Jun 082016

I removed signal switch to clean connectors cause right signal isn’t working.. Now my high beams won’t go off unless I unplug the signal switch??


Replace the signal switch and or double check your work.

Jun 072016


Periodically, my traction light, VSC, ABS, and BRAKE lights come on. No other lights. They go off quite often and will randomly come back on. 75,460 miles – no other issues, no weird noises, — just want to know what the issue is.


If the brake fluid level is low it may cause the lights to illuminate, check this first. If the level is low, make sure there are no leaks and replace the warn brake pads as needed. The brake system is a sealed system and should not require added fluid unless there is a leak. Once the fluid level is low, replacing the warn pads will bring the fluid level back up to full.

Most likely a failing speed sensor or the tires are spinning. An ABS code should be stored each time the lights illuminate. An ABS scan tool is required to extract the codes.

Jun 012016

2011-toyota-corollaHow can I reset my CD player…..it says CD in but there is no CD in the player…..wont let me put anything in….and when i can it spits CD out…..can I reset it somehow my self….


There is no reset for the CD player. You may try disconnecting the battery but I do not think this will help. Replacing the CD player or sending it out would be the only options.

CD Player 2011 Toyota Corolla

CD Player description


(a) The CD player uses a laser pickup to read digital signals recorded on CDs. By converting the digital signals to analog, it can play music and audio.


Do not look directly at the laser pickup because the CD player uses an invisible laser beam. Be sure to operate the player only as instructed.


  • Do not disassemble any part of the CD player.
  • Do not apply oil to the CD player.
  • Do not insert anything but a CD into the CD player.

(b) Usable discs

(1) The CD player can only play audio CDs, CD-Rs (CD-Recordable) and CD-RWs (CD-ReWritable)


  • Copy-protected CDs cannot be played.
  • CD-Rs and CD-RWs may not be played depending on the recording conditions or characteristics of the discs, or due to damage, dirt or deterioration caused by leaving the discs in the cabin for a long time.
  • Unfinalized CD-Rs and CD-RWs cannot be played.
  • Keep the discs away from dirt. Be careful not to damage the discs or leave your fingerprints on them.
  • Hold discs by the outer edge and center hole with the label side up.
  • Leaving the disc exposed halfway out of the slot for a long time after pressing the disc eject button may cause deformation of the disc, making the disc unusable.
  • If discs have adhesive tape, stickers, CD-R labels or any traces of such labels attached, the discs may not be ejected or player malfunctions may result.
  • Keep the discs away from direct sunlight (Exposure to direct sunlight may cause deformation of the disc, making the disc unusable.).
  • Do not use odd-shaped CDs because these may cause player malfunctions.
  • Do not use discs whose recording portion is transparent or translucent because they may not be inserted, ejected or played normally.
  • Use only 4.7 in. (12 cm) CDs.
  • Do not use 3 in. (8 cm) CDs, either with or without adapters.


  • When it is cold or it is raining, if the windows mist up, mist and condensation may form in the player. In such cases, the CD sound may skip or stop in the middle of play. Ventilate or dehumidify the cabin for a while before using the player.
  • The CD sound may skip if the player experiences strong vibrations when the vehicle is driven on rough road or similar uneven surfaces.

(d) Cleaning


Do not use a lens cleaner because it may cause a malfunction in the pickup portion of the player.

(1) If dirt is on the disc surface, wipe it clean with a soft dry cloth such as an eyeglass cleaner for plastic lenses from the inside to the outside in a radial direction.


  • Pressing on the disc by hand or rubbing the disc with a hard cloth may scratch the disc surface.
  • Use of solvents such as record spray, antistatic agents, alcohol, benzine, thinners, or a chemical cloth may cause damage to the disc, making the disc unusable.
May 092016

Engine Ping Toyota CelicaI have a ping in my 2001 Toyota Celica ce 1.8liter that comes and goes. It sounds like a lifter should I remove head an and have it reworked can a burnt valve do that noise if not can you tell me what size would they be?


Most engine pings that come and go are caused from bad fuel. The fuel is contaminated or extremely low on octane. I would first try a couple of tank fulls of high octane fuel from a different fueling station. If this does not remedy the situation you may need to have a more in depth look. Continuing to drive the vehicle this way may in fact cause damage to the valves and or pistons in the engine. A burnt valve will not make a ping noise or ticking noise.

May 032016

Sounds like the thermostat may be stuck open if the coolant level is full. No heat 2005 Toyota SiennaMy heat is only blowing hot air if my foot is on the gas and the engine is revving .


