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#5413 of 5646 Re: Oil burning update [npolite]
May 16, 2011 (6:15 pm)
My 2007 camry had a leak that almost destroyed the car. Toyota refused to tow the car or pay for the repair. Before you buy check the TSB on the year you are buying and check to make sure that all recalls have been done on your car. My friend bought a Toyota only to find that he had to bring it back the next week to have recall work done by dealer. Be very, very careful.
#5414 of 5646 Re: Oil burning update [ledzepplin]
May 17, 2011 (5:56 am)
Did you have oil leak? Where was it coming from? Nowdays almost every car owner goes through the recalls. Toyota tries to be extra careful now after it was dragged through all the mumbo jumbo with non-existing acceleration problem and prefers to issue a recall even if problem most likely will never develop. So issuing a recall Toyota shows that it wants to take care about an issue at no cost, don't see how this could be viewed as a negative.
BTW Only small number of 2.4L 4cyl engines affected by the oil burning, most of the time problem is very mild. On my 2009 Camry I need to add 1/4 of a quart after 2000-2500 miles. It doesn't get worse with millage. 2.4L engine had been around for quite a while and proven to be extremely reliable. While I don't like adding oil to my almost 3 year old "new " car, I don't see how this is a major problem. As far as I know current Camrys use 2.7L 4cyl engine that doesn't have oil burning issues.
#5415 of 5646 Re: Oil burning update [luckyseven]
May 18, 2011 (4:23 am)
Thanks luckyseven for your advice. The only one thing that I didn't like when I test drove the car was, when I held the steering wheel straight the car was actually pulling hard to the right. I understand that it will eventually go that way from crowning but I tell you that for the majority of the test drive (only 30 miles on the car), I was holding the steering wheel at a 5-10 degree angle to the left. The dealership said I could try another one today though but I don't know if I want to go through the song and dance again.
From what I heard on other forums this is normal. I have been driving Hondas for 15 years and haven't had this issue (unless it was an alignment problem). If it is indeed normal, I can't understand how owners can tell when they have an alignment problem.
#5416 of 5646 Re: Oil burning update [npolite]
May 18, 2011 (6:13 am)
I don't believe this normal, my Camry doesn't pull to any side. While this could be happening because of the tire crowning, I'd first ask dealer to check wheel alignment to rule that out. Even fresh from the factory cars can have wheels misaligned due to shipping or god knows what issues. Ask to test drive few more similar model cars and choose one that can keep straight. Also ask dealer for a car with Michelin tires. Don't settle for anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, they should bend backwards before you sign a purchase agreement. Also don't buy any unneeded extras that finance department will try to push.
#5417 of 5646 Oil pan gasket leak
Jun 04, 2011 (2:47 pm)
I have a 2007 Camry LE with a small oil leak - 1 or two drops a night. At first I was told this was probably normal after an oil change - however - it is consistent and has been going on for some time, so at the last oil change they supposedly found that the oil pan gasket was seeping and the estimate to replace the gasket would be $374. Does this sound reasonable and where is the best place to get something like this fixed?
#5418 of 5646 Re: Oil pan gasket leak [cherann24]
Jun 04, 2011 (3:56 pm)
It often is not necessary to replace the oil pan gasket if it leaks. Oil pan gasket leakage frequently develops when the pan bolts loosen up from vibration. In those instances, just tightening the oil pan bolts is all it takes to greatly reduce or eliminate the leaks. This repair takes less than an hour (probably costs much less than $75); and can be done by any independent garage which does engine work. Look for a shop which employs ASE certified mechanics.
$374 for replacing the oil pan gasket sounds awfully high to me. Virtually every shop in town uses a standardized labor time estimating book called a flat rate manual. This book lists the amount of time it takes for an experienced mechanic to do each repair job on popular vehicles. Phone a local repair shop and ask them the flat rate time estimate for replacing the oil pan gasket on a 2007 Camry. You'll need to tell them whether your car has a 4 cylinder or V-6 engine. Once you have the time estimate (better get one from several shops to make sure they give you accurate information) all you need to do to determine the fairness of a price quote is to find out the hourly labor rate of the shop you're dealing with; and multiply that figure times the flat rate time estimate. The result will be the labor cost at that shop for the job (plus the cost of a new oil pan gasket; which will probably be less than $20). Some shops may want to also change the oil as part of this operation; which would add the cost of oil and maybe an oil filter to the job.
