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#5226 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [jamed]
Apr 21, 2009 (3:59 pm)
I-4 or V6 engine? In either case, you just have very bad luck - this is not at all normal. Like anything mechanical, it is subject to have a problem. Your problem is extremely rare, and was the result of a manufacturing defect. I know the I4 engine can go 200,000 + miles easy with no problems (it is the same as the 2002-2006 I-4 Camry engine). I am sure the V6 is also great - I don't recall reading about any short block problems with it.
I have worked in manufacturing all my life (although not automotive) and there are occasionally defects no matter how good the quality control is.
Fortunately, they will repair it under warranty and give you a free loaner. You should be fine after that.
#5227 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [mcdawgg]
Apr 22, 2009 (8:39 am)
Another advantage of DIY oil/filer changes, I always get to see how much oil I have drained from the engine. Measure would be more accurate, as I always pour the oil from my drain pan into the now emply containers until the comes for the trip to the recycle center.
Because of the way dealers drain the oil the fact that your engine didn't have enough left could have gone un-noticed even if a competent mechanic had been doing the routine, repetitive scheduled maintenance procedures, that day rather then the typical McD "flipper" graduate.
But your statement to them should have most certainly meant a "heads up" to somebody.
#5228 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [jamed]
May 13, 2009 (5:46 am)
My 2007 Camry is doing the same thing. 30K.
I hope Toyta finds and corrects the problem.
Using 1 quart of oil for every 1500 miles of driving.
#5229 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [bob255]
May 19, 2009 (5:53 pm)
1.) How often do you change your oil and filter?
2.) What oil are you putting into the engine?
I have a 2007 V6 Camry with almost 48000 miles. I change the oil and filter every 2,500 miles, and I check the oil once a week. I have NEVER added any oil to this engine, even on long highway trips!
You could be leaking oil! I just had an exterior oil line replaced as part of an extended warranty repair!
Best regards. ------------ Dwayne
#5230 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [djm2]
May 23, 2009 (2:39 am)
OIl change every 3500-4000 miles. No sign of oil leaks. The manual that comes with the Camry states that the engine can use oil. I have had the dealer document that the engine is using one quart of oil for every 1400 miles of driving. Toyota says this is normal??? Because Toyota has it stated in the car manual, I am stuck with the car. So, I check the oil level and add as needed. Lesson: read the car manual before you buy a new car, especially a Toyota product. Car now has 30k on it.
#5231 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [bob255]
May 23, 2009 (6:52 am)
I think you will find this through out the auto world. Most don't fix engine until you get to about 700+ miles per quart of oil.
#5232 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [bob255]
May 24, 2009 (3:23 pm)
Thirty years ago, burning a quart every 1000 miles or so was typical so that became the norm. Today's engines are so much tighter, many don't even burn a quart in the 3-5000 change interval. However, those that do are still considered normal by just about all the manufacturers. You just happen to get an engine whose oil consumption is on the left side of the bell shaped curve. An inconvenience perhaps, but not really a big deal.
#5233 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [bob255]
May 25, 2009 (3:37 am)
Good Morning Bob255:
1.) When did the engine start to use oil?
2.) You stated that you now have 30,000 miles on the vehicle. Did the engine use oil from day one?
3.) Does the Toyota Dealer do all of your oil & filter changes?
4.) What kind of oil are they installing in the engine?
I live in N.J., and my Toyota Dealer recommends an oil additive (BG / MOA) to be used in the oil. I have been using this product since day one. ----------- (I know Toyota DOES NOT recommend an oil additive, but on the other side of the issue, Toyota engines in the past have had a "sludge issue!") --------- When I pull the dip-stick to check the oil, my oil is as clean as the first day that I picked up the vehicle at the dealership. ----------- I change my oil and filter every 2500 miles. (I know that Toyota recommends 5,000 mile intervals, but again, their engines had a "sludge issue" in the past!)
I would like to know how many 2007 V6 Camry owners are having this problem!
Best regards: ----- Dwayne
#5234 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [djm2]
May 25, 2009 (4:07 am)
My 2007 Camry 4cyl LE has consumed oil from day one. I first checked oil at 1500 miles. 2 quarts low. since them about one quart for every 1400 miles of driving.
Oil changed by dealer and Firestone.
Put in 5W-20W.
Toyota says if the engine uses one quart of oil for 1200 miles or less it indicates an engine repair.
Dealer documented car uses one quart of oil approximately every 1400 miles of driving.
The owners manual puts the responsibility on the owner to check the oil levels.
Toyota will not do anything for me at this time.
#5235 of 5338 Re: 2007 Toyota Camry - Short Block [bob255]
May 25, 2009 (4:55 am)
Hello Dwayne and Bob,
Perhaps the type of oil that is used makes the difference considering one has a 4cyl engine which uses 5w-20 (bob's) and the other 6cyl which uses 5w-30 (Dwayne's). I have a 2007 camry ce 4cyl that uses a qt of oil every 3500-4000 miles. The other thing that I'm worried about is that it makes a little tapping noise when it's not at operating temp every morning (I don't drive hard) when I accelerate.
Anyway, wouldn't the oil consumption of bob's camry foul the catalytic converter and other emission parts faster.... perhaps immediately after the warranty that makes it harder for 'us', the users?