Jan 152011

Initial Issue: My car was misaligned (pulling to the right, so corrected with wheel adjustment to the left), and shuddering while driving.
Action: I took my car to a local Toyota dealership. I told them about the shuddering, that I know I need new tires but would be purchasing elsewhere, and that my car was misaligned.
Toyota Fix: They replaced the front wheel bearings.
Tire Fix: I then took my car (the same night) to get new tires.
Tire/ Balance Check: I noticed afterwards that my car was now pulling to the LEFT with a needed wheel correction turn to the right.
Second Time Around: I took my car back to the tire place. They checked the tires and balance, switched the front two tires to make sure it was not a tire defect/ issue. Everything was okay.
Toyota Alignment Check: I took my car back to the Toyota dealership, where they did an alignment. Afterwards, I was told that something underneath (referred to by the serviceman as ‘it’) was bent, and had been extended as far as it could, but my car would still pull to the left ever so slightly, and not to worry as it would not have an overall effect on my tire-wear & tear.

My issue with this ‘fix’: If my car was pulling a good deal to the right prior to being serviced, and now the pull to the left cannot be corrected due to ‘it’ being bent… is it possible/ likely that ‘it’ got bent during service? If so, would it most likely have happened while having the wheel bearings replaces or the new tires put on? Sorry, I was so appalled I did not ask what ‘it’ was… however, he said it would be ‘a lot’ of money to replace, and did not recommend that given the ever so slight pull. I purchased Perrelli tires with an 85,000 mile or 6 year Warranty. The last thing I want to do is to cause excessive wear and tear due to a possible mechanic error that someone is trying to cover up.

Any suggestions? Thank you!

Nov 272010

scanner said that it is a coolant temp closed loop problem. I changed the ect sensor and thermostat and the check engine light is still comming on. The Haynes repair book says that its a o2 heater sensor fault. Should I replace (bank1 sensor1) or is it something else? My tags are going to expire if I cant get it inspected. PLEASE HELP  1999 Toyota tacoma pre-runner 3.4 v6

Nov 212010

Okay, so the thing in my 98 corollas driver side door that allows the door to lock/close onto the door hing is pushed backward and it wont go back into the right position. please help

ps. i have pics if they are needed

I tried pushing it hard with a screw driver… which is how i cause the problem in the first place 😛

Sep 102010

i have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma and it is bogging down when taking off or when we increase speed or go up a hill did a scope and we we replaced the plugs, but it is still doing it what else could it be. I’ve replaced the plugs, gas cap air filter and added fuel injection cleaner. thanks for the help

Jun 032010

All electricals seized up at once, the Steering, shift, AC, Engine Fan, ABS, Trans?, Windows, power sunroof, radio works though, Scary, had been having that steering noise, TSB issued by Toyota, Dealer does not have a clue, any thoughts. Once a computer goes 1,000’s to fix, Don’t want a Band aid from Toyota?

May 022010

My 3B Toyota Diesel Engine smokes excessively when I back it off. I have Changed a full set of valve stem seals but has not made any difference. Any answers to what I could do to fix this problem? Cheers, Matt