Sometimes an oil change place installs a non standard or poorly fitting gasket on the oil drain plug. Other oil change places do not adequately tighten the oil filter; or do not adequately tighten the oil drain plug. If the place which changes your oil is doing that; there will always be an oil leak. There are too many inexperienced or fearful employees out there. I would get more than one trustworthy opinion about the source of the leak. There are also too many know-it-alls out there who need to sound important; or who want to take your money.
#5419 of 5646 Re: Rear brakes on 2007 Camry LE, 4cyl. [knang8888]
Jun 05, 2011 (5:22 pm)
Couldn't agree with you more on the downward decline of Camry quality. I had a 1997 4 cyl stickshift.........and LOVED it. Gave it to my daughter, still running strong, when we bought our 2007 in June '06. The new one is NOTHING like its 10 year old predecessor. Shakes, rattles, shifting (auto) irregularities, and now an annoying 'clatter' (for lack of a better word) coming from underneath the front end when driving at moderate speeds over uneven surfaces.
Not inclined to buy another Camry after all this. (And we had a third one BEFORE the 97, so it's not like we're disloyal!) They've cheapened the marque as far as I'm concerned.
BTW, if your mechanic isn't sure where to look for the noise, ask him if there are stabilizer links on the ends of the front sway bar. (not sure if there even IS a sway bar on the front of these puppies......but that's what was making the noise on my 325i; it was a $27 part and a $30 installation......cheap to get rid of that migraine-inducing rattle!)
Good luck, buddy.
#5420 of 5646 Re: Oil pan gasket leak [cherann24]
Jun 05, 2011 (5:29 pm)
Agreed on all the points from zaken1. Lots of "loose things" could be the cause of your "leak".
The only thing I don't see referenced is the "THEY" you refer to. Who dat?
Additionally, how long have you owned the car? Did you buy it new? Regardless of who you bought it from.....who's been doing the maintenance? Has it had this leak from the day you bought it?..........or just since 'someone' worked on it.
Call me skeptical/critical.....but I'd FIRST be pointing my finger at the party who's been doing things to the car since you bought it.....assuming it didn't leak when you first brought it home.
Just my 2c.
#5421 of 5646 Re: Oil pan gasket leak [notmybmw]
Jun 05, 2011 (5:43 pm)
It's a 4 cylinder and I am the only and original owner of the vehicle. All the oil changes and replacement of the water pump have been done at the dealership. I think the brakes were serviced once by Tires Plus and that's where the tires get rotated. So - If I blame someone - it would have to be the dealership.
It appears this isn't a big problem so by delay getting it fixed isn't a problem. I check the oil level periodically and it's fine, so I'm not losing that much between oil changes. The vibration makes sense as this vehicle does seem to have more vibration to it than the Toyota I owned back in 1980.
As for maintenance - all I have had done is have the oil changed, fluids checked and the water pump was replaced while still under warranty. It has 112,000 miles on it - should I be doing any other service. According to the manual - I don't need to - but the dealership is always recommending other things.
(My ex always took care of the cars - so I am feeling a little lost)
#5422 of 5646 1999 Toyota Camry won't start
Jun 06, 2011 (6:42 am)
I have a 1999 Toyota Camry with a v6. The car ran real rough and then stalled. The car will turn over but will not start. We replaced the fuel pump and the fuel pump will not work with the key in the ignition and turned on but will work if we run a hot wire. Also the injectors are getting electrical fire but not clicking when we try to start the car. We are thinking the fuel pressure regulator might be bad. Would this stop the injectors from firing. Does this sound like we are heading towards the right direction for this car? Any other suggerstions. Thanks