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  • Blakehewett
    Blakehewett - 2001 Toyota Celica - Engine - 11/2/2014
    Went through water on the freeway. Completely shut off. Got it to start. But won't stay on for long. What's wrong?
    About a day ago I was driving on the freeway and I was driving in the car pool lane when I drove through a huge puddle of water. My car completely shut off. It turned on about 10 minutes later but when I tried to start it, the power went out again. It did this a few ...
     
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  • Blakehewett
    Blakehewett - 2001 Toyota Celica - Engine - 11/2/2014
    Went through water on the freeway. Completely shut off. Got it to start. But won't stay on for long. What's wrong?
    About a day ago I was driving on the freeway and I was driving in the car pool lane when I drove through a huge puddle of water. My car completely shut off. It turned on about 10 minutes later but when I tried to start it, the power went out again. It did this a few ...
     
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  • Stephanie
    Stephanie - 2001 Toyota Camry - Engine - 10/29/2014
    Won't start has no power?
    has new radiator, battery, battery cable, altanator, and other repair work done on it...ran fine but now let it set for three days and it won't start...not even when hooked up to jumper cables.
     
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  • Romon
    Romon - 1997 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 10/28/2014
    Suddenly stop my car in running time. Specially slow motion. So what is solution in this case?
    This car is run by CNG and petrol. Most of the time I used CNG as a fuel. Problem: Suddenly stop my car in running time. Specially slow motion. Recently I changed spark plug and cable. So what is solution in this case? My car detail: Brand: Toyota Model: EE111 ...
     
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  • Romon
    Romon - 1997 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 10/28/2014
    Suddenly stop my can in running time. Specially slow motion. So what is solution in this case?
    This car is run by CNG and petrol. Most of the time I used CNG as a fuel. Problem: Suddenly stop my can in running time. Specially slow motion. Recently I changed spark plug and cable. So what is solution in this case? My car detail: Brand: Toyota Model: EE111 ...
     
    • Romon
      10/28/2014 Romon
      Suddenly stop my car in running time. Specially slow motion. So what is solution in this case?
      My engine is 1500CC
  • s2000import
    s2000import - 1999 Toyota 4Runner - Engine - 10/28/2014
    Okay I replaced the starter a month ago , engine turns over stays in low rpm and engine shuts off. No check engine light
    I think its the fuel pump or pcv pipe , worse case scenario head gasquet
     
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  • gsonsite
    gsonsite - 2000 Toyota Camry - Engine - 10/27/2014
    Will a bad head gasket cause oil to leak from head?
    on a 2000 toyota camry 4 cyl. I have oil leak from between head and block
     
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  • big lou auto
    big lou auto - 1996 Toyota Camry - Engine - 10/26/2014
    Car starts and then dies when take my foot off throttle
    Was running fine tell timing belt broke. Replaced belt and crank sensor.now car start then die but if I keep my foot on thottle it will stay running .tell I thottle up or release thottle.
     
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  • Ladyracer
    Ladyracer - 1998 Toyota RAV4 - Engine - 10/22/2014
    Need to replace engine -is it worth it on this old a car
    Mechanic says something happened with bolts. When happened made clanking noise then slowed down & died.Was running rough also. Replace with used engine $2,500-3,000 with 1 yr guarantee -I really like this car have had for 16 years with little trouble.
     
    • Jimm
      10/22/2014 Jimm
      Only you can answer if the value or the overall condition would warrant the expense of a used engine. Shop for the best warranty on the used or remanufactured engine - typically three years or more.
      Jimm
      10/22/2014 Ladyracer
      Thanks Jimm
  • Michael Doggett
    Michael Doggett - 2001 Toyota Solara - Engine - 10/21/2014
    Why would dash temperature gauge show hot?
    2001 Toyota Solara with2.2L started running a little hot according to dash gauge several months ago. Have since completed a radiator flush(no improvement), radiator replacement (no improvement), replaced thermostat, water pump, timing belt, temperature sensor and ...
     
