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  1. Transaxle Diff Change with Pictures

    Avalon 1st Generation (1995-1999)
    Fill her up On My 1998 Avalon, I wanted to be sure that the trans and dif filled through the dip stick tube. So I used my brain to think of a way to check. I drained both and after filling the trans and running the car briefly. I re drained the dif. The proper amount of ATF drined out so that...
  2. 98 or 04 Avalon??

    Avalon 1st Generation (1995-1999)
    Gen 1 I really like my 1998, I don't know much about the other later cars, But the 1998 has single exhaust, so it requires less money to replace than dual exhaust. My car has been very good and is fairly simple to work on and get as good MPGs as even the new ones with all the new gadgets that...
  3. What did you do to your Avalon lately?

    Avalon 1st Generation (1995-1999)
    knock at start up My 1998 had a knocking at start up, I changed the oil and used a Motorcraft oil filter with a red viton seal, but it kept on happening, I put in approx 8 ounces of Lucas oil additive, It is kind of like the old STP product and now it has no more knocking at start up. I thought...
  4. Transmission Slipping

    Avalon 1st Generation (1995-1999)
    Look at the thread "Late Tranny Shift" to see how the cable is done..
  5. Transmission Slipping

    Avalon 1st Generation (1995-1999)
    Really bad ATF in the trans can ruin things quickly. But when I do a trans fluid exchange I go thru more than 12 qts to be sure I pump out all the old ATF out of the lines and tork converter and oil cooler You can find videos on line to show you how to do it. Dropping the pan is a...
  6. 1985 MX73 Cressida Review

    Cressida Forum
    Great job, I learned some about my 1985 Celica Supra. The motors are similar and so is the thrill. I do love the way the cloth interiors hold up and the fully adjustable lumbar seat in them feels. Yamaha and Lotus did great work making it a highly regarded car that people remember fondly.Good...
  7. Brake issue and Stability Control Light on

    Camry 7th Generation (2012-2017)
    If you have lost brake fluid , it could be a leak in one of the brake lines or hoses or calipers.Check the brake fluid levels and look for leaks on the ground when you park the car. With no fluid lose , it could be the master cylinder selas leaking internally. I would get a second opinion. To...
  8. Flooded by Irma

    Introduce Yourself Here
    You have to get an idea of all that is damaged to figure out if it is worth doing. You can look over the whole system with no expense for parts. If you get it to run but all the other electrical parts don't work like lights ,heater , AC, transmission, ABS brake system etc. You might not be able...
  9. Battery Boosted in Reverse

    T-100 Forum
    You say a person hooked up a battery/ jump box on the wrong terminals . A easy way to rough check a battery is to turn on the lights and see how much voltage drop you have using a multi meter. I expect you have more problems caused by hooking up the jump box wrong. I would go to a real mechanic...
  10. Motor Medic for sludge removal?

    Avalon 2nd Generation (2000-2004)
    I would always pull valve covers to clean them well and get the rear cover's vent baffles really clean and un plugged. Then use a shop vac to suck up the sludge in and on the heads as you scrape it free. They less that goes into the oil pan base the better off you are. It is important to get the...
  11. Carfax discrepancy- What would you do?

    General Discussion
    I have seen where dealer multi point inspections on used cars are a lot of times just an oil change and not much more. I wonder if you could ask and get to see the mechanics time sheet on the car you are buying to see if there is shop time spent doing the "thorough check" that was done. A real...
  12. New engine procedure.

    Highlander 3rd Gen - Hybrid (XU50/2014-present)
    To see metal clips in the filter is a little surprising , but I guess that is normal despite the clean conditions they are assembled in. they could be clips from threading operations? Here is a site with info on break in for motorcycles, But there is info and pictures of results of factory and...
  13. New engine procedure.

    Highlander 3rd Gen - Hybrid (XU50/2014-present)
    The motors are run at the factory at full rpms to measure Horse power, But I think driving aggressively up hill to make the engine work and put pressure on the rings for the first 100-500 + miles helps seat rings. I know new Toyota owners who tell me the dealer will not change oil until the...
  14. Transmission Fluid From Vent - How much trouble

    Avalon 2nd Generation (2000-2004)
    If you go to a shop that can not or will not give full info on what was done and why, you need another shop. If you don't ask as you are picking up the car and paying for the job, It is not fair to ask a forum for info. Some people should not be mechanics and some should not be car owners that...
  15. Transmission Fluid From Vent - How much trouble

    Avalon 2nd Generation (2000-2004)
    It would not have shifted well if it was very low on fluid, Just a qt. or so low makes a trans shift oddly. I think the mechanic did a pan drop and refill??? Your not giving me much info on the Trans shop work. Be sure that the throttle cable that controls Trans pressure is adjusted...
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