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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#3917 of 3978 Re: Solara V6 problem?? [whatszup]
May 31, 2009 (8:31 pm)
Unless it changed in recent model years, the engines for the Solara and Camry are done a little bit different. The Solara engine is designed to sit in the car on a sharper angle than the Camry.
I found this out when I had to replace my 2000 Solara's engine.
One thing to remember with the Solara's is that oil. The engine loves to sludge the engine. Since I bought mine, the oil has been changed every 4000 miles and never has gone past 4200 miles before the change. And it still sludged. The first time Toyota had to pay to have the engine torn down and cleaned. The last time, the engine dropped the number 1 piston in the oil pan on my way home from work.
My tech always uses one of those fiber inspection gizmos to look down in the engine to let me know if it's starting again. Unfortunately, he can only see the top side of the engine, not the area around the crank.
#3918 of 3978 Timing belt or chain
Jun 10, 2009 (5:20 pm)
I have a 2005 Solara with the V6. The car has 120000 kms on it and I was looking into whether or not it needed a timing belt installed. I called a Toyota dealer and was given the cost to do the job. I later was talking to the saleman who sold us the car and he told me the car had a chain. I looked through a Haynes manual and it said the V6 had a belt. I'm confused. What would this thing have.
#3919 of 3978 Re: Timing belt or chain [sckeith]
Jun 10, 2009 (5:51 pm)
Salesmen are notoriously ignorant about technical issues. That's why they are not considered qualified to work in the service department. Your Solara V-6 has a timing belt. The salesman's confusion arises because the 4 cylinder Solara has a timing chain.
#3920 of 3978 Re: Timing belt or chain [sckeith]
Jun 11, 2009 (9:15 am)
I am quite sure you have a belt, but don't take my word for it. Your owner's manual should be able to confirm this, or the service department.
I would trust the owner's manual when it comes to when to change. I had mine done at Toyota and the cost was just about what you'd pay anywhere. So that throws out that rumor that the dealer charges more.
To do the job "right", you would also want them to replace all of your belts, the water pump, and perhaps the tensioner. You should also make sure that they're not going to reuse the coolant. If they want to charge you extra for new coolant, then I wouldn't argue and just have it done. The price of the Toyota proprietary coolant has gone up quite a bit over the years, so you can expect to pay from $20-$28 a gallon for it.
Just my opinion
#3921 of 3978 Re: Timing belt or chain [sckeith]
Jun 11, 2009 (2:48 pm)
It's the Gates site - timing belts for the '05 Solara 3.3 6 should be replaced every 90,000 - good news is that this is a non-interference engine so a timing belt failure will not cause major damage. It's all explained on that site.
#3922 of 3978 Re: Timing belt or chain [nowlen]
Jun 11, 2009 (6:44 pm)
Thanks for the link. I'll be able to put this off until next summer since the car will be stored over the winter
#3923 of 3978 Re: AUX MP3 whine [bob]
Jun 18, 2009 (8:32 am)
I heard that someone else with the same exact problem, solved it by replacing the cable that connects to the AUX outlet. Evidently had been using a cheapo - or defective- cable. Let us know if that fixes it...
Jul 04, 2009 (11:04 am)
Boy I just get myself a Toyota Solara and find this forum, but now it seems almost dead was it something I said?
#3925 of 3978 Re: wondering [sckeith]
Jul 04, 2009 (11:26 am)
No, it's probably a combination of other factors: Summer vacations, the economy, people are busy working of looking for work, not to mention all the stories about the Solara being discontinued.
We're still around.
Happy 4th of July!!!
#3926 of 3978 Re: wondering [meegwell]
Jul 04, 2009 (12:32 pm)
Oh Yes Happy 4th of July. We had ours on the 1st in Canada.