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2003 Toyota Matrix and Corolla similarities
Yes, the base ones are. The fancy ones have a lot more horse power in them. But yes, it's pretty much the same as Toyota Corolla. They don't make them anymore. They made them in Cambridge Ontario and my wife...
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What size connecting rod bearing bearing do I need for a 2004 Toyota matrix xr 1.8L front wheel drive
You should look at the back of the original bearing for the size and part number. If you go to the dealer with your VIN number and engine number you should get the correct one. Unless your engine is a...
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Oil leak
The timing chain tensioner fix is a common issue with this vehicle. There are several possibilities as to where this leak may be coming from. Crank seal and valve cover gasket are two others I would recommend checking. I would...
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Code p0505
For the P0505 code, you should make sure that the PCV valve is clean or you should have the valve replaced. The throttle idle valve should be removed and throttle plates and IAC passages cleaned out. Make sure there is...
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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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Car won't start
Whenever a car won't start, it's important to differentiate between a crank no start and a no crank. It sounds like you have a no crank because you are testing the starting circuit and you have replaced the battery. In...
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Steering wheel vibrates while braking.
The people you talked to were all correct in a way. With an unbalanced tire, you will not feel the vibration at slow speeds. You will only feel it once the vehicle gets faster. It sometimes goes away with increased...
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Drive belt broke what cause that problem
You should have the accessories all checked to see if they move freely and are in alignment. Replace the belt and recheck for any problems. The drive belt tensioner may be the cause and need replaced. If you'd like some...
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Vibration when driving
Smoking usually occurs when one of the pulleys seizes and the belt continues to slide across it, to the point of heating up and burning. If one of the various engine pulleys, such as the [water pump])https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/water-pump-replacement), the alternator, or...
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Can I go to a trip through the state with the following problems with my car?
You should ask the shop that gave you the estimate since they quoted you to replace the transaxle. The transaxle problem may be something that could leave you stranded and cost thousands of dollars to replace this part. The car...
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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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Toyota Matrix shifts from drive to 2nd, skipping 1st
The manufacturer has a technical service bulletin (TSB) for harsh shifting intermittent and calls for the engine control module to be replaced and programmed to work for your vehicle. You may have code P2716 in memory if your vehicle is...
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Water leaking into the rear floorboard
The sun roof drains are plugged in the channel that is in the front. Open the sun roof and look in the rain channel and look for the drain holes. Try and pour some water in the hole and see...
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How to remove door panel to repair power lock and find rattle sound
The door panel is held on by a couple of screws and door clips. You can find some illustrated instructions in this article.
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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 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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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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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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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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