a Japanese automaker which produces vehicles for worldwide use, producing models such as the Camry, Tundra, Prius and Corolla

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Why does my A/C blow foul smelling air when it first turns on?

Most of the time when I first turn on the A/C in our 2008 Toyota Sienna, the air that blows out has a very distinct chemical - nasty smell. After a while it seems to go away. I'm not sure if I just ...
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Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?

I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables. I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put ...
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My Car Squeals When Braking Even Though I've Had My Front Rotors Machined and Back Rotors Replaced and all new brake pads. What could it be?

I own a Toyota Soarer SC300 (1994), 2JZ motor non-turbo 3 litre engine. The engine is probably irrelevant, but provided for prosperity. Anyway, the front rotors were machined and are within the legal ...
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Revving and rattling sometimes when braking

My Tacoma has been making a strange revving and rattling sound when the truck is in motion and the brake or the clutch is pressed and the gas pedal is released. I couldn't reproduce the effect when ...
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Should I use gasoline 87, 89 or 93 on 2016 RAV4 SE

I read many articles online and people have different opinions about this issue. Some say 89 is the best for acceleration. Others say 87 is just fine. I'm worried only about the health of my car. ...
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I drove with my Parking Brake on for 30 mins: should I be worried?

Yesterday, I was driving my car for about 30 minutes on the highway at speeds of up to 60 mph. I felt my brakes weren't really working and looked down to notice my emergency brake had been on the ...
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Why is my Toyota dashboard shiny and sticky, and how do I clean it?

I have a 2008 Toyota Camry, which is primarily kept in Florida (southern U.S.). My entire dashboard has been sticky / tacky for years. I do not know why or how it got this way. It accumulates dust ...
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Recreate new car smell

I bought a second hand Toyota Sienna 4 months ago. Even though it is a 2009 with 100,000km on it, the interior had that "new car" smell to it, and held it for several weeks. Four months later, the ...
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Brake fluid doesn't move in the master cylinder container

I have done a clutch bleed on my Toyota Corolla e120 2006 because I had some difficulties shifting out of 1st gear, I bled it through the slave cylinder and I noticed the fluid was dark black, I was ...
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2013 Toyota Tacoma flashing 4x4 light on dash

My friends Tacoma has the flashing green 4x4 light going on the dash. I read the instructions regarding putting it into 4 wheel drive, 2 wheel drive and 4x4 low and nothing changed. We drove it to an ...
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How to test a bolted-in heavy duty 50a / 80a / 100a fuse with a multimeter without removing it?

I want to check if this particular 50 amp fuse on a RAV4 (1998 first generation) is blown or not. Just looking, it's hard to tell because of what I assume are blue-green deposits on copper (this is ...
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How to remove the 50 amp, 80 amp and 100 amp fuses from the positive terminal of a RAV4?

I want to check the fuses at the positive battery connection of my 1998 (first generation) Toyota RAV4. Visually, the 80a and 100a look fine, but the 50a has blue deposits and I can't tell if it's ...
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Why does my vehicle still stay in gear when I press clutch to floor?

I've read these posts but I still don't fully undestand how a clutch works. Clutch Test Clutch Adjust Clutch Troubleshoot Clutch Has Low Catch A few weeks a go my mechanic replaced the clutch master ...
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Engine starter just won't stop starting

I have a 98 Toyota privia and upon starting it the starter just keeps going. This only occurs in drive and neutral. The vehicle also starts in any gear. When I start in park the starter keeps spinning ...
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Sharp whining noise coming from rear of the car

In my Toyota Vitz 2007, I hear a sharp whining noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. This noise does not always happen. When the vehicle is started, the noise is not there. But after driving for ...
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50/50 Coolant Dilution after distilled water flush?

