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Sounds like there is a problem with the shift interlock system.  From a malfunctioning interlock solenoid, the brake light switch,  or an electrical problem.  

Any work that was done recently on the car?  This problem just started suddenly or was happening for some time?

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You probably went too far.  I\'ve tried it in both IE and Firefox web browsers.  Just start all the way out at the home page and select your car.

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Again, Great Write-up!

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Again Nice!  Thanks for sharing.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: Highlander 2004 Changing Plugs
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:00:20 PM »
The rear plugs can be painful to get to.  The right way to do it is to remove the intake manifold and number of brackets/nuts bolts, etc. to make enough room to get to the plugs.   There is a reason why they use the long life plugs.   Note that this is not unique to the Highlander, a number of other manufactures with V6 or V8 engines also have hard to reach rear plugs - some require removing the engine to get to the plugs!

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The Estima is the JDM version of the Previa - same vehicle, different markets.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: 2003 Matrix won\'t idle down
« on: February 18, 2011, 04:19:18 PM »
Thanks for posting your resolution to your topic.  Pretty bizarre way to get stuck, but anything is possible with clearances the way they are.  Nice \"MacGyver\" fix on the throttle shaft to take up the slop - quite ingenious!

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: 2003 Matrix won\'t idle down
« on: February 08, 2011, 09:48:26 PM »
Yeah, that throttle plate should be pretty much closed all the way.  There is a bleed bypass hole that exits behind the throttle plate - that will allow enough air through to idle purposes.   I agree, not worth taking the throttle body apart, unless you know that is the problem.  The spring might not be the part to worry about, more likely I\'d worry about damaging the sensitive TPS sensor.

Throttle bodies, in general, do not go bad.  Mechanically, they are pretty simple.  Usually it is the electronics, like the TPS sensor, that could be offset or reading incorrectly, causing the car to mis-read how far the plate is open.  That would definitely cause idle issues as well as driveability issues.  From your description, could be as simple as the idle stop screw was messed with by accident.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: 2003 Matrix won\'t idle down
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:58:56 PM »
Sounds like there is some obstruction in the throttle body (carbon deposits or varnish that is gumming up the throttle plate) or the throttle cable is stuck or binding.  Could at the accelerator pedal (linkage), the throttlebody side (cable end frayed and hung up on a bracket), or \"stuck\" inside the cable jacket due to corrosion or obvious side of cable damage (cable kinked or bent).  

I\'d start by inspecting the throttle body, give it a good cleaning can\'t hurt.  Sometimes if it is really clogged up, the ICV valve (Idle-Control Valve) can get gummed up so badly, that it will act like the pedal is stuck.  If it is related to the throttle cable, sometimes spraying a lubricant down the cable jacket (disconnect one end, spray in lubricant and let it wick all the way through) and see if it that helps.

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Depends on what accessories you want to get and which model you are trying to match it too.  Sticking with the same generation, the US and JDM models variants are very similar dimensionally.  Some things, like lamp housings (rear tail lamps) are swappable, though the electrical systems are slightly different.  The US car may not like the LEDs of the JDM Altis model.  Also the LHD to RHD distinction between the models, will make some accessories not work.  Grills should fit, bumpers may or may not fit, dependings on the options (fogs).  Most body kits can be made to fit, some modifications will be necessary as not all the bodies will have the same hole/clip locations.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: Service without Authorization
« on: November 17, 2010, 06:17:08 PM »
Section quoted from the Consumer Protection Law

Under California law, all repair shops must register with the Department of Consumer Affairs\' Bureau of Automotive Repair, and must post a sign informing consumers of their rights.

The repair shop must provide the consumer a written estimate before any work is performed. The consumer should, however, ask ahead of time if he or she will be charged for the preparation of the estimate. Upon receiving the estimate, the consumer can choose to have the work done at that shop or may elect to go elsewhere. Once the consumer agrees to have work done, the technician will ask for authorization to do the work and to incur costs up to a certain amount. A consumer should never sign a blank work order.

