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#4328 of 5279 1998 Camry LE driver's door opening problem
Nov 30, 2005 (4:26 pm)
I just bought a '98 Toyota Camry LE. I use the driver's door to lock, and unlock, all the doors. Recently however, despite the doors all being unlocked, it has been impossible to open the driver's door. I can open all the others, and then have to open the driver's door from inside (it is unlocked when I use the key). Has anyone else had this problem? And if so, did you manage to fix it on your own? I was planning on getting a Haynes manual to see whether I could sort it out.
#4329 of 5279 Re: 1998 Camry LE driver's door opening problem [anna1]
Dec 01, 2005 (3:46 pm)
Do you mean that the outside door handle on the driver's door is *always* non-functional?
I had that problem once, and it was a small plastic clip on one of the rods inside the door. If you pull apart the inner lining and look inside, you'll see it's basically a few metal rods & levers doing all the work. In my case the clip that attaches the rod to the actual door handle had cracked. A real PITA to get at, but I just tie-wrapped it back together and it worked well after that.
#4330 of 5279 Re: 1998 Camry LE driver's door opening problem [bpsmicro]
Dec 01, 2005 (5:38 pm)
It sounds like the same problem - and also when I wound the driver door window up/down it made a horrible crunching/scraping noise. I assume there's something broken in the door lock mechanism.
#4331 of 5279 Re: Plain English explanation for auto a/c operation in Toyota [wwest]
Dec 02, 2005 (7:52 am)
Thanks for the info. I will follow your steps in the order given. I forgot with the auto mode, the blower speed will rise as I raise the temperature.
Without belaboring the issue too much, wouldn't this fogging over problem occur in any car with A/C, at least shortly after cold startup?
I know in my old Volvo 240, I learned to run the A/C and heat together through the floor or dash vents before I switched to defroster mode because the inside of the windshield would fog up in cool damp weather.
And no, I don't want dealers tampering with my car. Luckily, we don't get the cool/damp/foggy weather all that often in central Virginia.
#4333 of 5279 Re: Power steering fluid [joshali]
Dec 03, 2005 (9:08 am)
Only use automatic transmission fluid don't use slick50 for anything including your engine. I use mobil one ATF in my power steering and never had a problem and had the rack and power steering pump last 300,000 miles on 2 toyota's mobil one is synthetic transmission fluid and I also use in my transmission on the older toyota.
#4334 of 5279 Timer/Drive Belt
Dec 03, 2005 (9:11 am)
I have an 02 Camry, about 54,000 miles. Just found out I need a new timer/drive belt. According to the maintenance books, this belt is "checked" at 60,000 miles. Is this normal based on city/freeway driving?
#4335 of 5279 Re: Timer/Drive Belt [dslove44]
Dec 03, 2005 (11:19 am)
Any dealer will also sell you a new engine if you're dumb enough to believe him when he says you need one.
#4336 of 5279 Re: Timer/Drive Belt [dslove44]
Dec 03, 2005 (9:10 pm)
Is this a timing belt OR a drive belt (big difference between the two, costwise). If you have a 4-cylinder Camry, the timing belt was replaced by a chain starting with 2002 models, so it never needs replacement. On the V6 model, the timing belt should be replaced every 90,000 miles, and this will cost at least $200, mostly for labor.
If it's a drive belt, it should be checked periodically for wear, cracks, and proper tension, but you can do that yourself by looking at it and pressing against it with your finger between two pulleys. (The engine must not be running, of course.) Or a service shop can do it at the major maintenance intervals for essentially no extra cost.
#4337 of 5279 '06 Camary Transmission
Dec 03, 2005 (11:16 pm)
I just test drove a new camary and felt that shifting gear in transmission is taking too long and searching compare to older camaries with 4speed transmission it feels difference, any comment? id this normal?