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#5522 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [da1977]
Jan 18, 2012 (1:59 pm)
Had water pump failure at 22,000 miles, replaced under warranty, now at 41,500 miles and 2 yrs since first replacement the pump is failing again, am losing antifreeze and now see small spots of it on the garage floor.
Spoke with a service tech at dealer who says until fluid leaking around the valve Toyota will not cover. So basically I have to wait for it to blow and be towed somewhere?
E mailed main offices of Toyota USA to inquire why this is happening. There has to be something wrong with the system to have this frequent water pump failure.
My daughter purchased a 98 corolla with 98,000 miles on it , had already been beaten to he** and she beat it up for two more years to about 150,000 miles till she wrecked it.
This car is babied to death, maintained as instructed and still is having major failure. Very disappointed.
#5523 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [kdk213]
Jan 18, 2012 (2:15 pm)
Invest in an AAA and keep your card handy!
#5524 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [kdk213]
Jan 18, 2012 (7:58 pm)
Dealers are thugs. One suggestion above was to get AAA. These people have given me a really bad time for just one tow job. A local jerk sub contractor. If you want good coverage try GM motor club. I wouldn't let my cat piss on a GM product but the coverage on the motor club is pretty good. Good luck.
#5525 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [kdk213]
Jan 18, 2012 (8:38 pm)
Instead of playing a losing game by asking the shills of a company that is engaged in systematic denial why a part with an obvious design defect has failed; the thing to do is to put them on notice that this part already failed once under warranty; and now is failing a second time. Then just buy a Cardone Select #5543165 aftermarket replacement water pump ($60.79 from www.rockauto.com); which has an improved design and have it installed by an independent garage. This will end your problems.
The thing to do then is to hire an attorney who specializes in Lemon Law cases. Toyota is the last party to admit their errors; but the Lemon Law attorney may be able to make them pay the bill for having a properly designed pump installed in place of their faulty part. Or you can just eat the cost of having it fixed right; and publicize how you fixed it in local newspapers and TV stations.
#5526 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [zaken1]
Jan 20, 2012 (9:15 am)
Thanks for the suggestions, the auto club membership has already been considered as my wife frequently uses this car for long distance travel.
Of course in two days no answer from Toyota USA; like the suggestion to purchase the pump from Rock Auto, have done business with them for parts before. Not easy to find good lawyers where we live, NY State Lemon Law requires three failures I think.
Just need to find a local garage we trust, have replaced pumps myself on older vehicles, not sure want to tackle it on this one.
Toyota should pay for this, and should admit the problem. Of course also have a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix where it took GM over 10 yrs to admit a problem with oil leaking into the valves and possibly causing fire and put out a recall...Unfortunately it seems none of the auto manufacturers stand by their product anymore.
#5527 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [kdk213]
Jan 20, 2012 (4:16 pm)
You may not know that I spend most of my time on the Edmunds "Answers" forum; in which I have answered nearly 4,000 questions during the last 4 years. As part of this work, I sometimes research and recommend local garages for people who do not know of a reliable, trustworthy shop.
If you would like a recommendation for a good, independent, local shop; please respond to this message by posting the city and state in which you live; and I'll try to come up with one.
#5528 of 5646 2007 water pump failure
Jan 20, 2012 (8:45 pm)
I have dealt with dealer thugs and I used 3 avenues when facing this kind of situation:
1. Write a letter to Tojo the president of Toyota in Japville and ask.
2. Small claims court focuses their attention wonderfully
3. Better Business Bureau: I could never understand it but many "thugs" do not
want any attention from BBB.
#5529 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [zaken1]
Jan 21, 2012 (5:21 am)
My water pump is starting to leak at 72,000. Have been quoted $$ ranging from $850 to $1800 by dealerships.
I am in Venice, FL. Am willing to travel 30 miles or so to find a good mechanic.
#5530 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [zaken1]
Jan 21, 2012 (6:58 am)
live in Utica NY, 13502
#5531 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry water pump failure [crankrodman]
Jan 21, 2012 (1:07 pm)
Check out ABC Auto Tech, 4411 30th St W., Bradenton, and also compare with El Potosino Auto Repair, 2509 9th St W, Bradenton.