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#4708 of 5279 1991 Toyota Camry DX Auto 4 Cyl
Mar 20, 2006 (6:24 am)
MC Hammer was on Top when this car was new. I bought it from my father in law about a year ago it has 170,800 miles on it. He put a new tranny and struts in it. It had a nasty oil leak coming from the oil pump unit seal/gasket. Very common to this car. To repair it they had to take off the front pieces to get to it so I got a new water pump and timing belt out of the job too. No more oil leak.
It needed a ball joint when I first put it on the road this past September. My neighbor did it for me and had to pound the old one out with a hammer for hours. I drove around with bad brakes for months. When I finally took it it in it need new rotors, pads, drum liners, the drum it self had to be resurfaced, a caliper was sticking and the brakes needed to be bled. Now the thing stops so smooth it brakes like it was new. The cooling fan never shut off, they checked it and simply cleaned the connector plugs which has some corrosion. Now that works properly, only coming on when needed. I feel this car will get me well past 200,000 miles.
#4709 of 5279 Re: Idling problem on 94 I-4 [2k1trd]
Mar 20, 2006 (10:55 am)
Thanks. It is exact the problem diagnosed by the technician and fixed.
#4710 of 5279 idling rpm 1999 camry
Mar 20, 2006 (5:37 pm)
what is the recommended idle rpm for 1999 - 4 cyl Camry
(A/T) on cold start and when warm?
#4711 of 5279 1998 camry question
Mar 21, 2006 (2:54 pm)
I was wondering I have a 1998 Camry, which I received a letter about the engine and a sludge issue that may or may not occur. I have 140k miles and I have a stellar record of maintenance regular oil changes etc. Last night the engine shut down and my mechanic said it's the engine perhaps a rod. I got my letter called the dealership and they said they'd have to dismantle the engine to determine the cause if it is the sludge issue then it's all free. If it's not then it's $500 for the engine diagnosis and then I am looking at 3800 to 4200 for a new engine. My question is does anyone have experience with this issue and is it worth just putting in a new engine or should I scrap the car and get a newer/used car.
#4712 of 5279 Re: 1998 camry question [jteacher76]
Mar 21, 2006 (6:15 pm)
Couldn't the dealer just start with pulling the valve cover (I assume this is a 4-cylinder)? It'd seem sludge would be evident there, if present at all. This wouldn't cost anywhere near $500.
If you have to pay for a new engine, I wouldn't bother, as the cost of the engine is basically the cost of the car. (I sold my '97 Camry with 111K miles two years ago for $4300 on eBay.)
#4713 of 5279 Re: 1998 camry question [jteacher76]
Mar 21, 2006 (10:57 pm)
Get a new car, at 150,000 your transmission is getting tired and will cost about another 2000.00 if it goes out. I was told by a toyota person to use mobil one synthetic oil to help keep down the sludge also if you drive a couple a miles a day this builds up sludge due to you need to get the oil to filter thru the oil filter taking around 6-8 miles also synthetic oil does not sludge as fast a regular oil. I have been able to run up to 400,000 miles on toyota's engines using mobil one oil and if I drive just a few miles a week on Saturday I go for a 15 mile drive on the freeway to get all the oil filtered thru the oil filter helping keeping down sludge and keeping the engine clean inside.
Mar 22, 2006 (5:15 am)
When I started my car this morning, the problem indicator light on the dashboard that shows the car came on (in the farthest left of the dashboard). I didn't have my manual with me to see what the problem could be, so can someone tell me what is going on. 1997 Camry LE with 162,000 miles.
#4715 of 5279 Re: 1998 camry question [jteacher76]
Mar 22, 2006 (5:38 am)
I agree with 210delray. They just need to pull the valve cover to see if it is sludge.
Did you have any other signs or symptoms prior to the engine shutting down? With sludge there is sometimes visible smoke coming from exhaust (if you live in a cold weather area, this may not have been noticeable this time of year), check engine light can come on, and sometimes you can actually see the sludge around the filler cap and on the dipstick. Also, it would have seemed like your car was using a lot of oil if you were checking the level regularly.
One other thing, I think that the free sludge repair under the policy was for 7 years from original purchase date, so yours technically would not qualify for the free repair unless they did it for a good will gesture. You would also have to prove that you reasonably maintained your car and it could be difficult to produce all of the service records.
#4716 of 5279 Re: 1998 camry question [scoti1]
Mar 22, 2006 (6:21 am)
Actually the policy is for 8 years, so there may still be time for the free repair, depending on the purchase date of the car.
If I remember correctly, you need only have evidence of one oil change per year.
#4717 of 5279 Re: Light [slarmond]
Mar 22, 2006 (6:22 am)
I no longer have my '97 Camry, so what symbol/wording is on the warning light?