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Toyota/Lexus transmission fluid replacement – T-IV vs. WS

By |December 2nd, 2014|

Replacing your Lexus or Toyota's differential and transfer case fluid: when it is required and when we recommend doing it.
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2004 RX330 Valve Cover Gaskets

By |November 25th, 2014|

The 3.3 liter V6 for 2004-2007 Toyota and Lexus vehicles is growing older, and with age comes a higher likelihood of leaks. When in for an oil change, the technician noted an oil leak on this particular RX330 from the valve covers gaskets, leaking down onto the exhaust manifold.
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DIY 2010+ Prius oil change

By |November 12th, 2014|

Adventurous? You can change your 2010+ Prii's oil fairly easily. You'll need 5 quarts of synthetic 0w20 oil, an oil filter (we recommend Toyota OEM), a 14mm wrench, a small screwdriver, a special tool to remove the oil filter housing, a drain pan, a jack, jackstands and a DIY spirit.
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Prius Rattle, P0A0F and P030X – new updates and new fixes

By |October 27th, 2014|

Toyota just released T-TT-0310-14, a notice to technicians to stop any diagnosis of Prius misfire rattles with a P0301,P0302, P0303 or P0304.
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2010-2014 Prius Inverter/Converter IPM warranty enhancement – P0A94, P324E, P3004, and/or P0A1A

By |October 17th, 2014|

Toyota recently released a warranty enhancement for 2010-2014 Prius, extending the coverage of the inverter/converter Intelligent Powertrain Module.
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Camry Hybrid P0328 – mouse damage

By |October 8th, 2014|

A mouse had chewed through this customer's knock sensor wiring, leaving behind some corn and foam in the process.
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Prius P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0A0F, P2111 – Canada vs. USA

By |September 30th, 2014|

Today we made a belated discovery: the original, now deleted, P030# bulletin is still available and applicable in Canada (including part numbers that work in the USA).
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Spark plug replacement and hybrid misfires

By |September 26th, 2014|

Routine maintenance improves the performance, fuel economy, and extends the life of your Toyota, Lexus or Scion. An oft neglected maintenance item is the spark plug.
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Prius 2004-2009 hybrid battery replacement

By |September 23rd, 2014|

CARspec had the opportunity to replace the high voltage traction battery on a 2005 Prius. We documented the process with some photos and explanations of what and why was going on.
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Brake replacement on hybrids

By |September 18th, 2014|

A hybrid vehicle uses its friction brakes (brakes in the wheels) far less than a conventional vehicle - the hybrid system can use the electric motors to slow the vehicle. Less use means less wear, but less use can also mean more problems down the road. When, then, should you replace the friction brakes on your hybrid?
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