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#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?
#8448 of 8465 Re: 2003 Camry with stripped head bolts [210delray]
Feb 27, 2010 (6:01 pm)
I don't think there are really any preventive measures to take. I guess you have to sit back and wait for it to happen. I spent 1300.00 for repairs and 345.00 for the kit to repair the head. Toyota knows about this problem, but they are acting like this is the first they are hearing about it.
#8449 of 8465 Low speed steering clunk
Apr 26, 2010 (11:27 am)
I have 2005 SE-V6. At low speeds, like backing out of the garage or a parking space, I hear soft "clunks" (for lack of a better term) when turning the wheel. The clunks are more audible than tactile. At any normal driving speed, I don't hear or feel anything. Strangely, neither dealer I take it to for oil changes has never mentioned anything. Perhaps this is normal (although I don't hear/feel anything like this in my wife's Highlander.)
#8450 of 8465 Re: Low speed steering clunk [lmacmil]
Apr 27, 2010 (4:48 am)
Sounds like your constant velocity joint may be bad.
If you look at your front hub, there is a 1/2 driveshaft coming from the transmission to each front wheel. At the hub, there is a boot filled with grease, covering a CV joint. That CV joint, allows the driveshaft to turn the hub (with the tire on it), whether it goes up and down over a bump, or around a bend.
If that boot cracks and water gets inside, or if the vehicle is driven very hard, the cv joint gets pitted and the ball bearings don't ride smooth in the grooves anymore, and you get that clicking. Fast/hard accelerations, particularly when starting from a stop with the wheel turned, can put a lot of stress on the joint. When it first starts out going bad, it is most noticeable when the front wheel is turned, as it is beyond it's 'normal' operating limit when the car is going straight
If bad, the common fix is to replace the halfshafts w/CV, get vehicle re-aligned. I've found in my cars if one is bad, the other isn't far behind. Replace both.
Apr 28, 2010 (11:50 am)
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#8452 of 8465 Re: Low speed steering clunk [kiawah]
Apr 29, 2010 (1:42 pm)
No, I think it's the intermediate steering shaft. There's a long thread on ToyotaNation on this. Apparently a fairly common problem with Camrys. Even a TSB out on it. I've had a bad CV joint in another car and this noise is not the same.
#8453 of 8465 Re: Low speed steering clunk [lmacmil]
May 02, 2010 (2:07 pm)
Well could be, hard to distinguish the difference in 'clunks' over the internet.
#8454 of 8465 A 2002 Camry LE 126,000 kms..what lies ahead?
May 17, 2010 (5:53 pm)