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#5453 of 5628 2007 Camry Transmission Oil Change Question
Aug 28, 2011 (4:36 pm)
I have 2007 Camry CE w/2.4 L , auto tranny 41K miles .According to Toyota owner's maintenance schedule (provided by Toyota ) automatic transmission fluid is recommended to be changed at 120K miles for regular use ( 60 K miles if used for towing ) . I would like to hear from forum members on the following items :
1- 120 K miles seems a bit too long , anyone changed earlier ? anybody waited till 120K and tranny is still functioning fine ?
2- My manual warns about using any other oil but genuine Toyota ATF WS . At this point I am very hesitant to introduce a different ATF since there will be remaining old oil left in torque converter and/or cooling lines . What is the best "DIY procedure" to drain most of the ATF ? can I start the engine few seconds " in Parking" to drain further ?
3-Did anyone use an off-the -shelf (non-Toyota) ATF and tranny is running just fine ?
Thanks for your help in advance .
#5454 of 5628 How long to wait to change tranny fluid!$%*&
Aug 28, 2011 (5:44 pm)
Damned if I know........but, my scientific wild ass guess tells me that the manual should know. It DOES seem like a helluva long time to wait to change ANYTHING, but you know the old expressions......if it ain't broke, etc.
I'm thinking there's so little actual friction between opposing parts that there are very few impurities being introduced to the fluid, so it's probably not critical to put new stuff in.
Personally, I'd wait. (That's what I'm doing with ours; it has 150,000 kliks ......about 90k miles on it.....and still running fine.......that is, no worse than ever. ) Ooops, did I say that out loud?
I'd be curious to see (by a show of hands) what percentage of you have done the engine control module swap out for crappy shifting (you know....TSB # whatever/whatever.....) vs the percentage who haven't.
#5455 of 5628 Re: How long to wait to change tranny fluid!$%*& [notmybmw]
Aug 28, 2011 (5:51 pm)
My car has 117,000 on it and I haven't changed it yet. Plan to at 120,000 as recommended. Just asked about this when I had the oil pan gaskets replaced.
#5456 of 5628 Re: 07 Camry vibration [terrr]
Aug 29, 2011 (8:05 pm)
Mine does the same. I'm taking my car into the dealership to get it checked out since I'm still covered under the 60k warranty. If I find anything out, I'll let you know.
#5457 of 5628 Re: 07 Camry vibration [heamixsshe]
Aug 30, 2011 (4:10 am)
#5458 of 5628 Stereo System Challenges
Aug 31, 2011 (7:35 am)
Has anyone tried to install aftermarket (read: GOOD) speakers under the rear deck of their '07 Camry and run into problems with interference from the trunk lid torsion bar?
How'd you beat it?
#5459 of 5628 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner
Sep 28, 2011 (3:53 pm)
I started hearing squeaking noise around the Serp Belt Tensioner a week ago. I hear it during idling and louder when A/C is on. I took it to my local mechanic. This guy is very good and he is a certified Lexus mechanic.
He told me that the Serp Belt is the problem. He changed it, but squeaking noise still continued. The mechanic then told me that we need to change the Serp tensioner itself. I changed that too. Still the noise didnt go. He told me to change the Tensioner Pulley. I changed too, but the noise is still there.
I have already spent around $600 and I have the same issue as it was there before. Mechanic at some point said he is not able to figure out what the issue is.
I browsed online and could see some complain that it could be water pump or alternator. I dont want spend any more money on getting a new spare part until I know that is the problem. Please advise what should I do next? Do you recommend me to take it to a Toyota dealership? I know that would be costly again for me. But if there is nothing else I can do, I can do it. It is very annoying that even after spending so much, the issue is still not fixed.
#5460 of 5628 Re: 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner [harrystamberg]
Sep 28, 2011 (4:09 pm)
Harry, I had the same issue but I took a chance and changed the water pump.... that fixed the issue... even though it was not leaking, the bearing was shot and that was making the noise... to be honest, I have a 2007 and only had 19k miles and the pump went... that really ticked me off... should have lasted a lot longer then that. I changed the pump myself, took a few hrs but cost was about $65 bucks. Hope this helps.
#5461 of 5628 Re: 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner [harrystamberg]
Sep 28, 2011 (4:23 pm)
If your local mechanic is as good and honest as you say; he should at this point be open to negotiating an adjustment for all the money his bad advice cost you. In my 40 year career as an independent mechanic; I never would charge a client for my labor if a job I did was not successful in fixing the problem it addressed. I felt is was bad enough the the customer had to pay for the parts which were used; but it is entirely unfair for a mechanic to make a profit when his diagnosis and advice is wrong. If he is competent; these mistakes will not happen often enough to be a burden on his income; while the honesty and consideration he displays by taking responsibility for his mistakes will be more than compensated for by the increase in good will among his clients. This is a great way for a mechanic to stay motivated to improve his skills. It sounds like your mechanic could have improved his diagnostic skills and saved you a great amount of money and hassle by developing the practice of using an inexpensive stethescope to listen to the suspected parts; rather than guessing about which one is most likely to make the noise. Run that by him and see what he says.
#5462 of 5628 Re: 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner [harrystamberg]
Oct 05, 2011 (1:57 pm)
I had the same issue on my 2007 Toyota Camry LE with 135k miles. Mine turned out to be the alternator. When replacing they noticed the waterpump needed to be replaced also so I went ahead and did that. The dealership wanted $1000.00 to do the work. I went ahead and had a fellow mechanic swap out the waterpump and alternator for me. I took it to the dealership because of your missed diagnosis by the mechanic. Thanks for the help on the blog. Mine has been maintence free to 135k. Mine has the original trans fluid which is supposedly good for 150K? Mine does burn a qt of oil between changes but still runs great. My one complaint is the noisy valves probably when the oil is a bit low. Anyone have issues with valves??