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Question Answered: When the check engine and skid indicator symbols light up what does it mean?
February 18, 2016, 01:54 PM
The skid indicator ABS and TRAC lights will come on if there's an malfunction detected by the Engine Control Unit. The first course of action is to have the vehicle inspected at a qualified repair shop who knows the product.
Question Answered: I hear a noise like a damaged fan coming from the right side in the trunk
February 18, 2016, 01:52 PM
Check the water pump and the alternator pulley. Most shops will replace the alternator when just the pulley would cause the condition. The water pump was mentioned because many customer will drive with a leaking water pump putting themselves at risk.
Question Answered: My car is making a whining noise. Also hesitate when going up hill.
November 13, 2014, 12:31 PM
Possibly a transmission condition due to the wining noise and lack of power, is the Check Engine Light On? Vehicle needs to be checked by a certified repair shop/
Question Answered: why did my coolant run out of my sorento?
November 08, 2013, 09:03 AM
The advise you were given is correct. Cars need to be serviced by qualified personnel like those at Toyo Automotive in Conyers, GA 770-785-9381. Give us a call before it's too late and further damage happens.
Question Answered: my shift solenoide its not working properly
January 24, 2013, 07:29 AM
That particular car has at least three solenoids in the transmission that controls shifting. When there is a problem with the transmission the check engine light comes on giving your an area to start diagnosis. The code will point you in the correct direction but is not a diagnosis in and of itself. The car needs to come to a certified shop like Toyo Automotive for a proper diagnosis. Also the gear shift has a solenoid that allows the car to shift out of park when the brake pedal is depressed. I'm at four solenoids.
Question Answered: cyclic grinding noise
April 21, 2011, 07:59 PM
There appears to be at least two areas of concern. The noise at low speeds appears to be coming from the drive line. Check the drive pinion bearing, this bearing noise in the early stages are different from other bearing noises. Instead of making a groaning noise it starts out as a loud hissing or whistle noise. Next you say the noise goes away after the vehicle has been raised and work is done. Check the rear suspension. When the vehicle is raised the suspension is repositioned because it is not settled in its normal place when lowered on the ground. Make sure there are no worn busings on the rear suspension links and trailing arms.
Question Answered: Q45 Starting Problems
April 21, 2011, 01:41 PM
Assuming the battery has a good charge, connections are good and the transmission neutral safety switch is good I would take a close look at the electrical portion of the ignition switch.
Question Answered: Vibrating steering wheel
April 08, 2011, 03:14 PM
The tires could be a problem however I have also seen axles cause this condition. The way to tell the difference is during acceleration if the car vibrates excessively and goes away when you let off the gas I would look at the axles. Make sure the engine and transmission mounts are good.
Question Answered: ???????Engine will not start
March 17, 2011, 02:10 PM
One of the easiest ways to check the to see if the timing belt has stripped is to remove the distributor cap and see if it turns when the engine is cranked. All the basics must be in place for the engine to run. Ignition, fuel and compression(timing belt correct and working properly). These things must be happening at the right time then you can narrow down were the problem is.
Question Answered: coolant spill in to the injector port
March 16, 2011, 06:06 PM
Water getting into the cylinder created a slight hydro lock. This happens when excessive fluid is in the cylinder and the piston moves to Top Dead Center. The fluid cannot compress and therefore damage occurs. There could be valve train damage, lifter or bent valve stem at the top above the valve guide. Most technicians think a hydro lock damages the bottom end. In some cases it can cause damage in the valve train which is in the cylinder head on this vehicle. The only way to determine what is going on if the noise don't stop is to do a mechanical inspection which involves partial dissambly. A compression test on that cylinder would not hurt if the vehicle continues to run rough and or make noise.
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