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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 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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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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p0302
Hi there. The P0302 trouble code is an indication that cylinder 2 is misfiring and is not getting the necessary spark to its spark plug. This can be caused by multiple component or system failures, ranging from damaged spark plugs...
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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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2006 Toyota Matrix fuel pump plastic lock ring stuck. Universal removal tool is crap. Help. Frustrated.
Many times there is what is called a spanner wrench that is used to remove fuel pump lock rings. If you are unable to get one of those, a hammer and chisel is your next best option. You could also...
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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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motor fan
Hi there. As long as the engine is not overheating, you should be fine. When it's hot outside, and you run the AC on high, it will cause the engine to run hotter than normal, which requires the fan to...
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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 tried to change my breaks and rotors because of a scraping sound and now the sound is worse and one of the rotors it has a lit
Hi there. Unfortunately, without seeing how you replaced the brake system components or what parts you used it's hard for us to give you the best advice on how to resolve the problem. It's probably better to have a professional...
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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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