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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Toyota Avalon - Engine - 4/13/2014
    Huge problem with idle.....engine quits on normal idle or driving at slow speed.....restarts OK....drives OK
    was at body shop for 5 days and suddenly this problem....repair to rear fender...should not have been under hood....although older, never had this problem before.....88,000 miles
     
    • alex
      4/13/2014 alex
      is your check engine light on that would be the first place to go their is alot of things that could cause it to do that.
    • Pepe
      4/13/2014 Pepe
      I don't think the body work had anything to do with it, best thing to do would to plug in scanner and check for codes, take it to Autozone, it's free.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Toyota Sienna - Engine - 4/11/2014
    Their is a loud motor sound when i turn on the ac unit
    it comes and goes
     
    • Pepe
      4/11/2014 Pepe
      If this happens only when you turn on your A/C, the couple of options you have are a bad A/C clutch, the serpentine belt, or possibly the mounting bolts for the compressor have come loose.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Insufficient description. Please clarify the approximate location of this "motor sound" because you did not even say whether the noise is on the engine or under the dash. Also give us more to go on than "motor sound" please.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Toyota RAV4 - Engine - 4/11/2014
    Why does my engine idle low?
    I replaced the alternator last week. I want to know why the idle is low when I come to a stop. It runs about 500 to 600 RPMS after sitting at 1000 or so when I start it up. I had the battery disconnected for about 24 hours because we gave up on one night and ...
     
    • Pepe
      4/11/2014 Pepe
      So the alternator was replaced before it started giving you idle problems rights? And battery was disconnected while you did this? If so, you've reset the computer and it needs time to "re-learn" and usually will with so many starts or a good run of random driving. Newer cars maintain adaptive learning data for idle speed, engine and transmission performance tuning, as well as diagnostic trouble codes and test results for emission system monitoring. Use memory savers next time when disconnecting the battery to prevent this.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Toyota Camry - Engine - 4/10/2014
    How many 02 sensors are on this engine? I am told by 2 shops that I have 2 bad ones but didn't tell me which were bad.
    mileage is 59000 miles and this condition causes the check engine light to stay on. Should I replace all of them? Also the dealer said the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. I don't know how correct any of this is. Any help appreciated Thanks, W sundberg
     
    • slow rider
      4/10/2014 slow rider
      it sounds like they trying to take your money if you can get the codes it will point you in the right direction google the code and research a little and you should find out what sensors you need sometimes they can be high prices sometimes ebay all ways have the best ones get a code reader or take it to aamco or a auto store like auto zone and the will get the codes for you for free and some sensors are easy to do your self
    • Pepe
      4/10/2014 Pepe
      I believe you have 4 O2 sensors all together. Two of them are mounted on the exhaust manifold, one on each side, this is because you have a V engine, then one before the catalytic converter, and another right after it, before the muffler. As far as the catalytic converter goes you can't do much for it, only option you have is replacing it. If it really is defective.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 4/9/2014
    Having problems keeping the car running
    170,077 miles. Had engine replaced less than 6 months ago. When I try to tune it over, it shakes he whole car. The only way I can manage to kee it "running" is by feeding it a little bit of gas constantly, which isn't a great idea because when I stopped, the smell ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1993 Toyota Camry - Engine - 4/8/2014
    How to replace ignition coil
    I have a code 14 engine code. I did the tune=up, change oil, checked Starter and altenator. The descriptions on 14 engine code shows that the problem is with the Igniter. Can you give me an idea about the problem?
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1987 Toyota Pickup - Engine - 4/8/2014
    My truck does nothing when i try to start it.
    I just had a new battery put in 2 weeks ago. 3 days ago my clutch master cylinder went out so i replaced it. my mechanic just noticed that my harmonic balancer bolt is missing so there is splattered oil all over my engine, and yes every time i drive my truck i ...
     
    • Pepe
      4/8/2014 Pepe
      Check the large amp fusible link between the battery cable and the fuse box in the engine bay.
      Also check the battery cables, both positive and negative, and even though you have a new battery it doesn't hurt to double check the voltage just to be safe.
  • yotaJ
    yotaJ - 1999 Toyota Tacoma - Engine - 4/8/2014
    What is causing my motor to sputter?
    Okay so heres the deal when it rains my truck sounds like its choking and will actually shake very intensely, and sometimes it makes a gargling noise in the exhaust, but no knock or any odd noises. The only mods are the exhaust which has been straight piped and ...
     
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  • yotaJ
    yotaJ - 1999 Toyota Tacoma - Engine - 4/8/2014
    What is causing my motor to sputter?
    Okay so heres the deal when it rains my truck sounds like its choking and will actually shake very intensely, and sometimes it makes a gargling noise in the exhaust, but no knock or any odd noises. The only mods are the exhaust which has been straight piped and ...
     
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  • Robbie
    Robbie - 2003 Toyota Camry - Engine - 4/5/2014
    Can you put metal tape on a exhaust pipe.
    I just need a quick fix until I get the money to fix it.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/5/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes you can. There are no rules here. I have used an alunminum can and a large hose clamp in a pinch.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Toyota Avalon - Engine - 4/4/2014
    Bypass the engine immobilizer
    I have a 1997 toyota avalon with engine immobilizer. I had a remote before and I would simply lock and unlock the door with the remote to bypass the immobilizer but now I have lost the remote and I am wondering if just locking and unlocking with the key will do the ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota Camry - Engine - 4/2/2014
    Radiator Cracked and lost the Coolant Fluid
    My Vehicle Mileage is 158000 miles. Recently, observed that the Radiator is cracked and so the Coolant is loosing the fluid. So, need Radiator change, Thermostat change and flush the Antifreeze liquid. How much will be the labor cost for these rchanges if the new ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      about 3 hours of labor so 3 X ($shop labor rate) = ? Remember, you will have no warranty on this job from the installer. if the radiator you gave them begins to leak in a couple of months they will not do it again...
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 4/2/2014
    Why does my car stop running when I put it in drive?
    I put in a new alternator, and charged the battery, engine starts and runs and when I put it in drive it cuts out.
     
    • Pepe
      4/2/2014 Pepe
      I have seen problems with the transmission solenoid failing and causing this to happen. When the car warms up the solenoid sticks causing the torque converter to not detach and engine stalls and dies. Are there any codes store in the PCM? Could be a fuel problem also, there may be enough fuel to idle but not enough to pull a load.
      Pepe
      4/2/2014 AutoMD Member
      thank you will check it out
    • Westwood Automotive
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  • zuri
    zuri - 2002 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 3/31/2014
    Is my engine blown?
    Long story short today we were driving and the cut off on us. We tried to start it again, it clicked no turnover
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/31/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The short answer - probably

      This is based on the detail you supplied. To further confirm this, if the click you hear when you go to start it is a singke rather heavy click that sounds like its coming from the starter motoir, then yes
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Toyota T100 - Engine - 3/31/2014
    Why does my truck run ruff when it starts up?
    When I start my truck it runs ruff for about a minute or two and then runs fine. It started about two weeks ago.I have 275k. miles on truck. It only happens when it has sat for awhile,In the morning or at the end of work.No major work done to the motor. I've ...
     
    • Pepe
      3/31/2014 Pepe
      Have you checked your Idle Air Control Valve (IAC)? It may not be sensing correctly and not able to meter your fuel delivery correctly. If this was faulty it wouldn't trigger the check engine light. Sometimes cleaning them does the trick. You can use CRC throttle body and air intake cleaner. It's like 7 bucks at Autozone.
 
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