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#3345 of 3628 Oxygen sensor replacement
Aug 24, 2006 (12:52 pm)
My 2002 Toyota Avalon has an error code that says Air/Fuel Sensor heater Circuit Bank1, Sensor2. This sensor is in back of the cat. converter, with wires going up into the floor boards. Does anyone know the procedure for getting to this connector. It is under the passenger side front seat as diagram in manual shows, or is it onder the console? What has to be removed to get to it?
#3346 of 3628 Re: SPYWARE ON YOUR PC 
Aug 24, 2006 (1:58 pm)
I have the same settings on the most current version of SpyBot as well and, while I've seen similar messages on some other sites, I've never see that here in the Forums. Go to the Forums Software discussion and ask about it there.
#3347 of 3628 Re: problem w/ 2000 xls instrument cluster [deepan]
Aug 25, 2006 (5:33 am)
Deepan......just wanted to know your advice to cbutler may have saved me hundreds of dollars. On 8/21/06 about 6am I was browsing this forum and just happened to see your response to the other poster on how to get the instrument cluster gauges working again. I had recently purchased my car ( 2003 XLS ) at an auction where you dont get to look very closely at the cars. So when I went to pick up my car at the lot, and saw the dashboard gauges didnt work, I took that as just something I would have to fix. I didnt know that when the car was left on the lot with it's interior lights on ( which killed the battery ), that could short circuit the instrument cluster gauges, odometer,clock and outside temp. My mechanic didnt figure it out, so I made an appointment with Toyota. I even asked a Toyota rep for advice on what may cause that and how to correct it. He didnt know, or wasnt telling. If I had kept that appointment, there is no telling what this Toyota dealership would have come up with or charged me.
Thanks so much Deepan. And if there is anyone else out there with the same problem ( instrument cluster gauges dont work ) try disconnecting the battery for a few seconds, and reconnecting. That might get them working again. I also ordered blank transponder "chip" keys, and received the programming instructions. So I'll be saving money instead of wasting it at the dealership.
Aug 27, 2006 (7:51 pm)
It took me 4 weeks to read all of this forum. Wow. One of the posts awhile back asked if there was a way to tell if the car had bucket or bench seats by the vin#? I've been spending 2 months researching cars for my self to buy a 95-98 avy. Since I'm retired disabled, I can't afford a new one (see my post on meet the members which I will repost after this one but updated). As I looked at all the cars, I think I may have found the answer (could be just a coincidence). The 10th digit on the vin is the check digit. From what I have seen so far, check digits 0-4 seem to point to a car with bucket seats floor shift. Check digits 5-9 seem to point to the bench seat column shift. This seems to hold up on the 96-99 vins. Can anyone check this out for themselves? Look at your vin#. If you have 0-4 for your 10th digit, do you have the floor shift? If you have 5-9, do you have the column shift?
BTW, new to the forum.
Aug 27, 2006 (8:02 pm)
Here is a copy of the message from meet the members: I updated it a little bit from the original post.
My Name is Steve, from MA. I'm a retired 48 yr old and awaiting a small settlement very soon. All my adult life I've driven mostly GM cars, the latest a 90 Celeberty Wagon w/ a modified engine It's been a good car. BUT, I am now ready for a "Real Car"! A few years ago, I got to ride in a 98 Avalon XLS. I was like "WOW". I haven't to this day forgot that. I swore from that day on that if I ever got the opportunity to get one, I will. Although I can't afford a newer Avy, I have researched 7 candidates ranging from 95-98. One of them has very high mileage(212k) but I hear 200k is like 100k on a GM in comparison. Some of the other candidates are 120-188k. You can't find an Avy in New England in good shape for less than 5k no matter what the year or mileage. I found ones in NJ, NY, VA, & FL for between 2900-4200. It's worth the 400 in gas to go to FL and back if necessary to save 2k if not more. Of course if anyone one this forum who lives within 400 mile distance wants to sell me their 95-98 XLS for the same range of the candidates found, I would like to talk to you. Be advised though that I have a few prerequisites. 1 a bench seat w/ shift on columm because my wife & I are large people and the buckets won't cut it for long. 2- CD player (At my wifes insistence - sorry). 3 full maintanence records w/ good carfax history which is important so I can determine how much $ I will need to refurbish if need be. I prefer any color but green but will still consider it if other conditions are met. BTW 4200 assumes less than 120k mileage. Looking forward to being an Avy owner VERY SOON! I'm counting the days and believe me it's getting hard. "I WANT MY AVALON"!
