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changing the oil in my 2001 toyota tacoma and the oil filter was severly stuck. While trying to remove it, the cap broke off completely and all that is left is the threaded part of the oil filter still threaded into the motor mount area. Cannot figure out how to remove it.
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Brake lights fuse from my tacoma 2001 keeps blown
I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner 2WD 5VZ V6 engine. Got the taco with a little under 100k. 1 time owner and was well kept. No history of transmission though.Checked fluid periodically. Seemed okay so didnt think to change fluid. So now at 120k it was slowly having harsh shifting within the third gears and jerking forward at a stop. Also metal pinging noise when first shifting in drive or reverse. So i did drain and refill the fluid. Did not drop the pan. Got 3 quarts out of the drain plug tilted on driveway. Fluid was dirty brown but not black and no burn smell. Manual says 1.7 for that enigine for a drain and refill which seemed quite low. I put 2 quarts. Drove a little and checked dipstick constantly. It seemed a little low so i put half quart in. Shifted better for a few days. No jerking at a stop and shifted smoother. Then it started acting up again so i drained and refilled 2 more times. Still the same but off and on. Runs great on highway just bad at stop and go. Mainy when hot and been driving over 30 mins or so. Please help! Im racking my brain on this. Could it hopefully be a solenoid or something better than a transmission major repair i hope???Any advice would be grateful. Thanks
What seems to make the problem better or worse? Adding more fluid or changing fluid
How long have you had this problem? 1 month
had it and the water pump replaced at 100k.
200k miles and still going! what should I do to ensure I get the most out of it?
I have 195000 miles on this engine.
Replace the converter? Is something else causing this?
Could it be an air bubble? Its an older tacoma.
I HAVE A 2001 3.4 2-WHEEL DRIVE TOYOTA TACOMA PRERUNNER SR5 AND JUST LOST ALL MY GEARS ON THE WAY TO WORK . OTHER THAN WHINNING AND SHIFTING HARD BETWEEN 40 AND 45 MILES PER HOUR , ALL GEARS SHIFTED FINE. NOW , I DONT GET PARK , REVERSE OR DRIVE. PLEASE HELP !
So I had ordered several parts after I bought my used Toyota Tacoma.
I just had the power steering pump right out of the box installed at the mechanics.
It makes a clicking sound in idle and sounds as if there is something wrong with the pump.
Just got out of a star smog location with a fail codes p0420 and po446.

Took it to a mechanic and they quoted me 2300 dollars to replace both cats and the carbon canister. When I bought the car a year ago the light was off. Took back to the dealer and they replaced the rear cat. They also told me that they changed both o2 sensors and it passed smog. The light came back on about 45 days after they replaced the cat and has gone on and off since. Reading everyone's post that I should get a real mechanic to look at it and I don't agree that the replacing what one mechanic says will fix the problem. The truck runs well with no issues.

Anyone have any suggestions or similar problems that ended up passing smog
truck was running fine then stalled and would barely start and run .Had TPS code, replaced TPS but still no start, sounds out of time.
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