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.

Jul 202017

1999 Toyota 4Runner

I have replaced the thermostat and gasket and I am trying to replace the water outlet gasket also. There is a metal bar across the housing of the water outlet that is the L and R fuel line for the injectors. I need to be able to move that line in order to get to the housing and replace the gasket. How can I do that?


  • Be careful not to drop the injectors when removing the delivery pipes.
  • Pay attention to put any hung load on the injector to and from the side direction.
  1. Remove the 4 bolts and delivery pipes together with the 6 injectors.
  2. Remove the 4 spacers from the intake manifold.
  3. Pull out the 6 injectors from the delivery pipes.
  4. Remove the 2 O-rings and insulator from each injector.

Fuel rail 1999 Toyota 4runner


Jun 262017

Toyota Avalon

Wiper motor problem

I have a 2004 Avalon XLS with wiper motor problem. The intermittent speed does not work. I have had the motor replaced 4 times and the problem occurs with each motor. Oddly, the replacement motor number 2 would not work intermittently at first but after several weeks of use it just started to work. Then several months later the motor just stopped working. The repair shop replaced the motor again two more time but I still have no intermittent speed.

Here is another twist, when I last had to use the wipers, they occasionally would not shut off until I turned off the car. When I I turned the controls on the wiper arm switch to off but it kept running. Should I return it again to the repair shop? Is the problem is not with the motor but the switch or some other controller?

I would think the problem would be in the combination switch if not in the motor. It is about the only thing left other than the wiring harness itself.

Wiper Motor Wiring Diagram 2004 Toyota Avalon

Jun 142017

1999 Toyota CamryIts having trouble starting at times, the battery & oil light are one, it also turns off when stopped or slowing.

I would start with the battery light. This is an indication of the alternator no longer charging the battery. This could give you a weak battery situation and cause difficulty starting. Have the alternator tested and fully charge the battery. Of course I am assuming you have already confirmed the oil level is sufficient.

Mar 292017

2000 Toyota CorollaHave to give gas to start and continue running. I have cleaned idle control and changed plugs and coil packs. Reads cylinder 2&4 misfires. It has been sitting unstarted for a year. Previous owner said it started sputtering going up a hill and died. Has been sitting since.


One possibility is the Idle Air Control may need replaced. The most likely cause though would be a faulty intake gasket or blown head gasket. You can test for both. The most common being the intake gasket.

Toyota Code P0302 Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected

Code P0302 means that cylinder 2 misfire is occurring or is randomly misfiring. Start by checking for intake leaks. If no leaks are found the next step is to replace the spark plugs on cylinder 2 or all effected cylinders.

Code P0302 Possible causes

  • Faulty spark plug 2
  • Clogged or faulty fuel injector 2
  • Faulty ignition coil 2
  • Fuel injector 2 harness is open or shorted
  • Fuel injector 2 circuit poor electrical connection
  • Ignition coil 2 harness is open or shorted
  • Ignition coil 2 circuit poor electrical connection
  • Insufficient cylinder 2 compression
  • Incorrect fuel pressure
  • Intake air leak
Feb 242017

2004 Toyota HighlanderI need to know if I need to disconnect anything on my highlander before towing it on a car dolly.


Towing FWD

If this is the FWD model you need to make sure the front wheels are on the dolly and the park brake is not activated.

Towing AWD

If this is an AWD model the vehicle needs towing on a car trailer or flat bed. It is possible to put the front wheels on the the dolly and remove the rear driveshaft but I do not recommend it.




Feb 192017

 Toyota CorollaI bought a wheel bearing hub assembly but its for a car with anti lock breaks and my car does not have anti lock breaks. Can I install it anyway without hooking up the abs sensor?


If it bolts up, I don’t see why not. You will want to cut or remove the wiring from the hub bearing so it is not is the way.

Typically the hub bearing without the sensor is cheaper. Exchanging the bearing might be more cost effective unless there is excessive shipping costs involved.

Jan 162017

Toyota Pickup5 speed manual trans will go into all gears but will not move can put into gear and it doesn’t move at all. Full clutch pressure. Feel like clutch isn’t fully releasing was told it could be a coulmn things. What do you think it could be?


Missing a drive shaft or the clutch disc is shot. If it is a 4WD the transfer case may be in neutral.