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  • jason
    jason - 2005 Toyota Highlander - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/29/2015
    Can I tighten the tranny cooler line without pulling the radiator out
    I have tranny fluid leaking out from under the Highlander on the drivers side from the bottom of the radiator
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  • BeckyB
    BeckyB - 1998 Toyota 4Runner - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/26/2015
    My car will go in reverse but it won't drive forward. After hitting the gas for a while there is a thump
    This happens in cold weather only, after the thump is heard the car lurches forward. Just started a few months ago. No problem in warm weather. It's as if the tires are locked. Took to the mechanic 3 times. He changed the brake bell but that didn't help. ...
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  • Signoure Emmbatty
    Signoure Emmbatty - 2006 Toyota Sienna - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/25/2015
    Warning lights shown as follows: Check Engine, VSC Trac
    When checked with diagnostic machine, it shows Catalyst #2 fault. Physical checking of Catlyst #2 shows no fault. The warning lights are turned off by computer, but always come up after about 200 km
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  • marghachou
    marghachou - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/23/2015
    Loose Transmission, doesn't snap into any gear
    The transmission on the car is always on neutral and is shifting is just like sliding it. it doesn't snap into any gear. It is exactly like this:
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  • david t
    david t - 2002 Toyota 4Runner - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/20/2015
    What is included in servicing transmission?
    I was advised by one mechanic not to do a "flush"?
    • Jimm
      4/20/2015 Jimm
      That is correct - avoid the fluid flush for the simple fact it cannot clean the filter inside the transmission. The proper transmission service should include; new fluid, new filter and pan / seal gasket.

      Try these on-line vendors:,, - to name only a few. They list the transmission filter kit from around $11.50 for your vehicle.
  • whydidibuyapos
    whydidibuyapos - 1995 Toyota Camry - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/14/2015
    I think bearings fell off my car
    pulled out of drive and when i went to pull back in there was a clunk, some smoke, and i barely made it into drive. it knocks in drive and squeals in park. found 3 bearings at the bottom of my drive with very fresh grease on them so i am assuming they are mine. i ...
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  • whydidibuyapos
    whydidibuyapos - 1995 Toyota Camry - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/14/2015
    3 rings/gears possibly fell off... what could they be?
    high miles. first it was a rattling noise over 45 mph. one day backed out the car and when i went to pull it back into the drive there was a clunking noise and some smoke. now in the drive it makes weird noises when i shift gears. clunks and squeals. found 3 ...
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  • Bobby76
    Bobby76 - 2001 Toyota Solara - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/13/2015
    Transmission will not go into gear
    I changed the 2.2 engine after it spun a rod bearing. When I installed the new engine the torque convertor had slipped out of the transmission. Making it difficult to bolt up to the flywheel. After starting the car and it not going into gear I again pulled the ...
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  • sherrilyn
    sherrilyn - 1994 Toyota Camry - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/12/2015
    I need some information on why my vehicle will not start unless I wiggle the shift gear
    I have a car when I drive it and stop the car it will not start again unless I wiggle the shift gear can you tell me something about this
    • Jimm
      4/12/2015 Jimm
      Replace the neutral safety switch / range selector - located on top of the transmission - easy repair. Typically only one or two bolts to remove and one electrical connection to unplug. Reference the AutoMD website and the 'How-To-Guides,or this website; for the specific steps.

      Check these various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few.
      The neutral safety switch / range selector is around $155.00 for your vehicle.
  • sherrilyn
    sherrilyn - 1994 Toyota Camry - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/11/2015
    When trying to start it will not work
    when I try to start my car it will not start unless I wiggle the shift gear and try to start then comes on can you tell me what you think it could be
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  • JoshJ75
    JoshJ75 - 2006 Toyota Solara - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/11/2015
    Car will not shift into reverse
    Trying to change oil, I drained the transmission instead. Put in new fluid, as car was not driving correctly without tranny fluid. Wheels will not spin backwards, even if front end is off the ground. Cannot move car in neutral, it seems like it will drive ...
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  • James
    James - 1990 Toyota Corolla - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/11/2015
    Cv axle shaft size is there different sizes?
    I replaced my cv axle half shaft and now there is a lot of up and down play at the differential
    • Teddy B
      4/10/2015 Teddy B
      When you bought the axle all you had to do was match
      the application

      Then measure all areas of the old axle &
      take it with you to match to the new one

      No way you could install a part into the transaxle
      & have play

      You should never have gotten that far
    • Jimm
      4/11/2015 Jimm
      Possibly a worn CV shaft bearing at the transmission housing.

      These CV axle shafts will fit - or their equivalent;
      APWI Part # TO8045 (front left)
      APWI Part # TO8044 (front right)
  • CJMaury
    CJMaury - 1999 Toyota 4Runner - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/29/2015
    On average,how long/miles will the initial Tranny last, if well taken care of it's entire life.& what is the cost of a
    new transmission in the 97402 area code cost. & cost of a shop to install.. need to know before I buy this vehicle..
    • CVO
      3/29/2015 CVO
      See this url and fill in the information to get the estimate from local repair shop.

      3/29/2015 CJMaury
      Yes, thank you..after asking this ??, i went exploring the home page & found this as well..thanks
  • Jenny
    Jenny - 2004 Toyota Camry - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/24/2015
    What is causing my husband's car to occasionally lose its accelerating power?
    My husband's Camry has almost 160000 miles. It occasionally will lose its acceleration and won't go above 30 - 40 mph. This is an intermittent problem. I think it's happened 3 or 4 times. Doesn't seem to matter if its hot or cold out. He's taken it to the dealer ...
    • Jimm
      3/24/2015 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
  • bill
    bill - 1994 Toyota Pickup - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/23/2015
    On rear sup.what is the quater inch rod runs across housing to bottom of bed has a slide adj. seems like to adjust
    seems like to adjust tention is it a stabelizer of some sort and can i buy this item thank you bill
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