and corrected the problem. If it fails the engine will overheat and that's a lot of $$$ to fix!

    so.. just helping you be proactive.. and welcome to cstc.
    Thanks! I believe it's just the camera as the color on the original purchase reciept I got from the previous owner says it's color code 8T5 which is Blue Ribbon Metallic. The previous owner also had a box of parts he gave to me which contained a new water pump. I'll be double checking it when I get back from vacation. Thanks for the heads up!
    theRanndom wrote:
    Thanks! I believe it's just the camera as the color on the original purchase reciept I got from the previous owner says it's color code 8T5 which is Blue Ribbon Metallic. The previous owner also had a box of parts he gave to me which contained a new water pump. I'll be double checking it when I get back from vacation. Thanks for the heads up!


    Welcome to the club. Ohhh she's pretty!! Hmmm if he included a new water pump then it might be a bad pump on yours. Get that checked out and taken care of. You don't want it overheating and warp anything. When you upgrade it you have to share. I personally love seeing the mods.

    Congrats on the new arrival coming!!!
    Most likely change it Sunday just cause I already have it but I didn't notice anything out of whack when I checked everything before purchase
    theRanndom wrote:
    Thanks! I believe it's just the camera as the color on the original purchase reciept I got from the previous owner says it's color code 8T5 which is Blue Ribbon Metallic. The previous owner also had a box of parts he gave to me which contained a new water pump. I'll be double checking it when I get back from vacation. Thanks for the heads up!


    Ahh that's a really nice color! I forgot they had that other blue. You're welcome for the heads up!

    But the big question is why did the previous owner have a water pump ready to go and not replace it? And make sure it's a Toyota part since some of the aftermarket didn't redesign the bearing in the water pump so that it wouldn't leak out over time when the bearing casing failed. Those bearings were interacting with the coolant directly so Toyota ended up sealing the bearing. Just making sure that you get it right!
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    I asked him the same question and he said he had grabbed it when he got the hatch replacement part and was told about issues with the pump and he said mine looked fine so I never bothered. I'm no where near an expert but it looked fine to me as well. So I just went with it. I'm pretty sure it's a Toyota one as I seem to recall the box having it written all over it. I'll check for sure when we get back from vacation.
    theRanndom wrote:
    I asked him the same question and he said he had grabbed it when he got the hatch replacement part and was told about issues with the pump and he said mine looked fine so I never bothered. I'm no where near an expert but it looked fine to me as well. So I just went with it. I'm pretty sure it's a Toyota one as I seem to recall the box having it written all over it. I'll check for sure when we get back from vacation.


    hey hope you have a good time on your vacation! Sounds like a good plan that the previous owner had the water pump ready to go if needed, but was doing a wait-n-see approach. Makes sense. I know with mine I was playing a wait-n-see approach as well. I kept checking it and it finally, one day, started to fail.

    That's awesome that you do have the Toyota one ready to go. Makes life really simple! Plus sounds like you got a tC from someone who was actually taking good care of it!
    sciontc_mich wrote:
    theRanndom wrote:
    I asked him the same question and he said he had grabbed it when he got the hatch replacement part and was told about issues with the pump and he said mine looked fine so I never bothered. I'm no where near an expert but it looked fine to me as well. So I just went with it. I'm pretty sure it's a Toyota one as I seem to recall the box having it written all over it. I'll check for sure when we get back from vacation.


    hey hope you have a good time on your vacation! Sounds like a good plan that the previous owner had the water pump ready to go if needed, but was doing a wait-n-see approach. Makes sense. I know with mine I was playing a wait-n-see approach as well. I kept checking it and it finally, one day, started to fail.

    That's awesome that you do have the Toyota one ready to go. Makes life really simple! Plus sounds like you got a tC from someone who was actually taking good care of it!


    Yes he and the previous owner his mom took excellent care of the TC. The file they handed me had records or every oil change for the past 9 years and all kinds of other stuff. Made it real comfortable when purchasing it for sure.
    Welcome to CStC!!!
    • Edited 2 times, last by Joshstc on .
    Welcome! And about the waterpump, you would know if you need to change it.

    I noticed this about a year ago, but my coolant reservoir always stayed relatively full so i thought it wasn’t the biggest deal and i just added to the coolant reservoir every once in awhile.




    But this past oil change it looked really bad up in there and my alternator just went out, so i decided to change it last week.






    The biggest issue with our cars is how fast they burn oil. Check your levels every time you go to fill up at the gas station. I have to add .5q every fill up (about 300miles) It doesn’t affect the life of the engine so long as you keep the oil levels full and don’t let it get below the low line, but and unsuspecting tC owner could wait 5,000 miles to change and/or check their oil and only have 2Q of sludgy oil left in their engine!
    If you do decide to change the waterpump, This Is What I Followed the DIY is about 10 posts down. You just take the belt off using a 19mm socket to relieve the tension, then take the alternator out that’s held in by 4 bolts, and the waterpump that’s held in by 6 bolts. Get some seal packing/gasket sealer before you start so you don’t have to run to the store in the middle of the process like i did though lmao. And the bolts on the waterpump are very weak so don’t overtighten them. I wasn’t exactly being gentle with mine but i wasn’t torquing too hard and i snapped a bolt.. it was one with another bolt right next to it so i said screw it and just left it because 5/6 is still passing lmao. I haven’t noticed any problems thus far
    hey josh thanks for the update and the pics.. Whoa.. is that what yours looked like? or were you just showing how bad it can get? thanks for posting that up!

    I think it's important for people to know that Toyota is the one that updated their water pump design. Who knows if the aftermarket updated theirs! Hopefully they did!
    Yeah that was mine haha! Probably one of the better references to what a bad waterpump looks like 😂 and yeah that’s why i went with Toyota for the waterpump! I didn’t want to get an old un-updated part from an aftermarket company
    Joshstc wrote:
    Yeah that was mine haha! Probably one of the better references to what a bad waterpump looks like 😂 and yeah that’s why i went with Toyota for the waterpump! I didn’t want to get an old un-updated part from an aftermarket company

    hey josh.. would you mind making a separate post detailing the water pump fun you had + the pictures? It would help for others to find it when/if they ever have water pump problems or what to look for. Instead of being buried in this post.

    and I'm glad you got it fixed! That was pretty bad! wow.. and yeah glad you got the toyota water pump don't have to worry about it for many, many miles!
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