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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: Hear rattling noise when accerarating
September 17, 2010, 04:02 PM
Is the rattle starts right away when you crank the engine? I'd get the catalytic converters checked first, than the rest of the exhaust system, including all the heat-shields. Zee
Question Answered: 2005 taco valve adjustment?
September 17, 2010, 03:58 PM
No, the adjustment is not required - unless they are noisy. If the valves are quiet they are fine. My 4Runner has the same engine with almost 59K miles and it is quiet as new. I always use 5W30 Mobil1 full synthetic oil. Zee
Question Answered: gas mileage is really louse 13 mpg now
September 17, 2010, 12:46 PM
Try a different gas station - I suggest Shell, and try the premium fuel. You should complain at your local dealer and ask them to run diagnostics on it - still should be warranty on it.
Question Answered: cooling fans
September 17, 2010, 12:29 PM
Is the car overheats? Would the fan runs when you turn the A/C on? Did you check the fan relays?? Zee
Question Answered: Suspention
September 17, 2010, 11:27 AM
The suspension and steering includes many parts and most could cause the described sound. For your own - and other drivers safety it would be good to have a technician check the car on a lift. Most shop would give you a free estimate. Zee
Question Answered: How do I remove the airbags ?
September 17, 2010, 11:18 AM
Try www.alldata.com Sorry, I just re-read your help request and if you are not sure about working on the airbag system try to consider a qualified technician. It takes more than basic repair skills. There are few reason for this. -you might need some special tools, (it's usually a long TORX driver on Chrysler) -you need to take serious pre-measurements before working on SRS !! -you need to lock the clock spring, otherwise it will be damaged. -need special tools to disconnect A/C lines -the technical / repair manual is NOT a training manual, it will give steps to a trained technician. i.e.: a builder wants to build a house and checks the manual, it would be something like this: 1, prep the land (won't tell you to cut trees, and get in a Bobcat...) 2, make a foundation (won't tell you how to mix cement) 3, build the walls according to the local codes (won't tell you the codes..) etc.... Don't misunderstand me, I'm not trying to judge your mechanical skills, but I have seen way too many car owners to get their cars to our shop on a tow truck because they tried to save money and do something way over their had and cost them double or triple at the end. Zee
Question Answered: how to replace the transmission front input seal?
September 17, 2010, 11:13 AM
Need to remove the transmission, then pull out torque converter. Remove old seal, install new one. Reinstall torque converter, and MAKE SURE IT'S ALL THE WAY IN - ENGAGED WITH THE PUMP, otherwise big problem! Make sure all the fasteners are torqued CORRECTLY (over tightening doesn't mean correct torque!) fluid level is correct after repair. While you are at it, replace the rear main seal also.
Question Answered: diagnostic code p0497
September 17, 2010, 11:06 AM
Evap System - Low Purge Flow. It's an emission related code (well, now days almost everything effects emission) The fuel vapors are being re-routed to a charcoal canister, than back to the engine. They have solenoid valves installed, which could be bad, pinched or disconnected evap hose, etc.. Let a qualified technician check the system. Zee
Question Answered: My Jeep waterpump burnt up at 25,000 miles
September 17, 2010, 10:57 AM
You know, it's man-made. Beside that manufacturers are try to save as much as possible on parts so the quality isn't as great as use to. You would be surprised how many parts are failing on high-priced, low mileage luxury vehicles. But hey, thanks for warranty and road side assistance. ; ) It might be a good idea to get a GOOD extended warranty on it. Zee
Question Answered: Window washers are clogged how do I unclog them?
September 17, 2010, 10:51 AM
Just buy a welding tip cleaner kit. It has different size of needles, with about 2,5" length. You can use that for loooong years to clean the nozzles on different cars/ nozzles. There are some cars that comes with a little in-line filter installed and can clog also. Zee
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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