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6 12, 2016

Toyota and Lexus engine growling, grinding noise – water pump bearing failure and leaking

By |December 6th, 2016|Coolant, Lexus, Scion, Toyota, Water Pump|Comments Off on Toyota and Lexus engine growling, grinding noise – water pump bearing failure and leaking

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 […]

16 09, 2016

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

By |September 16th, 2016|Lexus, Repair, Scion, Toyota|Comments Off on Toyota and Lexus growling/humming noise that gets worse with speed – a common salt belt failure

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 […]

15 09, 2016

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

By |September 15th, 2016|4Runner, GX470, Lexus, Toyota|Comments Off on GX470, 4Runner whining noise from engine, battery light on

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 […]

15 06, 2016

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

By |June 15th, 2016|Coolant, Lexus, Maintenance, RX400h|Comments Off on Lexus RX400h overheating, coolant leak, A/C stops working

Lexus RX400h overheating, coolant leak, A/C stops working
7 06, 2016

Toyota Avalon Maintenance Guide

By |June 7th, 2016|Avalon, Maintenance, Toyota|Comments Off on Toyota Avalon Maintenance Guide

Toyota Avalon Maintenance Guide
7 06, 2016

Toyota Camry Maintenance Guide

By |June 7th, 2016|Camry, Camry Hybrid, Maintenance, Toyota, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Toyota Camry Maintenance Guide

Toyota Camry Maintenance Guide
6 06, 2016

Toyota Corolla Maintenance Guide

By |June 6th, 2016|Corolla, Maintenance, Toyota|Comments Off on Toyota Corolla Maintenance Guide

Toyota Corolla Maintenance Guide
6 06, 2016

Toyota Prius Maintenance Guide

By |June 6th, 2016|Maintenance, Prius, Toyota|Comments Off on Toyota Prius Maintenance Guide

Toyota Prius Maintenance Guide
16 05, 2016

2002 Toyota Camry leaking transmission fluid – mysterious fluid leak

By |May 16th, 2016|Camry, Oil Leak, Repair, Toyota|Comments Off on 2002 Toyota Camry leaking transmission fluid – mysterious fluid leak

2002 Toyota Camry leaking transmission fluid - The Case of the Missing Transmission Fluid
21 04, 2016

Toyota Highlander battery light on – an unusual repair

By |April 21st, 2016|Battery, Highlander, Maintenance, Repair, Toyota|Comments Off on Toyota Highlander battery light on – an unusual repair

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