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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#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.
#3797 of 5279 Re: Idiot Light - Not sure what it is [tim98cam]
Aug 16, 2005 (11:51 am)
That light comes on to tell you it's time to replace a brake light bulb. replace both sides the other will fail soon as well
#3798 of 5279 Re: Idiot Light - Not sure what it is [tim98cam]
Aug 16, 2005 (12:35 pm)
If brake lights look like they work fine, then it's time to have your brake pads looked at. It could also be that you are just low on brake fluid. I'd check the fluid level before I had the pads looked at.
#3799 of 5279 Looking for engine coolant drain plug - 96 camry engine 5S-FE
Aug 17, 2005 (3:24 am)
I am in the middle of flushing the engine coolant of our 96 camry, engine 5S-FE. Radiator has been fully flushed of the coolant but I could not find the engine drain plug for the coolant. Owner's manual is not very helpful. Please give me directions to find the location.
#3800 of 5279 Re: Idiot Light - Not sure what it is [tim98cam]
Aug 17, 2005 (5:19 am)
This warning lamp indicates that the brake OR taillights may not be functioning. The '97-'99 Camry has one pair of brake lights (outer red lamps) that serve as brake and taillamps (dual-filament bulbs). The inner pair of red lamps are taillamps only (single-filament bulbs).
Any one of these 4 bulbs could be malfunctioning, so replace both pairs, or at the very least, replace the outer pair first and see if the warning lamp goes off.
I think this system compares the electrical resistance in each pair of filaments, so if there's a significant difference, then the warning lamp illuminates. (It does not necessarily indicate a bulb has burned out.) This is why the bulbs should be replaced in pairs, as a new filament will have a different electrical resistance compared to an old bulb's filament.
This warning lamp is separate from the "BRAKE" warning lamp, which warns of low brake fluid level in the system, and the possible need to replace the front brake pads. (All cars are required to have this.)
#3801 of 5279 Re: Transmission fluid for 2005 camry [imidazol97]
Aug 17, 2005 (5:25 am)
I agree -- don't flush! It's costly, and it could cause problems. It could dislodge a bit of crud in a recess of the transmission innards and move it to a place that could cause problems, from what a knowledgeable "car man" at work tells me.
If you're concerned about the fluid, then I'd say just to drain and refill at frequent intervals; even though only about half of the fluid will be replenished at any one time, over time, all of the fluid will be exchanged.
BTW, imidazol, I hope you're not literally driving your car up on concrete (cinder) blocks. These can fail without warning. Get a decent set of ramps instead for your safety!