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Posts Tagged: Toyota

EFI Fuse blows – Toyota

My EFI Fuse blows on my Toyota Many Toyota owners have a problem with the electronic fuel injection (EFI) fuse blowing repeatedly. Here are some things to check: 1) The wires around the EGR tube for melting or fraying. 2) The wires near the EGR vacuum switching valve (VSV) located under the intake manifold. 3) Wires pinched between the intake manifold and the cylinder head. 4) Wires pinched anywhere along the valve cover. 5) Check injector wiring for any pinched locations. 6) Run an amp test on the fuel pump. … Read More

Thermostat replacement tip for Toyota owners

Tip for Thermostat replacement tip on Toyota If you’re replacing a thermostat, here’s a Thermostat replacement tip for Toyota owners. If you can’t get the housing off without removing the A/C compressor, STOP! This tip will save you lots of time. Disconnect the battery. Remove the alternator. Then remove the nut from the stud at the top of the thermostat housing. Then remove the stud. Remove the bottom nut and the entire housing will come off. You just saved yourself at least 1 hour.   © 2012 Rick Muscoplat

Starter just goes click

Starter just goes click If you have a vehicle and the Starter just goes click, you may not need a new starter. You may be able to get away with new contacts and a new plunger. When you energize the starter a solenoid (electro-magnet) pulls the plunger in. The plunger has a round copper disk at its edge and as it pulls in, the copper disk touches two copper contacts. This setup acts as a heavy duty relay to supply battery current to the starter motor. But like all relays, … Read More

P0440 – Toyota

Fix trouble code P0440 – Toyota Changing the air filter on a Toyota can sometimes get you a P0440 trouble code. Toyota located the EVAP solenoid vent host on the upper portion of the air cleaner housing. You have to disconnect this host to check or replace the air filter. If you’ve recently performed the check (or taken your car to a quick lube shop) and you now have a P0440 code, double check that the hose has been replaced properly. This is a common goof at quick lube shops. … Read More

Water pump leaks — wrong antifreeze

Water pump leaks because you used the wrong antifreeze Stop water pump leaks by using only the factory antifreeze For decades we all used the green coolant. It worked well as long as we changed it at least once every 2 years or 24,000 miles. The ethylene glycol helped dissipate heat better than water alone, and it prevented freezing in the winter. It also had some really important additives. First, it contained a water pump lubricant to keep the two rotating carbon seals inside the water running smoothly. The coolant … Read More

Rattle in a Toyota Tacoma

Fix a Rattling noise in a Toyota Tacoma If you have rattle in a Toyota Tacoma this may be the fix. It applies to a 1995-2000 Toyota Tacoma. The rattle may be caused by the exhaust manifold heat shield. Toyota now has a new heat shield that consists of two wire mesh grommets and a reinforcement path to attach to the shield. Check the heat shield for cracking around the bolts. If you see cracks, get a new heat shield and the new bolts, Part # 90110-06894   © 2012 Rick … Read More

Squealing noise Toyota

Fix a squealing noise on a Toyota If you drive a 2001-04 Camry, Highlander, Solara, or an ’04 RAV4 and you have a squealing noise or rattle coming from the engine compartment, this may solve your problem. Toyota says the squealing noise usually happens when the engine is cold and that the issue is the automatic belt tensioner used in these 2AZ-FE engines. They have redesigned the part to eliminate the squealing noise. The new part number is 16620-28011. If your vehicle is still under warranty or extended warranty, you may … Read More

Transmission Flush

Should I get a transmission flush? All the quick oil change places push transmission flush services. But are they a good idea? UPDATE GM recently issued a technical service bulletin to their dealers regarding flushing services. I’ve posted it here. But if you want the short version, GM does NOT recommend engine flushing, nor does it recommend TRANSMISSION flushing. Ford, Chrysler, Honda, and most other car makers has issued the same warnings. Here it is: TSB #04-06-01-029G September 27, 2012 “..many of your service departments merchandise supplemental services and fluids to … Read More


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