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I was driving my car home when it started to lose power and the RED OIL CAN Light flashed for about 5 mins . The car stopped and
A flashing oil light is typically a sign that either the oil level is low, or the computer has sensed a lack of oil pressure. I hope it isn't the case, but usually when an engine starts to lose power...
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Exaust smell coming through car vents, especially when idle. Engine has a clicking noise since having the spark plugs replaced.
From what you've described it sounds like there may be a loose spark plug. This would cause both of the issues you are describing. The clicking is the exhaust gas escaping through the spark plug hole, which also allows this...
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My car will not start - 2003 Toyota Matrix
Hi there. Unfortunately, once there is oil and coolant mixed, there is the possibility of a cracked cylinder head/block or a blown cylinder head gasket. This is a serious condition as the internal damage generally snowballs into worse; the main...
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My car dashboard will not light up
This usually means that there is a short in the circuit board for the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster has a circuit board in it that houses the lights for the instrument cluster. The computer sends information to the circuit...
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MY car use to jerk at 700 and at 500 rpm it will quench. Injector, cam camshaft sensor, and spark plugs have already been changed.
Hi there. When the engine was washed off, water could have gotten into the air box and onto the air filter causing the engine to suck up some water when it was started. This could have caused the engine to...
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Fuel Pump shuts off when filling
This is likely related to your EVAP emissions system and something called a purge solenoid. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and temporarily stores the fuel vapors...
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Does head gasket sealant work? 2003 Toyota Matrix
Hello - the use of "sealing" products is a bit of a religious discussion. Some swear by them, others swear at them. Yes, they will sometimes seal a small leak, although head gaskets are less likely to stay sealed due...
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My car has a low idle and will stop at lights or stop signs
Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by a few different things. A few other possible causes are issues with the idle air control valve, with the transmission, or with the throttle position sensor. The idle air control valve...
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Leaking head gasket
Any type of head gasket sealer is only recommended to be a temporary repair in most cases. I see some claim to be a permanent fix. I do not believe any of these any of these sealers will seal permanently....
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ABS brakes grab (driver front) upon stopping.
Hey there. As you know, your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS system which is controlled by the car's ECU. When...
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When I turn ON the Heater The Radiator Fan turns ON too and make the car engine cold could you please tell me the solution the fan
Hi there. Is the climate control set to defrost on the windshield? If so, this still engages the ac compressor and turns the radiator fans on. What is the current coolant level? A slow coolant leak may leave a trail...
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Car turns on and off. The brake and the steering wheel gets harder.
Hello, thanks for writing in. The P0171 is an indication of a lean mixture, which can be caused by an air leak in the intake (as you were advised), a borderline engine temp sensor reporting a warmer engine temperature than...
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If my car tempertaure gauge goes all the way to hot and stays there for a while even after replacing the thermostat , does the gas
Hi there: If your Toyota Matrix is still overheating, it's possible that the head gasket is damaged. It could also be due to a faulty water pump, air bubbles inside the coolant lines or obstruction inside the coolant lines. It's...
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Differential Fluid Service
The Matrix was offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. If your vehicle is front-wheel drive, then it only has a front differential. If it it is all-wheel drive, then it has both front and rear differentials. However, the...
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Synthetic or semi sythetic or conventional
Hi There, As you may know, there are a wide variety of engine oils on the market all claiming to be the "best" and prolonging the life of your car's engine. One of the main questions you will be asked...
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How long will a car with 180000
Hi there. It really depends on how well the vehicle was maintained before you purchased the vehicle, how it was driven and how well you keep up with recommended service and maintenance that will indicate how long the vehicle will...
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Question about flooding and mold
There is really no way to give you a definitive answer as to how long things will take to get moldy and musty. The process has basically already begun once water got into the car. Geography and weather will play...
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Car shaking in reverse and park but I've had all my mounts replaced... what could it be?
Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...
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Gas tank
The AWD version of the Toyota Matrix, XR and Base versions (both A/T and M/T), for model years 2003, 2004, and 2005 all used the same Toyota tank, that is Toyota part number 7700101040. Beyond that though (i.e., if the...
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I have a 2008 Toyota Matrix manual transmission that won't move in gear.
Hi there. Your clutch appears to have failed. This is what occurs when the clutch plate goes bad and no longer engages. You will need to have a transmission specialist take a look at this and replace it if needed....

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