The first thing to check would be the coolant level to make sure the system is full. If the coolant level is low you will need to check and repair any leak that may be apparent. Sounds like the thermostat may be stuck open.  If the thermostat is stuck it won’t allow the coolant to flow properly and would hinder the operation. No heat 2005 Toyota Sienna  you may want to check the radiator cap and water pump also.

No heat 2005 Toyota Sienna Inspection



Mar 122016

Car JerkingMy Toyota Corolla has a problem. The car jerking and loosing power when accelerating, after timing belt snapped and repaired.


Sounds like you wouldn’t have made it very far off the lot when you picked this up. Turn around and take it back to the shop. The car jerking and loosing power should have been noticeable when test driving by the mechanic. It may be time for a re-work on the timing belt job. Either way a deeper look into what may be going on is needed.

Car Jerking and power loss

If the timing belt was installed one tooth out of position the engine would still run. The engine may even seem to have a fair idle and be somewhat drive-able. To prevent this from happening, the mechanic needs to turn the engine over several times after installing the new timing belt. This is a part of the procedure that is often skipped when being performed with time restraints.

Is it safe to drive with the car jerking?

If the engine is running, any damage that was going to occur is pretty much already done. It would not be recommended to try a drive it this way indefinitely. Driving it back to the shop would not be out of the question and should save money on a tow bill anyway. If the check engine light is on and flashing a call to the shop that performed the repair might be the way to go as they may wish to provide a tow.

Feb 242016

1995 toyota t100
Where are the fuel pump and fuel filter located?



The fuel pump is located inside the fuel tank. The fuel filter is located at the bottom of the  pump(see diagram). Some vehicles also have an inline fuel filter. The inline fuel filter is usually located between the fuel tank and the engine. Most often the fuel filter in mounted on the frame rail under the vehicle.


Fuel Pump Removal & Installation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Safely relieve the fuel pressure within the fuel system. Drain the fuel from the tank, then remove the fuel tank.

fuel pump toyota

Unbolt the fuel pump bracket from the fuel tank

  1. Remove the pump retaining bolts, then pull the pump bracket up and out of the fuel tank.

fuel pump diagram

The electric fuel pump has a filter; check it for any clogging or tears

  1. Remove the gasket from the bracket.
  2. Remove the two nuts and then disconnect the wires at the fuel pump.
  3. Pull the fuel pump out of the lower side of the bracket. Disconnect the pump from the fuel hose.
  4. Using a small screwdriver, remove the retaining clip that holds the fuel filter on the bottom of the  pump.
  5. Remove the fuel filter from the pump.

To reassemble and install, reverse procedure using new clip and gasket.

Fuel Pump Replacement Kit

I have taken the time to look up the replacement fuel pump and filter kit and double checked to insure a proper fit. Complete kit for under $60 includes shipping.
fuel pump kit

What the auto repair manuals don’t tell you about replacing the fuel pump.

Once the fuel pump and or fuel filter are replaced the fuel system needs to be primed. A few simple steps will have your fuel system primed in no time. Cycle the ignition switch on and off. Hold for 5 seconds between on and off. This allows the pump to run long enough to build pressure in the fuel system. The fuel injectors will not fire correctly without adequate fuel pressure.

Jan 092016

2002 Toyota Camry
I am trying to replace all of the exhaust sensors on my 2002 Toyota Camry 3.0 6 cyl. SE model (California emissions) including the air fuel ratio sensor and oxygen sensors. I have replaced 3 of the 4 sensors. I do not know the location of the 4th sensor nor do I know if it can be replaced from the top of the car (like the air fuel ratio sensor you can see from the top, or is it located underneath? I have replaced the air fuel ratio sensor which is the one easily visible looking at the engine to the right. The other 2 you can see the connectors from the front of the engine looking down but you remove them from the bottom of the car toward the front of the car underneath . I don’t know where the 4th one is and most important, how do I replace it from the top? underneath? toward the front? in the back? Thanks, Frank


According to the parts store this vehicle has one air fuel ratio sensor and two oxygen sensors. So if you have replaced all three, your done or are we. Looking at the engine compartment diagram it would appear as though there are four sensors, two A/F sensors and two O2 Sensors. On most v6 engines there are 2 upstream(before the catalytic converter) and one downstream(after the convertor).

Air Fuel Ratio Sensor location diagram

air fuel ratio sensor