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Toyota Camry, Oil, Sedan
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Nov 03, 2009 (8:43 am)
I was fortunate to find a six month old Camry LE (private owner) with 9k on it in 2005. Today (3 Nov 09) I have 61k on it and it has been a great vehicle. I did have the steering intermediate shaft lubricated (Service Bulletin T-SB-0296-08) and it stopped the clunking noise during slow speed turning and it seems to handle a lot better (psychological). The cost was $200 at an independant shop. Toyota dealer would not even discuss because it is out of warranty (matter of fact they were rude). I now have a "rain stick" noise on the driver's side dash during slow back ups, turns and slow forward acceleration. No, it isn't ping. The vehicle gets a consistent 25 to 27 town and at 65mph on the highway it gets 35-37. It will get 40mpg at 60mph (using consistent fill up procedures and hand calculated). Although I would like a new Prius, I cannot justify replacing the Camry.
#8428 of 8465 2000 Camry 4 cyl fuel odor
Jan 04, 2010 (5:55 pm)
2000 Camry w 120k miles.
No fuel on garage floor; strong fuel odor after driving any distance. Smell not interior, but exterior near drivers side.
Mechanic mentioned canister filter(?) on fuel system.
Where is it, and what do I check?
Any other recommendations? Vehicle runs great, just smells.
#8429 of 8465 Re: 2000 Camry 4 cyl fuel odor [jackman7]
Jan 04, 2010 (7:03 pm)
Don't you think you should stop driving the car, and park it outdoors, before immediately getting it to a mechanic to fix?
If you get someone with a cigarette, or some heat ignition source for those gas fumes, you could give new definition to car bomb.
Could have a leaking fuel line, fuel pump, or broken fuel recirculation. I've seen two different vehicles catch fire over the years with a fuel leak......end result is not a pretty picture. One was parked in the garage and almost burnt the house down.
Jan 16, 2010 (5:23 am)
My 03 V6 is due soon for the timing belt change and I'm thinking of doing the water pump too. Total dealer cost is going to be around $700. I think I can find an experienced good mechanic who works on mostly foreign cars to do it for a good bit less. Is there anything about this job and the car that I should positively take it to the dealer, thanks
#8431 of 8465 Re: Timing Belt [edmund2460]
Jan 16, 2010 (9:48 am)
And forget the water pump...
Old wives(mechanic's) tale.
#8432 of 8465 1993 Camry speedometer, tach & gas guage
Jan 18, 2010 (2:18 pm)
I have a 1993 Camry, the speedometer, tach & gas guage do not work. Everything else does. I repaired 2 broken wires & broken insulation at the driver's door. Any direction ?
#8433 of 8465 Timing Belt [edmund2460]
Jan 18, 2010 (9:40 pm)
"My 03 V6 is due soon for the timing belt change..."
Are you sure there's the timing belt in it? I have same car, 2003 LE V6 and I was told at the time of purchase (August 2003) that there's chain, not belt. Please explain. Thanks.
#8434 of 8465 Re: Timing Belt [blin279]
Jan 19, 2010 (3:59 am)
Sorry, you either mis-understood or changed which car you were originally looking at, ...............or whoever told you didn't know what they were talking about.
The I4-4 cylinder engine has a chain, the V6-6 cylinder has a fiber belt.
#8435 of 8465 Re: Timing Belt [wwest]
Jan 30, 2010 (10:20 am)
West: Sorry did not check for replies earlier.. What generally is the useful life of a Camry water pump? The dealer quotes something like $500 to do a water pump by itself and about 150 with a timing belt repair.
I take it you are saying take it to a mechanic if cheaper.. Thanks
#8436 of 8465 Re: Timing Belt [edmund2460]
Jan 30, 2010 (7:15 pm)
I don't think you can pin down a mileage for the average life of a water pump. My guess would be at least 100,000 miles on average, maybe more.
But when I had my former '97 Camry, the only time I changed the timing belt was at 93K miles and I didn't change the water pump. (The car was sold at 111K miles, but I didn't know I was going to sell it at the time of the timing belt change.)
By all means, if you can find a good reputable independent mechanic, take your car there. Ask for recommendations from friends, relatives, or co-workers.