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Q: Why is my transmission slipping?

The transmission in your truck has the updated 4L60 series with a heavier duty forward gears and thrust bearings so your transmission problem is most likely the torque converter or front pump failure. The clutch materials in an automatic transmission...

Q: Gas pedal does not respond very quickly, cruise control acts up too

What you are describing sounds to me like the transmission is not down shifting correctly instead of the engine causing the hesitation. I have found two recalls that may fix your problem. The first calls for the engine/transmission module to...

Q: Engine stalls when I stop

First off you are doing nothing wrong. There are many owners with the same issue and an investigation was issued and closed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012. The manufacturer stated they have a computer update...

Q: Hybrid has a rough time starting

The Prius uses the small 12 volt battery to operate the computer and accessories. It uses the big hybrid battery to crank over the engine by turning the electric drive motor. If the 12 volt battery dies, you cannot power...

Q: Can’t lock all the doors using key remote

This problem can have multiple causes. If you’re having an issue with just one door, I would have that door lock actuator checked out as it is likely either stuck mechanically or the solenoid failed electrically. This repair normally involves...

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