Tag Archives: Toyota

January Recall Roundup: Is Your Car On This List?

As of January 2011, certain units of the following vehicle models are under recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address these potential issues: 2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Express, Silverado, Suburban, … Continue reading

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Recall Roundup: Is Your Car On This List?

As of December 2010, certain units of the following vehicle models are under recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address these potential issues (link to report is below the list): 2005-2007 Cadillac CTS for disabled front … Continue reading

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Is Your Toyota Under Recall?

Short (non-Twitter) post.  Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at this Toyota web site to find out if it’s subject to any safety recalls or service campaigns. Not sure where to find your VIN? The site tells you that too.

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Stuck Throttle: What I Would Do

With all the news about unintended acceleration of various Toyota vehicles, here’s what I’d do if it happened to me [Disclaimer: I’m not liable for anything that may arise out of using this advice]. I believe the majority of the … Continue reading

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Toyota Recall: A World of Hurt

Thus far the tally is up to 8.1 million Toyota cars and trucks in North America and Europe are being recalled for unintended acceleration problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into this issue, and … Continue reading

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Toyota Suspending Sales of 8 Models Due to Recall

I’ve lost track of how many cars Toyota is recalling. It involves at least 4 million vehicles, and there is some overlap among different problems. There were issues involving stalling engines and others, but most of the attention has been … Continue reading

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Headlight Bulb Change, Not So Fast

Well, if we thought all bulbs were easy to change quickly from the last time I did so, we’d be mistaken. Flashback to a previous model Toyota Corolla / Chevy Prizm (in this case a neighbor’s car) and we find … Continue reading

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Mechanic Horror Story: The Oil Change That Never Was

Here is yet another adventure in Corolla land. This one involves the second oil change that was done on the car. I still couldn’t remove the oil filter because it was on so tight. I needed a lift due to … Continue reading

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Mechanic Horror Story: The Brake Job

Here’s another adventure in Corolla land. This particular car has been nothing but a headache from Day 1. These have nothing to do with the car itself but it’s just been one incident after another. Once I was at the … Continue reading

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Project MR2: Welding A Doorstop Bracket

I was aware of this slight problem before I bought the car, but never really thought much about it. The driver’s door stop/guide was not attached due to a broken weld, which meant the door would open all the way. … Continue reading

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