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This is a common problem for all air conditioners (in a car or not), and is caused by mildew growth. In cars it often happens when people run their A/C on the recirculation all of the time, or the drain gets clogged. The system doesn't dry out completely and mildew starts to grow. You should be concerned about your health, especially if you have allergies. ...


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According to 2010 Prius Emergency Response Guide (page 10): Being electronic, the gearshift selector and the park systems depend on the low voltage 12 Volt auxiliary battery for power. If the 12 Volt auxiliary battery is discharged or disconnected, the vehicle cannot be started and cannot be shifted out of park. The auxiliary battery is located in the ...


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I think Meineke was taking you for a ride (pun intended). Here is my reasoning: If it was leaking as bad as they say (or showed you) it was, you wouldn't have had any oil in your vehicle when you got to their shop. If the car was having the massive oil leaks all over the engine compartment as they showed you, there would have been VOLUMES of smoke from it ...


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You're going to have to bed the brakes in properly. Be very careful. http://www.zeckhausen.com/bedding_in_brakes.htm follow these instructions (at your own risk). A friend had a similar car as yours (IS300) and had the same problem. Once I bedded the rotors in, noise was minimized.


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If the RPM rises without a corresponding change in velocity in a vehicle with a manual transmission you've got a slipping clutch.


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I assume that when you mentioned that the recharge only lasted for a month, that was until the a/c stopped working again? Usually a/c stops working when there is not enough pressure in the system due to it being low on refrigerant and given how long a non-leaking system normally lasts without a recharge, you've got a fairly substantial leak in a/c terms. ...


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Here are the exact instructions from the owner’s manual: Operations are the same except the item number three: If you cannot shift the selector lever out of “P” position to other positions even though the brake pedal is depressed, use the shift lock override button as follows: Turn the ignition key to “LOCK” position. Make sure the parking ...


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Besides the weight, be sure that you buy oil with one of the "C" codes in the service symbol. The top half of the ring should say "API Service C-something". Update: The Logo looks like this one:


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It's probably that the pads need bedding in as NoCarrier says. However, my sister-in-law once had her brakes start squealing even though there was plenty of pad left, and the problem ended up being a small stone that got stuck between the pad backing plate and the rotor, in front of the edge of the pad.


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How does the pedal feel? Does it have the same resistance as normal, or does it feel really soft, and go straight to the floor? If it it the latter, chances are you have air in the system, or a leak - check the fluid level in the reservoir (which should look similar to the brake one, but usually smaller). If it feels normal, there could still be a small ...


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Assuming that you have no faults with your transmission, it doesn't matter - an automatic transmission will automatically switch down gear as and when it needs to. All the '2' gear does is not let you go over 2nd gear - which if you were heading downhill could make your engine over-rev...generally not recommended. So D should be just fine.


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Find some pin-on drapery hooks at a hardware store. I couldn't find an online image. If you can picture a lower case letter Y. The lower part is a pointed pin that can be inserted in the carpet. This will leave aU shaped piece to catch the mat.


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Yes, it will. However, your biggest concern is going to be getting enough air flowing over it. Do yourself a favour and go look at the engine bay of a 200x model Subary Impreza WRX. The intercooler is mounted flat on the top of the engine and the characteristic scoop forces air onto it to cool the intake air. The same type of thing might work for your ...


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Can you tell which wheel(s) the noise is coming from? If you can, jack the car up and support it on stands, then remove the wheel(s) in question, and visually inspect the pads and discs, including the back of the disc between it and the stone-shield. It might be as simple as a stone stuck in the brakes, or you might find that one of the calipers has been ...


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You stated that "Only pads have been replaced in the brake components." If the rotors were not turned (machined) or replaced at the same time, this could be a problem. The surface of the rotor needs to be fresh, or the brakes will not work up to expectations. Also, consideration must be given to the proper "bedding" of the brakes. If they were not bedded ...


