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Old 10-31-2019, 10:39 PM   #1
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My Toyota was making a sound for 2 months. A man yrs ago said if no dash lights come on, youíre ok.

This was a rubbing noise behind glove compartment, but in the engine. I thought of looking, like for something frayed. But thought no I wouldnít know what I was looking at.

I only drive 5 miles to work so didnít worry. But I want to go to the mall and was leery of driving farther so took my car to the shop.

Dang, water pumps aren't cheap.

The shop also wanted to repair my headlight glass thats all foggy looking but I said no, I just wont drive at night.
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About that headlight.

Glass or plastic lens?

Headlights were all glass many years ago, now they are a plastic lens over a filament bulb.

If a glass one the thing is shot, and needs replaced.

If plastic lens, it can be polished and the haze will go away.

Takes a polish made for them, buy at a parts store.

Yes water pumps are expensive, plus the labor charge.

At 5 miles your engine won't get hot enough to matter much, but farther and you will overheat, good thing you had it checked out.

Also at just 5 mile commute it ain't getting warm enough to keep carbon build-up from accumulating on the spark plugs, and valves.

This causes premature DEATH of the engine, take it out on the interstate at least once a month, and get up to higher speeds for a half hour or so to blow those carbon deposits out.

Your car will thank you, by running better, and lasting longer.


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Thks, I heard that many years ago about engines but didnít know it was still true.

I could drive down to Orlando, to shop and get my car out on the highway but now I wonít have any money to shop after paying this repair bill.
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My Toyota was making a sound for 2 months. A man yrs ago said if no dash lights come on, youíre ok.
Thats the worse advice that exist, id say 90% of troubles in car will result in no warnings lights, bad brakes, bad belts, bad suspension, bad steering,...
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If the headlight haze is on the outside it can be buffed clean although often it will need to be repeated in a yr or so. If it's moisture on the inside of the lens, the headlight assembly needs to be replace. Normally that isn't a difficult job. Depending on they type of car [size of headlight assembly] the aftermarket ones run between $25 and $125 each.
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http://www.autolightsbulbs.com/
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Thks, I heard that many years ago about engines but didnít know it was still true.

I could drive down to Orlando, to shop and get my car out on the highway but now I wonít have any money to shop after paying this repair bill.
You are a rare woman indeed.

I've never met one that needed money to shop.

They shop at the mere suggestion, now purchasing , that's a different story.


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Iíll look at the headlights when I get my car back. I think theyíre glass and haze is outside

I suppose its road debris that marred them?
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Debris and UV rays. As far as I know glass headlights went out with the sealed beam bulbs. Modern day cars have a 'plastic' headlight housing with a bulb inside it [accessed from the rear of the assembly]
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What year is that Toyota?

Headlight can be hand restored in about 20 minutes with very little expense, if it's polycarbonate.
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Some 2000 grit wetsanding and some elbow grease with some polishing compound.
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i just use some car compound or you can try dental paste
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2007 Corolla
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That new they will be plastic lenses.

If the fading is not bad, I use WD-40, to restore them, but if hazy too much, polishing compound from a can sold in the automotive section will work.

Application of WD-40 every 6 months to a year, and mine don't haze over.

Amazing what WD-40 is able to do.


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Florida- we donít wear socs.

Iíll find an old rag.
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