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I believe the key clue here is the fact the engine runs rough for a few minutes. This tells me that the cold-start enrichment, where the air-fuel mixture entering the cylinders is slightly rich, isn't taking place. There are a few possible reasons for this: insufficient fuel pressure To rule this out, have the fuel rail pressure tested to make sure that ...


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Key on engine off, check to see if there's power at the gauge fuse. If there's power at the gauge fuse disconnect the ignition switch and recheck for power at the gauge fuse. If you have power at the gauge fuse with the ignition switch disconnected, there's a short in the integration relay or a short to power between the switch and relay. If you wanted to ...


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There should be a few screws holding the black trim in marked J in the diagram as well as two screws in the upper portion of the trim. Remove the trim and any connectors. There will be four screws holding in the cluster. Remove those and you can pull the cluster out.


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There is no real way to fix these kinds of springs once they are broke. Replacement is probably your best course of action. I think the easiest/cheapest way to go about it is to just replace the handle with one from a junk yard (pick-a-part, what have ya). The piece above the split should be a cap. From looking at it, it should fold up, so separates at the ...


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I couldn't tell you for sure (I've never done the swap), but they should be basically the same engine. According to this Wiki article, the Lexus ES300 & RX300, plus the Toyota Avalon & Highlander used the same engine, which is the 1MZ-FE 3.0L engine with VVT-i. If the cover you are talking about is different, you should be able to swap it out. ...


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I've had luck cleaning Mouldy Vinyl with scrubbing bubbles spray. My car is also trashed, and has cheap vinyl inside, and I haven't had much luck cleaning it. Your best bet is to get the vinyl replaced, because it will likely crack or go brittle soon. As far as fabric goes, most supermarkets sell those powerful steam cleaning units, get one of those, and ...


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A likely cause is a rodent nesting in the ventilation system. They may be chewing up carpet or sound deadening material. It may also be the foam that seals the ductwork sections breaking down. The material may be breaking down due to age or heat if you live in a warm climate. When the fan is turned on the air movement is blowing the pieces out the vents.


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This could be due to the engine ECU not knowing the air or coolant temperature due to a faulty sensor. A temperature reading is important to the engine ECU, to allow it to adjust fuel mixture at startup. There is usually an air temperature sensors built into the MAF sensor (if it has one) and there will be a coolant sensor screwed into pipe work next to ...


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Blue smoke means the engine is burning oil. The piston rings are destroyed in a nutshell. Big, long, time-consuming and cash-guzzling repairs are now in your sights. A mere head-gasket replacement will not even touch what is causing the blue smoke. Also, pull your spark plug/coil plugs out off your spark plugs and see if there's any engine oil in the ports. ...


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While you'd want to believe the mechanic will catch/fix everything, it really is beyond their control. They may or may not have checked it when up on the lift, but really, if that had found it, you'd still be paying for the work, so it isn't like they are charging you extra if you take it back there and they fix it for you. You might be able to ask for a ...


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I think you should check all the ground or bonding cables (battery to body, battery to engine, engine to body - whichever ones you have) as if one is broken it could cause the flickering symptoms you mention - leading to stalling, poor battery charging and maybe a damaged alternator.


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Have your alternator tested. It sounds like it is not putting out enough amperage. The lights would flicker if the alternator is not putting out enough power by itself to run all accessories and you are pulling voltage from the battery. This will have a side effect of the battery not being fully charged when you go to start the vehicle the next time, ...


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Blue smoke from the tailpipe means oil is consumed somewhere in the combustion process. The oil can come from various sources. If you're technically inclined, i'd take a look in the inlet manifold to check for oil leakage via the valve stems. That's probably the easiest place to check on. If you have a video boroscope, you can take a look inside the ...


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The key fob probably needs to be programmed to the car again. The below procedure should work for 2003-2008 Avalons. Procedure To Program Toyota Wireless Remote Transmitters: Begin with: The driver's door open and unlocked. Key out of the ignition. Insert and remove the key from the ignition switch 2 times within 5 seconds. NOTE: Steps 2 and 3 should be ...


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I can't say how they did the test but the test shows a problem. At idle you should see somewhere around 14 volts. There are issues that can cause a good alternator to have a low output such as a slipping belt, questionable grounds, wiring or a bad ECM (engine control module). If you have a dash mounted voltmeter see if you notice any changes in the gauge ...


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Jack the back of the car up, and spin the wheels by hand - comparing the two sides so you can tell what's different on the bad side. Try to shake the wheel vertically and horizontally - a worn wheel bearing will have more play in it than a good one. When spinning the wheel without load, a worn wheel bearing will make a slight rumbling sound, and might seem ...


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Not enough information to make sure I am answering the question. Why do you believe that the ECU has been deactivated? Does the car not start? Not sure of the procedure that your used, but take a look at these instructions and try to reprogram the remote. Remove the key from the ignition. Lock all of the doors, but open the driver’s side door. Leave it ...


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If you are not able to get it clean enough by cleaning, you can probably pick up a complete used interior of the same color and swap it out with yours. Considering what you are getting, it shouldn't be too expensive. There may be no other way to get the smell out of the car otherwise.


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