Additional work cannot be done without the consent of the consumer. If the consumer gives a verbal authorization for additional work, the technician must make a notation of this on the written estimate, including the date and time the authorization was given, and the name and phone number of the person authorizing the work. After any repair work is completed, the repair shop must provide a legible copy of the repair invoice showing all work done, including work covered under warranty. The invoice also must itemize parts and labor separately, must list the parts used and must indicate if reconditioned or rebuilt parts were used.

Only thing I see as the possible hangup is the mentioning of the extended warranty which could have been taken as a green light to do any repairs they feel is necessary.  In the end, you are left holding a bill for $50 of an originally $400 bill.  I agree with Dave, your only recourse is to go with outside channels, the state\'s consumer agencies, 3rd party groups - someone that is not directly involved with the shop.  

Usually in this case - the process to \"fix\" this will cost you more out of pocket than just eating the bill.  Blogging and word of mouth can help your cause to a point - might not get your money back, but will let others know what to watch for.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: noises
« on: November 15, 2010, 06:47:33 PM »
Do you get a whining, buzzing noises as well?  
Does it matter if you are running the ICE (internal combustion engine) or running off of the battery (EV mode)?
Does the noise go away after several minutes after the car is completely off?

Sounds like the inverter cooling pump is the noise culprit.  It pumps coolant from the insulated \"thermos\" tank in the fender to the engine, tends to be noisest when the engine fires up from a cold start and when you stop the engine.  Inverter cooling pump runs continuously, doesn\'t matter if in EV or ICE, it will still circulate though the system.  

When you shut down, the system will pump the hot coolant back into the insulated tank, for use on the next start.  To make sure the engine comes up to temperature faster.  Those clicks and knocking noises are with the relays and normal pumping noises to get that coolant back into the tank.

Noise is annoying, but completely normal.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: In love with Toyota Caldina
« on: November 02, 2010, 07:07:37 PM »
Didn\'t the Caldina GT come with a 5-speed as standard equipment?  Maybe it was the Caldina GT-T that I\'m thinking about.

Perfect car?  That is a matter of personal preference.  If you were to say it was a very good car, I\'d agree.  Sadly, one of those models that didn\'t make it over to the US.  AWD Toyota sedans and station wagons were slow sellers.  Closest that we came to them was with the Matrix - but that again was a fair low volume seller.

Closest thing we have in terms of appearance and capability is a Subaru Impreza/Legacy.  Though I\'d have to give the Toyota the edge is styling and looks, the Subaru in terms of engine and handling.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: Rav4 - Safe?
« on: October 29, 2010, 02:58:31 PM »
The Rav4 does have a bumper, it is just behind the bumper cover.  Most modern cars are designed in this manner - only a handful still have a \"bumper\" that is projected beyond the body lines.  The reason being are both aesthetic and functional - aesthetic in that the body looks \"smooth\", functional in that it allows different design elements to be incorporated to enhance airflow, reduce drag, and/or reduce overall weight.  There is still a steel reinforcement beam inside, still set-off the unit-body by impact absorbers, and will still protect the occupants like a regular externally mounted bumper.

She could be thinking about the rear mounted spare tire - almost every make that has one has the potential more extensive damage in an accident, since the impact load will be spread over a wider area.

Assuming she purchased a Ford Escape (similar in size to a Rav4)?   Between the two - the IIHS rated their newest models GOOD for offset frontal crash and side impact.  Rav4 got an ACCEPTABLE for rollover strength, Escape rated a notch lower at MARGINAL.  Both the NHTSA and IIHS found both of these vehicles very similar in safety overall.  Only thing that jumps out is that the Escape has shown weak braking compared to others in its class.

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Toyota! (and Lexus and Scion) / Re: Scion car models
« on: October 25, 2010, 12:25:52 PM »
Scion currently only makes  four vehicles - tC, xD, xB, and soon to be available iQ - http://www.scion.com/  

If rumors hold true, then the FT-86 concept car will be released as a fifth Scion model, the most costly and performance oriented one of the line.

They been around since 2002 - early models hitting the roads in 2003.   What models are available and in what trim and content, will depend on your area.  Scion was recently released in Canada.

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