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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are these paint dots under the timing belt cover not consistent?

I am about midway done with changing the timing belt & water pump on my 1999 Toyota, which features a 6-cylinder 5VZ-FE engine. After getting the front timing cover off, I discovered that there ...
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2000 Corolla, CV axles disconnect and reconnect when stopping/turning

Car is 2000 Corolla with 58k miles. My front left CV axle was leaking last year so I decided to replace both front CV axles with some generic brand. This was about 5000 miles ago and it worked great ...
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My car has problems starting, but the dealership checked the battery and said it was fine

I have a 2006 Toyota Rav4 - The other day, the car wouldn't start. We jumped the battery and it started right up. No lights were left on and nothing is plugged in that would be causing this. I took it ...
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Fixing a water-damaged remote key

I have a Toyota Camry 2011 and two remote keys. One of the keys was soaked with water two years ago. Of course, it is not working. I went to a dealer and they failed to recover it. Is there something ...
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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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Did the mechanic damage our car?

I purchased a 125k mile 2005 Toyota Camry in good condition and with a good service history about 5 months ago. It was due for its second oil change since we've owned it so my wife took it in to a ...
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Brake system maintenance

I have a 20-year old Toyota Tercel with 103K miles. It runs well. Last week, the brakes didn't work. I changed a brake hose because it was leaking and I am going to change the other 3 brake hoses ...
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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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How do you open a locked door when the unlocking mechanism is jammed?

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla that I've been keeping as a spare/project car. Although the car runs reliably, it will need a new engine (it seems to be burning coolant), but until I get around to that, ...
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why the check engine light on 75 mph speed?

My car is Toyota Corolla 2011. CEL lights at 75 mph. I pulled code p02757. There no other thing wrong. The car is running satisfactory, this check lamp is the only trouble.
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Belt driven Water pump failure?

I have a 95 camry LE (6 cylinder) that has a major overheating problem. I managed to rule out the thermostat, leaks, radiator, and fans as the cause of the overheating. But the water pump has me ...
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Replacing only one front strut?

I drive a 2014 Corolla LE and recently had my right front shock strut and stabilizer bar link replaced under warranty. Currently the car has 20300 miles on it. Questions: Steering-weight seems ...
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Repairing crack on edge of windshield

I was replacing my windshield wiper motor (after asking about it here) and while putting in the new windshield wiper motor, I hit it on the edge of the windshield causing a few cracks. I asked a ...
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Why won't my car unlock? Why does it spontaneously lock itself?

My 2001 Toyota Camry wouldn't unlock this evening. If I turned the key to the "lock" position, it seems to lock OK, but it won't turn at all in the other direction. I managed to break in to the car, ...
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Why would my Toyota Corolla die soon after starting it?

I have a 1996 Toyota Corolla DX with about 200k miles on it. It runs good for the most part, but recently had a problem where it would not start. Napa tested my alternator, which failed, so I ...
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What's the Difference Between OBDII adapters and Toyota Mini VCI?

I've been researching Toyota diagnostic connectors, and ran across something called a Mini VCI adaptor meant for use with Toyota's TechStream software. The physical interface looks like a standard ...
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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 do I know which fuel line goes to the engine and which goes to the fuel tank?

I changed my fuel filter for the first time. I have a 2004 Toyota Tazz 1300. I have installed my new fuel filter. Here it is: And this is my fuel filter zoomed in: I have assumed that the tube on ...
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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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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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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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I changed struts and got alignment done, shop said steering is “returning from the right too fast”

Vehicle is 2006 Toyota Sienna AWD. I changed struts and sway bar link arms and then got alignment done, shop said steering is "returning from the right too fast." They said the alignment was all ...
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I just replaced my CV Axle and the now the brakes are making scary noises

I have a 2011 Toyota Corolla and my CV joints were starting to make popping noises. I replaced both driver and passenger axles. The car drives fine, but after about 20MPH the brakes make weird ...
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What does exhaust smell on oil and transmission dipstick mean?

I was inspecting a used car and the oil and the transmission dipstick smelled of exhaust (carbon monoxide?). What does this mean? Does it mean that the engine's gone bad and I should stay away from ...
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Looking at buying a 1997 Toyota Camry XLE V6 with dark colored ATF, mistake?