#3350 of 3628 Vin# didn't pan out.
Aug 27, 2006 (9:49 pm)
Sorry about the vin post. I scaned a few more cars tonight with the vin 10th check# 5-9 and sure enough they do also have bucket seats. Thought I found the solution. Sorry, I was wrong.
#3351 of 3628 2001 Avalon air condition filter replacment
Sep 05, 2006 (6:26 pm)
Hi, my name is David and I lives in Chicago. I have a 2001 Avalon that need to have its air condition filter replace. I did a search online and all the instructions I found said that there is a screw on the right side of the glove compartment to be remove in order to lower the glove compartment. The problem is that I don't see any screw on the right side of the glove compartment; all I see is a plastic cap-like thing that is holding the hinge. I try to turn it and it just won't move. Is there a way to reach the filter without damaging anything in the compartment? If this question has been answered before, I'll appreciate a direction/link to the post(s). Thanks a bunch!
#3352 of 3628 Re: Shocks Bushing [abfisch]
Sep 05, 2006 (7:29 pm)
"Again, I do not think Toyota makes a 17mm front sway bar bushing, as they are 18 or 19mm."
You aren't gonna argue with my caliper are ye? Could be the eyeball, but checked it against a rule. I ordered the part numbers Energy suggested, so we'll find out for sure if they are 17mm soon. BTW, I ordered through Checker Auto Parts. Only a few bucks more than the internet. If they don't come with grease, I think I'll try my Silicone Plumbers Grease from Home Depot for $1.97. No big deal if it doesn't work out if I need to relube anyway, and I can compare that to your experience, although my usage isn't as extreme.
"Just not that difficult if you can turn a screw and getunder the car. The control arm bushings are a different story unless you have an ultimate garage."
I have a pit in my garage that is 13' long and 6' deep, set up to pull engines when I ran the drag strip, so access shouldn't be a problem. No parts yet. I'll report back as things progress.
#3353 of 3628 Re: Shocks Bushing 
Sep 06, 2006 (10:15 am)
I am jealous now. Sounds like a sweet situation. The grease needs to be hydrophilic is the main thing. Really doesn't matter what other factor it is, but needs not to wash away. High temperature not a factor, nor pressure really. No, I cannot argue with a caliper, but I can only tell you what fit on mine. Every now and again, the sway bar bushing start to groan a little and need regreasing. Not a big deal but not for everyone.
Have found 33 PSI in the tires, 205/65 R 15 too much and brought them down to 31, just as the manufacturer recommends now.
Man, I could really use your bay better than my garage. Need to put a modified CDV(clutch Delay Valve) in my BMW and have to get underneath.
Anyway, hope it comes out good and you have a noticeable improvement.
#3354 of 3628 Re: Shocks Bushing [abfisch]
Sep 06, 2006 (10:34 am)
I stopped at a guys place up the road. He appraises cars and really has a nice garage. Has one of those car lifts so you can stack them plus a motorcycle lift. He has a restored Avanti and an older Buick Riviera, both white, but up on the hoist was an old Cord. I couldn't believe the horrible fit on doors etc, but he said that was normal unless someone fix it later. This one had been converted to rear wheel drive. He said the fenders were made up of 7 or 9 individual pieces and weigh about 75 pounds each. Nice toys and a nicer set up than mine.