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  • dj
    dj - 2009 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 12/20/2014
    Why would my repair shop recommend I replace the water pump on my '09 camry with only 26,000 miles? Am I being scammed?
    they call it preventive maintenance.
     
    • Teddy B
      12/20/2014 Teddy B
      ALL Water pumps get replaced around 90,000 miles / 6 to 7 years at
      the same time your replacing a timing belt

      If you have no timing belt then the water pump gets replaced only when it fails

      How would we here on the internet know anything about being scammed or
      why your at a repair shop unless you provide that info

      The vehicle is a 2009

      That is 15 years old

      There isn't many years left there,so why would the 26,000 miles
      even come to mind?
      Do you fail to understand how long 15 years is in the life of a vehicle

      Common Sense tells me the water pump should have failed long before now
      They seldom last 15 years

      If they call it preventative maintenance then I already explained that to you

      You don't want to spend a lot of time & money to go back in there were the water
      pump is when your already there doing a timing belt

      Do you not listen to what your told?
      Do you not understand vehicles at all?
      Do you not actually go into the service bay next
      to the car when it is being worked on--you have to do that

      How are you going to educate yourself if your not there &
      see things for yourself

      Teddy B
      12/20/2014 Teddy B
      Sorry 6 years old

      I was thinking it was a 1999
  • Lynn
    Lynn - 2004 Toyota Highlander - Preventive Maintenance - 11/29/2014
    Check engine light is on as well as Trac Off and VCS what does this mean
    Codes are: P043E P2401 P2402 P2419 P2422 P043F Any insight will be greatly appreciated
     
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  • Rumon
    Rumon - 2000 Toyota RAV4 - Preventive Maintenance - 11/27/2014
    Why does my car give humming sound during acceleration?
    My car's mileage is 180000. Recently I've changed my gear box. The humming sound occurs all the time when I accelerate whether the car is warm or cold. But there is no problem regarding the gear shifting & speed of the car. No warning light is on
     
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  • Rumon
    Rumon - 2000 Toyota RAV4 - Preventive Maintenance - 11/27/2014
    Why does my car give humming sound during acceleration?
    My car's mileage is 180000. Recently I've changed my gear box. The humming sound occurs all the time when I accelerate whether the car is warm or cold. But there is no problem regarding the gear shifting & speed of the car. No warning light is on
     
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  • greasy joe dirt
    greasy joe dirt - 2000 Toyota Celica - Preventive Maintenance - 11/22/2014
    My electrical for my turn signals an door locks is fulxuatiting
    My rear driver turn signal when turned on keeps rapidly flashing even after I have changed the bulb. An also my keyless remote won't unlucky all my doors at the same time an also even when I press main unlock button inside the car it still doesn't unlock my ...
     
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  • pluangraj
    pluangraj - 1999 Toyota 4Runner - Preventive Maintenance - 11/16/2014
    My 4runner wont pull forward in snow
    I have a 1999 4runner and it has brand new tires. When i reverse in the snow, its great, but if i pull forward, i cant go nowhere. It wont pull forward, and the back wheels dont spin.
     
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  • pluangraj
    pluangraj - 1999 Toyota 4Runner - Preventive Maintenance - 11/16/2014
    My 4runner wont pull forward in snow
    I have a 1999 4runner and it has brand new tires. When i reverse in the snow, its great, but if i pull forward, i cant go nowhere. It wont pull forward, and the back wheels dont spin.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 11/4/2014
    Why does my car exhaust smokes when I start it? Why does my car exhaust smoke when i turn the engine on?
    It only happens when I start the car. IT does not occur all the time. There is no warning lights on.
     
  • Unfamiliar
    Unfamiliar - 2007 Toyota Corolla - Preventive Maintenance - 11/3/2014
    How often do I need to change my timing belt? Besides the regular oil change is there anything that should concern me…
    How often do I need to change my timing belt? Besides the regular oil change is there anything that should concern me.
     
