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I have more than 28 years experience as toyota technician, I will be able to answer most questions related to the Toyota product line up to the present year models,I am located in the US but welcome questions from other regions of the world. When asking a question please provide specific information: year,model, engine,transmission information. Provide as much information as possible including a brief repair history if possible. I have been a volunteer here for more ten years an have answered over 16,000 questions helping Toyota owners with their problems and save thousands of dollars without any compensation, some of my answers are published on many other websites including google and various automotive forums. DONATIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, IF YOU HAVE RECIEVED HELPFUL INFORMATION PLEASE MAKE A DONATION. AS OF TODAY (JULY 22, 2014) ALL REQUESTED GRAPHICS, ILLUSTRATIONS, DIAGRAMS, PHOTOS, WILL REQUIRE THE MINUMUM DONATION UP FRONT.

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2014-09-18 INADVERTANT PRETENSIONER ACTIVATION:

Hello, the pretensioner is part of the seatbelt retractor assembly, it is designed to lock the seatbelt in the event of a frontal collision by igniting a small explosive charge similar to the air bags

2014-09-17 05 avalon timing chain cover leak:

Hello, to remove the timing cover the engine has to be removed, why would you want to replace the engine if the oil leak can be fixed? There is a known oil leak at the VVTi oil pressure hose near the front

2014-09-16 Engine light on / flashing ?:

Thanks, it's obvious that the valve seals need to be replaced but that may not be the cause of the misfire, what I would like for you to do is to get me the specific diagnostic codes from the computer

2014-09-16 Engine light on / flashing ?:

Hello, valve seals are very common on the Toyota engines of this age, this can cause spark plug fouling if severe enough, the oomputer is the least likely cause for the misfire, the light is flashing because

2014-09-01 1996 Toyota T100:

Hello, this is typically a starter issue, when hitting the solenoid with a metal object it frees up a stuck solenoid plunger and makes contact then lets the starter engage, my recommendation is to replace

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