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  • staceyg
    staceyg - 1999 Toyota Camry - Body & Interior - 2/22/2015
    I need a new exhaust pipe I was quoted$600. Also I need a new good its dented and latch broke and wont close.
    Cant exhaust pipe just be welded my car is now closed onlu bu a rope I need some kind of estimate I dont habe $600 for just an exhaust pipe its still attatched I think its a small hole??
    • Jimm
      2/22/2015 Jimm
      Shop around and get different estimates for the same exhaust work; you can purchase the entire exhaust system from around $220.00 for the parts alone. Sources;, among others.
  • Fred D McCarty
    Fred D McCarty - 2009 Toyota Highlander - Body & Interior - 2/15/2015
    What would keep vehicle from acceptimg 12 Volt power from battery?
    Upon arriving home last night and shutting down the engine, a dinging sound was heard. I got out, locked the doors w/lock button on drivers door and closed my door. This AM I noticed the door was not locked when I got in car to start it. We have keyless ignition. I ...
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  • Larry Heath
    Larry Heath - 2006 Toyota Sequoia - Body & Interior - 2/15/2015
    The tailgate window, wiper and defroster quit working at the same time. Dealer says it's only (1) motor.
    122,000 mi. serviced every 3,500 mi. like new. Dealer has done an ivestigation and cost to replace motor estimated @ + - $500. I don'tbelieve same motor works all these components. Whatdo you think??
    • John's Auto Repair
      2/15/2015 John's Auto Repair
      The one motor operates the wipers. The window is controlled by a solenoid.
      The defroster is controlled by a completely different circuit. The only thing they
      have in common is they all share the same ground.
      John's Auto Repair
      2/15/2015 Larry Heath
      Thanks John, I was right in thinking they all had different operators. Maybe a problem with the ground.
    • Jimm
      2/15/2015 Jimm
      If all three rear window functions are inoperative (1) power window, (2) rear window defroster, and (3) wiper/washer function; try to reset the ECU computer module.

      To do this, (a) turn on the ignition key, (b) hold the power window in the UP position for 10 seconds. Note - You may hear a click in the rear door panel from the reset ECU (which is a good sign).

      Turn the ignition switch off and back on again. Check to see if the rear window defogger button light now works and also the rear wiper/washer. If they do work, also try the power window, although it probably will not move because of the defective "brake" mechanism.

      If all are still inoperative, try doing the reset again, but hold the power window button in the DOWN position rather than the UP position as before. (It took me several times to get this to work. Mine did reset, but the window would still not work because the technician forgot to remove the brake).

      If still nothing works, the ECU computer, power window motor or both may be burned out.
      2/15/2015 Larry Heath
      Thanks for this. I'll try this process, I thought it strange that they all stopped working at the same time, this sounds more like it.
      Thanks soooo much. If it works I'll get back to you.
      2/16/2015 Larry Heath
      It worked!! But as yours my window still does not work so Ill have to take it in fr that.
      Thanks again, Amazing how you can get things done by asking the right people.
  • elijah james
    elijah james - 2004 Toyota Avalon - Body & Interior - 2/13/2015
    The intermittent function for the windshield wipers has never worked on this car (bought it used 5 years ago)
    mileage is 79800.I have checked the manual, which indicates how it is supposed to work.But it never has worked.This problem has never been worked on by any dealer or shop.
    • Teddy B
      2/12/2015 Teddy B
      If no one has ever worked on finding the problem--WHY ASK
      & Now 5 years after the fact ?

      If you have no wiring diagrams or skills to read them & do the required
      testing then pay a shop,not a dealer unless you want to part with extra money
      for no real reason

      Probably a fail module for the intermittent feature
      Need to see the wiring diagram to see what is
      in that system so you have a place to start testing
      Teddy B
      2/16/2015 elijah james
      5 years later the problem still bugs the hell out of me.I want to fix problem before I give car to my niece.Thanks for your tips n advice.
    • Jimm
      2/13/2015 Jimm
      80 to 90% of the time it is the wiper motor that is causing this. Usually the park mechanism won't work either and the wipers stop where ever you shut them off at.

      (a) Turn the wiper switch to INT position.
      (b) Turn the intermittent time control switch to FAST position.
      (c) Connect the positive (+) lead from the battery to terminal
      16 and the negative (-) lead to terminal 2.
      (d) Connect the positive (+) lead from the voltmeter to terminal
      7 and the negative (-) lead to terminal 2, check that
      the meter needle indicates battery positive voltage.
      (e) After connecting terminal 16 to terminal 17, connect to
      terminal 2 to terminal 17, check the voltage rises from 0
      volts to battery positive voltage with in the times, as
      shown in the table.

      Switch position Tester connection Specified condition
      OFF 7 - 16 Continuity
      MIST (w/ Mist wiper) 3 - 11 Continuity
      INT (w/ Intermittent wiper) 7 - 16 Continuity
      LO 7 - 17 Continuity
      HI 8 - 17 Continuity
      Washer ON 2 - 11 Continuity
      If continuity is not as specified, replace the switch.

