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#5459 of 5646 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner
Sep 28, 2011 (2:53 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 5646 Re: 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner [harrystamberg]
Sep 28, 2011 (3:09 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 5646 Re: 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner [harrystamberg]
Sep 28, 2011 (3:23 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 5646 Re: 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner [harrystamberg]
Oct 05, 2011 (12:57 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??
#5463 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry Squeaking noise around Serp Tensioner [2007camry135k]
Oct 05, 2011 (1:44 pm)
Try the pennzoil ultra. I think of all the oils that I tried it is the best in terms of the noise produced by the valves.
#5464 of 5646 Re: Ignition coil [chuck28]
Nov 04, 2011 (5:15 am)
I just had this same problem myself. I was driving and saw all three lights (VSC, Traction Control, & Check Engine) come on at the same time. I took the car to Advance Auto to have the code read, but it spit out 15 different codes and the worker said I would probably just need to take it to the dealer because they would be the only ones to figure out what the problem was. So I did. When Toyota dealer called to tell me what the problem was they told me it was a bad ignition coil. It only cost me $230, but I would have rather fixed the problem myself for half the cost. If I had not had them fix it, it would have cost me $100 for the diagnostics.
#5465 of 5646 Re: Stereo System Challenges [notmybmw]
Nov 06, 2011 (3:44 pm)
I have and it actually damaged a new speaker... I'm going to attempt to modify the bars using a pipe Bender.. I would love to hear any alternatives...
#5466 of 5646 Re: Stereo System Challenges [grincherino1]
Nov 06, 2011 (5:23 pm)
I took my car back to FutureShop and they had another run at installing my speakers properly.
This time, although I wasn't there to see, based on what I saw in the trunk when I got the car back, I'd say they must have removed the trunk-lid torsion bar and bent it in a vise; it had a distinct "kink" in it which allowed it to take a "detour" around the speaker magnets.
The bend they put in made it possible for them to drop the speakers all the way down......flush with the rear deck......where they HAVE to be to produce proper base response.
Let me know if you need pics and I'll arrange to send you a couple.
#5467 of 5646 Re: Stereo System Challenges [notmybmw]
Nov 07, 2011 (3:31 pm)
Yes please send or post some pics... I installed a 1/2" grommet for the speakers however i am now faced with a distorted set of torsion bars.. i can be reached at grincherino1Gmail.com
#5468 of 5646 Re: Stereo System Challenges [notmybmw]
Nov 07, 2011 (3:32 pm)
Btw new torsion bars run $65 each fyi