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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.

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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Toyota Prius Maintenance Guide

By |June 6th, 2016|

Toyota Prius Maintenance Guide
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2002 Toyota Camry leaking transmission fluid – mysterious fluid leak

By |May 16th, 2016|

2002 Toyota Camry leaking transmission fluid - The Case of the Missing Transmission Fluid
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Toyota Highlander battery light on – an unusual repair

By |April 21st, 2016|

Toyota Highlander battery light on - an unusual repair that wasn't an alternator
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