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If you think a good technician is expensive - try a bad one first. 2x ASE cert. Master Tech / ASE cert. Service Advisor, Canadian Red Seal Interprovincial cert. Technician, European Vehicle Specialist with over 19 years of experience in the different fields of the automotive industry. Please do the following, so we can give you a better response: - give as much info about the problem as possible and the necessary info of your vehicle, including engine size, auto or manual transmission, 2WD or 4WD, in what conditions the problem occurs i.e.: only at operating temp, only when cold, all the times, when I accelerate/ decelerate, etc... - post a follow-up, tell us what happened, what fixed it, share your experience with your local repair shop so everyone can learn from it. Thank you and drive safely in a safe, well maintained vehicle! Zee
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Question Answered: How to change plugs and wires
September 15, 2010, 11:25 AM
Looks like only Bank 2 affected.They won't dry easy and yes, you can do a bigger damage. Misfire can permanently damage your catalytic converters and O2 sensors.
Question Answered: Car just cuts off
September 15, 2010, 11:22 AM
There are many things could cause this, however I'd check the Crank Position Sensor - it's a common problem on these. When the car is running try to wiggle the cable and try to carefully tap on the sensor and see if the engine stops. I'd advise you to take your car to a specialist if you re not familiar with MB engine management and electronics.
Question Answered: COMPRESSION TEST
September 15, 2010, 11:17 AM
Possible bad valves, or worn cylinder. Need to remove the cyl.head to do more checks, without this it's impossible to give a true and exact estimate.
Question Answered: code # po401 & po102.
September 15, 2010, 11:14 AM
I bet the car has low performance as well. The EGR port seems to be clogged, also there might be excessive carbon deposit build up in the intake manifold runners. The EGR system and intake manifold needs to be checked and cleaned throughly. The P0102 can be a bad MAF sensor - very common on VWs, but also could be because of the restricted manifold. If you lucky you might be able to find a mechanic or a machine shop nearby with an ultrasonic cleaner and they can clean the manifold, otherwise you might need to get a new one. Anyway, first step is the EGR system, second is the manifold, than recheck MAF for P0102.
September 15, 2010, 11:04 AM
from $ 30 to $ 3000. There are many things could cause misfire at an individual or multiple cylinders. Could be a simple as a spark plug, plug wires, injectors to a worn camshaft lobe or a bent connecting rod. An OBDII scanner won't diagnose your car, only gives a clue where to start. Better if you take your car to a shop and pay for a REAL diagnostic and they will tell you what will be the cost to repair it.
Question Answered: fault code 1405
September 15, 2010, 10:55 AM
Differential Pressure Feedback Electronic Sensor circuit Upstream Hose. Check the EGR's DPFE, there are 2 hoses attached, they might be disconnected, broken or mismatched, If the hoses are good, replace the DPFE sensor.
Question Answered: where's the PVC
September 15, 2010, 05:15 AM
It's on the plastic intake hose, between the throttle assembly and the air flow sensor. Volvo calls it a "flame trap" and it doesn't look like the common ball and spring loaded PCV valve. It has a bayonet lock, so after you remove the vent hose attached to the valve, you need to turn it a little and pull it out. Sometimes it stuck and you have to use some penetrating fluid and play with it. If there is a plastic screen inside, just remove and discard it, than reinstall the housing. There is an O-ring, make sure it stays on the housing. There is a TSB from Volvo not to use the screen. If you need further help, let me know.
Question Answered: 75k mi tune up & preventative maintenance
September 14, 2010, 06:10 PM
It would be good to know what type of services have been performed previously, if you tow, drive off-road... The 60K is kind of a big service and it includes the spark plugs, so I'd recommend to catch up with that beside the 75K. Get all the fluids checked/replaced. Replace: -air filter and check/replace the secondary air filter also -pollen filter -spark plugs -oil and filter, reset reminder -PCV valve -all fluids, incl. coolant (original red Toyota), ATF , Transfer case, differentials, power steering USE ONLY OE OR APPROVED FLUIDS! and make sure your mechanic knows which is the right fluid. -serpentine belt, check hoses Check if the valves has any noise and adjust if necessary. This would add a big chunk of $$ to the labor and parts, but can't ignore it! Perform a general check (incl. brakes, suspension, safety features, lights, wipers, etc.. What is not in the regular maintenance, but I'd ask for it: Clean the Mass Air Flow Sensor with CRC MAF cleaner and reset ECM adaptations. It will help to maintain good gas mileage and performance. Also get the service recorded in your maintenance book, or enter it here on the repairpal's maint. records, so in the future you will know what and when was done. Enjoy your car and drive safely, Zee
Question Answered: air conditioning
September 14, 2010, 02:00 PM
Looks like one of the flap's regulator is bad. It isn't something simple to do, better to take it to a repair shop.
Question Answered: puff of smoke
September 14, 2010, 01:24 PM
It might need new PCV valves. There are 2 of them on the top of the valve covers. The diaphragm could break and the oil will enter to the intake manifold. There is a TSB (SI B11 03 06) out from BMW for the PCV valve service. If the PCVs are fine, you might have an internal engine wear. I have seen this problem on many 4.4L (N62) engine. It's usually due to extended oil change interval (the 15K miles interval is way too long, even with the best oil) and/or incorrect oil.
Problem Reported: Internal Transfer Case Problem on the 4WD models
February 27, 2011, 05:22 PM

An abnormal noise may develop from the transfer case. At this time parts are not available to repair internal damage to this type of transfer case, replacement is the only option. It is not uncommon for irregular tire wear to cause a similar noise. Diagnoses should be performed to confirm the actual cause of the driveline noise. Tire noise can be reduced by rotating the tires at least every 5000 miles.

Problem Reported: Coolant Leak from Thermostat Housing
December 10, 2010, 11:34 AM

A coolant leak may develop at the thermostat housing, under the intake manifold. Our technicians tell us that revised parts are available to correct this concern.

Car Review: 2005 Toyota 4Runner
September 14, 2010, 08:26 PM
I bought tis car new and ever since she served the family well. I had to wait for it an extra 3 weeks, because I wanted one without the sunroof and leather/electrical seat. I'm a tech, so I take care of all the maintenance or repair and the car gets all the best - OE or better parts. Beside the reg. services I replaced the following: -all tires @ 40K -front brakes @ 50K -A/C evaporator @ 55K (that's the reason for 3 stars on the A/C system) The only thing I miss is an MP3 capable CD player and a switch for the traction control. There are some off-road situations when it would be better off. Overall - it's a great car, I'd buy one again.
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