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Hewitt-Tech Inc. Plug & Play Secondary Air Injection System Bypass Kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by djmichael24951, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Jul 11, 2019 at 5:00 AM
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    Any reviews on the Hewitt-Tech Inc. Plug & Play Secondary Air Injection System Bypass Kit? Is it just a quick temporary fix? There is a lifetime warranty on it. I have the dreaded secondary air injection system problem on my 2008 Tundra 4.7L. I am having trouble deciding whether to replace the parts or put the bypass kit on it. I've always been one for fixing things the right way, but I am a disabled veteran on a fixed income, and this problem is quite pricey. Especially, since we are going on vacation next week. I really do need my truck for that trip. Also, please correct me if I'm wrong, but on my truck, it looks like there are 2 pumps. The pump for the Bank 2 check valve is in the fender well, and, it looks like the pump for the Bank 1 check valve is under the intake. At first I thought this job was gonna be a little simpler, compared to other models and engines, since the check valves are mounted outside the engine. But then I traced the tube coming out the back of the Bank 1 check valve, and it goes around back and under the intake manifold. I just assume there is a pump under there for that valve. I can't seem to find a different part number listed for my model and engine, for that second pump. The Bypass kit for my truck is $395. The cost of the parts to fix it the right way is gonna be about $200 more than that.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2019 at 5:29 AM
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    There are a few threads regarding this issue on here, but I have the exact same truck specs as you and I installed the Hewitt Kit last October. It essentially bypasses your AIP system so while it's not technically "fixing" the problem, it's keeping that system from turning on so it kind of is fixing it at the same time, if that makes sense. That system is basically only used at cold start up, and is for emissions only. It makes the exhaust burn cleaner, quicker. I had my system replaced once in 2015 under warranty, and then it went out again October 2018. It's a faulty design by Toyota and there is no way of knowing how long it will last if you replace the parts. Some people never have an issue with it, and others such as myself have had it fail twice with no unusual driving.

    I'm not sure where you were looking at parts to replace it at and if you are able to do some of it yourself, but this job at a dealership is $2k-$3k easily. I just couldn't spend that type of money knowing that it could fail again. I would get the Hewitt Kit and call it a day. The kit is super easy to install, and literally is just plug and play.
     
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    I am a auto mechanic by trade. So, I am very capable of doing the work. I just haven't done a whole lot of it since I got my disability from the VA. A brake job here and there is about the most I get into anymore. But, I'm sure I can perform the required repair for this particular situation. I was just thrown for a loop, when I found only one pump in my fender well. But with vacation next week. I am leaning more (much more) toward the Plug & Play. For nearly $400, I just wanted to make sure that it would be a permanent fix. Compared to your previous winters, is there any performance difference at cold start up?
     
  4. Jul 11, 2019 at 5:58 AM
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    And I did research several different threads on this topic, and watched several Youtube videos, but never could find any information on the second pump being under my intake manifold. Without removing the manifold, I can only assume that the second pump is there. I did see a video on a 2006 model 4.7L, and it had a pump and a check valve under the IM. But it seems like there is know information for the 2007 and newer 4.7L models. Correction, there is one video of a man changing his Bank 1 check valve, which he had stated that he had done several times. But, I've seen nothing on performing the entire job for my particular application.
     
  5. Jul 11, 2019 at 6:23 AM
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    No I didn't have any differences on start up. When I said cold start up, I also just meant starting in general after sitting a while. I'm in SC, so it doesn't get toooo cold here haha. I had a mechanic also look at replacing mine and he said the pumps he was finding were all about $500 each, so that sounds about right. I would just get the kit and call it a day. They are very knowledgeable about their products and have good service as well. For me, I wouldn't have been able to change them out myself so it was a pretty easy decision on my side. It's just a pain that even by spending the money to replace those pumps, they could go out again in a year.
     
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    I installed the Hewitt bypass on my 2007 5.7 a few months ago and have had zero issues since (nearly 4,000 miles). Install was fairly easy & gained nearly 2mpgs to boot. I am seeing only positives.
     
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    Thank you for your support.
     
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    I've started a petition on Change.org for Toyota to address this issue. Here's the link: http://chng.it/p5gJY4rp7M
    It saddens me that a company that I've been loyal to for over 30 years has let a problem like this continue at the consumers expense. Please pass this on to anyone you know has had the same problems. My truck is in "limp" mode now and I'm on the 3rd repair for the same problem.
     
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    That was my thought, if it's operational the the block off plates are not required
     
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    Anyone have any problems passing inspection with the hewitt bypass? I've had this problem for months and even after replacing both valves on my 2010 4.6 liter, I'm still in limp mode - and now my inspection sticker is about expired.
     
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    You shouldn't have any issues with it.
     
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    New User, hope I am posting in right spot. I have owned 2006 Sequoia since 2008. Bypass system sounds like a shop vac when starting. I can't put block off plates in because everything is rusted and aged together. I am thinking of kinking the lines coming from pump to manifold or cutting and plugging them. Any thoughts? I have not bought a bypass kit yet. I live in Michigan and it is my daily driver. Salt/rust. Not in limp mode yet.
     
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    If your pumps are still currently working and it's not in limp mode then your valves are closed when the truck is not running if you put in the bypass kit it will keep the valves from ever opening and prevent the pumps from running the only time you ever need to block off plates is if the valve has already seized up while open and will not close. The block off plate stops the airflow from going through the stuck open valve. You should be in good shape if you install the bypass without using the block off plates as long as your system is still functioning properly when you install it.
     
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    Thank you for the response. **In original post I wrote "Bypass system sounds like shop vac;" I meant to say secondary pump sounds like shop vac." I have not installed bypass yet

    Thank you for the info about the plates. I am leaning toward RuTech.

    Also, I have several lights on including engine. I will stop at my mechanic and get the codes.
     
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    I ordered the Hewitt. Should be in today. I chose Hewitt since (if I understand correctly) the secondary system will no longer kick on even if key is on for an extended time. Truck is still not in limp mode. I will not add the block plates.
     
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    Thank you for the info. The process is a bit over my head. I will be installing the Hewitt soon without using the block plates. Hopefully I caught it in time. The blower sounds like a shop vac at start up but I am not in limp mode yet.
     

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