I am looking at buying a 1997 Toyota Camry with 179,000 miles on the clock. The car is a V6 with an automatic transmission. Positive points about the car: Frame is immaculate (car spent several years ...
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What can cause an oil leak which spill everywhere in the car (Toyota) including the top inside of the hood?

My friend lent me her Toyota Corolla and as I put it in my driveway I saw oil drops. I later lifted the the hood and saw oil spilled inside the top of the hood and on the belt every where. It was ...
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Access locked trunk of Corolla 2003

Without keys, how can one access the locked trunk of a 2003 Corolla, from the interior of the vehicle? The latches on the back seats are for child seats. I found a video for the 2007 model, but not ...
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Main engine not firing after non-engine-related fixes (replacing fuses and transmission fluid), starter/fan fine

This order of events makes no sense to me, I'm hoping someone here can see some possible link between them that I can't. Car is a 1998 Toyota RAV4 automatic, FWD: I had a car-not-starting problem (...
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What is a safe procedure for replacing a fuel filter on a 2000 Toyota Camry?

I bought this 2000 Toyota Camry from some very nice folks who cannot even spell "maintenance". So I need to replace the fuel filter as no one knows when it was last done. What I would love to know is ...
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Coolant boiling and smoke coming out of engine bay

I have a 1995 Toyota Camry SE that has 195,000+ miles that has started to develop some serious problems. Aside from what I believe to be an issue with the transmission, the car had been running ...
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Should a sealant be used, or not, when replacing a molded rubber valve cover gasket?

I did search for this, and there are some oblique references to the sealant, but the full answer has come up that I can find. The car is a 1998 Toyota Camry-XLE, 6 cylinder (1MZ-FE) engine with about ...
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A/C still malfunctions after repair. How concerned should I be?

The A/C compressor went out on my '05 Sienna. I replaced the compressor but not the receiver/dryer and expansion valve. Now the A/C is sort of working right: It has separate front/back controls. ...
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Gauging tight parking spots

So that I don't keep dinging or putting scratches my front bumper, what is the best way to gauge tight parking spaces ? Say, if a parking spot is walled in three directions and you are pulling in ...
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Doors won't stay open

My terminology is a bit lacking so please bear with me. The doors on my 2004 Toyota RAV4 are very loose and will only stay open if I'm parked on a flat or declined surface. If I remember correctly ...
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Removing stubborn o2 sensor - danger of stripping thread?

(2002 Toyota Previa/Estima/Tarago ACR30, engine 2AZ-FE) One of my two pre-cat O2 sensors is faulty. The garage I put the car in did not manage to replace it - they told me it is stubborn and that ...
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2010 Toyota Matrix - Brake Shake Highway Speeds

I just replaced all four corners pads and rotors with the Power Stop Economy kit off Rock Auto and I'm having horrible shaking while braking at highway speeds. All slide pins have been re-greased and ...
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Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla

First time poster trying to get into cars. So my 2007 Toyota Corolla (with around 89k miles) has a Check engine light that reads error code P0171 (System too lean Bank 1). I was looking that up and ...
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Load on bed of pickup for extended period of time

I just got a Toyota Tacoma 2012 Sport long bed. I'm an artist and I make driftwood horse sculptures. I have two horses on the bed of the truck currently which comes to about 500 lbs. I intend to ...
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How to fix windshield washer pump in Yaris Verso

My windshield washer pump in my Toyota Yaris Verso has stopped working. The fuse seems to be fine, so either it's due to a loose connection, or the pump is broken. What is the likely cause, and how ...
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2008 Prius Dead Battery

My Prius' battery is dead. It is in a narrow garage. 1) Can I shift it into neutral and push it out of the garage? 2) Can I open the rear hatch to jump the auxiliary battery in the trunk? 3) Is ...
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Help with heat issue with pontiac vibe (toyota matrix)

I have a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. Same engine as the Toyota Matrix. The heat blows fine but isn't warm enough. I checked the antifreeze and the level is fine and there are no leaks. The hose into the ...