Since 1937, Toyota Motor Corporation, as an independent automobile manufacturing company, was hardly ever run out of best quality, if not highly competitive vehicles. To name a few, these are the Tacoma, Corolla, Supra, Celica, Prius, Tundra, Camry, Highlander, MR2, Land Cruiser, Sienna, Echo, Sequoia, Solara, Avalon, 4x4, Starlet, Avensis, Hi-Lux, Matrix, Tercel, RAV4 and many others. Toyota vehicles vary from elegant and sporty cars, to functional and roomier vans, to dependable and versatile trucks, with each one exhibiting the same standard of reliability and longevity, which is popularly known and associated with the Toyota vehicles. Overtime, Toyota has grown into one of the giants of the automotive industry not only in Japan but all over the world.
One of Toyota's pride models is the Toyota Previa, a minivan produced by the company since 1990 and is currently sold into two generations. The Toyota Previa is an MPV or multi purpose vehicle, a body style capable of carrying passengers based on a car platform, and is generally a one box design that is neither a distinct hood nor a trunk, but rather a maximized interior space. MVP is more known as the minivan in North America being its nearest equivalent. Moreover, the Toyota Previa is the export version of the Toyota Estima minivan which is intended for the Japanese market, and as the Toyota TArago in Australia.
The first generation Previas are those that were produced from 1990 until 2000 while the second generation Previas are those which were produced from 2000 until present. Both generations use a 2.4-liter, I4 engine but the second generation had an additional engine option of 2.0-liter, I4 diesel engine. The older generation Previa is a bit shorter than the present generation Previas but the latter is a little slimmer than the former. To whichever generation does your Previa belong, you will definitely need Toyota Previa parts in order for you to keep and maintain the beauty and quality of you Previa.
It's time to renew my car registration, so I brought my Previa to the emissions testing center. I've been doing it for the past five years, and I didn't experience any problem. However,I was surprised that this time, my vehicle failed for nitrogen oxide (NOx). When I checked my odometer, it reads 125,000 miles only. What seems to be the problem?
With your mileage, it's just about the proper time to have your exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) passages cleaned and restored. With 125,000 miles, your EGR system is already blocked with carbon; thus, the EGR can no longer flow. When this happens, you should take your vehicle to a technician to have your EGR repaired. It would just take a few hours, and your EGR system will be as good as new. You may also want to check if its components, such as the transducer, valve, and solenoid are still working or also up for replacement. Replace them as necessary, and bring your vehicle to the emissions test center again for a retest.
I've been having problems shifting my automatic transmission correctly. My vehicle's mileage is already nearing 150,000. Is this normal?
Yes. When your vehicle's mileage is more than 125,000, there is a tendency for your transmission to not shift properly. One of the common causes of this problem is when the throttle position sensor is out of adjustment or your shift solenoid is up for replacement. When this happens, you don't have to worry about overhauling your transmission. You just need to replace the components that became worn out over time. It will be cheaper than having to buy a whole new transmission.
I was about to leave my house when my vehicle won't start the engine. It was working properly just yesterday, and I wonder what happened overnight. What could be causing the problem?
If your vehicle won't start, one of the most common causes is a bad starter. Your starter has a tendency to fail especially when your mileage hits the 100,000 mark. You should check if your starter solenoid is already worn out, so you can replace it. It would be better if you will change the whole starter component so you won't have any problems in turning on your engine again.
I recently bought a new battery for my vehicle. I cleaned my starter electrical parts to ensure that none of them is already worn out. I tried starting my car, and it only keeps turning over but it won't fire up. What's going on?
You need to check the battery and starter cables if they are already rusty or damaged. If you are positive, then you should replace them immediately. If they are still okay, then try to use a 12-volt light tester on the starter control circuit. If you see a light but the starter still won't crank, then there is a problem with the starter. Have it tested by your technician. If there's no light, then the ignition switch is the culprit. Also, check the starter relay and position the automatic transmission in neutral.