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#8438 of 8465 Re: 2003 Camry with stripped head bolts [mrslawson31]
Feb 03, 2010 (12:27 pm)
Not trying to defend Toyota, but if Toyota stripped the bolts while assembling the engine 7 years ago, you would have had problems immediately. You can't have 3 stripped head bolts and the vehicle run fine for 7 years.
So I suspect that there is more to this story than this most recent overheating episode.
Do you know if the bolts are stripped, or the bolt holes are stripped?
You don't mention the vehicle mileage, or the general condition of the vehicle and prior maintenance performed.....so it's a little hard to recommend the best course of action to resolve.
The slushing and gurgling would be caused by air in the cooling system, which would flow thru the heater core on the inside of the firewall in the engine compartment (and that is the noise you heard). That could be caused by running low on coolant (due to any number of problems w/radiator, hoses, cap, heater core, clamps, water pump, etc); or it could be that a leaky head gasket pumped cylinder air into the cooling system.
Although it is possible that a head gasket was the cause of the problem, it is generally more likely that one of the other more common/typical items would be the root cause of the problem, and with that loss of coolant you ended up seriously overheating your engine.
#8439 of 8465 Re: Timing Belt [210delray]
Feb 04, 2010 (6:04 pm)
Well, I don't know much about what's involved in doing a belt. My mechanic is good, but he goes back a long rtime and I don't know if he keeps up with progress. I didn't know if procedures are widely different diepending on the car model.
#8440 of 8465 Re: Timing Belt [blin279]
Feb 04, 2010 (6:07 pm)
yes blin279 the V6 does have a belt. I was told by the idiot salesman that it had a chain too at the time of purchase. Sounds like there is a conspiracy here. The V6 is quieter though and that's why we have it instead of the 4
#8441 of 8465 Slushing and Gurgling - kiwah
Feb 08, 2010 (5:01 pm)
You wrote..."The slushing and gurgling would be caused by air in the cooling system, which would flow thru the heater core on the inside of the firewall in the engine compartment (and that is the noise you heard). That could be caused by running low on coolant (due to any number of problems w/radiator, hoses, cap, heater core, clamps, water pump, etc); or it could be that a leaky head gasket pumped cylinder air into the cooling system "
My wife complains from time to time of hearing this gurgling sound coming from behind the firewall on the passenger side on our '03 V6. She thinks it's only when the air conditioner is on. (I can't hear very well so I can't judge) Our coolant is fine, I'm always replacing that on schedule, could it be a leaky head gasket and if so, how do I go about ruling that out.. Thanks.
#8442 of 8465 Re: 2000 Camry 4 cyl fuel odor [jackman7]
Feb 08, 2010 (8:15 pm)
I have been noticing a fuel smell from my car also on the drivers side. I haven't seen any gas on the garage floor. I mentioned to my husband that the filter probably needs to be changed. I have a 2003 Camry. Let me know if you have changed your filter and if it solved the fuel smell. Thanks!!!
#8443 of 8465 Re: 2003 Camry with stripped head bolts [kiawah]
Feb 08, 2010 (8:27 pm)
The car has 115,000 miles on it and I had all the scheduled maintenance performed. The only things I had replaced on it was the starter and the battery. The car didn't loose all of the coolant, but had a slow leak. Their was no steam coming from the radiator, but the temperature needle was going up and down. So I immediately pulled the car over and turned it off. I was only like 3 minutes from my house when it happened. When the technician pulled the bolts out, the threads came out along with them. I don't know much about cars, but I thought this was unusual that the technician could pull the bolts out by hand.
#8444 of 8465 Re: 2000 Camry 4 cyl fuel odor [mrslawson31]
Feb 09, 2010 (12:20 pm)
Fuel smell = don't mess around guessing! Take it back to the mechanic ASAP.
#8445 of 8465 Re: 2003 Camry with stripped head bolts [mrslawson31]
Feb 11, 2010 (5:24 pm)
This is not an isolated problem. Exact same thing happened to me the first week of November, 2009. Gurgling noise, no prior issues at all, no leaks until that week. I had researched and found many of the same problems on car forums going back years. Related to inferior engine bolts. Took to dealer, told them my concerns. The said radiator cap was loose and replaced. As I drove off the lot, the same gurling noise was there so I drove it right back in and told them not fixed. Keep it overnight at the dealer. Next day get a call that the head gasket is warped..yada yada yada. Took back panel and it was soaked with oil etc. $6300 for new engine. Car only had 124,000 miles on it. My previous 1992 Camry (made in Japan vs US crap) sold to a friend finally died at 285k. Do not let them let them tell you it was something you did or just a rare occurence. This is another coverup that Toyota is burying.
#8446 of 8465 Re: 2003 Camry with stripped head bolts [ctbethbun]
Feb 24, 2010 (3:38 pm)
For what it's worth, there are hundreds of instances with the Toyota 2AZ-FE headbolts pulling out of the block. It happened to me too on my 03 Camry with 117k miles. It seems the affected vehicles are 02-06 Camrys, Rav4's, Highlanders, and Scions all using this same 4 cylinder motor. It indeed is a coverup.
#8447 of 8465 Re: 2003 Camry with stripped head bolts [tonyp4]
Feb 25, 2010 (6:31 am)
Links please? I have a 2004 model Camry.
How and why does this happen, and are there any preventive measures to take?
I assume you're referring to the Scion tC, since the xB didn't get this engine until the 2008 model redesign?