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Toyota Previa Running boards - late update

To be honest, I always thought that I would get aftermarket side skirts, which warranted me to forgo the running boards.

The running boards are those steps on the side of the vehicle that people use to get inside.

They are stylish and are functional.

Only recently have I appreciated them more than I have before. I honestly thought that I would find running boards on previas, but that is not the case. I saw a pair at the junkyard, but how they had the previa set up rims, one running board was damaged, so I didn't even think of getting one.

Now that I am looking for a set, it blows my mind that these are not as common as I thought.

So the goal is to find a set. If I can find a cool box, I'm sure I can find a set somewhere!

I can't believe I didn't post this up. I saw a set in Modesto PnP (1.5hrs away) and I went out that way to get them. Not perfect, but beggars can't be choosers.


  1. Hey that's my Previa with the moon caps!!

    1. What!!! I just googled images to get the running boards picture.

    2. Its cool tho, not mad! Using that van and doing a tv pilot this summer. shopping it around in california in january 2017. It's called Ziggy and Jace


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EGR system Clean out and Code P0401

EGR system clean and Code P0401 This is another MUST DO on the previas, especially if you are having issues and code P0401 being thrown. P0401 is "Exhaust Gas Recirculation flow insufficient detected".

- EGR intake gasket - 25628-76010 - this is on the far right side next to the exhaust.
- EGR valve gasket - 25627-76010 - used for the EGR valve to the intake manifold.
 -Air inlet duct gasket - 22273-76010 - this is where the air goes into the intake manifold and where   the EGR port gets plugged.

1 container of coolant

I did buy a set of crow's feet and Universal joints for the Exhaust pipe.

I followed Zenseeker's photo's on every single detail. If you haven't visit his website (, it is a treasure trove of information!!!  Zenseeker gets the credit and this would have been impossible for me to do without those pictures!

**The pictures are located at the bottom of this post.


I GOT A COOLBOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I found out that the previa had a "cool box", which is like tiny fridge under the dash in the middle, from Toyotavantech.

I have seen them only in photos and in Canadian spec previas (unsure if they were in US spec). Even our owner's manual has some mention of them.

Often times, I would look at CL in Vancouver BC in hopes someone wants to sell or part a van with it.

Now, I've seen a few different versions, in which I don't have the ones that are pictured below.

(note, these cool box images were found on the internet).

A slanted shape one
 This is a cool and hot box, 3 buttons on top


I've kinda looked at the cool box as a Holy Grail.

9/12/15, Saturday.

After volunteering my morning at the farmer's market making boxes and putting fruits and vegetables for low income families (Phat Beets Produce!) here in Oakland, I went to go fill up gas in Hayward.

It was 4:30 and I didn't know if I shoul…

EGR, IAC Valve, Throttle body, black flakes in the coolant....

Before I get into this, let me give proper thanks for the info and pictures from, toyotavantech (theMan) and Uri of
These sources really put pictures and what they did out there.. so now I 'm going to jumble them all together as I am going to do these cleans soon!

After spending a pretty penny and 2 months having the motor rebuilt. I kept reading about the black flakes in the coolant..

I mentioned this to the shop that I had my van worked on. At on point, I asked for the throttle body  and IAC valve as it was just sitting there, but got the "dont worry about it, we'll take care of it". I even showed some blogs of that covered this issue.

After getting the van back... boom, check engine light and the shop ran the code.

In all honesty, I was kinda upset that they did not cover this part, even after I had mentioned it. 

P0401 Error Code: "Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insuf…