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The owner's manual often has instructions in the maintenance section. It's worth checking in there if you still have it


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Have you checked for spark and is the fuel pressure to spec? Are all the fuses good?


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The best place to look if you have it, is your owner's manual. The maintenance section usually has instructions/pictures on how to replace most of the bulbs. Avoid touching the glass of the new bulb because that can destroy a new bulb


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The best place to look if you have it, is your owner's manual. The maintenance section usually has instructions with pictures on how to replace most of the bulbs. Avoid touching the glass of the new bulb with your fingers/skin as that will destroy a new bulb.


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It really depends on which oil light you are seeing. Is it your maintenance minder light? Oil level? Oil pressure light? It's a good idea to check your owners manual to be sure you're not driving with low oil pressure. If it's the maintenance minder, that is usually manually reset by the shop that changes your oil. Sometimes instructions on resetting the light are in your owner's manual 'maintenance' section. Be sure all of the maintenance is performed for that particular mileage interval before resetting the light


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hopefully this article helps you with this as well: http://repairpal.com/OBD-Code-P0420-Toyota


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If you are certain the starter is engaging and cranking the engine, you may have cold start problems due to something like one of the coolant temp sensors. Is it just the sound of cranking that is making you worry about the timing belt? You can do a compression test if you think the belt broke, and you have been cranking the engine since then. How many miles are on the car / current timing belt? Have any warning lights been on while you've been driving the car lately? matte is right though, many modern cars need a minimum voltage to energize the engine controls. The engine may crank but not start


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Can you see if anything is stuck under the truck? What type of rubbing sound do you hear? metallic by any chance? Does it change depending on your speed? Does it sound like a whining noise at all? You may want to have a good shop look it over if you can't isolate the noise


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If you had a coolant leak, you should see your coolant level drop. Low coolant flow at idle (like at a stop light) can cause the problem you describe. What temperature has the engine been running at lately? If the thermostat is stuck, you may see symptoms like this. Also can happen if the water pump is not moving enough coolant at idle, but I would expect that to last longer than 70K miles Air in the heater core can cause no heat problems, which is probably why they sold you the flush the first time. Not sure about the second time, might be good to speak with the service manager there to get more help. This article may help explain the condition more: http://repairpal.com/i-have-no-heat-what-could-be-wrong


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First, and I'm not trying to be insulting, is to make sure all the doors are shut when you hear the chime. This can be caused by a sticky or faulty door switch, I believe the switch is integrated into the latch mechanism. I have read you can try cleaning the switch but it requires removing the interior door panel to access the switch.


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