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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#4023 of 5279 Re: 2003 Camry LE with Noise - Hopefully gone for good [cotter]
Oct 01, 2005 (10:39 pm)
Hmmm, what Toyota doesn't tell you is they're using cheap rubber bushings instead of quality polyurethane bushings in the suspension areas. I have a customer who brought his wifes car to me, a 1997 Camry LE with 79,XXX miles on it. It has horrendous rattles in both front and rear suspensions. I've to date replaced the Rear Strut Mounts, Rear Sway Links, Rear Sway Bar bushings, Rear Control Arm Bushings (Body to Axle). These cars have 3 Rear control arms and all the bushings need to be replaced in each part or you will still have a slight rattle- thump sound. Now mind you this work racks up hours on the lift, but isn't pricey as the parts go. What I'm finding out is when one part wears out it accelerates the wear on the other components. I've still to decipher the front rattle, but I am sure a set of Front Lower Control Arm Bushing and Front Sway Bar Bushings should fix the noises.
Never have I seen a "higher end" automobile use such small suspension components that utilize rubber. I personally do not recommend taking your Camry to a dealer as my customer was hit with a $1400 + estimate and was told "this may fix the noises, if not we will have to dig further and find out exactly what component is making the noise." My opinion.... why wouldn't you properly diagnose it in the first place??
Good luck to you all ! ! ! !
#4024 of 5279 Re: 2003 Camry LE with Noise - Hopefully gone for good [fitzautomotive]
Oct 02, 2005 (9:48 am)
"I've still to decipher the front rattle, but I am sure a set of Front Lower Control Arm Bushing and Front Sway Bar Bushings should fix the noises. ... My opinion.... why wouldn't you properly diagnose it in the first place??"
Seems to me your prior comment addressed your own rhetorical question - your tacit admission that even you may have to resort to digging further. So, what makes come from the factory with harsh-riding, creaky, urethane suspension bushings besides specialty and some European quasi-performance rides? It's one thing for a car with 79,000+ miles to have rotted suspension bushings, but we're talking about new, or nearly so, cars here. My last car, a '96 Accord (presumably with the dreaded nitrile suspension bushings), was still rattle free seven years later when I bought my current car.
#4025 of 5279 How to replace turn signal and tail light bulb?
Oct 02, 2005 (9:34 pm)
I followed with the instrutions on replacing the turn sinal and tail light bulb and encountered the following issues:
1. I found the tail light, but how to pull the bulb? Should I simply pull it out? It looks like the bulb is quite tight.
2. I removed the plastic pin to hold the front turn signal housing, according to the instrution manual, I should rotate it toward me in order to reach the signal bulb. However, it looks hard to rotate it. I just don't want to move it so hard to cause it broken.
Can anybody share their experience on this? Many thanks!
#4026 of 5279 Re: How to replace turn signal and tail light bulb? [lovecd]
Oct 03, 2005 (2:24 am)
regarding (1), you must PUSH IN on the bulb slightly, and while its pushed in, give it about a 1/4th turn counter-clockwise. the bulb should easily come out of the socket then.
the bulbs have tiny metal posts in the bulb base that are designed to follow a groved track in the socket (the track is sort of "L" shaped with a position at the extent of the "L" to hold the bulb fast under spring pressure from the base of the socket). this "keying" also makes sure that a tail-light, which actually has 2 filaments for different functions, lines up properly with the proper connectors in the socket.
if you've never replaced one of these bulbs before, you can find them in Walmart or a local Automotive Parts store (PepBoys, NAPA, Advance Auto, AutoZone), etc.
sorry - can't help with your second question.
#4027 of 5279 Camry Water Pump
Oct 03, 2005 (7:49 am)
I have a 97 LE with 113K on it. I replaced my timing belt at 100K and now I feel like my water pump may need to be replaced. (small leak). I am wondering if anyone know how much it costs to have the water pump replaced? I know they need to open the timing belt cover again.
#4028 of 5279 Re: Camry Water Pump [loucapri]
Oct 03, 2005 (8:45 am)
"I know they need to open the timing belt cover again."
And therein lies the shame. Most of the cost, whether replacing a timing belt or a water pump, comes down to shop labor charges (which can be considerable when hard to access coverings, themselves often covered by other components that have to be removed first, have to be removed). Figure a timing belt probably retails for 50 - 70 dollars. Figure the price of a water pump will be 80 - 100 dollars. Then add in several hundred bucks in shop labor and shop supplies/disposal fees. You learned too late why the smart money's on having the water pump just swapped out as prophylaxis at the time a timing belt is changed. I'm surprised if the tech didn't recommend doing so. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal, aka, Murphy's Law - "Whatever can go wrong, will."
#4029 of 5279 Any Tips for Changing the Fuel Filter-'95 Camry?
Oct 03, 2005 (9:20 am)
Just did a tune-up on my Camry but I am hesitant to R&R the fuel filter (I have already bought one).
When I unbolt the In and Out lines will gas spurt out? How do I prevent gas from streaming out?
Can I unbolt the In line from the engine bay or is it usually accessed from under the car? The Out line looks easily accessible from the top of the engine bay.
I rather not go to a garage or dealer for this fuel filter change.
Thanks in advance for any step by step instructions or advice. John
#4030 of 5279 Engine threw a pin...54K miles
Oct 03, 2005 (2:45 pm)
I have a 2000 Camry with 54,000 miles that threw a pin yesterday. I have had regular maintenance on the vehicle and know of the oil gelling problem. If this is the reason, how difficult would it be to prove?
#4031 of 5279 Re: My toyota camry 2000 problem [amitr]
Oct 04, 2005 (9:05 am)
I just had the same problem on my 1999 Camry LE V6. I am interested in the answer to that question as well. Please help!! Thanks a lot!!
#4032 of 5279 Re: IGNITION LOCKING ON 05 CAMRY [iowajean]
Oct 04, 2005 (9:49 am)
My 1999 Camry does the same thing. It freaked out my wife when it first happened. But as the first reply indicates, turn the wheel (it is very hard), eventually the key will turn.