  • we _dont_know_nothing123
    we _dont_know_nothing123 - 1996 Toyota RAV4 - Preventive Maintenance - 10/29/2014
    Water does not come out on front windshield wipers.
    How do I know that it is the windshield wipers motor or the pump unless the pump is part of the windshield wipers motor assembly?
     
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  • we _dont_know_nothing123
    we _dont_know_nothing123 - 1996 Toyota RAV4 - Preventive Maintenance - 10/29/2014
    Water does not come out on front windshield wipers.
    How do I know that it is the windshield wipers motor or the pump unless the pump is part of the windshield wipers motor assembly?
     
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  • sky shijie
    sky shijie - 1999 Toyota Solara - Preventive Maintenance - 10/28/2014
    What kind of battery do i need to buy?
    can you tell me how big such as the size of battery. And how much to buy a battery? I lived in West Seattle. Does it require a special battery? Thank you
     
    • Jimm
      10/28/2014 Jimm
      Check the tag / label on the existing battery as the first step. If no tag or label, or no battery - check the vehicle owners manual.

      The '99 Solara requires a Group 35 type battery, with a recommended minimum of 550 CCA (cold cranking amps) - this is not a special battery - they are readily available from local auto parts sources. Should cost around $89.00 to $100.00 or so for the new battery - with free installation at most stores.
  • sky shijie
    sky shijie - 1999 Toyota Solara - Preventive Maintenance - 10/27/2014
    What kind of battery do i need to buy?
    can you tell me how big such as the size of battery. And how much to buy a battery? I lived in West Seattle. Does it require a special battery? Thank you
     
    • CVO
      10/27/2014 CVO
      BATTERY GROUP SIZE
      1999 Toyota Camry Solara 3.0L EFI DOHC 6cyl
      The Battery Group Size


      BCI Groups 24F, 35 are applicable
  • willieboy
    willieboy - 2007 Toyota Sienna - Preventive Maintenance - 10/7/2014
    How often do i need to change cabin filter.and where is the cabin filter of my 2007 toyota sienna.pls help
    it has 55000 miles on it.and i have no money to pay someone to fix it.iwanna do it myself.thank you
     
    • Jimm
      10/7/2014 Jimm
      Refer to the owners manual for the recommended filter change interval and for the filter change steps. The cabin air filter is located behind the glove compartment in your vehicle.

      Check the various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the cabin air filter (particulate) from around $3.00 for your vehicle.
  • Holly Borgen
    Holly Borgen - 1996 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 9/23/2014
    Car when being driven creaks like I am laying on a bed with an old box spring
    I have 150,000 miles on the car & drive 12 miles daily - I have taken good care of this car - the car runs great and stops great & it doesn't sound like a bad muffler - is the car OK to drive? Is it just old?
     
    • Jimm
      9/17/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - where is the sound coming from - the interior or exterior? Is the sound noticed during driving at certain speeds, certain road conditions?

      Too many possibilities to list from the limited detail provided. Please post a reply with added description of when the sound occurs - for further assistance.
      Jimm
      9/18/2014 Holly Borgen
      Hi Jimm - thanks for responding - it is definitley outside and it seems to be from the rear of the car - it use to just make the sound when I turned right but now it is just always making the sound as I drive - when I park and lean on the trunk of the car and bounce it up and down - it makes the same sound
    • Jimm
      9/18/2014 Jimm
      OK - next step is to check the exact source of the noise. Need a helper to bounce the rear of the vehicle up and down on the trunk as you have stated - while parked - at the same time someone is underneath to listen and perform an inspection.

      Several possibilities; worn / squeaking suspension bushing, squeaking / worn strut mount bushing (upper or lower position). Try a silicone aerosol spray to the offending bushings to temporarily lubricate and quiet - prior to the replacement work.
    • Holly Borgen
      9/19/2014 Holly Borgen
      Thank you very much ....I really appreciate it.
    • greasemonkey
      9/23/2014 greasemonkey
      at that age have your suspension parts professionally checked , if all is ok then I suspect bushings drying out. recommend oil spray rust proofing it sometimes helps to lubricate things, have the rear sway bar bushings checked , they are problematical