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Typically, when a car is having issues with idling or stalling the Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) is at fault. There are typically 1 of 2 issues. 1 - The port is dirty. Pull off your air cleaner hoses so you can see the throttle body. There should be a port on the side. This is for the IACV. Spray carb cleaner into this hole to remove deposits. ...


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This is the perfect use case for the Pac tr-7. It's basically a programmable relay. You can set it up to do all sorts of tasks, usually around bypassing the requirement that a vehicle be in park for video to play or disabling traction control on startup. Good luck man.


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You will need to have your battery load tested. Autozone or similar performs this service at no charge. Assuming that you have driven the vehicle for some length of time, the new alternator should have charged your battery sufficiently- or perhaps not- that is why it should be tested.


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I eventually got this problem fixed. For an unrelated issue, both the throttle position sensor and air flow meter were replaced on the car. When the same idle sticking issue persisted after that, we figured it was probably indeed a mechanical issue with the throttle cable or butterfly throttle valve sticking. Earlier I had used seafoam to clean out the ...


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Probably the most elegant / factory looking solution would be to obtain some Kam Snaps and order the "long" variant which can be installed in fairly thick material. Install one gender of snap in the rear corers of your mat and install the other gender to the rear of your carpet in your footwells. If you order an appropriate colour (probably B5 - Black or ...


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It could be anything. The best diagnostic tool you can use when a light comes on is an OBD (II) scan tool. It's a waste of time to look the car over at this point. You'll spend hours chasing ghosts without the scanner.


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Open your glovebox and release the shock on the right side. While holding the door portion, push the middle of the back of the box away from you and pull the whole box down. There should be a 1" X 6-8" panel with tabs on both sides, the right, or top. Remove the panel and you can remove the filter. Be careful not to let leaves or debris fall below into the ...


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If it only happens with the car moving and the brake depressed, your brake pads are probably worn to the metal. If you hear it while holding the pedal down when the car is running, but not moving, it could be a vacuum leak. If you still hear it with the car off, and the noise occurs with each press of the pedal, your hardware is likely corroded and/or worn ...


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I work at a Toyota dealer, and I've seen some interesting methods of retaining floor mats, especially because of a policy that we move aftermarket mats to the trunk. I've seen people screw mats into the floor (not recommended. You can hit wires) One person used a wire hanger looped through the back of the mat, and tied it to the bottom of the seat.


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It's an old car.. You can try to check the leads connected to a battery, might help. Or change a battery or do a "jumpstart". Otherwise I'd say something is wrong with wiring. To me it seems a battery issue.


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The click must be a started solenoid, don't think you'd hear a relay solenoid. So it means it is in neutral, and a ECU knows it, and electricity goes to starter solenoid. Only doesn't get to a motor, unless motor end gear is stopping against a flywheel tooth. If your lights on the dash becomes dark or disappears at starting moment, it means you have not ...


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Make sure you are in Park and the car knows it. I've had this happen to one of my vehicles where the shifter would be in Park, but the car wouldn't see that it's in Park because the shifter was "wobbly" when in Park. The shifter was clicked into the Park position, but it could still move around a little bit and stay in Park. For my vehicle, I need to give ...


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It looks like the only option other than an aftermarket system would be to goto a Toyota dealer or a independent shop with the Toyota TechStream Software and to enable this feature. It looks like this option should be on by default but was never setup or was disabled for some reason. Edit: It looks you may be able to do this from the Multi-Display. SET ...


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This is a common 2005-2009 Prius problem. Prius Chat gives a good explanation on how to change them. I recommend you don't get replacement parts from salvage yard. I did this and the door stops again wore out in a few months. It's a pain when the door keeps shutting on you while you unload groceries. I wish there was an affordable aftermarket solution ...


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To unlock the stereo, the 4-digit reset code is required. Here is the procedure to access the code entry screen. If you don't have the code, you have 3 attempts to guess it (.33% chance, good luck). After the 3 attempts, the owner of the car will have to take it to a Toyota dealership with proof of ownership and valid identification to gain access.


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From HandyHowie's comment above, it could be the start pinion rattling against the flywheel under certain conditions (deceleration as you described). This interference could be cause by improperly placed starter mounting bolts/brackets, or bolts that were not fully torqued, allowing the starter to move. Drivelines have small tolerances of flexibility, which ...