I have a new (to me) car that it appears hasn't had a coolant fluid change ever, now with 120k miles. It is an 04 Corolla. I am planning on flushing the system with distilled water a few times. But ...
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Meaning of relay acronyms: H-LP, E/G, DIM etc

I'm trying to get to know my fuse and relay boxes better. They're labelled, but the labels are mostly acronyms and shorthand, and googling any particular acronym gives a lot of mentions of common ...
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Cylinder leak down test to detect oil leakage

My 2007 Tacoma loses about 3.5 qt of oil out of 5 every about 1500 mi. I know it's low because the engine starts periodically rattling, I don't know which part but it's 100% correlated to the low oil ...
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brake squeal and grinding rotor even if I had just installed new pads

I have just noticed that my brakes started squealing non stop even though the pads are fairly new (8 months with just 7,000 km on it). Also I have just noticed last night that one of the brakes is ...
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Can I drive my 4wd 4runner in front wheel only?

I recently had the misfortune of having my 1997 4runner's rear diff lock up because of a leak and then no gear oil. Unfortunately to add to that the frame and major members are very rusted/rotted. ...
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2003 Toyota Camry dirt guard panels under car front, are they really necessary?

On a 2003 Camry, there are two plastic/fiber material panels that are mounted long-wise on the left and right side from the front under the bumper. They appear to be dirt/rock shields under the engine....
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How can you tell the difference between oil or transmission fluid in the antifreeze?

I am in the process of repairing my 1997 Toyota 4-runner with a v-6 engine. I have only had the vehicle for a couple of days. I was doing a routine maintenance check on all the fluids. What I found ...
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Old starter clicked, wont turn over engine. New starter wont even click - no noise at all

My old starter would click, but not turn the engine over. I got a brand new starter and installed it. The only two wires connected to the starter are completely different and can only be fit in the ...
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Can i use ATF for power steering?

Can i use ATF dexron3/mercon in power steering reservoir in my '04 toyota 4runner. owners manual calls for dexron 2 or 3. i don't know what mercon is.
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How to work on engine out of car?

I'm currently doing an engine swap on on 97 Corolla Levin, need to swap over the exhaust manifold, water pump etc from one engine to the other, but not sure what the best way to handle the engine ...
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What Could Cause a Sudden Loud Noise When Driving on Highway?

1990 Toyota 4Runner, V6, automatic transmission, 2 or 4 wheel drive (which I always keep in 2WD). I've owned the car for about two months, the previous owner, whom I know and trust, drove this car ...
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How to check if spark plugs are firing? Coil-on plugs

While trying to diagnose a tricky car not starting problem I was asked to check if the spark plugs were firing at all. I've found plenty of resources on inspecting the condition of spark plugs after ...
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When I drive my car through a puddle the power steering goes out

1996 Toyota Camry. I can't drive in the rain because when I do the power steering goes out. Any ideas of what might be the problem? No mechanic has been able to tell me what is going on.
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removing crankshaft pulley without the puller tool?

It sounds ridiculous but I have to wait until tomorrow for the tool, but I'm sure there is a way to do it? I haven't even attempted it yet on fear that I mess something up big time. My 95 Camry ...
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How do I get the sway bar link to line up with new strut and spring?

I am swapping the struts and sway bar links on a 2006 Toyota Sienna AWD. I got the first strut in place and started to put the sway bar link on but it does not want to line up with the mounting hole ...
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newly rebuilt engine, long warm-up & severe shaking

I have a 2002 Toyota Celica GT with a newly rebuilt engine (ran out of oil and threw rods) but problems still persist. I was told by the mechanic to allow myself a 500 mile break in time of not ...
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What kind of engine oil should one use in a diesel?

I got an 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser with a 2H diesel engine. I never changed oil on a diesel engine prior to this truck, so I'm a little confused. Toyota Factory Shop Manual recommend API CC oil type, ...
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12V Battery change

4 weeks ago I changed a 12V battery on my Toyota Prius auto. But after being in for two weeks the battery was discharged again. I tried to recharge it, but it did not work - the charger does not start ...
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What should one do to reduce the HP lost at the wheels on an automatic transmission?

