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  • sebastian
    sebastian - 2008 Toyota Avalon - Preventive Maintenance - 5/21/2015
    Im purchasing a used 2008 TOYOTA AVALON LIMITED and i want to know common problems with it before i buy
    im purchasing the avalon limited with 142788 miles on it. it hasnt been in any accidents or anything but i want to know what common problems might occur with that many miles on it
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/21/2015 GT500Knights
      No offense, but I suggest you look up (google) common toyota recalls and problems. I will tell you that toyota makes the best brake systems out there though

  • sebastian
    sebastian - 2008 Toyota Avalon - Preventive Maintenance - 5/21/2015
    Im buying a 2008 avalon limited with 142788 miles on it and i want to the common problems that might occur
    im purchasing a used 2008 avalon with 142788 miles. i want to know what problems to expect from a car with that many miles on it. its never been in an accident, and currently everything works.
     
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  • Marty
    Marty - 2004 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 5/15/2015
    Where do I find the plastic headlight covers which are all "filmy" and "cloudy?" And what are these covers called?
    3 years ago at a local car repair shop I had the headlight covers "cleaned" and they did look better (it was REALLY expensive) and now they are horrible. I am taking a long road trip and want my headlights to work at top efficiency. Having a hard time locating ...
     
    • Maya
      5/15/2015 Maya
      You are in search of plastic headlight covers. Instead of buying new plastic headlight covers you can buy used ones in good condition and fewer price.. you know where ? at http://www.classified11.com/
  • Roy
    Roy - 1999 Toyota Camry - Preventive Maintenance - 5/14/2015
    How do I disconnect the exhaust pipe from the manifold.
    190K miles. Replacing the catalytic converter and exhaust leading to the manifold. Can't remove the 3 studs connecting the exhaust to the manifold.
     
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  • BrittanyL
    BrittanyL - 2010 Toyota Yaris - Preventive Maintenance - 5/14/2015
    Why does my car make a chirp-like noise when I go over bumps?
    Hello, my car has been making this sort of chirping/squealing noise when I go over a bump on the drivers side. We also have a brick road in my town and it makes the noise when I drive on it as well. There aren't any warning lights and I got a new serpentine belt a ...
     
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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.