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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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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 and Lexus 3.5 2GR V6 headgasket leaking coolant

By |March 15th, 2016|

The repair of leaking headgaskets on the Toyota and Lexus 2GR 3.5 liter V6
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LX470/Land Cruiser failed height control – diagnosis and repair

By |February 22nd, 2016|

LX470/Land Cruiser failed height control - diagnosis and repair
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When to replace your Toyota or Lexus starting/cranking battery

By |February 3rd, 2016|

When to replace your Toyota or Lexus starting/cranking battery
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Toyota Complete Maintenance Care brakes vs. Toyota Factory brake replacement

By |October 22nd, 2015|

Why Toyota's line of Complete Maintenance Care brake pads are inferior to Toyota Factory Genuine brakes
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