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2000 Toyota Echo Questions

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The check engine light is flash and i have no throttle response...What does that mean?
Sometimes when I start my car, I drive a few seconds and all is normal, but then in a few more seconds the car will slow down a lot and very quickly and it feels as though the car is going to stop completely even though my foot is pressing down normally on the accelerator. In a few seconds' time the car picks up normal speed and I'm off as normal. I'm worried that this will happen in the middle of traffic as I'm leaving a parking lot and entering the road with cars coming up very fast behind me. This has happened in the last ~ 8 months on about 6 occasions.
Sometimes when I start my car, I drive a few seconds and all is normal, but then in a few more seconds the car will slow down a lot and very quickly and it feels as though the car is going to stop completely even though my foot is pressing down normally on the accelerator. In a few seconds' time the car picks up normal speed and I'm off as normal. I'm worried that this will happen in the middle of traffic as I'm leaving a parking lot and entering the road with cars coming up very fast behind me. This has happened in the last ~ 8 months on about 6 occasions.
What happens when the struts and shocks wear out (how does it affect the car over all?)
Mechanic says I need to replace shock/strut and need a stabilizer bar kit. Total cost for job is about $900. My understanding is that there are two(?) shock and struts (4 in total). Will they have to replace all 4 at one time or could it be they meant one shock, one strut (the estimate looks like they are charging for one of each rather than both for back and front).
I cannot find "transmission mount" or "motor mount" listed under the repair list on this site to get a cost. Does anyone know what these procedures cost in San Diego, CA or at least in general? Thanks
Does one need to change the brake fluid when replacing pads and turning the rotor or replacing the rotor?
I just had my brake shoes replaced and the mechanic charged me a haz fee of $7. I've never seen a haz fee for parts like this in the past. Is this legit? Thanks!
Check engine warning light comes on every once in a while but there is nothing wrong with the car. Someone told me there is a way to shut it off myself instead of having a mechanic do it.
Our Toyota Echo will crank, the motor will shake, lifters will make noise, & it won't rev up.
We've replaced the fuel pump relay, spark plugs, starter, & put in a new battery.
Our friend says it's the motor, but we don't think so. He also said it was out of oil, but we know it wasnt cause we keep oil in it, but he added 2 quarts. It just needed to be changed.
wiill altenator from amatrix fit an echo
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