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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#2524 of 5279 I am in need of advice.
Sep 09, 2004 (4:02 pm)
In my 1994 Camry LE I4, the brake light on the dash is constantly on. The car has about 125000 miles and I strongly believe that there is adequate brake material left in the rear drum brakes. Whenever the e-brake is engaged the car does not move and locks up the rear wheels just fine. However that annoying red BRAKE light makes me wonder if a brake failure could appear at an unexpected time. My question is what is the best thing to do? Ignore it, change the brake shoes anyway, or pay a visit to Toyota dealer. The warranty is far expired and a good concern is how much could their diagnostic service cost me? And then the actual service to the actual problem too.
Oh yeah, this is our first Toyota and quality is far above average....best car we ever owned.
#2525 of 5279 I remember the time mine acted similarly.
Sep 09, 2004 (4:16 pm)
I was driving on the interstate down here in Louisiana and the oil light came on. My first instinct was to pull over and pour in 2 quarts.
It shut the light off...for about 10 minutes. Then also "out of nowhere every warning light came on and the engine stopped running." No signs, symptoms or previous notice of warning lights. That then and there was the only time the car left me stranded. When the car was towed home, I wanted to crank it, and the starter kept enlessly spinning.
The mechanic said the issues was an extremely worn out timing belt whose gear teeth were so missing that it just skipped the timing gears and threw the whole timing off. Had to replace belt, stripped gears(camshaft), oil pump, oil pump gear and lots of seals.
So to sum up, check you timing gear often and replace every 50,000 miles.
#2526 of 5279 Re: I remember the time mine acted similarly. [yeller20]
Sep 09, 2004 (6:51 pm)
I dare hate to ask these questions... 1) how much did that cost you to repair? and 2) is this something that can be done at home by someone who knows how? I am tempted to just have it towed to a dealer and get a new car!!! Thank goodness this all happened on the way to my friend's house so it is safe sitting there!!!
#2527 of 5279 Re: car history [coalcracker]
Sep 09, 2004 (8:37 pm)
I have an '88 Camry with 139,000 miles on it. I have had the same issues with mufflers as NYC area winters are hard on them if you use the car for short trips to the RR station as I do. As far as the OD problem is concerned the dealer gave you a story. There is a temperature sensor which locks out 4th until the engine is warm to prevent the engine from lugging down too much when it is still cold and to get the engine to warm up faster. Mine usually will shift into 4th about halfway to the RR station since I have the 4 cyl which warms up fairly fast in the winter. I would expect the V6 to take a bit longer.
#2528 of 5279 Re: Cold start problem 93 Camry LE 4 Cyl with 195K miles [peter pan]
Sep 10, 2004 (4:01 pm)
I have an 88 Camry and I use a bottle of Chevron Techron injector cleaner (added to an almost empty tank) every 3-4 months. My mechanic recommended this. Since I started using this I have never had any injector problems. I also have to use premium gas since this car would ping on anything else even when new. At 23-25 mpg it doesn't hurt too much even at today's prices. Not bad for a car which has almost 140,000 miles on it and is almost 17 years old (I bought it in 10/87). The car is driven almost every day as my wife and I both use it. I am almost afraid to look for a new car after reading the posts in all the forums about the issues with some of them. I have driven 2 2004 Camrys as rentals and they didn't seem to have the jerky shift problem. I'm pretty easy on the gas pedal most of the time, though. It would be interesting to see what the 2005 owners say as there is now a 5-speed auto trans on all new Camrys.
#2529 of 5279 Re: Continental Tires...err..a ....Craptinental Tires [andrelaplume]
Sep 10, 2004 (4:26 pm)
This issue is not only common with Toyota but just about all makes (except the high end models). The main issue is cost. The manufacturers buy only what is necessary to drive the car away from the dealer's lot. I have had two Toyotas and the OEM tires on both didn't last long and had uneven wear issues. I replaced them with better quality tires and got much improved ride and handling qualities. I had Pirelli P500's on my Camry and they lasted almost 6 years, which is the outer limit that tires should be used for safety reasons.
#2530 of 5279 Re: I am in need of advice. [yeller20]
Sep 11, 2004 (2:26 am)
Have you checked the fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir? If it's low, the float switch will close and turn on the brake warning light.
#2531 of 5279 Where is the center floor side member extensions of 05 camry?
Sep 11, 2004 (5:43 am)
I got my 05 camry last week. I found 4 rubber plugs in the glove box. It is said these should be inserted into the holes of the center floor side member extension. Can you guys tell me where it is. Thanks!
#2532 of 5279 RE: All warning lites ... and 1989 Wiper motor
Sep 11, 2004 (2:26 pm)
I've gone to the same repair shop for more than 15 years ... and for simple (eyeball) diagnostics, they usually do for free. For example, I've asked about the brakes a number of times, and they would pop the wheels and look, and tell me to come back in 10K miles. He could have changed them and charged me. So, it doesn't hurt to call up a service manager and ask.
re: 1989 Wiper Motor - Same as above, ask a Toyota service manager. But I'd bet it is like the heater switch... and a fuse is blown. Unfortunately, that is a $34 fuse, if you can find it. Again, my service manager was more than happy to give me suggestions ... with no gurantees, unless he did the work.
Sep 11, 2004 (2:36 pm)
I have a 4 cyl 89 Camry used to have the pinging problem. I find that Regane(made by Pennzoil)will eliminate the pinging while Techron will not. Regane is added every 3,000 miles to an almost empty tank.