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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...
EGR valve and vacuum
If you got code P0401 for the EGR system malfunction, then the system would need to be tested to see whether or not the vacuum modulator valve is holding vacuum and can control the EGR valve. These tests are needed...
Security system
The chip key will not work unless it was programmed to work on your 2001 Toyota Solara. You will have to have the key reprogrammed to work with your car or the anti-theft system will not be turned off. You...
My car will not start without a jump
This sounds like your alternator is going out. It maybe outputting just enough power to allow the car to run once you get it started, but it isn't putting out enough power to recharge your battery. Either way, you need...
Pipe broke under car
By the description you have provided, my first guess would be that you have an exhaust leak. The most common failure is the exhaust flange gasket. You can visually inspect your exhaust pipe and look for obvious leaks from broken...
Acceleration problems in 2004 Toyota Solara
Your particular vehicle has an electronic throttle body that drives by wire, rather than a mechanical cable. The electronic throttle body relies on signals from the accelerator pedal to know how much to open or close the throttle plate. A...
Car wasjump started wont keep running stalls out
If the vehicle stalls soon after the cables are removed then you most likely have a charging system that is not recharging the battery and needs to be repaired. It may be the alternator. Have a certified technician, like one...
Check engine light is on
It sounds to me like your engine may be misfiring. If a cylinder has a misfire the engine will not run in balance and causes it to shake. The misfire will also dramatically affect engine performance, most noticeable under acceleration....
I think I may need new engine mounts. Would that cost a lot and are the parts good quality? Also, I d
Hello. I will be happy to help you with your concerns about the mechanical condition of your 1999 Solara. Let me first answer what is by far the easiest component of your inquiry and that relates to "will the parts...
P0135 O2 sensor heater circuit bank 1 sensor 1
Hello. P0135 is the code for an oxygen sensor heater circuit malfunction, bank 1 sensor 1. If bank 1 sensor 1 oxygen sensor has been replaced, then it may be possible that the issue is with the wiring or connector...
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,...
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...
Opinion on 2000 Toyota Solara
Yes, they are basically like the Camry and Avalon. They just stopped making them. I guess they didn't sell enough of that particular model. People love convertibles and they made a Solara convertible and I guess they didn't sell...
2004 Toyota Solara won't start
This is going to be due to a bad starter. Have a mechanic check the cables to the starter first and then see if the starter is getting the proper voltage. The starter then should be replaced if you need...
My E/T is having some issues
The instrument cluster is malfunctioning and will need to be removed and the connections on the back of the cluster need to be checked. The cluster may be able to go through a self test that will indicate a problem...
The key easily turns from lock all the way to the right with no resistance
The problem is not the ignition key cylinder but the ignition switch. If the internal steering column mechanism is broken, then it will not turn the ignition switch. The ignition switch will have to be removed to see if the...
Radio sound fading
Had the same exact issue on my Toyota and it turned out to be an internal radio problem. I replaced the radio with another one and it fixed the problem. If you need further assistance with this, have a certified...
Engine idling
I would try to have the idle air control valve cleaned first. Then if that does not work then have it replaced. You may save some money. Whether you decide to clean it or replace it, have the throttle body...
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...
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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