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About John Cleveland

After years of experience working for the dealerships, owner John Cleveland set out to start a new kind of shop for Toyota, Lexus and Scion owners unlike any in Minnesota – one that offers a competitive price point, technical prowess, honesty and environmentally friendly practices.

GX470 height control problems – too low, too high, air bag failure and leaks

By |February 2nd, 2017|

GX470 height control problems - too low, too high, air bag failure and leaks
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Prius broken rear spring – 2004-2009 Toyota Prius suspension failure

By |January 17th, 2017|

Prius broken rear spring - 2004-2009 Toyota Prius suspension failure
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Toyota and Lexus V6 oil leak – rear main seal leak that isn’t a rear main seal

By |December 6th, 2016|

Toyota and Lexus V6 oil leak - rear main seal leak that isn't a rear main seal
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Toyota and Lexus engine growling, grinding noise – water pump bearing failure and leaking

By |December 6th, 2016|

One of the most common failures, across all Toyota and Lexus models, starts with a concern over a growling, grinding or rubbing noise out of the engine when the engine is running.  The cause is almost always the water pump pulley bearing failing, digging into the bearing race, and allowing coolant to leak out […]

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Toyota and Lexus growling/humming noise that gets worse with speed – a common salt belt failure

By |September 16th, 2016|

One of the most common concerns we’re asked to address here at CARspec is a growling, humming, or grinding noise that gets worse with speed.  The guest often notes that the noise changes going a particular direction.
The most common cause of this concern is a failing wheel bearing, although a proper diagnosis is required in […]

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GX470, 4Runner whining noise from engine, battery light on

By |September 15th, 2016|

CARspec has been seeing increased complaints of whining noises from GX470 and V8-powered 4Runner owners, specifically from the engine. This is often followed by the battery light illuminating and the vehicle stalling during operation.  The cause has almost universally proven to be a failing alternator.

Originally we were, if the alternator was the cause of […]

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Lexus RX400h overheating, coolant leak, A/C stops working

By |June 15th, 2016|

Lexus RX400h overheating, coolant leak, A/C stops working
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Toyota Avalon Maintenance Guide

By |June 7th, 2016|

Toyota Avalon Maintenance Guide
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Toyota Camry Maintenance Guide

By |June 7th, 2016|

Toyota Camry Maintenance Guide
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Toyota Corolla Maintenance Guide

By |June 6th, 2016|

Toyota Corolla Maintenance Guide
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