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What you're describing sounds unusual. In an ideal situation, when you brake, even if you lock up the tires, you're going to continue moving in the same direction unless some outside force acts upon the car. To spin a car 180 degrees requires a mechanical malfunction, or an outside force. Start with the tires: are they the same on all 4 corners, and ...


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I found these instructions on a forum. After several tries, I was able to get both the ignition and keyless entry to work. Make sure you have on your original key and have looked on the back for a black toyota logo. This WILL NOT work for the smart keys with the SILVER toyota logo. (Yes it Does for a 2009 Prius. Also BIG Thing: Have only the old remote ...


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Leaving the car in gear should not have had any effect, when you turned the engine it would have simply turned the wheels. I suspect the distributor may be 180 degrees out but I need more information from you about the condition.


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Four stroke engines get to TDC twice during a cycle - if you timed the engine off the wrong one (TDC on exhaust cycle), the engine will not fire as the timing will be out by 180°.


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The pump is usually mounted to the bottom of the tank. Common causes of failure: Disconnected or clogged hose with the engine off can you hear the motor running under the hood? If so could be a clogged or disconnected hose. Wax or other debris in the jets, if the jets are located on the hood they can get clogged with wax or dirt, if you hear the pump ...


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Your truck is most likely equipped with an open differential. This is a normal condition. A few vehicles are equipped with what is called Posi-Traction, Sure-grip or locking differential. These differentials are equipped with internal clutches that spin both rear tires when moving in a straight line. When going around a turn the clutches release allowing the ...


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I think the likely suspect here is engine oil. If your head gasket is blown it is not unusual for oil to get into the coolant or the other way around. Coolant is being circulated through the engine very close to where oil is being circulated through the engine. Consider doing a compression test and/or a leak down test.


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The Auxiliary Battery in your Prius is a VRLA battery, either Lead Calcium Battery, or AGM (Absorbed Glass Matt). I believe 2007 used the AGM. They are similar to a lead acid (Flooded Cell) but it doesn't have any liquid in it. They are more resistant to vibration and don't off gas when charging which makes them safe to be in the passenger compartment. ...


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Your window motor and/or regulator is going out. What happens is, the window motors have a thermal trip which tells them to stop when they get too hot. As a vehicle gets older, the window regulator and slides don't slide/move as well, so creates a lot more friction. The window motor starts wearing out because of this and more heat is produced, thus shutting ...


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I highly recommend an engine stand. They're normally adjustable to allow you to find the right places to attach the engine to support it while allowing nearly unrestricted working space around it. Typically they're height adjustable too, so you can work sitting or standing.


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Changing to a completely different engine is quite difficult, and not recommended for beginners - there are a lot of factors to be considered, particularly with regards to compatibility of parts - e.g. which gearbox would you use, which clutch, driveshafts etc, and will the whole assembly fit, how will you make the new mounts, and so on. Unless you have a ...


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I'm not sure what it specifically says, but it is indeed not safe to be under a car that is supported only by a jack, hydraulic or mechanical. To be safe, get a pair of jack stands, and use whatever jack you want to raise the car high enough to put the stands in place, then lower it so vehicle is resting on the stands. The jack that comes with the car ...


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Get rid of the extra fans. If you're having to run fans constantly to keep the engine at the right temperature in the city, then all you're doing is masking another issue. You probably have several other issues. The engine temperature and the transmission going being able to shift into overdrive should be independent. It seems like you are conflating two ...


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I have observed this - kind of like an acrid or "vinegar" smell. You can help prevent this by turning OFF the air conditioner a couple/few minutes prior to turning off the auto. As others said, it is caused by growth of biological bacteria/fungal and turning off early helps dry the system and assists in prevention as it reduces the moisture retained in the ...


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You could try applying anti-seize lubricant to the backs of the brake pads. Also consider lubricating other places where the brake pad backing plate could rub against the caliper. Just make sure to keep it off the braking surfaces. This has the side benefit of preventing the pads from rusting onto the caliper, making future maintenance easier. I typically ...



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