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#3787 of 5279 Transmission fluid for 2005 camry
Aug 16, 2005 (2:59 am)
I posted this on another camry board but this one gets more eyes!! thanks
Okay, now I'm mad. I got a 2004 accord and they say use honda trans fluid or you'll ruin the trans.There's other things we don't like about the honda so I got a new 2005 camry LE. Love it but just read the manual and it states that I have to use toyota trans fluid like the honda or else suffer the consequences. Okay, so I go and buy 3 qts from toyota every 30K or so (I change mine frequent to avoid issues). But it used to be that you could use dexron III for trans fluid. did so on my 1994's and my mom's 1998 model camry. That bites. So much easier to go to auto zone and the like and get a name brand trans fluid. Just like oil. they say use toyota oil (give me a break). I use castrol in my cars and it's better than the toyota stuff any day. As for power steering fluid, it's dexron III (go figure).
Has anyone used dexron III fluid instead of the toyota trans fluid???? thanks
#3788 of 5279 Re: Transmission fluid for 2005 camry [chevymalibu]
Aug 16, 2005 (5:13 am)
Why would I want to take a chance on using Dexron III when Toyota calls for its own proprietary fluid? The extra cost of the Toyota fluid is nothing compared to the cost of a tranny rebuild or replacement. (Both my 2004 and 2005 Camrys call for using the proprietary fluid.)
BTW, you don't have to change the fluid every 30K miles anymore according to Toyota. In fact, if your car doesn't meet the "special operating conditons" (severe service), you don't have to change the fluid at all. However, a good compromise would be to change it every 50-60K miles.
You're not required, OTOH, to use Toyota-branded oil. Any quality 5W-30 oil with an API rating of SL will suffice.
Nothing to get mad about, IMHO.
#3789 of 5279 Re: 2005 Camry SE Vibration [axthest]
Aug 16, 2005 (5:18 am)
I assume you mean the engine vibrates in "drive" and not "park" when you come to a stop.
I don't know what the problem is, but since your car is new and under warranty, you should take it back to the dealer as soon as possible. Demonstrate the problem while you drive and a service tech rides along.
#3790 of 5279 Idiot Light - Not sure what it is
Aug 16, 2005 (5:55 am)
I have a 98 Camry and a warning light came on. It is in the lower left hand corner.
It is a picture of a car with what appears to be the brake lights on.
I did not get an owners manual with my used car. I have one on order.
Anybody know what the warning is for?
#3791 of 5279 Re: Transmission fluid for 2005 camry [210delray]
Aug 16, 2005 (6:11 am)
If the trans fluid volume is only 3 quarts, I would change it often and use the proprietary-priced fluid, even if it's the same as the DexIII. Especially if you do the drain and fill yourself. It's cheap insurance for the transmission life. That seems like a small volume that's drainable from the trans and might be half the real capacity. So change at 30K. Change at 60K and you still have 1/4 of the original fluid in the transmission.
The only way manufacturers can require you to use their oil and their filters is if they supply them; otherwise there's a law that was passed requiring them to honor warranties even if other brands were used.
#3792 of 5279 1990 Toyota Camry
Aug 16, 2005 (6:31 am)
I recently bought this car with only 78K on it. The car runs great, save for some hesitation which may be feeding into the transmission and engine giving jumpy feedback at high-end accelleration. I was told by the guys at the dealership to just spray some "gum out" through the air intake opening; but my father (a mechanic) is questioning this due to possible sensor damage. I've changed the fuel filter recently to notice the gas was milky, indicating water in the line. I've put in a fuel additive and run Chevron mid-range gas per reccommend of my dad, but it still runs a bit choppy. I was thinking I should bring it to the dealer to replace the plugs and such; but I don't want to get raked over the coals by getting talked into some "scheduled maintenance" that I really don't need. Any suggestions?
#3793 of 5279 Re: Transmission fluid for 2005 camry [chevymalibu]
Aug 16, 2005 (6:46 am)
FYI, even Toyota dealers use Castrol instead of TOYOTA's engine oil when you take your car to their service centers.
I never run into any dealers that use TOYOTA's engine oil at all. BUT they do sell it in their part and service department
Another thing is keep adding new ATF into old ATF just doesn't sound effective. Maybe instead of spending the money on ATF, just have the tranny flush once and you can sure to see the "PINK" in your ATF again.
#3794 of 5279 Re: 99 camry vibrates on highway [210delray]
Aug 16, 2005 (8:38 am)
Thanks for the info, that was my thought as well. The only problem is that it was doing that before the wheels were balanced and continued or even got worse after. I think maybe the tires are out of round, which would lead to another trip to the tire shop.
#3795 of 5279 Re: Transmission fluid for 2005 camry [loucapri]
Aug 16, 2005 (8:54 am)
>just have the tranny flush (sic) once
In this area I hear problems occurring after flushes. I'll stick with drain and filter changes occasionally for my own tranmission. I drive the car up on blocks and crawl under and less than an hour later, I'm done. I've seen the crud in the bottom of the pan to analyze any major problems throwing off debris; that doesn't happen with a flush. The flush is considered by _some_ as a transfer device; it transfers money from your pocket to the repairman's pocket.
#3796 of 5279 2000 Camry 2.2l humming noise
Aug 16, 2005 (9:10 am)
Recently my camry started making a humming noise at idle that sounds a lot like the fans blowing but is not. The sound itself seems to be coming from somewhere near the firewall. I found a tsb for the 97 camry for a hose from a charcoal container making a similar noise, no tsb for the 2000 on this so perhaps it was fixed.
Occurs with and without the a/c and with and without the blower for the heat/a/c blowing.