I have a 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo 4 speed auto. I've done some research about automatic transmissions and manual transmissions and what are the positives and negatives of each. (For example, MT is said ...
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AC: Fixing or Recharging?

I have Toyota Camry 2000. The problem is AC does not blow any cold air. So, I bought R134a and recharging it myself. It costs me about $12. However, it lasts for about a month. I checked with couple ...
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No low beams but do have high beams

I have a 2008 Toyota tundra that I replaced 1 headlight on thinking it was bad but then replaced it a second time and it worked fine for 1 day and the all of a sudden now I do not have any low beams ...
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2005 Toyota Corolla intermittant battery drain when not running

I have a 2005 Corolla CE with manual transmission. About one month ago the car would not start, and the battery was discharged to about 8.5V. Car had been not running for a couple of days but nothing ...
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What is making a noise under my steering wheel when car is not moving?

I have a Toyota Corolla Verso bought in 2005. Recently it has started to make a noise somewhere in the steering column. Whilst it is only as loud as a clanking keyring, the odd thing is that the noise ...
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Reset TPM system on 2005 Toyota Corolla

Recently, my daughter told me the tire pressure monitor (TPM) light had come on in our 2005 Toyota Corolla (USA model). We checked the tires and found that one was indeed a bit low, and we brought it ...
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Engine hesitates and stalls when warm

My car is a Toyota Vitz 2007 and it has 80k KM on it. I usually drive short trips (about 5km) most of the time in a low traffic road. Car drives mostly fine in these short trips. But, if I drive for ...
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Gasoline grade manufacturer recommends vs what was used during testing

Toyota recommends to use regular(87) grade of gasoline, but tested cars with the gasoline grade 91(see user manual). Somebody know why they recommend to use grade 87 if they did not tested cars with ...
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Rattling sound and loss of power

My brother's '85 Toyota Camry with ~190k miles started making a funny rattling sound and lost about a quarter of its power. The rattling seems to come into play when it's under load, like when he's ...
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How to test timing chain/belt assembly before sealing engine closed?

I had to take my timing chains (one master and two connecting each V6 sides' double cams) off on my 2007 V6 Tacoma to reach to replace my head gaskets. While I do have relatively specific ...
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How To Remove The Alternator From A 1998 Toyota Corolla 1.3 4E-FE Engine?

I need to remove the alternator from a 1.3 4E-FE engine in a 1998 Toyota Corolla, but have ran out of ideas to do it. This is the photo of the alternator in situ: To the right of the alternator is ...
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1994 Toyota Celica - Possibly getting too much fuel and causing a flooding condition

This car was running fine and then one day it wouldn't start. I let it set for a couple days and then it started right up. I drove it around for about 12 miles and then parked it. When I went to start ...
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First time brake job - can't get new pads into the brackets

As the title says, this is my first time doing my own brakes ('06 Corolla). I replaced both my front pads and rotors. When putting the new pads in, I've been having quite a bit of difficulty with the ...
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How to diagnose the cause of no power reaching the spark plugs when power reaches everything else, after checking fuses?

I've been trying to get my long-suffering Toyota RAV4 first generation (1998) to start after numerous different problems, the latest of which I've narrowed to the spark plugs not firing seemingly due ...
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Is it common to fail engaging first gear or a manual transmission car occasionally?

I have a problem with my 2011 Toyota Yaris manual transmission car where the first gear occasionally doesn't engage when at standstill. This happens rarely, probably once per month. What I do to get ...
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Idle gets stuck at 2000RPM

I have a friend with a 1989 Toyota Camry Wagon and the idle occasionally gets stuck at 2000RPM. In order to get the idle unstuck, we have to press down the gas, kick up the revs and then it will ...
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CVT transmission slipping

I have a Toyota vitz 2007 and I am facing a problem for about 2 weeks now. Sometimes when I press the accelerator, the engine revs up but I hardly see any acceleration. The problem is severe when I ...