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Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota Camry, Sedan
May 02, 2002 (2:23 pm)
Interesting on the tranny. Yes, unfortunately some repair shops want to jump to the most expensive conclusion when diagnosing an engine/trans. problem. The power of the internet helps people like us to gather info and help each other!
I was told by a friend of mine that rebuilds starters for a living that our breed of Camry is notorious for ring gears wearing out prematurely. he told me there is a special drive for the starter just to help stave off the wear. Sometimes, just a new starter with new drive will get you by for awhile. Only way to tell is to remove starter and look at the ring gear teeth, bad teeth will be damaged and quite pointy looking. If it makes the "big grinding noise" when trying to start, instead of engaging, try an new starter first, check the ring gear while its out. I've never had the inspection plate off the bottom of the trans. bell housing, can't even remember if it does come off ( Camrys run so good I never even go down there very much!)
Don't know if the trans. has to be completely removed to get the flex plate (ring gear) off, usually you just separate the trans. from the engine, and move it apart enough (1 to 2 inches) to get at the bolts on the flex plate. However, with front wheel drive this entails removing the drive axles from the front hubs.
Check with a shop that has the Mitchell Flat Rate Manual for telling how many hours it takes to do a certain job. He would look up (Flex plate- remove and replace - X number of hours) times labour rate = cost (plus part). I'll check here in town if I have time tommorow.
Would be interesting to check Toyotas price on changing the ring gear, then calling a reputable private shop, should take the same amount of hours, right?
Hey, I had a Mercury Villager van with the Nissan engine, 1993, "one" fuel injector was over $300.!
#848 of 5279 Flexplate replacement
May 03, 2002 (3:39 am)
From my Mitchell Mechanical Labor Estimating Guide
Flywheel (Auto Trans) R&R:
Manual steering 6.9
Power steering 7.4
Multiply that by the shop's hourly rate.
#849 of 5279 alcan and rocky5656
May 03, 2002 (9:03 am)
Wooo.... no cheap at all! 7.4 X 55 + parts + tax...! (((((
May 03, 2002 (1:44 pm)
Hi there, thanks for the info.
Perhaps you know this one - had heard that all 4 stroke engines will "stop" at a certain point ( you turn the key off, engine slows and stops, usually due to 1 of the six pistons coming up on compression stoke), then thinking again, only 3 throws on the crankshaft,(V6) shared by 2 rods, so is there only 3 possible positions for the engine to stop at? Well, no , they may share the same crank journal, but each has a diferent point of crank rotation when reaching top dead center on compression.
What I'm trying to determine is that is the starter drive always hitting the same spots on the ring gear? Does it hit a random spot , or how many spots is it repeatedly hitting?
What's the answer?
May 03, 2002 (8:11 pm)
>What I'm trying to determine is that is the
>starter drive always hitting the same spots on
>the ring gear? Does it hit a random spot , or
>how many spots is it repeatedly hitting?
I remember somewhere on the internet, people said the engine always stop at the same position, so the starter drive always hitting the same spots on the flywheel...it gotta be ture, otherwise I cann't image why it's so eays to wear out...
#854 of 5279 96 Camry - New Transmission?
May 07, 2002 (9:33 am)
Just got told by the dealer service shop that transmission on my 96 Camry has gone bad and will need to be replaced eventually. (cost $3300). He said that he can replace the shift solenoid' (cost $250) to prolong the life of the transmission but don't know for how long.
Any and all advise on this topic is welcome.
May 07, 2002 (11:56 am)
I highly recommend taking it to reputable transmission shop for a second opinion.
It may very well not be needing a new transmission, but sometime else that costs much less.
#856 of 5279 dash rattle in 2002 camry
May 07, 2002 (9:49 pm)
I've had a xle camry (2002) for about 5 weeks and a dash from the center dash has just started. It only happens on the highway over rough, pebbled pavement. My experience with cars is this could "fix itself", but has anyone had this problem and have any suggestions as to the source of the rattle???? Otherwise, no complaints about this car....I really like it.