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#76 of 158 Re: My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [jenshi]
Aug 15, 2006 (9:31 am)
jennifer: First, how many miles on the car? How much did you pay for it? You'll have to fix the problem sooner or later (sooner better), get the problem fixed!!! 2000 Avalon's did have electrical problems according to Consumer Reports. Talked to my mechanic and he said---price is VERY fair. If no other codes--should be OK to go. You have to decide when "enough is enough" regarding repairs. Overall, 2000 Avalon's were VERY good cars. Good luck and let us know the outcome.
#77 of 158 Re: My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [bobwiley]
Aug 16, 2006 (9:02 am)
thanks Bob, when i bought this car, the mileages already 97990miles, it costs me around 10K(including tax,i am in ny). my neighbour tole me it is a deal. i am just doubt whether it is a deal or not, since it gives me so many troubles. the car still hasn't been repaired, since i am searching the possible problem, sign, it is very hard for a female who doesn't know anything about the car. i searched the same problem as mine car, said possible need to clean the MAF sensor. i am trying to do myself to take it off and clean it, but i don't know where it is located, the guy who printed the trouble code for me didn't like to show me, i know he wants me to repair the car from him. But i am just worried about he knows me i don't know anything about the car, he may rip me off. i really hate my first car repair experience, because my neighbour told me the guy must rip me off. i feel so helpless, because no one really can help me except i go to the dealer who i may trust.
#78 of 158 Re: My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [jenshi]
Aug 16, 2006 (9:58 am)
jenshi: Do you have a Firestone/Goodyear/Pep Boys near you? they are all very reputible repair places and their prices are well within the acceptible range as they use standard "Shop Hourly Rate Charge" in computing repair costs. As I said before, our mechanic said the price you were quoted is VERY fair. The yearly mileage on your 2000 figures to be about 14.000 (98,000 miles divided by 7 years old), and 98,000 miles on an Avy is nothing. Our friends just sold their 95 Avalon with 170,000 miles on it for $3,900 and it runs like new. I know how frustrating it can be when ya feel like nobody cares or their just trying to rip ya off. I'd recommend fixing the car---afterall, it is mechanical and electrical and things do go wrong. Good luck!
#79 of 158 Re: My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [bobwiley]
Aug 16, 2006 (10:32 am)
thanks again, Bob, ur input is very important to me. i do find the Firestone/pep boys around my home. my question is: do they charge the same hour rate as Toyota dealer? Because toyota dealer is near my home,just 5 blocks, if the price is same, i would go to dealer service, but if they are cheaper than dealer, i still like to drive there to get the car repaired. i want to find a place that it has good reputation and the price also reasonable and afforable. the guy told me to repair my car, the parts must be bought from toyota dealer, otherwise will still give trouble.
#80 of 158 Re: My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [jenshi]
Aug 16, 2006 (4:34 pm)
jenshi: It is true--most parts for a Toyota must be bought from the dealer. However, my mechanic gets the oil filter for my 06 Avy Ltd for $6----not sure from where--Don't ask--Don't Tell!! Call Pep Boys/Firestone--you know what needs to be done--they can at least give you a quote. I'd probably go to the dealer--only 5 blocks away--also,, ya know he's close if it ain't fixed right!! I've been very fortunate to locate an HONEST mechanic--fair pricing and if i need "emergncy" work--because he services my Avy and wife's Jeep, we get priorty attention. Good luck and let us know the results!
#81 of 158 update for : My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [jenshi]
Aug 21, 2006 (8:12 am)
i went to the another store to diagonose my car. the guy just help me to shut off the three lights. he said, the lights may or may not comes back,if come back, he will repair it. he think it is the TPS -truck control sensor is bad. and i asked him to write down the trouble code for me, a lot of trouble codes: p0172, p0120,p0121,p0715 and p1128. obviously, i went to two stores and got the different results. the first one only said the trouble code was p0171, nothing else. i don't know who i should trust. the second one also suggested me do a lot of turn-up:
1, spurk plugs 2, wires, 3,air filter,4 gas filter,5 pcv valve 6,clean the trotle. i just let him replace the air filter, others i am not sure whether should do or not. i know most of techinicians let ur replace here and replace there.
here i need ur help:
1.what all these trouble code mean,p0172, p0120,p0121,p0715 and p1128?
2. how much is the TPS -truck control?
3. should i just follow them to do what they suggest me?
sign, my car didn't get repaired, but i already spend $80 for the two diagonosis.
your inputs is very important to me, thanks.
#82 of 158 Re: update for : My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [jenshi]
Aug 21, 2006 (8:42 am)
the TPS is the throttle position sensor. it tells the engine control unit (ECU) how much air (and thus fuel) is being commanded for the engine because the TPS measures the position of the throttle valve.
cars are supposed to run to a specific Fuel/Air ratio. the throttle is the valve that lets the engine suck more or less air comming from the air intake and filter.
your car's engine is essentially an air pump. it does it's work based on the compression and expansion of that air (in unison with fuel and spark) to mechanically move the pistons and apply torque to the drive train connected to the engine.
When the throttle valve commands more air, the vehicle needs to add more fuel via the injectors to keep the F/A ratio within certain limits, but also to add power.
for the trouble codes, why don't you google each one of them? you can do it.
#83 of 158 Re: update for : My Toyota avalon 2000 problem,please help. [jenshi]
Aug 21, 2006 (12:45 pm)
jenshi: Stop wasting your time and go to a Toyota dealer--must be one or two in your area. They (should) know the car and early Avalon's were fairly bulletproof cars. Good luck!
#84 of 158 Re: engine immobiliser [whilst]
Sep 23, 2006 (2:00 pm)
I am actually having this problem right now with my 2002 XLS. It just started yesterday and is irritating me. A lot.
All of the electrical systems work fine. I can turn on the headlights and play the radio etc., but when I turn on the ignition, everything dies. If I open the hood, then shut it again, the lights come back on. Sometimes, the car will start and be fine. Sometimes the dashboard doesn't work at all but the climate control and radio will work. It seems that there is some issue with the engine immobilizer. Could this be an issue with a fuse or is the compter going wonky?
#85 of 158 Re: engine immobiliser [markas]
Sep 23, 2006 (5:34 pm)
It sounds very much like you have corroded terminals in either your battery or the cables and clamps connecting them. Check them out thoroughly, I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that this is the case. Once you find the corroded terminal(s), your problem should be solved.