Feb 102018
 

Toyota Camry

So I’m thinking about trading my truck for a 2005 Toyota Camry. But it has 2446xxx miles and I was told your never supposed to buy a car over 200xxx miles. So I’m not sure if I should go through with it or not.


Should I trade my truck?

There are many reasons to consider. Can you use the car the same as the truck, NO. Do you need to be able to haul stuff around? Do you have a child on the way that will require the use of a back seat of a car? Was your goal in life  to end up with a car with that many miles on it?  Could you possibly sell the Camry for more money than your beat up truck? Are you able to work on cars that need repairing often. Why is the owner of the Camry so eager to trade for your vehicle?

I have personally purchased a vehicle with 220,000 miles on it and drove it for going on two years now. I needed a truck so I bought one. That being said, I am a mechanic and knew going in that I would have to work on it often. And I have.  Intake gaskets, air conditioning compressor, brake lines, brake pads and the list goes on. But for myself it has been a useful tool.

You didn’t mention how many miles your truck has on it or what kind so it is difficult to compare there monetary valve.

Was your goal to find this particular Camry, probably not. I would think if you want a car, you might consider selling your truck out right and buying the car you really want.

Jan 272018
 

1993 Toyota Corolla

Spark Plug Replacement – 1993 Toyota Corolla

1. DISCONNECT Plug wires from spark plugs

Disconnect the plug wires at the rubber boot. DO NOT pull on the wires.

NOTICE: Pulling on or bending the cords may damage the conductor inside.

2. REMOVE SPARK PLUGS Using 16 mm plug wrench, remove the spark plugs.

spark plug replacement

3. CLEAN SPARK PLUGS Using a spark plug cleaner or wire brush, clean the spark plug.

4. VISUALLY INSPECT SPARK PLUGS Check the spark plug for electrode wear, threads damage and insulator damage. If abnormal, replace the plugs. Recommended spark plugs: NDK16R–U or NGK BKR5EYA $9.76 for 4 pack

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5. ADJUST ELECTRODE GAP Carefully bend the outer electrode to obtain the correct electrode gap. Correct electrode gap: 0.8 mm (0.031 in.)

6. INSTALL SPARK PLUGS Using 16 mm plug wrench, install the spark plug.Torque: 18 N–m (180 kgf–cm, 13 ft–Ibf)

7. RECONNECT Plug wires TO SPARK PLUGS

How to replace spark plugs Video – 1993 Toyota Corolla

Hub Bearing Testing 2002 Toyota Prius

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Jan 092018
 

2002 Toyota Prius

Had a vibration in left front wheel. It was loose lug nuts. Fixed that. Vibration/knocking has returned. Only happens when I let off accelerator, but goes away if I brake. Also after turning left the steering wheel slightly catches when turning back to the right. Going to try to fix at home as funds are tight. Just not sure where to start.


Hub Bearing Testing

First of all it might be good to note what might have caused the front lug nuts to come loose. Second, what might have been under stress while driving it around with the vibration. From what you have stated and knowing the common causes for this issue I would start by looking at the front hub bearings. If it turns out there is play in the bearing it will need to be replaced. This requires removal of the entire steering knuckle and having the hub  and bearings removed and installed with a press.

Hub Bearing Testing

Front Hub Removal – 2002 Toyota Prius

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Jan 062018
 

1999 Toyota Hilux

Will not go into 1st or 2nd gear. Other 3 gears working but gear stick seems very loose when 4th


Is this a manual shift or Automatic? Also how is reverse functioning?I am going to assume it is a manual shift transmission.  There are a couple of possibilities that come to mind. One, the shift lever bushing may be worn. Removal of the shift lever and inspection would be necessary to confirm this.

Shift Lever Removal

shift lever removal 1999 toyota hilux

My 2nd thought would be the clutch master/slave cylinders are worn out and not functioning properly. A quick test would be to see if you can shift into these gears when the engine is OFF. If you can shift into these gears with the engine is off but not with it running, then you have confirmed the clutch master and or slave(release) cylinders are faulty.

Clutch Release Cylinder

clutch slave cylinder

Clutch Master Cylinder

clutch master cylinder

Nov 232017
 

1998 Toyota Corona

Jerks backward uncontrollably

My 1998 Corona Exiv rolls for a bit when in reverse, then stops suddenly even though the accelerator is still depressed. It eventually jerks backward uncontrollably for a few meters. Then responds to the brake pedal being depressed. This problem doesn’t occur when the car is in Drive.


This sounds to me like a transmission related issue. The first thing to check would be the transmission fluid level.

If the fluid level is low, top it off and retest several times. While checking the fluid if the color appears dark or burnt looking it may be too late. Burnt color fluid is an indication of worn internal material.

Oct 232017
 

2008 Toyota Yaris

What does it take to repair a right turn signal that won’t self-cancel?


Turn Signal Switch Removal

Replacing the combination switch assembly will be required. This will require the removal of the steering wheel pad and wheel. Then removing the upper and lower column covers.

steering wheel removal 2008 Toyota Yaris

  • Disengage the clamp indicated by the arrow in the illustration.
  • Remove the turn signal switch assembly with spiral cable from the steering column assembly.

turn signal removal diagram 2008 Toyota Yaris

Sep 182017
 

2009 Toyota Corolla

I need a ignition switch replacement diagram for the above car. please email it to me to:
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX@outlook.com


Ignition Switch Removal

1. ALIGN FRONT WHEELS STRAIGHT AHEAD

2. DISCONNECT CABLE FROM NEGATIVE BATTERY TERMINAL

CAUTION:

Wait at least 90 seconds after disconnecting the cable from the negative (-) battery terminal to disable the SRS system.

3. REMOVE LOWER NO. 3 STEERING WHEEL COVER

4. REMOVE LOWER NO. 2 STEERING WHEEL COVER

5. REMOVE STEERING PAD

6. REMOVE STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY

7. REMOVE LOWER STEERING COLUMN COVER

8. REMOVE UPPER STEERING COLUMN COVER

9. REMOVE IGNITION SWITCH ASSEMBLY

ignition switch diagram 2009 Toyota Corolla

Ignition Switch Installation

  1. Install in reverse order
Sep 112017
 

Toyota Corolla

I am having a few issues that popped up all at once.  I got a few recalls fixed on the car march 30th for the spiral cable and power window something? And then finally the airbag recall fixed a few weeks ago. The problem I’m having, car has 60 thousand miles on it. I was driving it and all of a sudden, the speedometer, tachometer stopped working. Along with those issues the airbag light, abs light, power steering light, and the break light came on all at once. Ive taken it in 3 separate times to different shops and keep getting the run around about it. They cant read it. Either the reader they used is too old and doesn’t read our car or its the actual car. I believe its either the instrument cluster and/or the speed sensor. However, I’m unsure of what would cause the airbag light to come on and am coming to the conclusion that the spiral cable wiring replaced during the recall wasn’t done properly. I cant think of any other reason why that would happen. I need to get it fixed before we ship it on order. The problem with that is we are oconus and the servco Toyota has a stand by of literally weeks. orrrr I have to make an appointment a month and half out?! and needs shipped end of this month. any ideas would be much appreciated!!! its a great car. never had any isssues the 2 years weve had it till now. would love to keep it especially since it has such low miles.


Multiple dash lights on

Need to get it into a facility that has the updated equipment that is able to read the codes. Or you could purchase your own scan tool and do it yourself. Without the codes you would just be throwing money at it. If you are concerned with the previous work you may want to contact them and allow them the chance to take a look at it.