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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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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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Toyota and Lexus disc brake inspection and maintenance, sticking calipers

By |August 10th, 2015|

Toyota and Lexus disc brake inspection and maintenance, sticking calipers
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Diagnosing leaking Toyota struts and shocks – when to replace, when to wait

By |June 26th, 2015|

Diagnosing leaking struts and shocks - when to replace, when to wait with Toyota, Lexus and Scion struts and shocks
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Toyota and Lexus oil pan gasket leak – resealing the lower oil pan gasket with FIPG

By |June 16th, 2015|

Toyota and Lexus oil pan gasket leak - resealing the lower oil pan gasket with FIPG
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Toyota and Lexus power door locks don’t work – a failing door lock actuator

By |May 7th, 2015|

Toyota and Lexus power door locks don't work - a failing door lock actuator diagnosis and repair
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Toyota and Lexus charging system/alternator diagnosis

By |May 7th, 2015|

Toyota and Lexus charging system/alternator diagnosis and saving money on the repair
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Toyota and Lexus damaged wheel lock $4 removal trick

By |March 27th, 2015|

Toyota and Lexus damaged wheel lock $4 removal trick - a quick way to removed rounded locking lug nuts
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