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#4865 of 5279 Wondering if mechanic was honest
Apr 28, 2006 (11:19 am)
Hi. Just returned from my Toyota dealership. Took 1998 Camry in to have timing belt changed. Have 87,000 miles on car. Was told that when they got the timing belt off, the water pump had a leak and needed replacing, as well as some other belts, and gaskets to stop oil leaks. I understand replacing these, as I guess otherwise they have to remove timing belt to get at water pump. Does it sound like I did this all too soon? I wanted timing belt changed, but wasn't sure if I made good decision about water pump. (Old one does have "stuff" around opening from apparent seepage).
#4866 of 5279 Intermediate Steering Shaft problem
Apr 28, 2006 (12:21 pm)
Just got the news from the dealership that the clunking noise I have is due to a problem with the intermediate steering shaft on my 2004 Toyota Camry. The fix will cost $510.00. Problem started about 45,000 miles and I now have 56,000 miles on it. Should this really be happening and/or do I have any recourse?
#4867 of 5279 Re: Wondering if mechanic was honest [klarue]
Apr 28, 2006 (6:03 pm)
I saw your information and you always replace the water pump when changing the timing belt on all toyota's I also have a lexus ls400 and at 90,000 I had the timing belt changed and they also changed the water pump the water pump rides on the timing belt and every time in the past I had the timing belt changed and not the water pump 25-30,000 miles later the water pump went out and it cost me the same as when they changed the timing belt. I have also seen where the water pump leaked all over the timing belt and caused it to slip and cause engine problems with the engine timing. Always change the water pump with the timing belt the cost isn't that much.
#4868 of 5279 Re: Wondering if mechanic was honest [bildow]
Apr 29, 2006 (8:45 am)
Thanks for your reply. Makes me feel better. The cost seemed high to me, but then any costs are pricey when fixing a car. The labor costs plus parts to change the timing belt, replace the water pump, plus replace three seals plus one O ring where oil was leaking was $600. But it beats having to replace my engine! I hope I am set for awhile... love my Camry but hate repair costs!
#4869 of 5279 Re: Wondering if mechanic was honest [klarue]
Apr 29, 2006 (5:33 pm)
Klarue here is a couple of things you can do to help the camry run for a long time. Change your antifreeze every 2 years I use toyota antifreeze with distilled water 50/50 mix I have the person who works on my car to drain the engine block and radiator and refill with the mixture or you can also now use the new 5 year antifreeze from pep boys or any car parts store and it now come mixed with the distilled water be sure to drain the engine block and radiator to get out the old antifreeze. I have also switched my toyota's over to mobil one synthetic oil 10-30 for the engine these are all used toyota's and the engines worked well. I also drain the transmission from the drain plug every 15,000 and add the needed trans fluid and drop the pan every 30,000 miles to clean the screen inside, my trans shop does this for me I drive 75,000 miles a year and my toyota's I usually get 300,000 to 400,000 miles per car.
#4870 of 5279 Tire replacement and sunroof noise 05 SE
Apr 29, 2006 (6:38 pm)
My 05 SE 4cyl is ready for new tires. I have just under 16K on the car, and the Potenza RE92s are almost down to the wear bars. (I got 27K out of these tires on my 97 and 02 Subaru Legacy GTs...hmmmm.) Has anyone had any luck getting any money back, or at least 'store credit,' from Bridgestone on these beasts? I am considering the Goodyear Assurance TrippleTread, Yokohama AVID H4S, or the Potenza G009. Any experience with those? I am a moderate driver, and run mostly highway miles, so I want something smooth and quiet, with a little bit of handling mixed in.
Also, since last fall, my sunroof has been VERY noise. When it is fully closed, it still sounds like it is open. I actually have to tilt it up a little bit to make the wind noise go away. The dealer looked at it in November, lubricated the seal...but that didn't do anything. It does sound like the whole assembly rattles or squeaks a little bit when I hit a bump or pull into a driveway at an angle. Anyone else had this problem?
Other than that...this car has been great. I was hesitant to switch from Subaru after having three new ones since 97, but this Camry has me hooked on Toyota!
#4871 of 5279 Re: Tire replacement and sunroof noise 05 SE [michaelpsu]
Apr 29, 2006 (6:45 pm)
Take the car to the dealer and have the sunroof fixed.
#4872 of 5279 Re: Tire replacement and sunroof noise 05 SE [michaelpsu]
Apr 29, 2006 (9:05 pm)
Given that the Bridgestone tires have only a 160 tread rating, it doesn't surprise me that they wore out so soon.
I have the same tires on my '05 XLE with just under 12K miles, and so far, so good.
I don't think they have a treadwear warranty, so you're probably out of luck getting any money back (or credit toward replacement tires).
You can check out tirerack.com for recommendations, including owner reviews, on replacement tires.
As for the sunroof, mine (on my '04 LE) makes a small creak when I back out of the garage and drop from the concrete onto the gravel driveway, but otherwise I don't notice any undue noise. I agree that you should try another dealer since your car is still under warranty.
#4873 of 5279 Re: Wondering if mechanic was honest [bildow]
Apr 29, 2006 (10:37 pm)
Thanks for the information. I do have Mobil One synthetic oil in my car, thanks to a male friend of mine who also knows about cars. Says his cars all go over mileage because of this. I will check on the antifreeze. Sounds like you know cars, so I plan on changing the antifreeze this next weekend!
Appreciate your help. Want to get at least 300,000 out of my little Camry!
#4874 of 5279 Cabin air filter
Apr 30, 2006 (8:33 am)
I bought a 95 Camry V6 recently without a manuel. Question?, do 95 camry LX V6's have a cabin filter? If so do you know the stock number and info how to install. This a second car with little daily use. I have a 2000 Avalon which has a cabin filter and no doubt the installation would be about the same
Thanks for any reply