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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
#4451 of 5279 Toyota 'Oil Gel Campaign'
Jan 04, 2006 (9:42 pm)
I just went through an oil consumption problem with my 2000 Toyota Camry Solara. I had no problems driving around town, but as soon as I would take a long drive on an interstate, I found I needed to add oil after arriving at my destination because the oil just seemed to disappear! Ruling out an oil leak problem, I drove to the Toyota dealership and explained my problem. They contacted Toyota and discovered that some of the Toyota automobiles' engine oil turned to gel. The Toyota service shop replaced the short block, valve seals and oil pump under the 'Oil Gel Campaign' at no cost to me! Not only did they replace these parts, they upgraded them. I was told that all Toyota vehicles would be covered under this campaign as long as the car was not more than 7 years old and the car owner could produce proof that their car had been maintained with regular oil changes, etc.. I hope this information reaches all Toyota car owners that have been adding a lot of oil, thereby adding to the gelling, before it's too late. It's well worth the time and peace of mind knowing this is a problem that can be resolved.
#4452 of 5279 Cruise control
Jan 05, 2006 (11:48 am)
I have a 1990 Camry LX and the cruise button flashes then stays on steady, but the cruise will not set. I bought the car almost four months ago from a dealer and so for like what I have gotten with this one exception. Does anyone know of a way to reset the system? Or do I need to take it the dealer. Also the dome light doesn't work. The door switches do because the icon for open door lights up.
#4453 of 5279 Re: Cruise control [blueguy2]
Jan 05, 2006 (2:14 pm)
Replace the burned out brake light bulbs, and don't forget the high mounted one.
#4454 of 5279 Re: Toyota 'Oil Gel Campaign' [mak750]
Jan 05, 2006 (3:14 pm)
Oil gelling, aka - sludge. Toyota had a real problem with mid-nineties through early 2k engines. It was made worse by their blanket 7,500 mile oil change interval recommendations under "normal service". When threatened with lawsuits, Toyota eventually fessed up after many inspections of failed engines and much hand-wringing in Japan by the company's engineers, and extended the warranties on affected vehicles. Disgruntled owners who went through the initial hassles even coined an unambiguously descriptive term for their engines: "sludge monsters". I believe Toyota currently recommends a maximum of 5,000 miles between oil changes. Your replacment short block has larger oil return galleries to help move oil back to the sump more efficiently. With the original diameter, oil tended to pool in the head - the hottest part of the engine. Nasty things happen in the presence of heat to motor oil. You shouldn't have any more problems - Toyota's engineering has always been sound; someone just dropped the ball in allowing insufficient oil return volume.
#4455 of 5279 Re: Toyota 'Oil Gel Campaign' [haefr]
Jan 05, 2006 (3:24 pm)
>Toyota's engineering has always been sound; someone just dropped the ball in allowing insufficient oil return volume.
Having the proper oil return opening is a part of engineering the engine. I would expect more from a company that people feel has great engineering...
#4456 of 5279 Re: Driver door window switches don't work [96help]
Jan 05, 2006 (7:25 pm)
1996 Camry Window Master Switch Issue was it the Main Power Relay. I have the same issue. First a blown 30 AMP Fusable Link next to the steering column (need forceps to replace) and now the driver window is stuck down. All other door window switches work. Master makes all the window motors hum which sounds like not enough voltage. I took apart the master switch and cleaned it to no avail. I have three left over springs that I believe go to the child lock, anyone know where they go? Switches and door locks function properly though.
Getting close to trade in time I guess!
#4457 of 5279 Re: '06 Camry Transmission [wwest]
Jan 05, 2006 (9:37 pm)
I bought my 06 Camry LE 4 cylinder last month. I am having same shift problems, where on a down hill, it will automatically shit to lower gear or shift out of overdrive. If I turn off and on the overdrive, car goes back and stays in overdrive. Whether this is fly by wire or learning transmission, it is very annoying, and I miss my 10 year old Lexus ES300 with 170K miles, which shifted much smoother then this.
#4458 of 5279 Injector & Transmission Problems In Toyota Camry 1990 model V6
Jan 05, 2006 (11:54 pm)
I drive toyota camry V6 1990 model. I observed the following problems. The ATF drops and i took to my mechanics for inspection and repairs. A transmission cable was changed. After sometime the steering becomes stif and later the ATF often leak away each time i fill the container.
Furthermore, the car doesnt pick immediately I accelerate.
The engine goes of while on motion or whenever i slow down.
Secondly, the car consumes more gas than before, the injector valve was changed but there is no significant difference.
Kindly forward your suggestions to me. I will appreciate them.
#4459 of 5279 Re: '06 Camry Transmission [falcon2]
Jan 06, 2006 (5:31 am)
Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin to address the transmission lag problems. I can't say whether a bulletin has been issued for '06 models yet, but you may want to check with your dealer.
#4460 of 5279 Re: Toyota 'Oil Gel Campaign' [mak750]
Jan 06, 2006 (5:36 am)
Since you got the free fix, I assume you were able to prove reasonable maintenance. What were your oil change intervals?
(BTW, I think the campaign is for 8 yrs unlimited miles and it does not include all Toyota models, but quite a few, like Camry, Avalon, Highlander, Sienna, Celica and some Lexus models as well. There is an old discussion forum here that goes into some detail on the problem - just search Edmunds for "sludge").