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  • ilovehayley
    ilovehayley - 2007 Toyota Corolla - Preventive Maintenance - 4/16/2015
    Backed into pole exhaust tip folded inwards
    Every time I hit the gas my exhaust now sounds deeper almost as if I tuned it. Is it because the exhaust tip is now bent inwards or is there an underlying problem from backing into a pole.
     
    • Caito
      4/16/2015 Caito
      It all depends. If the tip is considerably bent it will make the exhaust sound a little different. It is possible that the pipe somewhere along the system was also damaged and that might cause what you are experiencing. A visual inspection should be enough to spot any further damage to the system.
  • ilovehayley
    ilovehayley - 2007 Toyota Corolla - Preventive Maintenance - 4/15/2015
    Backed into pole exhaust tip folded inwards
    Every time I hit the gas my exhaust now sounds deeper almost as if I tuned it. Is it because the exhaust tip is now bent inwards or is there an underlying problem from backing into a pole.
     
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  • Grant
    Grant - 2008 Toyota Sequoia - Preventive Maintenance - 4/9/2015
    I have an AC switch light blinking when the engine is warm and after a little while it blows hot air
    I have replaced the relay and the blower motor and it still is not operating. I hear the relay click and cycle the blower to kick in but it does not operate unless i wire it directly to the battery then it blows fine. I think the problem is the AC Amplifier and I ...
     
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  • sisco
    sisco - 2002 Toyota Avalon - Preventive Maintenance - 3/16/2015
    Why does shake when i'm driving?
    when i'm driving my car, specially when the speed is about 45mph the car start like hesitating like it want to stop. It started 5 days ago, the mileage is about 167,580 , personally I never take it to a mechanic. there is no check engine light.
     
    • Jimm
      3/16/2015 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.

      Do not skip this important first step - there are literally hundreds of possible fault codes. Avoid wasting/ throwing money at the problem.

      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
  • Nick Nowakowski
    Nick Nowakowski - 2008 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 3/8/2015
    I replaced my Radiator and now there is no Ac
    One of the bolts sheared off during installation of the condenser and the liquid lines for the AC. I was able to solve that issue by retaping the hole after the bolt was removed. Is there a gasket that goes on the liquid lines to the condenser?
     
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  • Nick Nowakowski
    Nick Nowakowski - 2008 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 3/8/2015
    Replaced Radiator and now no AC
    When I replace the radiator I took out the condenser is well. I cannot seal the cooling lines to the condenser. Is there a gasket that I am missing around the fittings?
     
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  • Johnny C Davis
    Johnny C Davis - 2007 Toyota Matrix - Preventive Maintenance - 2/18/2015
    Front Wiper motor keep running when car is on won't cut off
    First i thought it was the motor but i replace it so i know that not the problem but wipers stay on when the car is on they won't cut off
     
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  • Tara
    Tara - 1989 Toyota Corolla - Preventive Maintenance - 2/11/2015
    Why does my car want to turn off when driving
    Mileage is 226000. When I start the car it acts like it wants to start but don't at first, I push on the gas and still won't start right away. usually about the third try it starts. I let it warm up. and it idles fine a little low I started driving and it ...
     
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  • olu oladunjoye
    olu oladunjoye - 2000 Toyota RAV4 - Preventive Maintenance - 1/29/2015
    My car has been consuming more fuel than what it used to
    the injector has been serviced,the plugs have been changed,the o2 sensor has been changed,the air filter and fuel filter were cleaned but the fuel consumption is still high
     
    • Jimm
      1/29/2015 Jimm
      Have the air filter and fuel filter been replaced? Simply cleaning these filters will not restore nor improve performance.
      Other possibilities include; vacuum leaks, fuel system leaks, brakes dragging, wheels misaligned
  • Peter
    Peter - 2006 Toyota RAV4 - Preventive Maintenance - 1/10/2015
    Is it mandatory to use full synthetic oil on this truck? it currently has 0w20 or 5w20 on cap but nothing about full sy
    owners manual not available for me to check...Thanks
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      1/10/2015 John's Auto Repair
      The truck came from the factory with regular oil. The choice to use synthetic oil is totally
      up to the owner.
  • Peter
    Peter - 2006 Toyota RAV4 - Preventive Maintenance - 1/10/2015
    Is it mandatory to use full synthetic oil 0w20 or 5w20?
    firestone shop told my daughter that full synthetic is used exclusively on that car. please help
     
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  • Si5
    Si5 - 2010 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 1/9/2015
    Secondary Car, how often should I drive it?
    My family has 2 cars, one that will not be needed for 3 months. It is winter time in New England, the car will be outside and it is a manual transmission. How often do I need to drive it? Any other helpful hints to keeping it in good working order?
     
  • Gene Self
    Gene Self - 2000 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 1/8/2015
    Why does my Toyota have a oil leak under the passenger side front tire.
    Started leaking about three months ago using about a quart of oil a week now.
     
    • Teddy B
      1/8/2015 Teddy B
      You do realize we can not see the leak or answer that from the internet

      If a vehicle leaks a quart of oil a week you do not continue to
      use it for 3 months & risk the possible engine damage or the mess
      you leave on the ground,then you have the environmental issue
  • Si5
    Si5 - 2010 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 1/7/2015
    Secondary Car, how often should I drive it?
    My family has 2 cars, one that will not be needed for 3 months. It is winter time in New England, the car will be outside and it is a manual transmission. How often do I need to drive it? Any other helpful hints to keeping it in good working order?
     
    • Teddy B
      1/7/2015 Teddy B
      Remove the battery & bring inside
      & charge every 3 weeks
  • jcnewdriver
    jcnewdriver - 2004 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 1/3/2015
    Why is my car's security system shutting down the car after I got an oil change.
    I went and got an oil change earlier today. Tried to leave my friends house. Car wouldn't crank everything electrical is dead. When you turn the key the horn goes off at a very low tone and constantly beeps and all of the lights in the dash board start flickering ...
     
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