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Car spits out white smoke when started after sitting for a short time
I have seen this many times on this engine. When this occurs during startup it is because of failed valve stem seals. In some cases the piston rings may be leaking also, but you would get smoke all the time...
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Steering wheel and front end shaking between 50+ mph
Hi there, thanks for writing in. The multiple warning lights illuminating on the dash is what triggers a red flag for me in your description above. The shaking in the steering wheel at the speeds you described could be tire,...
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Car vibrates when I brake
Hi there. This is typical of warped brake rotors. Depending on the current thickness, they may or may not be able to be resurfaced to correct the warp. Rotor thickness affects the rotor's ability to dissipate heat during braking; in...
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where is the gear oil located on the car
To check the gear oil level on your vehicle, there is a filler plug located on the drivers side, front of the transmission. The oil level should be 0-5mm below the lip of the plug hole. Keep in mind that...
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Car shakes violently when driving past 40mph and pulls to the left
This is something that can happen when tires and wheels are out of balance or the car needs to be aligned. This can also happen when the brake rotors are warped or when the wheel bearings are bad or in...
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My car cut off on me and now it won't start. 2001 Toyota Solara
There are many possible issues that will keep a car from starting. There could be a bad fuel pump, a wiring problem, a failed sensor (such as the mass airflow sensor or an oxygen sensor), or any number of other...
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"TRAC OFF" light came on after diagnostic test for check engine light
Hello. In most cases the vehicle's traction control system is on a completely separate circuit then that of the engine knock sensor. Therefore most knock sensor faults or issues should have little to no effect on the operation of the...
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Bad Battery after long term parking
You can and should start by having your battery tested. Most technicians and local parts stores are capable of testing it. You can perform certain tests at home as well with a voltmeter. This may be a battery issue. It...
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Driver's seat motor or track is not allowing the seat to be adjusted. Do you work on this type of problem?
Depending on the symptoms of the seat not working, this may be related to the power motor itself not working properly or potentially something lodged in the track not allowing it to move freely. As you may know, there is...
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Installed new front calipers on my car and they keep sticking
Check to be sure the mounting bracket (torque plate) for each caliper is not bent and that the sliding bushings/pins on the caliper/torque plate assembly are free and move easily. If you have rear drum brakes, there is a metering...
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ATF drain and fill or not?
Changing the transmission fluid and the transmission filter could extend the service life of the transmission. Be sure to change the filter though. Use a NEW pan gasket, preferably the Toyota OEM (dealer supplied) gasket. Synthetic fluid is recommended. I...
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ABS light turns On and Off.
Hi there. It could be a mechanical problem, such as the tie rod or a broken CV joint that is causing this issue. When the inner portion of the tire does not touch the ground, that's known as a negative...
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I hit a curb and my wheal popped and i chiped my rim pretty b
There is good chance that you have bent a wheel. The best way to check for this is to jack the car up and spin the wheel slowly while you have a carpenter's square on the ground just touching the...
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Coolant leaking from exhaust manifold area (behind the engine)
Hi there. Before we condemn the head gasket or cylinder block, we need to consider that the coolant may be coming from another location. This could be a hose, throttle body, thermostat, water pump, heater hoses, or freeze plugs. A...
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My car makes a loud sound?
Hi there. Seems unusual the noise is only there over 50mph. The noise may be coming from a failing wheel bearing and this may account for the car shaking, as well. It could be, a separated tire that you are...
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Car engine replacement
The 2002 and 2003 Camry and Solara, at least, used that engine. Inasmuch as engines are computer controlled, replacements have to be absolutely EXACT, otherwise the engine may not even start because the engine sensor interface with the existing PCM...
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Abs light on won't come out of park
Hi there. Are the brake lights working? If not, this could be a problem with either the brake switch or a fuse. Check all fuses/relays and replace as necessary. It does sound more like a fault with the switch as...
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What parts are needed to replace all of the engine mounts?
Hi there. There are 4 engine and transmission mounts that your vehicle uses. The engine needs 2 dog bone design mounts and 2 hydraulic compression mounts. Some 3.3L engines may only have 1 dog bone mount. I recommend taking pictures...
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Break light and abs light on
Hi There, It sounds like you may have two separate issues going on here. The ABS control module controls the activation of the ABS system based upon inputs from the ABS wheel sensors. When this module is not working properly...
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Can you help me with a concern or question I have? 2005 Toyota Solara
Hi there - to answer your question and provide an accurate quote for repair, we need to know which codes AutoZone found when they plugged in their scanner - there are many sensors which s/he could be referring to. The...

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