      If operation is not as specified, replace the wiper and washer
      2/16/2015 elijah james
      Thanks Jimm. I will try those steps when its warmer outside
      Before I go thru those steps,let me tell you: the park mechanism is fine and the low and high speed work fine on these wipers.
  • jeeta8585
    jeeta8585 - 2005 Toyota Matrix - Body & Interior - 1/1/2015
    Car Accident today, need help on estimate
    Hi so i just got in my first car accident, i drive a 2005 dodge ram 1500, so i backed into a toyota matrix, i think its an older one, its not in the best condition anyway. but basically my trucks tow hook hit dead centre of the girll and some of the hood, it didnt ...
    • Jimm
      1/1/2015 Jimm
      No way to determine extent of damage or repair costs via the internet. Take the vehicle to a local, trusted repair shop in your area for a complete inspection and repair estimate.
  • Emily v
    Emily v - 1998 Toyota Avalon - Body & Interior - 12/20/2014
    Headlights / bulbs ...
    I have these osram h11 12 55w bulbs. Can I put them on my car
    • Teddy B
      12/20/2014 Teddy B
      If that is what your owners manual calls for
  • jeeta8585
    jeeta8585 - 2005 Toyota Matrix - Body & Interior - 12/17/2014
    Accident, need quote Urgently
    Hi so i just got in my first car accident, i drive a 2005 dodge ram 1500, so i backed into a toyota matrix, i think its an older one, its not in the best condition anyway. but basically my trucks tow hook hit dead centre of the girll and some of the hood, it didnt ...
    • Teddy B
      12/17/2014 Teddy B
      You NEVER give anyone cash as your did

      YOU Always report ALL accidents to YOUR insurance company

      DO THAT Call your company & follow the Law

      You should have never admitted wrong doing by either talking or
      giving money,you let the insurance companies do what you pay
      them for

      How would someone here on the internet know what the damage or cost would be


      Maybe they got no insurance & you will be off the hook &
      they can go to jail,ever think of that,they may even loose their
      licence,good for them
  • Clman
    Clman - 2004 Toyota Sienna - Body & Interior - 12/15/2014
    A yellow, blue, red and brown wire are hanging under the steering wheel.
    I am considering purchasing a 2004 Sienna from a private seller. Low miles, clean carfax, car looks great, everything in working order as far as I can tell. However, there are yellow, blue, red and brown (brown is cut) wires hanging under the steering wheel. Does ...
    • Teddy B
      12/15/2014 Teddy B
      Don't know about the wires

      But having once owned a trans repair shop

      I would run from any van type vehicle & do your
      best to never buy a vehicle with a transaxle &
      NEVER a van with one

      So Pass

      Ask if the power steering fluid was ever changed-that should be an interesting experience
      Ask if the trans fluid was changed every 3 years since new-if not NEVER buy that vehicle
      Ask if they ever heard of changing brake fluid every 2 years

      Car Fax,Looks Good,Clean,& cut & loose wires (none of that is what I would be
      looking to buy
  • alarcon
    alarcon - 2007 Toyota Tundra - Body & Interior - 11/22/2014
    My radio is not turning on why
    Please help
    • CVO
      11/22/2014 CVO
      Check the fuse 15 A, it's connected directly to the battery and check the ground as well. If the both connections are good than the radio quit.
      11/23/2014 alarcon
      Thank you I will look
  • planeman12
    planeman12 - 2007 Toyota Corolla - Body & Interior - 11/20/2014
    Do you have a wheel covering. It is a 5 spoke hubcap
    Do you have a wheel covering.. It is a 5 spoke hubcap
    • Jimm
      8/31/2013 Jimm
      There are no auto parts or accessories sold directly from the AutoMD website. Try these sources;,, - or any of the local auto parts stores in your area.
    • wayne
      11/20/2014 wayne
      Walmart has set of four for 20.00, just put on my corolla
  • charley
    charley - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Body & Interior - 11/4/2014
    My a/c heater blower motor doesnt work. ive checked the motor and fuses. they are good.
    where are the are the relay/resistor located at on this vehicle?
    0 answer
  • Ms. Woodie
    Ms. Woodie - 2007 Toyota Yaris - Body & Interior - 11/1/2014
    I have water leaking in to the dash coming from the passenger side and the fan area. How can I find and clean drains.
    Water leaks under dash on passenger side. comes through the fan. I can hear the water hit the fan. How can I find all the possible drains and make sure they are clean and open. I am afraid the car will be ruined. I am disabled but I can still do some work on ...
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  • artiss e best
    artiss e best - 2007 Toyota Avalon - Body & Interior - 10/21/2014
    How to replace break light in window
    cant remove light assembly
    • Jimm
      10/21/2014 Jimm
      You will need to remove the rear seats, both lower cushion and back cushions. Then you'll need to remove quite a fair amount of rear interior trim panels in order to remove the rear package tray. Unfortunately, you have to replace this whole unit when it stops working.

      Check these various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the high mount brake light from around $71.00 for your vehicle. Dorman part # 923402 or equivalent.
  • noble johnson
    noble johnson - 2003 Toyota Highlander - Body & Interior - 10/16/2014
    The cost of new head lamp
    and how to get a new maintenance manual
    • Jimm
      10/16/2014 Jimm
      Check the various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front headlamp assembly from around $35.00,and the repair manual from around $13.80 for your vehicle.
  • marvet8103
    marvet8103 - 2004 Toyota Camry - Body & Interior - 10/15/2014
    How do I fix my jammed trunk?
    My trunk is jammed shut, driver side lever doesn't open the trunk. Neither will my key either it inserts completely into the lock and turns but the trunk does not open. I climbed into the trunk from the back seat to try the emergency lever it won't open the trunk ...
    • CVO
      10/15/2014 CVO
      Lack of lubrification is the cause of the jammed latch. Spray an adequate amount of the WD-40 to lubricate the mechanism.

      Note: spray WD-40 in a ventilated area due to the fumes.