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Sounds like its time for a new transmission or a rebuild.


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Most likely a ball joint or sway bar link, but as Zee said, most shops will find this type of problem for no charge.


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Is the exhaust leak before the 02 sensor. If so, that would throw off the sensor readindg and cause a hesitation. If not,it could be many things, but most likely its either an intake gasket leak or an o2 sensor. Spray some carb cleaner on the intake gaskets while the engine is running. If there is a change in RPMs, you've got a leak. If not, its probably an o2 sensor because if it were anything else it would likely have bank 2 lean code or misfire codes. Be careful because some camrys w/ cali emissions have air/fuel sensors instead of o2 sensors. If that is the case, you should only use a Toyota part and replacing it w/o confirmation is an expensive guess. Let me know if you have any more questions.


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Sorry, but the only way is to revome the radio.


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You may have knocked a hose off the intake tube while doing the job. This would let unmetered air into the engine causing it to run like crap.


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This is your car's computer. It controls the function of everything electronic on the engine, transmission, and emissions systems.


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If this is the 1.8 w/ 2 belts, all three marks should NOT line up at the same time. Stupidest timing system I;ve ever seen. You need to set the timing marks on bank #1 and install that belt, then turn the crankshaft 1 full turn and line up the other cam and install that belt. The first cam should be 180 degrees off when doing the second belt. Hope that helps.


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This is a very common problem with 3.8 engines. It's just a hose nipple that threads into the intake manifold. GM made it out of plastic and they all break. You can get a new metal one at any parts store or GM dealer. You need to get the old plastic out of the intake which can sometimes be tricky.


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If the clutch pedal feels very low and squishy, you probably have a hydraulic leak. Next to the brake master cylinder there should be a smaller resorvoir. Check the fluid. If its empty, fill it and look for the leak. If its full, you've got bigger problems.


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Yes. The only things that are affected is the ABS and traction control. Everything else, including normal brake function, should be just fine. You should still get it repaired since it does give you a better chance of avoiding a crash in an emergency situation.


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