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"I am hoping I just mistreated my car, and put it from reverse to drive too soon." More than likely. Modern transmissions have safety features that don't allow you to actually engage into reverse without reaching a desired slowed speed. If you panicked and threw it into reverse without actually coming to a complete stop, the transmission would basically ...


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Yes, but it will still only pick up stations broadcasting in Japanese. ...only joking. Yes, it will work - but first check if the menu has English as an option (Info -> Language) - could be a cheap solution, but I think the Prius has different radios in Japan. If that's the case, changing to an English radio will work.


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The three common problems with the variable valve control system; Low oil level resulting in low oil pressure. Looks like this has been covered. Failure of the VVT control solenoid. Test the solenoid to rule it out as the cause. Failure of the cam adjuster gears. See Toyota TSB #EG009-03 for the updated intake camshaft VVT assembly to repair the problem ...


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It is unlikely that you would be able to drive a car without coolant for three weeks. I suspect what actually happened is that there was a coolant leak, possibly (probably) as a result of the work carried out to your car. It's likely to have been a small leak and it's taken three weeks for what remained of the coolant to seep away. What I would say is to ...


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The squirrel cage has broken fin(s), or the motor bearing has gone (most likely on a '99), or the case has distorted -- all of which allow the unit to vibrate or slightly rub on a part of the case. If you remove the glovebox and plastic the kick panel underneath it, you can press various places on the housing and case to see if the noise changes... if it ...


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One thing to consider before you go too deeply into this resurection effort. You can buy replacements on eBay for very little money (I got mine for $20 US) and the steps to marry it to your car are available online. The Toyota dealer wanted $80 just to program it. There are options to just replace it that are cheap enough that it's not worth the effort to ...


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you need to change your engine seat, I had same issue with my 1999 Rav4.


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Make sure all tires are at the specified pressure. Locate the tire pressure monitor reset button Switch the key to the off position, turn the key to the on position and hold the TPMS reset button until the light shuts off.


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This solution applied to my '82 Oldsmobile back in the day. I suspect you might have a similar situation. The windshield on that car was actually glued onto the front of the frame with a black urethane glue, it also rests on a couple of metal tabs that keep the windshield from sliding down. When they replaced my windshield the put too much glue on the ...


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The longer you run it, the more damage you are going to cause. This will incur more cost when you do go to get it fixed due to the parts involved. Depending on which valve(s) is (are) sticking, you could be doing damage every time you start it up. I'm talking about the exhaust valve, as if one is open during the combustion cycle, you've damaged a valve and ...


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Practice in a store carpark with some cones. Personally, if I'm in a tight spot, I find it easier to reverse in; I can then see all the way down each side of the car using the mirrors (and new cars now generally come with reversing cameras). You say "other than counting experience" - you can't. You need the experience, so you need to practice where you ...


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I'm a bit of a parking elitist, so let me tell you what you should do if you want to be cool, like me :P When pulling or backing into a spot, I've made a habit of pulling in the minimum distance, just enough that my car is in line (also centered and parallel, because parking snob) with the parking spot paint, which is enough to guarantee you aren't hanging ...


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One thing I found with myself, after learning to drive on farms at a very young age, is that I seem to naturally "know" or "feel" where the outer limits of my car is. It's strange and I can't fully explain it, but I've personally never had this issue. However!! Many people do, you're definitely not alone, and there are a few solutions! One, if it's your ...


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It looks like it's a J2534 device. These support reflashing with the proper software. I've used the OpenPort 2.0 another J2534 device with the TechStream software before I assume this is the same just made in China. Generic OBD2 cables don't support reflashing as they're missing the necessary chip.


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My insurance company (and others, perhaps almost all) want a window to be repaired if the pit/crack is small enough to fit under a dollar bill. So when I had a rock thrown up at my windshield and it resulted in a crack growing 4 inches later that day, they insisted upon having a repair instead of replacing the entire window. I am very skeptical of such a ...


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This could be a problem with coolant getting past the head gasket into the combustion cylinder. Try taking out all of the spark plugs and unplugging the fuel pump relay. Then crank the engine over and see if any liquid is coming out of the plugholes; you can hold up a sheet of cardboard to the holes to see if anything is coming out. If there is coolant ...


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To liner or not to liner, ahhh. That is the question. It's a bit of a crapshoot. A well-designed liner will keep the debris off the important bits. A not-well-designed liner will accumulate the nasties at an alarming rate. Being a Subaru geek, I can tell you that Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) tried really hard to protect the fuel filler neck with some ...



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