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  • Michael Doggett
    Michael Doggett - 2001 Toyota Solara - Engine - 10/21/2014
    Dash temperature gauge reads hot but car is not hot.
    2001 Toyota Solara with2.2L started running a little hot according to dash gauge several months ago. Have since completed a radiator flush(no improvement), radiator replacement (no improvement), replaced thermostat, water pump, timing belt, temperature sensor and ...
     
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  • keisha
    keisha - 1993 Toyota Camry - Engine - 10/20/2014
    Car overheating! & leaking antifreeze
    I just replaced the radatior and water pump about 3 weeks ago . now my car overheats when idling.. I put antifreeze in the coolant jug but it just disappears fast its always empty & there is coolant everywhere all under my car mainly in the front part of the car on ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      10/20/2014 GT500Knights
      Ensure that the hoses connected to the radiator are completely over the nipple. Ensure that the clamps are tight. If you have the type of clamps that require pliers (spring clamps), they should never be reused. You should replace the clamps with the worm style clamp, it has a hex bolt/Phillips screw to tighten it. Follow he trail of coolant to find the leak. Look topmost and forward most in the engine bay.

      If the overheating occurs in traffic or while stopped, your fan may not be operating properly.

      Check the radiator cap and make sure the rubber seals inside are not cracked, otherwise the system will not be able to maintain pressure.

      Thermostats could be stuck closed.
  • Davon
    Davon - 2002 Toyota Camry - Engine - 10/18/2014
    Blinking A/C light on a 2002 Toyota camery? What could be the problem
    Blinking A/C light on a 2002 Toyota camery? What could be the problem
     
    • Jimm
      10/18/2014 Jimm
      Toyota has issued a service bulletin that corrects this problem, under the hood near the battery locate the fuse/relay block and remove the cover, look inside the cover to identify the "A/C magnetic clutch relay" remove it and check the part number imprinted on it, the defective relay will have the part number 90987-02022, the relay should be replaced with the part number 90987-02028.
  • Ron
    Ron - 1998 Toyota Camry - Engine - 10/15/2014
    Why has my MPG decreased after cleaning throttle body/IACV?
    Cleaned the throttle body/IACV with throttle body cleaner after having idling at start-up issues. Starts up fine now, but my MPG has decreased by about 5mi per gal. Also, just this morning, the car stalled while in traffic. I had to really mash the gas pedal to get ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/9/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
      Jimm
      10/15/2014 Ron
      I asked Advance Auto to read any stored trouble codes and they told me if the check engine isn't lit, then their reader wont be able to see any codes (?). Also, I picked up some NGK Iridium IX plugs to try and they come gapped to 0.44. I haven't checked them yet, but is this the proper gap for these plugs? Thanks!
    • Jimm
      10/15/2014 Jimm
      The local parts store is not telling the truth, any OBD code reader can read / scan the OBD system at any time - regardless if the check engine light is displayed or not.

      Check with another store - and if necessary, remind them that you are looking / scanning for any codes hidden or undisplayed in the OBD system. This is considered as common practice.

      Do this as the next step and before throwing money and parts at the problem.

      Yes, to answer the spark plug gap question - the 0.044" is the correct gap setting.
  • Wong Family
    Wong Family - 2005 Toyota Tundra - Engine - 10/14/2014
    My truck will not start. When i turn the key the car makes a clicking noise and does not turn over. what could be wrong?
    lights, radio, and display turn on
     
    • CVO
      10/14/2014 CVO
      First, check the battery and starter cables for their tightness or free of corrosion and physical damaged.

      See this Starting system simplified diagram. Have a help from an assistant to crank the engine, use a 12 volt light tester or a digital voltmeter, apply it to the starter control circuit.
      If there is light or 12 volts and the starter isn't cranking, then the starter is the culprit. Have the starter to bench test for free at the local auto parts stores.
      If there isn't no light or no volts, then the ignition switch is the culprit.
      Check the starter relay and position the Automatic transmission shifter in neutral.

      http://www.samarins.com/glossary/starter.html

      Note: a 3/4 charge battery is 12.50 volts
      A discharge battery is 11.75 volts.
      A battery under a cranking load and it is reading less than 7 volts,it will be a recycled battery.