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#8227 of 8465 Re: Help with by 99 Camry [smile1017]
Aug 11, 2006 (10:34 am)
"At least there was some good news - NO SLUDGE!!"
Well, you're right; that was good news. But there's somewhat bitter irony attached if you're the original owner... Had there been sludge in your engine, you might well have been elligible for a complete engine rebuild on Toyota's nickel (as long as you could supply evidence of at least one oil change per year). Toyota extended the warranty on the 1995-2001 "sludgemonster" engines to ten years, unlimited miles. By necessity that would've included remilling the head as needed to achieve proper sealing and replacing the head gasket.
(Ever get the feeling that the powers that control our destinies sometimes have a perverse sense of humor?)
#8228 of 8465 Re: 03 Camry LE V6 [ray_h1]
Aug 11, 2006 (10:34 am)
Thanks also; your detailed knowledge is second to none!
#8229 of 8465 Re: Help with by 99 Camry [ray_h1]
Aug 11, 2006 (10:46 am)
I know, just as I was thinking about upgrading, then the car has issues. Then there is the extended warranty, but at least I don't lose the car for an extended amount of time and I don't have to hassle with toyota and the dealer etc. I am the original owner, but technically I am not. Car was a gift from my uncle so I have had it since day 1. The other thing is trying to prove the I performed to oil changes my self. Yes, I may be a girl, but the same uncle did teach me how to change my oil and some other minor things. I just saw a prolonged fight and for $1400 I would rather not. It would have probably cost me more to rent a car during the process!! In the end, I am satisfied and would just like to revel a little in this minor conquest.
Like I always said - Look around you and try to tell me that God does not have a sense of humor. And if we are truly "made in the image of God" then our "perverse sense of humor" must come from somewhere.
#8230 of 8465 Replacement Mirror for 97 Camry
Aug 11, 2006 (3:17 pm)
I wacked the driver's side mirror on my US-built 97 Camry and am trying to replace it. All the replacement parts online are for a power-operated mirror, yet my mirror is manual. I can't even find a reference to such a beast. Any thoughts?
#8231 of 8465 Re: Replacement Mirror for 97 Camry [gsamsa]
Aug 11, 2006 (7:51 pm)
Have you tried 1aauto?
I just ordered a replacement taillight for my Nissan Frontier from them. They sell through eBay also; in fact, they are one of the largest sellers on eBay, and you can get discounts that way.
#8232 of 8465 Re: Help with by 99 Camry [smile1017]
Aug 29, 2006 (11:04 am)
Hi there, My name is Williewiskers: I have a 91 Toy. Cressida which I love. But have had head gasket problems with it. Two weeks ago I decided to replace it with a Japanese motor. Otherwise it would cost 1 to 1.5M to fix. The car runs greatnow. The Mechanic said Toyotos have a bit problem with that. If you like here is my e-mail. and I will fill you in on the details. l5464byahoo.com It's a problem, I know.
#8233 of 8465 Re: Help with by 99 Camry [williewiskers]
Aug 31, 2006 (3:45 pm)
I have gotten my head gasket fixed already for about $1400 and the mechanic changed everything including the water pump and the timing belt. So really if you take that into account, he only charged me about $1000 for the head gasket. The car is running just fine so I now plan to keep the car for a few more year. However, the check engine light came on again. I have a scheduled oil change with the guy on Saturday since the re-machined the head gasket. I guess he will check on that then.
Sep 01, 2006 (7:49 am)
The Edmunds recall stats site will not accept the six character Canadian zip codes. Can somebody tell me how to access recalls and bulletins for an 1998 Toyota Camry 4cyl LE automatic please, Thanks alot.
#8235 of 8465 Re: Zip code [poorcruzer]
Sep 01, 2006 (11:14 am)
I hope someone can tell you how to do that, but meanwhile, use the Help link at the bottom of the page to report this - and let us know what happens.
#8236 of 8465 Re: Coolant Overflow in 2000 Camry [silvercrown]
Sep 12, 2006 (12:41 pm)
I definitely don't think you should just ignore it. It's NOT normal, unless you just accidentally overfilled the reservoir tank, in which case it might come out the overflow hose. Otherwise, check whether your temperature gauge indicates the car overheating. Then go to a reputable car repair place (sometimes it helps to ask a local auto repair training school if they can recommend someone in the area) with that information. They should be able to check if the radiator is working correctly, or the thermostat or the caps need replacement. If those don't resolve it, then you're in the same boat with me. Hopefully, you won't be.
I have a 93 Camry LE Wagon. Last year I suddenly had a problem with my reservoir boiling over if I drove longer than an hour or so. I would not get any warning lights, although after it was boiling over, the thermostat would show the car running hot. The only way I would normally notice it was that I would hear the boiling sound, particularly after I turned off my car or if I was sittingon the passenger side. My local service station couldn't reproduce the problem when letting the car idle for more than an hour, but was able to reproduce it when they put the car up on blocks and gased it as if driving it for more than an hour. They ended up replacing the full radiator, the several radiator caps three times to better and better quality ones, the thermostat, and the reservoir tank. The problem continued. I asked a local Toyota repair manager what he thought should be my next step, and he suggested they test whether the head gasket (I think it was?) might need replacement. The original service station tested it at my suggestion, and said yes it would need replacement, but refused to do any more work for the $1,000 I had already paid them. I decided to have the Toyota dealer take over. They did the test, said it did NOT need that work, but instead sent the radiator out and had it "boiled" and they claimed it removed blockages that had somehow been created when the new radiator had been installed by the other service station. They also replaced the thermostat again. This cost me another $600-700. They assured me they drove the vehicle for over an hour to test it, and that they had fixed the problem. I didn't have reason to drive the car more than 20-30 minutes for the next several months, but when I did, the problem reoccurred. I haven't had the money to pursue any other solutions to the problem, so for now, I'm just driving the car less than an hour at a time. I've asked several 'gearhead' friends, and none of them can think of anything else that should be checked or replaced. I'm at a loss.